In a city defined by Belle Époque grandeur, the celebrated palace hotels of the French capital are becoming more competitive, investing in more rooms and lavishing attention on ever-smaller details.
Recent high-luxe arrivals with 100-plus rooms - The Peninsula Paris, Mandarin Oriental Paris and Shangri-La Hotel Paris - have headquarters in Asia and blend their own sense of style with French character.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, meanwhile, reopened last year after a $320 million makeover of its 154 rooms and 54 suites.
So, even though Paris reigns supreme in grand luxury - many hotels are small, privately run affairs. They are boutiques. And here's three of the best.