You and your prince charming have said “I do,” and now you can live like a king and queen when you check into an honest-to-goodness palace. So shine up your tiara and get ready to be treated like royalty at these historic hotels in some of the world’s most exciting cities.
The hotel’s aristocratic beginnings started with Napoleon’s grand-nephew Prince Roland Bonaparte who built it in 1896, a stone’s throw from the Seine in the 16th arrondissement. It made international news, with The New York Times describing it as a “splendid and spacious palace.” Here, the botanist prince held intellectual salons and extravagant soirées attended by the cream of Parisian society. Today, the party continues under the attentive auspices of the hotel’s committed staff, and the resplendent Belle Epoque decor and furnishings would satisfy any fin-de-siècle lady. Indulge your sybaritic side in the lavish rooms, many of which have spacious balconies and breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower. There’s even a large indoor pool, a true rarity in Paris. Room rates start at $1,350 a night.
What to Do: At the hotel, recharge with afternoon tea or dine at L’Abeille (French for bee, Napoleon’s favored emblem). Head to Montmartre to take a photo in front of the I Love You Wall, a public work of art that has “I love you” written in 250 languages on 612 enameled tiles. For a super special souvenir and unique experience, visit Nose, a perfumer and boutique where they’ll help you create a signature scent to celebrate your amour.
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