With its residents' pioneering sense of fashion, chic hairstyles, and laid-back attitude, France has earned its spot on the list of the world’s most fashionable countries. When the French do something, they do it glamorously. As much as it may pain us Brits to admit it, French architecture, fashion, and lifestyle have acted as sources of inspiration for us for many years. If we're being completely honest, haven’t we all tried to emulate the iconic Brigitte Bardot pout and bedhead look at some point? Or tried to channel Jean Dujardin’s designer stubble? Let’s face it: We’d love to experience some of that Gallic sophistication and poise, if only for a long weekend! Keep reading for your definitive guide of France’s most stylish hotels and boutiques. From the avant-garde to the outrageous, see where the chicest people in the word lay their heads at night…
Strasbourg is renowned for its quaint beauty and
architectural splendour, and the Regent Petite France and Spa Hotel — situated in
the Bas-Rhin area of Alsace — rivals its surroundings in beauty and elegance. Facing
outward the hotel has some of the most breath-taking views imaginable, and inside
doesn’t disappoint either. The hotel lobby looks as though it should be a
designer showroom, with perfectly pruned Japanese style trees and modern
furnishings throughout. The spa is equally as luxurious and has wood-panelled
walls and marble fittings.
Nothing says opulence like a chandelier in the bedroom and a
mounted stag’s head in the meeting rooms. Hotel Le Bouclier d’Or has its own spa, which is resemblant of underground caves, a breakfast room with as many antique
furnishings as croissants, and Superior Rooms as large (but far more decadent)
than a one-bedroom flat!
The real talking point of the Best Western Monopole
Metropole is the bar. Complete with a beautiful domed atrium-style ceiling, the
bar perfectly combines the antiquated with modern. Almost futuristic in its
design, the whole room curves around the focal point — which is a large polished
wood bar in the centre.
Nothing says exclusivity and style like a hotel situated on
a 27-hole golf course complete with spectacular views of the sea. Lounge chairs
and parasols bedeck the outside area which also has a heated pool, restaurant, and
three tennis courts… Grandiose doesn’t even come close to describing the kind
of luxury that can be found at Hotel Du Gold Barriere.
If you’re searching for that quintessential French
countryside chic feel, look no further than La Maison Du Parc. The hotel
itself is an 18th-century country townhouse set in an expanse of
manicured gardens and lawns.
Hotel Westminster is full of old-school French style. Overlooking
the Mediterranean, the hotel has a private beach area, is situated within
walking distance of Old Town Nice, and is home to a whole host of grand staircases and
This hotel, for all intents and purposes, is the ultimate bachelor-pad-meets-man-cave. The spa and fitness centre, with all the latest mod-cons, is dimly
lit with dark furnishings — giving the space a masculine vibe. In the bedroom, the
theme continues with deep purple draped curtains adding to the mysterious and
sensual atmosphere. Illuminated by a red light, the bar is lit up — but the
seating area remains shrouded in dim light and dark mahogany furnishings.
The extravagance of this hotel is best illustrated by the
amazing pool overlooked by the imposing French mountainside. Just in case that’s
not extravagant enough for you, the bar has a grand piano in it and the hotel
has an incredible spa and dining area.
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