A $150-million renovation brings this dazzling hotel into the 21st century, just in time for its 100th birthday. But not content with just a dolling up of its lobby and rooms, the Ritz is now sporting an architecturally impressive glass and steel addition. And while the Palm Court has a dazzling, elegant new look, it’s the anticipation of Daniel Boulud’s Maison Boulud that really has Quebec epicures atwitter. The multi-Michelin-starred chef arrives for the first time in Canada’s Francophone capital, and the competition for tables in the ethereal courtyard is sure to be fierce. Another glamorous century awaits. 514.842.4212
The Hotel Concorde La Fayette is that true rarity: an actual Parisian skyscraper. So it only made sense to make like a New York hotel and install a fabulous skyward nightlife spot. At the new 34th-floor La Vue, unapologetically mod interiors by Pier Luigi Copat are done up in sexy red, white, and purple, with an extravagant 11,000-glass-rod chandelier as the aesthetic centerpiece. And like NYC’s Boom Boom Room, prodigious floor-to-ceiling windows off era staggeringly dramatic panorama of the French capital. Star barman Stephen Martin serves up an innovative drink menu, complemented by a selection of international bites, and regular live musical performances. It’s already drawing a fashionable crown– making the inside view almost as dazzling.
L. Raphael Beauty Spa
If there was a Palme d’Or for relaxation, the new L.Raphael Beauty Spa at Hotel Martinez would snag it. Set near its private La Croisette beach along the azure sea, L.Raphael will make you relax while you relax. How luxurious is that? The 3,000-square-foot spa, located on the seventh fl oor of the dazzling hotel, off ers two saunas, a beauty salon, and nine treatment cabins. Guests can also match their toned bodies to their refreshed beauty under the sunset (or sunrise for the early birds) at the 24-hour gym opening to the hotel’s terrace. The annual Cannes Film Festival is when the city really comes alive, and L.Raphael is no stranger to noteworthy celebs: It’s their pre- and post-party haven! +126.96.36.199.73.00. l-raphael.com
(Above photo: La Vue)