Do you want to stay in one of the world’s best hotels in Paris?  How about three of them, in the best locations in the City of Light, all owned by the same family?  On my most recent trip to Paris, I discovered a trio of hidden hotel gems that had never been on my radar screen before: Baverez Hotels. This family-owned business (for more than a century) is owned by the Baverez family,  who offer the utmost in personal attention to travelers. What also sets this brand apart, among many things, is that all three Baverez hotels are five-star luxury properties – a distinguishing factor in its success. Suffice it to say that Baverez Hotels is, in my opinion, the world’s best privately held hotel group. “Les Hôtels Baverez” is a shimmering gem in the history of Paris; a unique collection of luxury hotels built upon the dreams and history of one sophisticated Parisian family.

the magestic hotel paris

Let’s start with The Majestic hotel,  a luxurious, palatial property where rooms go for about 1200 euros per night. The property is located in the 16th arrondissement, which is a very wealthy area.  Many of the rooms stand out, including #205 with kitchenette, coffeemaker, and microwave; it was the home of Enrique Iglesias on a recent trip to Paris. The Majestic has also been home to numerous photo, TV and movie shoots featuring Bruce Willis, Catherine-Zeta Jones, and Rupert Everett, and 40% of its customer base is repeat guests. Most of the hotel’s guests come from Europe, the USA, Canada, and also Saudi Arabia, where one family typically books three floors.

Mag Club Wellness at the Majestic hotel

One of the highlights is the spa where I luxuriated with a facial of Matis products that are made in France. For 100 Euro, you can enjoy the pampering “initial” treatment consisting of cleansing, exfoliation, and application of serum and mask. There’s a gorgeous pool area, along with a workout area, where I was able to get in a quick 30-minute workout before my facial. (I try to hold true to my author’s reputation as a “Gorgeous Globetrotter.”)

Raphael Hotel Paris


Baverez Hotels also include the 83-room Raphael Hotel, another five-star showpiece hotel, which was constructed to resemble a private house. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, the Raphael features rooms whose attention to detail, and whose décor and design, will transport you. VIP suite #509, for example, features a gorgeous tiled bathroom, huge living room, and king-sized bed. Number 515, the Honeymoon suite, is a junior duplex suite with a spiral staircase that leads to the outdoor terrace on the 7th floor, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of Paris.  Rooms are the Raphael start at about 900E per night and can go up to 2,000E per night. The Eiffel Tower Suite, where Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling once stayed, is #609, and it is also actor Frank Langella’s favorite suite. It’s palatial, decorated in a classic style, and its huge stone terrace is a great place to watch the Bastille Day fireworks.  My favorite suite is #601, all outfitted in white, which is soigne and elegant.

Raphael Hotel Eiffel Tower view

Hungry yet?  We had lunch in the Lounge Bar, where Chef Thomas Chegarae served delicious foie gras, Pommes Frites, Caesar salad, and turbot.

The Regina Hotel Paris


The Regina hotel, ideally situated in the heart of Paris on the Rue Rivoli and across from the Louvre, and within a short distance from the Opera and Galeries Lafayette, was the high point of our recent travel to Paris. General Manager Valentino Piazzi, who graduated from hotel school in Munich and also from Cornell University, oversees the daily operations of this Grand Dame. Filled with charm, the Regina is a delightful haven, that, says Mr. Piazzi, “is part of the most authentic and unique hotels – a family hotel group – which has been owned by the same family for 150 years. There are more family values that come into every decision,” he added.  “It’s a unique property, whereas corporate-run hotel properties lack the human touch,” he added.  Our suite, Number 301, featured something that all romantics and honeymooners will appreciate: a little alcove for the king-sized bed, surrounded by blackout drapes, which, create the impression of being in your own little world.  The bath features tub and shower, double sinks, separate toilet room, and heated towel racks.  There’s also a separate alcove/office area, where you’ll discover one of the handiest hotel accouterments I’ve ever encountered: a beautiful leather-covered box that contains four different electrical outlets, so you’re sure to find the one that fits your country. You can forget your adapter.The Regina Hotel Paris
The hotel has a room for every need, and it even features rooms with bunk beds for children, which you’ll find in Room #604. Grandparents, parents, and kids can also enjoy themselves in this suite, which even features mini bathrobes for children, and darling Le Petit Prince amenities. Baverez Hotels assure that everyone feels like royalty, and their silken surroundings are for kids of all ages who like to travel.

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Debbi K. Kickham is former Editor and On-Air Media Spokesperson of Robb Report Magazine. She writes about luxury, travel, beauty, spas, cruises, shopping and more, and her articles have been published in a wealth of national and international media over the past 30 years. A long-standing member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Debbi is also a member of the International Travel Writers Alliance. Debbi is also author of The Globetrotter’s Get-Gorgeous Guide: Diet and Beauty Secrets of Travel and Beauty Pros, Traveling Executives, and Celebrity Travelers. Debbi’s book hit Number One on in the “Honeymoon Travel Guide” category and is a gold mine of get-gorgeous information from around the world. Debbi also publishes a travel and beauty blog on her website at She can also be reached at, as she owns a boutique marketing/communications firm in the Boston area. Her other bestseller is Off The Wall Marketing Ideas. Debbi's favorite travel accessory is her handsome husband, William D. Kickham, and they co-write travel features together. When not globetrotting with Debbi, Bill is a personal injury attorney and criminal defense lawyer, and can be reached at httpss:// and at httpss:// To contact Debbi directly, email her at