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The Most Biz-Friendly Hotels

Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Paris

New junket-friendly properties are vying for entertainment dollars.

Hollywood execs have made a tradition of throwing A-list studio junkets at such spots as Le Bristol, Hotel de Crillon and Le Meurice. But a new wave of hotels is luring business with not just posh amenities but also state-of-the-art tech capabilities.

Le Royal Monceau
Since reopening in late 2010, the 149-room Royal Monceau, located minutes from the Champs-Elysees, has hosted junkets for Mad Men and Peter Weir's The Way Back. The venerable 1928 hotel has been completely reimagined by Philippe Starck -- working in an elegantly restrained vein -- and features two restaurants, a bookstore and neutral-toned rooms that give off an air of lived-in luxury. It offers five specially designed junket rooms and a 100-seat movie theater equipped with a 3D projector. "We're a hotel that loves the film biz," GM Sylvain Ercoli says. "We put the movie theater right in the center of the hotel -- what better statement is there?"
Rooms from about $1,150; 37 avenue Hoche, leroyalmonceau.com.

Mandarin Oriental
In July, the Mandarin Oriental will open on the swank rue Saint-Honore. Set inside a 1930s Art Deco building, the 138-room property will feature sleek, contemporary interiors accented in fresh hues including plum, lime and fuchsia. "Very Parisian but with an Asian twist," GM Philippe Leboeuf says. The hotel says it has invested nearly $6 million in IT capacity alone, and VIP guests can enjoy presidential suites with built-in fitness rooms.
Rooms from about $1,350; 251 rue Saint-Honore, mandarinoriental.com/paris.

Shangri-la Hotel
Although only open a few months, the Shangri-La has already played host to Matthew McConaughey for the Lincoln Lawyer junket, and Cesar-nominated actors Gilles Lellouche and Jean Dujardin recently holed up there to work on a screenplay. The 81-room Shangri-La, which offers stunning Eiffel Tower views, inhabits a restored hotel particulier originally designed for Napoleon's grand-nephew. It's pure 19th century luxury, from the white- marble grand staircase to its Empire-style palette of black, gold and blue.
Rooms from about $1,115; 10 avenue d'Iena, shangri-la.com.

Hotel Fouquet's-Barriere
Open since 2006, this 107-room property on avenue George V hosts the Cesar Awards afterparty -- and its rooms are among the city's largest, making the hotel conducive to junkets and film shoots, including 2008's Taken with Liam Neeson. Expect what some say is the best service in the city and suites in rich finishes (mahogany, velvet, leather, sharkskin). Its brasserie, Le Fouquet's, dates to 1901.
Rooms from about $1,115; 46 avenue George V, fouquets-barriere.com.

Hotel Le Bristol
The classic 161-room hotel -- whose junket capabilities offer as many as 10 interconnected rooms -- has developed privileged relationships with such studios as Sony, Fox and Warner Bros. (Recent junkets include The Social Network and Somewhere.) The opulently decorated property -- think Louis XV and XVI furniture and liberal amounts of French damask -- was Woody Allen's home away from home last summer while shooting Midnight in Paris, and he converted one of its salons into a screening room to watch rushes. "One of my favorite things in Paris is having lunch or drinks in the garden," says Letty Aronson, Allen's producing partner and sister.
Rooms from about $1,180; 112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, lebristolparis.com.

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