Paris’s Hot Property

Despite its prime location on the corner of the Champs-Elysées, Fouquet’s Barrière—Paris’s new self-proclaimed palace hotel—has neither the high-ceilinged glamour nor the historic cachet of nearby competitors like the George V and Plaza Athénée.

Instead the trendy 107-room Fouquet’s, which opened to great buzz last fall alongside its namesake restaurant, traffics in a more modern brand of glitz. The lobby is dark yet unsubtly done up in black, gold, and crystals; at the owner’s urging, prolific interior designer Jacques Garcia (of Hôtel Costes fame) kept his crimson impulses in check, resulting in rooms drowning in gold and beige. Still, they are among the most spacious in Paris and they’re luxuriously decked out with extras you won’t find up the street: flat-screen televisions that rise up from divans, waterproof floating TV remotes for the bathtub; a bedside button that pops open the door to let your butler inside. Indeed, Fouquet’s practice of assigning each room a uniformed charge—who arrives with Champagne and will unpack your bags and work out any kinks in the Wi-Fi access—is just one element of its stellar service. From $900;