Above the 5-Star Hotel: the “Palace” Rating

This year the French government released the official list of French palaces. The “Palace” label, one step higher than the five-star rating, denotes excellence among the most prestigious French hotels. Out of the 7 historical Parisian palaces, only 2 made the new list : the Plaza Athénée (right) and the Meurice. Since the results were released, a vivid controversy has quickly developed, as economic stakes are high. It is indeed quite surprising that prestigious hotels such as the Ritz, the Lutecia, Fouquet’s, the Crillon or the George V have not been selected, while two newcomers—the Park Hyatt Vendome and the Bristol (left)—made the list. Hotels owners are arguing that the criteria used to set up the list are non-objective. A real sweeping change in an elitist and conservative microcosm! The committee in charge of the selection is refusing to reveal the criteria it has used, fuelling the fierce debate even further. The only information available is that applicants must meet some requirements such as a certain number of rooms, a certain number of employees per customer and the presence of spa facilities.

One Response to “Above the 5-Star Hotel: the “Palace” Rating”

  1. Comment by Spencer | 01/23/14 at 1:52 pm

    I love the Park Hyatt Vendome! I have stayed there a couple of times and it has always been fantastic.

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