Saint James Paris
A Parisian family bought this 100-year-old château and converted it into a luxury hotel in 1990; it used to belong to an Englishman who ran it a a gentleman’s club. It still is technically a member’s club, as well as a smart hotel, with a grand staircase and wood-panelled library bar (there’s a red pillar box and good old telephone box in the grounds, too). The Parisian elite hold business lunches here, making the most of a restaurant that’s open only to members and hotel guests. Many who stay are regulars, booking into the same room every time; the sense of exclusivity is compounded by high walls and the park-style gardens. The rooms more like huge apartments, befitting the hotel’s status as the only château-hotel in Paris.