Perhaps it’s over-romanticized, but the City of Light has our attention for a reason: a revolutionary spirit, unparalleled pastries, and a chic attitude to life, not to mention gorgeous landmarks. There’s also plenty of lovely hotels, from historic haunts to designer digs, art-lovers’ delights to trendy new boltholes. Here’s our pick of the best hotels Paris has to offer.
Best Hotels In Paris
Cheval Blanc Paris
Combining marble, a multitude of luxurious materials and a fiercely restrained and modern take on comfort, Cheval Blanc showcases LVMH’s power to set the luxury agenda and marks the end of Parisian plume and pomp as we know it. Interiors seize on a calm, muted palette, except for the main restaurant where Piet Mondrian-style cubes of primary colours set a more convivial tone and a mix of local and international diners are wowed by sweeping views of the Seine.
Swimmers are treated to the same views from the pool downstairs, just through digital art mimicking the comings and goings of Paris beyond the hotel walls. The cultural and economic currency involved made this one of the most anticipated hotel openings in Parisian history, particularly with the Cheval Blanc hospitality group finally coming home to roost in the French capital. By Rosalyn Wikeley
BOOK IT: Doubles from £980 per night. 8 Quai du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France. chevalblanc.com
La Réserve Paris
Rubbing stately shoulders with the Elysees palace and the Champs Élysées, La Reserve, the Rolls Royce of Parisian hotels with its Napoleonic splendour and Palace status, has a discreet yet generous philosophy on luxury. Once the home of Napoleon’s half-brother, the building’s Belle Époque bones have been rattled into the 21stcentury with designer Jacques Garcia’s extravagant overhaul, one that neatly stitches state-of-the-art tech and smooth contemporary lines into the arresting historical opulence. Dusty french fancy is banished in the large suites for sumptuously modern velvet sofas, clean cut desks and an enormous contemporary style bed, expertly set against those Haussmann wall mouldings that prompt clichéd squeals of delight from tourists.
The outcome of such a delicate blend justifies Parisian hotels’ reluctance to operate as museums – satiating the romantic aesthetes and design crowd in equal measure. A soft, sophisticated library spills into a charming courtyard and conceals a plush secret smoking room (imperial-era opium haunt one suspects). Destination restaurants Le Gabriel and Le Pagode de Cos, both overseen by Executive Chef, Jérome Banctel, integrate Japanese cuisine into seasonal French fare amid grandiose pillars and gold embellished detail. To pinch the apt prose of French poet Baudelaire, ‘Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté, Luxe, calme et volupté: ‘there is nothing but order and beauty, Luxury, calm and delight’. By Rosalyn Wikeley
BOOK IT: 42 Av. Gabriel, 75008 Paris, France. lareserve-paris.com
Hôtel de La Boétie
Renowned interior designer Beata Heuman, known for her use of strong hues and vintage charm, has transformed a period building in the heart of Champs-Elysées into Hôtel de La Boétie, the latest in the adorably bijoux Touriste family which currently comprises seven dwellings with more in the offing. Keeping with the Touriste style, Hôtel de La Boétie has just 38 rooms, including a pint-sized reception, breakfast area and bar. Stand-out touches include a cascade of cut-out tulips as wall lights in the entry hall, jumbo-gingham in the bar with Beata’s statement Dodo egg light overhead, candy-pink sheets and towels by Frette, Diptyque bathing treats and Fortune cookies at bedtime.
Adrien Goaguen, founder of Touriste explains, ‘we allow ourselves the luxury of only developing projects we enjoy’. And it shows, his ambition is to offer guests the best possible experience at the fairest price. Each destination is a mini design gem – interesting, artsy, comfortable, fancy-pants spaces that charm from the moment you enter. Other designers include Luke Edward Hall who added his carefree, romantic style to Hotel Les Deux Gares, five minutes’ walk from Gare du Nord and Hotel Beauregard in the 15th arrondissement by Chloé Nègre where you’ll find Parisian style with a touch of the seventies. Each one a perfect little Parisian bolthole whether you’re visiting for work, rest or play.
BOOK IT: Rooms from £214. 91, rue La Boétie, 75008 Paris, France. hoteldelaboetie.com
Fresh from a four-year overhaul, this beloved grande dame emerged last year all subtly spruced up and singing, with as much old-fashioned glamour as before. Rooms are still a cocooning vision of cream with antique furniture, period oil paintings and glass chandeliers, while new suites are named after the literary and artistic characters who once stayed here: Marcel Proust, F Scott Fitzgerald and Coco Chanel.
