What does the Palace distinction mean?
The Palace distinction is a prestigious label that increases the international profile of 5 star hotels that present exceptional characteristics such as their geographical location, historical interest, bespoke service …
How do you obtain the Palace distinction?
Establishments wishing to be awarded the Palace distinction must go through two obligatory stages:
- The examination of their application, conducted by Atout France, who check that the eligibility criteria has been respected: 5-star rating, existence of a spa, a polyglot staff, concierge service …
- A presentation in front of a panel of personalities - 14 members from the world of literature, the arts, culture, the media, and the business world – who decide whether or not the establishment can aspire to the Palace distinction in terms of various indispensable criteria: the beauty of the place, historical heritage, high standards of service, gastronomy, the environment … in order to give a determining opinion.
Of the 19 hotels to have been awarded the Palace distinction in France, Paris currently accounts for 9. The latest establishment to have been elevated to the rank of palace was The Peninsula Paris, in July 2016.