Paris Debuts at the Top of Forbes Travel Guide

A view from the penthouse suite at the Four Seasons.

The City Of Light topped the 2016 Forbes Travel Guide star ratings, but the strong debut belies a stranger truth: either Paris has, until this year, never had a five- or four-star-worthy hotel since the guide began in 1958 or Forbes just hadn’t been checking hotels in Forbes magazine’s third most-visited city.

Whatever happened, whatever circumstance or bad concierge day led to Paris never receiving a single starred hotel in 58 years, it’s now absolutely lousy with luxury accommodations so new they didn’t exist a year ago. Here’s the list of hotels rate:

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5 Stars

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

A deluxe room at the Four Seasons.
A deluxe room at the Four Seasons.

31 avenue George V, Paris 8th
Métro George V, Alma-Marceau
+33 01 49527000
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Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris

Signature Eiffel suite at Hotel Plaza Athénée.
Signature Eiffel suite at Hotel Plaza Athénée.

25 avenue Montaigne, Paris 8th
Métro Alma-Marceau
+33 01 53676665
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La Réserve Paris

The Presidential suite at La Réserve, where the foot of your bed is a full-on upright piano.
The Presidential suite at La Réserve, where the foot of your bed is a full-on upright piano.

42 avenue Gabriel, Paris 8th
Métro Franklin D. Roosevelt, Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau
+33 01 58366060
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Le Bristol Paris

Princière suite at Le Bristol Paris.
Princière suite at Le Bristol Paris.

112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris 8th
Métro Miromesnil
+33 01 53434300
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Le Meurice

Deluxe Junior suite at Le Meurice.
Deluxe Junior suite at Le Meurice.

228 rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st
Métro Tuileries
+33 01 4581010
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Le Royal Monceau

The bathroom of the Royal Monceau suite, made entirely out of defeated T-1000s.
The bathroom of the Royal Monceau suite, made entirely out of defeated T-1000s.

37 avenue Hoche, Paris 8th
Métro Ternes, Charles de Gaulle Étoile
+33 01 42998800
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Mandarin Oriental Paris

"J'aime Paris" penthouse at the Mandarin Oriental Paris.
“J’aime Paris” penthouse at the Mandarin Oriental Paris.

251 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 1st
Métro Concorde
+33 01 70987888
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The Peninsula Paris

Grand Premiere suite at The Peninsula Hotel.
Grand Premiere suite at The Peninsula Hotel.

19 avenue Kléber, Paris 16th
Métro Kléber
+33 01 58122888
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Shangri-La Hotel Paris

La Suite Shangri-La is so fancy, it comes with a complimentary YouTube video.

10 avenue d’Iéna, Paris 16th
Métro Iéna
+33 01 53671998
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4 Stars

Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal
4 rue de Valois, Paris 1st
Métro Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
+33 01 42961535
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Hôtel Le Fouquet’s Paris
avenue George V and Champs-Élysées
Métro George V
+33 01 40696000
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Hotel Lancaster
7 rue de Berri, Paris 8th
Métro George V
+33 01 40764076
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Saint James Paris
43 avenue Bugeaud, Paris 16th
Métro Porte Dauphine
+33 01 44058181
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Sofitel Paris le Faubourg
15 rue Boissy d’Anglas, Paris 8th
Métro Concorde, Madeleine
+33 01 44941414
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Recommended

Hôtel du Louvre Paris
place André Malraux, Paris 1st
Métro Tuileries, Pyramides
+33 01 73111234
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Hotel Balzac
6 rue Balzac, Paris 8th
Métro George V
+33 01 44351800
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Hotel Napoleon
40 avenue de Friedland, Paris 8th
Métro Charles de Gaulle Étoile
+33 01 56684321
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Hyatt Paris Madeleine
24 Boulevard Malesherbes, Paris 8th
Métro Saint-Augustin, Madeleine
+33 01 55271234
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L’Hôtel du Collectionneur
51-57 rue de Courcelles, Paris 8th
Métro Courcelles
+33 01 58366700
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W Paris Opéra
4 rue Meyerbeer, Paris 9th
Métro Opéra, Chausée d’Antin-La Fayette
+33 01 77489494
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Two hotels on the French Riviera—the Hotel du Cape-Eden-Roc and Terre Blance—received four-star ratings, as did the Hotel Majestic in Cannes.