The world’s first Chanel spa has opened as part of the Ritz Club with specially created facials that leave skin glowing; the Salon Proust has been added for French afternoon tea; and Bar Hemingway is the spot for cocktails – full of memorabilia, including the author’s original letters to his wife. A legendary hotel with five-star service that feels like stepping back in time.
BOOK IT: 15 Pl. Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France. ritzparis.com
Hôtel Madame Rêve
A stone’s throw from the Louvre and the lively market street of Rue Montorgueil, Hôtel Madame Rêve is perfectly placed for Parisian jaunts, but also for, well, les Parisiens. Owner and creative director Laurent Taïeb set out to mix locals and guests with the same rigour as the Seventies shades of coffee, caramels and ochres on the hotel’s walls. Indeed, starry-eyed hotel guests and curious Parisians lean into the smart-casual mood of La Plume, Madame Rêve’s Asian-fusion restaurant, whose eclectic menu of lobster black buns, wagyu gyoza and teriyaki salmon echoes a global palate with nods to the city’s culinary heritage. Dominating the view is an amber-lit Saint-Eustache amid a whimsical sprawl of Parisian rooftops and sparkling monuments. Downstairs, Café Madame Rêve’s soaring ceilings, velvet curtains and vast charcoal pillars feel closer to the building’s history, as well as the quartier’s grand café culture that chimed with the Eiffel Tower’s opening in 1888. Here, a refined and slightly more mature crowd gathers for meetings, Manhattans and afternoon tea.
The hotel’s 82 rooms occupy a slice of the old Poste du Louvre – the city’s post office, which famously stayed open all day and night. Ceilings have been peeled open with windows framing the Parisian sky, its rooftops, and heart-tugging views of almost every city landmark. The roof terrace promises a romantic, panoramic vista from its sunbeds, with its bar (open to all punters from 6pm) offering a glimpse of the twinkling Tour Eiffel. By Rosalyn Wikeley
BOOK IT: Doubles from €500. 48 Rue du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France. madamereve.com
Hôtel Le Bristol
This Parisian palace has long been a reference in the City of Light; its 18th century limestone façade standing proud on Rue du Faubourg-Sainte-Honoré has been welcoming the good and the great since it first opened in 1925. Step inside and you are met by fresh flowers and polished antique furniture, seamless service, and everything you might need – and more – under one roof. Start at the bottom to see Le Bristol’s own flour mill which supports all the bread baked on the premises. There is a cheese room next door, a chocolate factory, and wine cellars with more than 2,500 labels. Go to the top and there is a rooftop swimming pool, designed to look like a caravel from the 1920s; a spa with treatments using Tata Harper products. Step out into the garden where lush greenery is the backdrop for dishes from Epicure, the three star Michelin restaurant of Chef Eric Frechon. There, inside in winter, outside in the garden in summer, come Frechon’s signature dishes like Macaroni stuffed with black truffle, artichokes and duck foie gras, baked with aged parmesan.
But make time for the Brasserie 114 Faubourg too. Less formal but no less delicious, its grilled fennel with seaweed butter, tartare of Marennes oyster with salicornia or lemon pavlova from Corsica with fresh herbs are more than worth the detour. And then there are the rooms: luxuriously comfortable, elegantly decorated, filled with light. Exactly how a Parisian palace should be. By Mary Lusianna
BOOK IT: Doubles from €1,190 (approx. £1,025) per night, room only. 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France. oetkercollection.com
Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris
Even before you’ve clapped eyes on Russian artist Nikolay Polissky’s installation of life-size wooden elk and deer on the first-floor landing, it’s hard to miss the fact there’s a serious art thread running through this heavenly hotel near the Champs-Élysées. Rooms are adorned with works from the hotel’s impressive private collection (book in with the art curator for a tour) alongside coffee table art books from the in-house book store (there’s an art gallery on site too) and handcrafted furniture by Philippe Starck.
There’s a cinema for watching art house flicks, where you can munch on caramelised popcorn by Pierre Hermé; a pure white Spa My Blend by Clarins, with the longest (23m) pool in any Parisian hotel; and a fresco of hand-glued shells decorating the Michelin- starred Italian restaurant, Il Carpaccio.
