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The Michelin Guide Expands Its Prestigious Awards: The Top Hotels in France

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April 10, 2024

The highly revered Michelin Guide is renowned for its tireless efforts in recognizing and highlighting the epitome of international cuisine. In a pioneering move, Michelin Guide will now also recognize the best in the hotel industry with its new, prestigious award: the Michelin Keys.

In its inaugural award presentation, 189 distinguished establishments in France have been awarded these distinct Keys for achieving exceptional hospitality and unique hotel experiences.

The Michelin Keys: A New Benchmark for Quality

In addition to expanding the Michelin Guide's reach, the Michelin Keys provide travelers with another trusted tool for evaluating their hotel choices. The Key system is reminiscent of the Michelin star ratings for restaurants – with Keys ranging from 1 to 3, and 3 Keys representing the highest level of hospitality and service.

Hotels bestowed with Keys offer unique stay experiences, have a definitive character, and provide a high level of service and hospitality. These awards are decided by Michelin inspectors during anonymous stays or visits, guaranteeing an unbiased review process focusing on the quality of the hotel experience.

Highlights From the First Michelin Key Awards

In the inaugural list of awardees, 24 establishments have stood out, receiving the commendable three keys. Each of these establishments offers exceptional service and comfort, and are considered as destinations of note.


  1. Ritz Paris: A symbol of elegance and the grand style of French art de vivre, the Ritz Paris has 142 finely crafted rooms and suites that blend comfort with the charm of its exceptional setting.
  2. Le Meurice: This historic palace hotel, situated in the heart of Paris, offers views of the nearby Louvre and Tuileries Garden.
  3. Cheval Blanc Paris: Located in the heart of La Ville Lumière, overlooking the Seine, Cheval Blanc Paris offers a fusion of exceptional Parisian refinement and wellness.

Côte d'Azur:

  1. Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes: Known as the crown jewel of the Riviera, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc offers a timeless luxury experience with spectacular views of the Mediterranean.
  2. Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat: A legendary palace nestled in the heart of the French Riviera amidst 17 acres of lushly landscaped gardens, Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat offers an experience of timeless elegance.

Other Regions:

  1. Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle, Versailles: Located within the walls of the Palace, Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle offers guests exclusive private tours of the royal residence and a dining experience curated by Alain Ducasse.
  2. La Réserve Ramatuelle, Saint Tropez: Nestled among the hills of the French Riviera, with panoramic view over the Mediterranean, La Réserve Ramatuelle offers an intimate and serene escape with plentiful luxury.
  3. Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux: Nestled between vineyards and forests, Les Sources de Caudalie offers guests the world's first Vinotherapy treatments and two Michelin-starred dining at La Grand'Vigne.

38 establishments received two keys, and 127 were awarded one Michelin Key. The complete list is ready for travelers keen to sample the ultimate in French hospitality.

Looking Ahead - Global Expansion

Following France, Michelin Guide will announce the Michelin Keys for hotels in the United States (Atlanta, California, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, New York, Washington DC) on April 24. Spain will follow on April 29, Italy on May 7, and Tokyo on July 4, 2024. Other destinations are expected to follow throughout the year.

This move opens a new chapter for the Michelin Guide, promising to shine a light on the finest hotels world has to offer. As travelers, we can eagerly anticipate learning about the extraordinary establishments earning this prestigious honor in the coming months.

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