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Britney Spears Sighting in Paris, November 28, 2008This truly Parisian luxury property filled with elegance and charm, is ideally located between the Avenue des Champs Elysées, while at the other it meets with the most high-profile boulevard in the city and the Eiffel Tower, at the crossroads of fashion, entertainment and business. Au Plaza Athene outside2

Au Plaza Athene lobbyAu Plaza Athenee lodgeThe Plaza Athénée opened in 1911 at the height of the Belle Époque, and behind its striking Haussmann exterior lies an entrance lobby that’s a vision in marble, gold touches, and Art Deco wrought iron. It is easy to see how this hotel attracted the likes of Mata Hari and Grace Kelly as visitors in the night.

Au Plaza Athenee Suite-Prestige-salonAu Plaza Athenee SuitAu Plaza Athenee Suite-SalonAu Plaza Athenee Suite-bedroom2Each bedroom holds a distinct essence, conjured to creation by either a Regency or Art Deco ambiance, but all with a mood of understated sophistication rather than ostentation. All are delicately topped in lavish furnishings and few things are more relaxing than reclining in a ludicrously deep Louis VXI chair cupping a cognac, glancing out of a Parisian window, planning your next excursion.

Au Plaza Athenee Terrace-Eiffel-Suite-BedroomHotel Plaza Le AtheneeThe most atmospheric vistas are held by the signature Eiffel Suites – rooms that boast to showcase their prestigious views onto all that symbolises romance, the single crescendo of love. the Eiffel Tower. This is the champagne of the City of Light, enchanting your senses…

Au Plaza Athenee restaurantAnd there’s little that can compare, that is, except for possibly the indulgences of fine French food. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée is a sumptuously furnished dining space offering exquisite flavours from the kitchens of its multi-Michelin-starred chef. It’s an excellent location for special occasions of all descriptions.

Au Plaza Athenee Le BarIf you were to classify the dining as imminently classic, then the cocktail bar is almost the polar opposite. Ultra modern, the eye-catching illuminated glass long bar creates the perfect stretch to sit and sample cocktails and people-watch. I’d compare the Athénée to a classic cocktail – a combination of contrasting delights, a distinctive liqueur flavoured with grandeur, shaken till softened by tones of Parisian charm and style.

Au Plaza Athene Dior SPAFinally the Plaza Athénée holds one more trump card up its sleeve, The Dior Institut. This ace places it unequivocally alongside or above every other hotel in the city. The famed fashion house of Dior was opened on Avenue Montaigne in the 1940s and the surrounding area is filled with flagship stores representing top designers worldwide. So it is only fitting that the spa at the Athénée reflects this rich lineage. It’s light, marbled spaces exude total relaxation, ultimate luxurious pampering, the place to be refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to reappear in style and shop till you drop. There is really only one word to describe a stay here: divine.

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