BOOK IT: 37 Av. Hoche, 75008 Paris, France. raffles.com
If you’re seeking the pomp and flamboyance of Paris’ luxe design scene, minus the fanfare, check out one of the newest (and chicest) hotels in the capital. Designed from start to finish by superstar Philippe Starck, this 29-room, three-suite petit hotel is nestled in a 1925 art deco building, which stands out in its elegance from its surrounding buildings only on closer inspection, and if not for the vintage car parked in front of the hotel to mark its position, it would blend in altogether.
Starck’s flair is evident throughout, with pastel tones contrasting with brass and bronze, inspired by the roaring twenties and the Hollywood starlets of yesteryear (indeed, each room is named after a former female cinema star). Rose-tinted mirrored walls create space and light (and an infinitely more appealing reflection) in the bathrooms, while the cosy bar is a nice spot for a cocktail away from the hustle and bustle of trendy Marais. By Rebecca Cox
BOOK IT: 58 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris, France. preferredhotels.com
Hôtel Des Grands Boulevard
If you have yet to get to grips with Paris’ new chic, Hotel des Grands Boulevard is a good place to start. The latest 50-room hotel from the Experimental Cocktail Group (as famed for its founders’ childhood friendship as it is for its clipped hipster design) neatly exemplifies the city’s new relaxed identity, more aligned with East London’s polished bohemia than fussy French hospitality. Nestled in an undiscovered residential corner of the 2nd ‘arrondissement’ and flanked by Faubourg Montmartre theatres and the Opera House; the hotel is the perfect launchpad for scaling this romantic city.
The discreet entrance, secret passageway and relaxed reception area smack of the ECC brand – everything is easy, unpretentious and painfully cool. In a sun-soaked atrium enveloped in green plants, a modern story unfolds with suited-and-booted types talking business over frothy coffee, ‘I work in tech’ 30-somethings perching up at the bar and coiffered grand-mamams processing the new buzz from red cushioned benches. Working with Dorothée Meilichzon, the ECC group have spun an eclectic scene of Louis XVI splendour with the simple aesthetic of Revolutionary France (an ode to the arrondissement’s history), not forgetting a hint of their own retro trademark. The canopy beds, Scandinavian lighting, rustic stools and dark moody walls blend vibrant romance with minimalist gusto, serving up an elevated simplicity fast conquering Paris. The breakfasts here cater to a spoiled international palate (you can forget ‘just croissants’), while the lunch and dinner menu take heed from the aforementioned ‘simple luxury’ mission statement – the options are minimal and hedonistic (try their gnocchi with lamb ragout and chocolate tart with cereal ice cream: all lip-smacking stuff). Post dinner drinks can be found up on the roof terrace, a magnet for trendy Parisians defeating the cool winds with outdoor heaters and experimental cocktails aplenty. By Rosalyn Wikeley
BOOK IT: 17 Bd Poissonnière, 75002 Paris, France. grandsboulevardshotel.com
Le Pigalle, located near the Moulin Rouge in an area historically renowned for its seductive mix of seedy and sensational, assumes the character of a private members’ club for a fashionable crowd – bashed-up leather chairs, low-slung sofas and phone-gazing hip young things. The reception morphs into dining space and a marble-topped island serves as bar and eaterie.
It’s hard to distinguish staff from guests. Inside, designers Charlotte De Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay have blended vintage and contemporary; bedrooms are cosseting pods with marshmallow beds, books, souvenirs and saucy snapshots of neighbourhood life – some have cocktail bars, turntables and a stack of vinyl. It’s like staying at a friend’s stylish Parisian pad, albeit one who makes a fine home-made terrine, sprinkles tomato dust on burrata and sources the best local croissants for breakfast.
BOOK IT: 9 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris, France. lepigalle.paris
Hôtel Les Deux Gares
Cobalt blues, emerald greens, leopard print and velvet galore, Hotel Les Deux Gares bears the classically inspired eclecticism characteristic of British interior designer, Luke Edward Hall. The print overload, silks and scalloped edges dress a Haussmann building in Paris’s Little India, between (as its name suggests) Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord – also a stone’s throw from the hip Canal Saint-Martin neighbourhood.
BOOK IT: Doubles from €120. 2 Rue des Deux Gares, 75010 Paris, France. hoteldeuxgares.com
Four Seasons Hotel George V
As poised and polished as the day it opened in 1928, the George V is Rive Droite at its best: 17th-century Flemish tapestries, marble mosaic floors, crystal chandeliers, wildly extravagant flower displays and spectacular artworks. It’s no wonder Gwyneth Paltrow just spent her honeymoon here.
