Lavishly appointed “palace” hotels in Paris seek to attract wealthy tourists. Ten hotels have achieved the designation of “palace” by the French government’s tourism authority. These opulent hotels feature amenities above and beyond luxury hotels, such as trilingual staff and rooms the size of a studio apartment. These hotels attract foreign visitors far more than French vacationers, who prefer boutique hotels or Airbnb rentals. The experience at one of these palace hotels may not be a completely authentic French experience, but more what a tourist might imagine a French vacation to be. Guests are predominantly American and Middle Eastern, but a growing number of Asians are hoped to join the ranks of wealthy tourists. Recent terror attacks and high profile crime have had a negative effect on the ultra luxury hotel business; but owners are hopeful for a tourism recovery, as is France as a whole.
Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.
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