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Deluxe French hotels granted ‘palace’ status

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-05-05

Eight French hotels were bestowed with “palace” status on Thursday, a new industry title that recognises luxury in excess of mere five-star service. Four Paris hotels were among those on the list, which was voted by a jury.

AFP - Eight deluxe French hotels were crowned with the rare distinction of "palace" status on Thursday, a new industry classification for luxury that goes beyond a mere five stars.

Four Paris hotels - the Bristol, the Meurice, the Park Hyatt and the Plaza Athenee - made the list, plus the Palais in Biarritz, the Airelles and Cheval Blanc in Alpine resort Courchevel and the Grand Hotel Cap Ferrat, near Nice.

French tourism authorities said the rank recognises "French-style excellence" to boost the profile of the most chic hotels, marking them out from branches of foreign-run luxury joints such as Hong-Kong's Shangri-La.

The jury made its awards based on criteria including speed of service, quality of dining and historical and architectural interest.

One of the deluxe hotel chains rewarded, the Dorchester group which runs the Meurice and the Plaza-Athenee, complained that its renowned Paris hotels the Ritz and the George V were not crowned also.

"I have a bitter taste of victory in my mouth," its boss, Francois Delahaye, told AFP. "That the Ritz and especially the George V were not on the list removes all credibility from the award."

Date created : 2011-05-05

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