Change is in the air for Le Bristol: a new brand identity in funky lime-green and an impressive extension in a more modern décor. The newly revamped bar (open to 2am), decorated in warm amber tones, holds fashion shows every Saturday to coincide with afternoon tea. Otherwise, the hotel remains very traditional: white marble floors, Île-de-France stone walls and gilded glass cabinets advertising classic perfumes and Cartier watches, which are dotted around the pink-marbled columns of the chandelier-lined lobby. The Jewish architect Lerman designed the metal grillework of the fabulous old lift when he was hiding here during World War II, his room number having been erased from the hotel register. There are 162 rooms, including 73 grand suites, all decorated in a classic style: antique furniture, rare wood panelling, fine European fabrics and timeless paintings. The hotel boasts a two Michelin-starred summer and winter restaurant, a beautiful garden, and an Anne Sémonin Spa, as well as a rooftop swimming pool designed by naval architect Professor Pinnau, who built boats for Onassis. If you’re brave enough to face the crazy Parisian drivers, a Smart car is available to guests.