8th Arrondissement (Champs-Elysees), Paris, France
Paris' rich history is alive and well everywhere you look in this international city. In fact, some of our favorite hotels are also among the most historical around town. Whether they are housed in centuries' old chateaus or Jazz-era hotels, these properties stand ready to be explored by history buffs of every travel type. Check them out in this slideshow: The world-renowned luxury hotel Plaza Athenee -- a part of the Dorchester Collection -- is synonymous with Parisian elegance and good taste. Iconic red awnings and chestnut trees welcome guests to the historic setting, on the upscale Avenue Montaigne location with direct views of the Eiffel Tower. It's all about luxury here, inside and out. The avenue is lined with high-end shops such as Christian Dior (guests have access to the Dior Institute for a full range of quality beauty and spa treatments), Prada, and Chanel.