All about the distinction palace in France


Josephine Herbelin
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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 14 December 2023, updated on 23 April 2024

In France, hotel rankings highlight the exceptional 5-star hotels by elevating them to ‘palace’ status. Awarded to establishments that achieve excellence.

Established by the French Minister of Tourism in November 2010, the Distinction Palace is designed to award official recognition to the finest 5-star hotels. They must have exceptional qualities that embody French standards of excellence and contribute to enhancing the image of France throughout the world. It is also designed to increase the profile of these establishments, especially on the international scene.

The ministry of tourism awards the "Palace" distinction after the completion of a two phase process:

  • An initial investigation phase conducted by ATOUT FRANCE based on objective eligibility criteria. These mandatory criteria include having the following available to guests: fitness area, spa, multilingual team, concierge service and more.
  • An evaluation phase is conducted by an experienced panel, based on a set of assessment criteria including: location, appearance, history of the site, character of the establishment, involvement of staff in seeking excellence, gourmet restaurants, respectful environmental policy, and more.

La vue sur le Grand Palais et la Tour Eiffel depuis le Palace La Réserve Paris.
© La Réserve Paris - La vue sur le Grand Palais et la Tour Eiffel depuis le Palace La Réserve Paris.

31 exceptional hotels have been awarded the prestigious "Distinction Palace":

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