This Saturday—July 14—marks the French holiday known as Bastille Day. The annual holiday is named after the military fortress prison, The Bastille, that was at the epicenter of a violent battle in 1789, signifying the beginning of the French Revolution and the country’s liberation from political tyranny. Nearly 230 years later, the French are still celebrating their unity with a jubilated enthusiasm that is analagous to the United States’ 4th of July festivities. The land of wine and cheese will host a bevy of events including bombastic firework displays in Paris at the Champ de Mars and parades and lantern displays in the upscale waterfront town of Saint-Tropez.
In honor of the historical holiday, we rounded up five spectacular French hotels, from Chamonix to Paris to spend your Bastille Day weekend in fabuleux style.