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5-Day Weekend: London & Paris

London, England

Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Two of the world’s most engaging and romantic cities happen to reside a two-hour train ride from one another, which means you can hop a red-eye after work on Friday and hit the Old Smoke in time for a full English breakfast at the brand new Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea. Breakfast is complimentary for Platinum Card® Members with your Fine Hotels & Resorts booking. Consisting of five 19th-century townhouses that now hold just 54 guest rooms, it’s an elegant introduction to age-old British hospitality. After an early check in, get some fresh air with a walk through the private 93-acre Cadogan Estate Gardens or use your $100 credit for a jet-lag massage in the spa.

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London, England

The Beaumont

Looking for more of a scene? Book into the Art Deco Beaumont just off Hyde Park in Mayfair, where the Colony Grill Room is always abuzz with London’s dapper tastemakers. That $100 spa credit will cover much of a hydration facial and a go in the hammam.

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London, England

The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel

In truth, there are so many fabulous hotels in London, it’s hard to choose: The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, is Edwardian in style but conveniently set near the edgy, contemporary shops of Covent Gardens.

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There are so many fabulous hotels in London, it’s hard to choose.

London, England

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London sits atop Renzo Piano’s iconic glassy tower, with endless views over the River Thames, Tower Bridge, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Use that $100 food and beverage credit at GŎNG, the highest bar in Western Europe, to plot out your day’s adventures over inventive cocktails: to the London Eye Ferris wheel, to the authentic Borough Market food concession, to the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre.

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London, England

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane

Go super classic with the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, the brand’s first hotel in Europe when it opened in 1970. It continues to celebrate the Golden Age of Travel of the 1930s, and high tea is still taken garden-side (your $100 credit should surely go toward that).

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Paris, France

Le Bristol Paris

When your head swirls with all the history London imbues, make haste to St. Pancras Station (the stand-in for Harry Potter’s Platform 9 ¾ bound for Hogwarts in the films). The Eurostar high-speed train flies beneath the English Channel at 186mph, landing you at Gare du Nord in time for an early check-in at Le Bristol Paris, right on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in the glam 16th arrondissement. A rejuvenating massage awaits (that $100 spa credit won’t use itself!), as does a not-to-be-missed meal at the three-Michelin-star Epicure and the chance to spend the night in Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew’s mansion. Regulars brag that the residence is so close to the Eiffel Tower, you can practically touch it from many of the 100 opulent rooms.

Wear smart but sensible shoes to slowly explore the neighborhoods, the banks of the Seine, and the endless options of pastry shops—truly what the City of Lights was built for. Art-lovers can take advantage of the area’s high concentration of world-class museums, like the Palais de Tokyo, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Marmottan Monet Museum. Of course, artful objets and this season’s fashions can be found just as easily on the avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysées, a short walk away from the Bristol.

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Regulars brag that the residence is so close to the Eiffel Tower, you can practically touch it.

Paris, France

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Like London, Paris offers an embarrassment of riches when it comes to hotels that you’d dream of visiting (or revisiting), even if it weren’t for the 5X Membership Rewards1 points on prepaid Fine Hotels & Resorts stays when you book through AmexTravel.com or Pay With Points2. Consider Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris, quirkily designed by Philippe Starck, where you can use that $100 credit to take a break from all that divine French cuisine and go for a little Japanese formality at the Michelin-starred Matsuhisa Paris or Il Carpaccio.

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Paris, France

Mandarin Oriental, Paris

The Mandarin Oriental, Paris, set on eminently fashionable rue Saint-Honoré stands close to the Place Vendôme and the Tuileries beside The Louvre, an excellent spot for a picnic. Save that $100 food and beverage credit for a late night sweet at the Art Deco hotel’s Cake Shop, but carve out a late check out (a benefit to Platinum Members) so you can get your feet massaged at the spa—you can guarantee to ratchet up more than 20,000 steps on your smartphone’s health app. (And that’s even before you amble through other palaces of culture, like the Musée de l’Orangerie or the kooky Centre Pompidou.)

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Paris, France

Hotel Lutetia

No less high-touch, but different in its approach, is the newly reborn HotelLutetia, in the artsy Left Bank neighborhood of St. Germain-des-Pres. The 1910 Beaux Arts palace hotel was originally built by the family behind Le Bon Marche department store as a hangout for artists and influencers, and recently re-opened after a five-year refresh. That $125 property credit can be used anywhere throughout the property—in the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, in the Jazz Bar, in the Salon Crystal, or in the Lutetia Brasserie, run by Gérald Passedat (who has three Michelin stars in the Cote d’Azur). That early check-in and late check out mean that you can wander the storied halls where James Joyce wrote part of Ulysses, with occasional editing help from Ernest Hemingway, Samuel Beckett, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; where Picasso and Matisse both took up residence; and where Josephine Baker, Serge Gainsbourg, and Miles Davis were all regulars.

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Five days in London and Paris will surely leave you wanting more, so use that long flight home to contemplate a return with all the 5X Membership Rewards points you accrued during what will undoubtedly be a memorable, remarkable long weekend.

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