The 244 rooms are quintessentially French in classical Louis XV style – and huge by Parisian standards, more like a pied-à-terre. Wake up in the morning and head downstairs for a suitably extravagant breakfast, including quite possibly the best hot chocolate on the planet. The three restaurants have a galaxy of Michelin stars and the spanking new marble-clad spa is incredibly elegant, bringing with it a splash of contemporary. Over in the spa, there’s an enormous pool plus two hammams and a Technogym-equipped fitness centre.
BOOK IT: 31 Av. George V, 75008 Paris, France. fourseasons.com
After a £177m four-year revamp, all eyes were on this Paris icon when it reopened its doors in July 2018. Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte was the man in charge – and he has done a sensational job, injecting cool contemporary features while keeping the spirit of the historic building intact. For this is a place with a storied past. Built on the Left Bank by the founders of Le Bon Marché department store, the hotel was loved by the likes of Picasso, Matisse and James Joyce.
Following occupation by the Nazis, the Taittinger champagne family bought the Lutetia in the 1950s, soon counting Serge Gainsbourg and César as regulars. The buzz is now back. Bar Joséphine is packed every night with a glamorous crowd (Brigitte Macron is a regular). The 184 rooms are understated, in shades of beige and blue with Murano glass wall lights, brushed oak floors and all- marble bathrooms. The swathes of marble continue in the super-slick new Akasha spa.
BOOK IT: 45 Bd Raspail, 75006 Paris, France. hotellutetia.com
Hotel 25Hours, Terminus Nord
Part of the 25Hours collection, Terminus Nord is a game-changer for the Eurostar traveller. The hotel is discreetly sandwiched between too cafés, directly opposite opposite Gare du Nord in the 10th – a no-go arrondissement ten years back that is now defining Paris’ ‘woke’ revolution. Terminus Nord itself personifies the new wave of Parisian design culture. Laid back functionality marries comfort, design is both conscious and soulful and the lines between work and play are blurred. From the boutique selling local brands by the reception to the extensive dining and café area, the spaces flow and industrial edges are softened with inviting sofas and chairs. A vivacious décor pervades and nods not only to the neighbourhood’s cultural heritage – a North African, Middle-Eastern medley – but uses local fabrics, prints, products and even local stories in their coffee table books to support the community.
In the evening, these ‘petite boudoir’ rooms really come into their own. The deep red fabrics lift the crimson sunset over Gare De Nord’s imposing rooftop statues, and the dim, naked bulbs serve up a warm and sultry cocoon amid Paris’s hustle and bustle. The cultural thrust behind the interiors spills onto the menu, a kitsch broad-sheet style contraption teeming with Middle Eastern and North African favourites – from beef cigars Moroccains to Israeli style Hoya’s prawns – along with more worldly ‘hipster’ dishes international travellers are accustomed to. An extensive dining room and café area blushes with West Anderson pink, velvet chairs recalling Jeff Koons pink balloons, and exposed copper pipes and ventilation. Breakfast is kaleidoscopic, indulgent and more European. Laptops are welcome. This is a progressive hotel apace with the demands of modern life while summoning a bygone community spirit. Upon leaving I pass a group of teenagers playing cards across the farm kitchen-style table in the clipped café space. Such is the spirit of 25hour Terminus Nord. By Rosalyn Wikeley
BOOK IT: 12 Bd de Denain, 75010 Paris, France. 25hours-hotels.com
Sandwiched between the Garnier Opera House and the Rue Saint-Honoré, the Nolinski oozes a contemporary Parisian cool typical of architect Jean-Louis Deniot, who has flawlessly blended avant-garde design with the old bones of a grand Haussmannian building. It’s as though you’ve been hauled off one of the city’s busiest streets into a silkier dimension, with blue and green hues, smooth lobby music and provocative art, such is Deniot’s intention in creating a space more reminiscent of a fictional traveller’s plush home (Nolinski’s) than a hotel.
Jagged geometric mirrors, standalone cube minibars and zigzag cornicing arrest the eyes, while lavishly-sized beds, marble bathrooms and Juliet balconies remind guests of the first arrondissement postcode. Dare to break the serene mirage as you dip into the pristine pool, reflected on the mirrored ceiling. By Rosalyn Wikeley
BOOK IT: 16 Av. de l’Opéra, 75001 Paris, France. nolinskiparis.com
Featured Image: The Ritz.