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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

My Favorite Honeymoon Hotel in Paris: Plaza Athenee

Paris has no shortage of incredible, romantic honeymoon hotels. Paris has some of the most beautiful honeymoon hotels in the world, but the Plaza Athenee is the most romantic hotel in all of Paris. Don't let the aura of sober grace fool you; Plaza offers a sense of playfulness. Opened in 1913, with its signature red awnings fronting the stately Avenue Montaigne, the hotel has ties to the fashion world dating back to 1947 when Christian Dior's held his first runways show at Plaza Athenee. It is still a fashion icon; Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada utilized the gorgeous hotel as backdrops when they filmed in Paris. Decor-wise, you can expect a blend of classic Paris with contemporary flashes. My favorite honeymoon hotel in Paris is Plaza Athenee.


The hotel is ideal for luxury lovers on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne in the 8th Arrondissement. Montaigne houses significant designer stores (YSL, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel) and the flagship Dior across the street from Plaza Athenee. The theatres and cabarets of the 'Golden Triangle' district, such as the Theatre des Champs-Elysees and Crazy Horse, are within walking distance. If you want to dine with A-Listers, take advantage of L'Avenue, the restaurant is steps away from the hotel.

Rooms & Suites

Whether your suite is classic French or Art Deco style, you'll find comfortably lavish furnishings, including silk-covered armchairs and comfy beds crowned with high-end linens and your options from the pillow menu. The six signature suites are all theater, with vivid color splashes and bonuses like terraces with gorgeous Eiffel Tower views, pianos, wine cellars, or—in the Haute Couture Suite—a door-sized silver picture frame outlining a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. Some rooms have views of the adorable inner courtyard; others the tree-lined avenue or city landmarks.

Jessie Room Recommendations:

Most Budget-Friendly Room: Superior Room

Highlights Include:

  • Tranquil inner courtyard view

  • Guerlain toiletries

An atmosphere of tremendous grace with attention to detail makes this ideal for a blissfully comfortable stay in Paris.

Elegant Upgrade: Prestige Junior Suite

Highlights include:

  • En-suite marble bathroom with double wash basin and separate shower

  • Champagne bottle and pastries at your arrival

  • Six hundred fifteen square feet one-bedroom suite with spacious living area.

  • Twice daily room attendant service

Sleep peacefully in your extravagant, Parisian home

As stately and enchanting as the hotel they inhabit but full of warmth and character, Prestige Suites are large enough for utter luxury but intimate enough to feel like home.

Splurge-Worthy Suite: Eiffel Suite

Highlights Include:

  • 1022 square feet

  • Eiffel Tower view

  • Spacious separate living room

  • Champagne bottle and pastries on your arrival

  • Guerlain toiletries and essential oils

  • Luxury Beltrami embroidered linen

A palatial suite with the most magical and iconic view of Paris. It is the ultimate memorable honeymoon experience.


The hotel is home to five restaurants and bars. They deliver a mixture of atmospheres to suit all moods.

Jean Imbert au Plaza Athenee

Prepare to undertake an immersive journey back to the ancient heart of French gastronomy in a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Le Relais Plaza

Le Relais Plaza, an icon of the area, is the hotel's historical mainstay and is adored for its original Deco features.

Le Gallerie

La Galerie is ideal for breakfast, a light lunch, unexpected pre-dinner drinks, or afternoon tea.

La Cour Jardin

This restaurant is a lovely outdoor courtyard open seasonally for lunch and dinner. In the winter, the square becomes a winter wonderland, complete with an ice rink.

Le Terrasse Montaigne

Al fresco terrace restaurant runs along the hotel's facade, forming a spotlight of attention. You will find light, refined cuisine; it is the place to see and be seen.

Le Bar

Le Bar offers handcrafted cocktails served alongside the finest Dom Pérignon champagnes. The cocktail menu inspired the elegant modern design.

Service and Facilities

You can expect warm and efficient service; the staff goes out of their way to ensure that all guests feel special. When we arrived, hotel porters lined up at the entrance to take our bags and welcome us to the hotel. When we returned from exploring the lovely city, the staff would greet us by name and take care to remember our favorite after-dinner requests. Plaza Athenee also offers packing and unpacking services.

No place in Paris does beauty quite like the Dior Institut. As a nod to the relationship between the House of Dior and the hotel, Dior designed the fabulous spa. The spa offers couture-inspired treatments. You can get one-on-one skincare consultations and customized massages utilizing Dior products. While the gym isn't huge, it possesses modern equipment in a lovely setting.

Jessie's Hotel Plaza Athenee Pros:

  • It's a legendary century-old property favored by the elite.

  • Luxe interiors with fresh flowers delivered to your room daily

  • Ideal location for exploring the city and shopping

  • Some rooms have incredible Eiffel Tower from their balconies.

  • Romantic inner courtyard perfect for cuddling up with your sweetheart.

  • One of the best spas and Turkish Baths in Paris

  • 24-Hour concierge

Jessie's Hotel Plaza Athenee Cons:

  • The hotel doesn't have a pool

  • Fees for parking

  • Some will find some of the extravagant rooms stuffy.

  • The hotel is pricey.

Jessie's Hotel Plaza Athenee Rating

(Rating Scale: 5 Superb, 4 Great, 3 Good, 2 Not Acceptable & 1 Awful)

Location: 5 out of 5

Culinary: 4.75 out of 5

Rooms: 4.75 out of 5

Service: 5 out of 5

Spa: 5 out of 5

Total: 4.9

Since 1913, Hotel Plaza Athenee has delighted guests inside the heart of haute couture. The location is perfect for honeymooners exploring the city's designer fashion boutiques. Guests stay in elegant comfort overlooking Eiffel Tower or the enchanting courtyard with its signature red awnings. Hotel Plaza Athenee will allow you to indulge in total serenity; that's why it is my favorite honeymoon hotel in Paris.

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