The Turkish-run Rixos oozes luxury and from the moment you enter the vast lobby you are in for a treat. The relaxing tweeting in the background comes from live canaries in pretty cages dotted around the peaceful lobby bar and the abundant plants are all real, too. Whilst you might feel as though are in a jungle, the air-conditioning, attentive staff and sushi bar will convince you otherwise. A decadent (slightly over-the-top) French style adorns the 164 rooms, dispersed over eight floors and set around the huge atrium. Mosey down for a massage at Astana’s best spa in your dressing gown – the discreet entrance means you are unlikely to bump into anyone on the way – and enjoy the lavish European-style breakfast and Sunday brunch. For those seeking indulgence, the Rixos is an obvious choice, plus its accessible position on the Left Bank means it’s not far from all the (business) action.