Paris: Hotel showcase - Les grandes dames

Paris is home to some unashamedly classic properties from palaces to spas, so take your pick.

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GEORGES V.

Planners are spoiled for choice with George V's array of opulent meeting rooms. Hold a wine tasting in The Racks or a dinner for 50 in the baronial-style Louis XIII Salon. Gala dinners for 350 can be hosted in the Salon Vendome, while cocktails on the terrace above the rooftops of Paris is popular. The 265 rooms include 61 spacious suites and Louis XV tapestries. www.fourseasons.com

THE RITZ PARIS

The doyenne of old-world charm on the Place Vendome, this is the original Ritz and, while it may be a classic, it also boasts the very latest in technology to appeal to the corporates. Merrill Lynch and Barclays are some of the UK groups to have held events at the property, which boasts the highest staff to room ratio with three staff per room - perfect for pampering top VIPs. The Salon Vendome can cater for 240 delegates for seated events, or can be transformed into a pool for a more informal soiree. www.ritzparis.com

INTERCONTINENTAL LE GRAND HOTEL

A full refurbishment of the meeting spaces at this traditional Parisian hotel was completed in April 2003, and with wi-fi access in all public areas and meeting rooms, the business groups keep coming. It's refined elegance all around, but that didn't stop Marilyn Manson from checking in. www.paris.intercontinental.com

ROYAL HOTEL MONCEAU

Located in the very heart of Paris, this Mandarin Oriental property finished its renovations in May. Private dining can be arranged in the Royal Suite, with a Maitre d' serving up to 12 guests. Silver mosaics from an Indian temple line the ceiling in the bar and velvet and red sofas complete the ambience. www.royalmonceau.com

CLARION ST JAMES

There are nine new executive suites at the historic property where General La Fayette first met Marie Antoinette. C&I planners can take a dip in the pool or hire out the area - Calvin Klein combined the space with the spa for a product launch recently. www.clarionsaintjames.com

LE MEURICE

Even the most contemporary client can't fail to warm to Le Meurice. Its wall-to-wall old school glamour with frescoed ceilings, chandeliers and the breathtaking winter garden. Luxury touches include Carrera marble baths with heaters, products by Penhaligon's and a library of 400 DVDs if you can't bear to leave your room. In the second half of 2006, Le Meurice Academy will open, offering cookery classes, wine appreciation and flower arranging lessons. www.lemeurice.com

HOTEL CRILLON

Three of the function spaces at this classic beauty on the Place de la Concorde are classified as historic monuments. Hold a meeting for 55 theatre-style in the Batailles Room or a reception for 80 in the Salon Marie Antoinette with its huge terrace. www.crillon.com.

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