We’re blessed. When it comes to visiting our favourites cities, the least of our concerns is where to stay. At the top of any list will be a search for the local Mandarin Oriental. Whenever we check in, we know we’re returning to a home from home. Always well located, and luxe but never vulgar, perhaps one day all hotels will be created this way.

Set in its location on rue Saint-Honoré, the Mandarin Oriental, Paris – a unique 1930s palace hotel with Art deco-inspired architecture – is at the heart of the city’s most desirable district. Rubbing shoulders with Chanel, Paul Smith, Mulberry and more, there are few more stylish addresses.

Just 138 rooms and suites lend the hotel an almost boutique feel and intimacy. It’s grand but never overbearing, and always effortlessly stylish. Truly Parisian, a perfect 21st century expression of the city’s character.

As with all city-centre hotels, square-meterage is at a premium but, regardless, the heart of the hotel is reserved for a lush courtyard garden – half restaurant, half lounge – which provides weary travellers with refuge from the city when required. Day and night, it is an oasis of calm and gentle chatter.

Three restaurants and a bar, all under the wing of Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage Thierry Marx, assure guests and visitors of some of the finest tastes and flavours in the city. Read more about these here.

Everything about this hotel whispers ‘Paris’, from its creative style to the immediate sense of belonging, from its homage to couture to its celebration of unique art. It creates a sensation at once exotic and romatic – a truly singular experience.

Three years after opening, the hotel was granted the status of official ‘Palace Distinction’ by Atout France, an accolade only provided to a select number of the very best five-star hotels that fulfil certain criteria. So, you needn’t only take our word that this is the finest hotel in Paris.

The best friend you’ll have in the city (other than the friend you’ll take with you), is the hotel’s concierge. They’re the first we’ll seek out when in any new city, or when returning to a city for a refresher. A good hotel concierge will have the inside track on what’s new and what’s hot and, when needed, they often really can open up restaurant booking spots!

This time we were pointed towards the Musée Jacquemart-André and their current exhibition of the works of Mary Cassatt – an American impressionist in Paris, as well as the Atelier Des Lumières for their Gustav Klimt-inspired show. Invest some time in getting to know your concierge. It’ll be time well spent.

The hotel’s in-room decor gives a nod to the American photographer, Man Ray, who made Paris his home in the 1930s, with a reproduction of ‘The Kiss’, on velvet, adorning the alcove. Luxury is addressed through taupe silk cushions and embroidered taffeta, with an abundance of dark wood, pale lacquer and chrome.

There’s a choice of Duplex Suites, Terrace Suites, Panoramic Suites, Couture Suites, a Suite Royale Orientale and the presidential Suite Royale Mandarin. If you need to ask what this costs, already you know you can’t afford it.

Don’t overlook the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris with its holistic experience promoting complete mind-body harmony. At 900 square meters it is one of the city’s largest hotel Spas.