There are plenty of stylish touches for little ones at this Parisian grande dame of a hotel, starting with the fact that the hotel’s high chairs are designed by none other than Philippe Starck. You’ll find Starck’s touch throughout the property, including in the whimsical Le Dali restaurant, where the ceiling is painted with ethereal clouds (Salvador Dali used to spend a month at the hotel every year). Taking a leaf out of the surrealist artist’s book, the emphasis here is firmly on the fun – the staff will set up treasure hunts around the hotel with their in-house mascot, Pistache, on rainy days, and when the sun shines you can pack the kids off to the Jardin des Tuileries across the road. There, the hotel can organise carousel rides and custom-made toy wooden boats to sail on the boat pond. And when the grown-ups want to treat themselves to a night in the hotel’s Versailles-esque restaurant, helmed by three Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse, the concierge will hook you up with one of the city’s finest babysitters.
Address: Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
This Belle Epoque offering right by the Arc de Triomphe has all sorts of inventive ways to keep kids entertained, which come courtesy of their Peninsula Kids’ Academy. Budding chefs with a sweet tooth won’t be able to get enough of the Kids’ Candy Wonderland experience in the hotel’s kitchen, while sports buffs will love the Dream Team excursion, where they get the chance to go behind the scenes at Paris Saint-Germain football club. There are also treasure hunts in the Louvre and French lessons on offer, for those more culturally inclined. Kids are more than welcome to splash around in the indoor pool at the hotel’s spa – one of the largest in the capital – and there are children’s menus in all the restaurants, as well as a special kids’ brunch held every Sunday with French brand Tartine et Chocolat, where little ones can get stuck in with crafts and storytelling sessions.
Address: The Peninsula Paris, 19 Av. Kléber, 75116 Paris, France