Ville Lumière, two words hardly murmured, and yet you know where things will end up, in the city of lights, Paris.
Yes, there’s McInerney’s novel, The Thousand Lights of New York, although it doesn’t talk about the lights, that’s where the idea for the title comes from; Then there’s Woody Allen’s Manhattan which, supported by Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, makes the lights of New York, at the beginning of the film, truly memorable. Absolutely. But you want to convey what Paris has and New York doesn’t have and never will have: the fascination of seduction. Only someone who’s been there can really understand it.
Quoting Woody Allen brings to mind one of his recent films, Midnight in Paris, set in Paris in its most iconic years and providing an opportunity to reflect on the matter: in other words, the main players in that unrepeatable season which was the 1920s, the ‘Années Folles’, with its Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Joyce and the unforgettable Cole Porter and his songs, above all I love Paris, tunes which distinguished that period.
Many of Paris’ hotels played a part in this story by hosting these great characters. But which hotels would they choose nowadays to stay or simply meet up in?
We have drawn up a list and chosen five from the vast number which this magic city offers, which are, in our opinion, the most beautiful hotels in Paris.
Paris, October 2016