12 Parisian Hotels avec Character

We are often asked for addresses with at least a whiff of genuine, Gallic charm and character. Sadly such hotels are a dying breed, and some of our favourites are now too elderly to recommend wholeheartedly. For simple, family-run hotels, check out our list of budget hotels with Gallic charm (Paris Budget Charm).

Try to book well in advance, and ask for the better rooms if you can. As for our favourite bedroom in Paris, we should tell you about the Parc St-Severin, a pleasant enough Latin Quarter hotel, though not one of our top choices, but with a top floor suite that's circled by a broad private terrace with breathtaking views of the city, and which costs less than many small, viewless rooms in more expensive hotels. The best view of all, though, comes from the terrace of the Belle Etoile suite at the Meurice (see Paris Chic hotels).


  • L' Hôtel

    Paris

    Iconic hotel where Oscar Wilde lived, now with flamboyant interiors by Jacques Garcia. Super romantic, dark and intimate, a perfect bolthole with top dining on the Left Bank.

    20 rooms from $344
    Restaurant  -  Michelin star.
    Sights nearby  -  Just across the river from the Louvre.
    Swimming Pool  -  Small plunge pool.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Hotel Mansart

    Paris

    Handsome, antique-filled rooms in a terrific location on place Vendome. Full of character, and great rates for this right bank position. Ideal for shopping and major sites.

    57 rooms from $248
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
  • Hotel Les Degrés de Notre Dame

    Paris

    Charming bedrooms and an auberge-style restaurant make this a sought-after base in the Latin Quarter, with views over Notre Dame. Large attic room has best views, suitable for families. Full of character. No a/c or elevator.

    10 rooms from $155
    Views  -  Of Notre Dame, best from attic suite.
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon

    Paris

    Romantic public areas with a private house feel - plush fabrics and interior design, ultra traditional, elegant and intimate. Rooms are small, so worth paying for superiors. Well located near St Germain and the charming Rue du Bac.

    34 rooms from $371
    Sights nearby  -  Musee d'Orsay within walking distance.
    Lively area  -  In the heart of the Left Bank.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Michelin Travel
  • Le Relais du Louvre

    Paris

    Peaceful, elegant town house with pretty, cosy bedrooms of largely floral patterns. Great position close to the Louvre. Good family suite. Breakfast taken in the rooms.

    21 rooms from $236
    Sights nearby  -  Located between the Louvre and Notre Dame.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Michelin Travel
  • Hotel d'Aubusson

    Paris

    Period feel 4 star hotel in a handsome 17th-century honey-stone house on the Left Bank. Smart and well run, with quality furnishings and exposed beams. Family friendly, spacious rooms, underground parking.

    49 rooms from $364
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the river.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Michelin Travel
  • Hotel de Saint-Grégoire

    Paris

    Elegant, warmly decorated hotel with antiques. Family run and intimate, a charming choice with good rates. Rooms are stylishly designed. This is a quiet haven, not far from the action.

    20 rooms from $268
    Elegant  -  Decor by David Hicks
    Sights nearby  -  Two minutes from the Luxembourg Gardens.
  • Hotel Brighton

    Paris

    A classic three star in a top position with superb views. Good value for the area, some large rooms and suites, insulated from the busy street. Top choice for families and couples intent on sightseeing.

    61 rooms from $209
    Views  -  Of the Tuileries Gardens.
    Sights nearby  -  Just across from the Louvre and near Concorde.
  • Hotel Daniel

    Paris

    Exuberant decoration with oriental influences in a gorgeous town house hotel. Highly elegant, with a good mix of antiques, fabrics, wallpapers and objets. Well located, with a rooftop suite with views.

    26 rooms from $567
    Elegant  -  East meets West.
    Views  -  Rooftop suite has Eiffel Tower views.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
  • Hotel du Bourg Tibourg

    Paris

    Handsome and compact Parisian townhouse transformed into a flamboyant Moorish palace. More affordable younger sibling of the Costes, the boudoir feel is highly romantic.

    30 rooms from $364
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Lively area  -  In the heart of the Marais.
    Designer  -  Jacques Garcia interiors.
    Sights nearby  -  The Picasso Museum.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
  • Le Relais Montmartre

    Paris

    Charming gem of an hotel with pretty bedrooms in villagey Montmartre, just behind Sacre Coeur on a quiet street. Intimate and romantic, with connecting rooms for families and a small garden.

    26 rooms from $250
    Sights nearby  -  Behind Sacre Coeur.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Michelin Travel
  • Hotel San Régis

    Paris

    Small and intimate 5 star luxury townhouse hotel with a smart address in the 'Golden Triangle', much loved by fashionistas. Fine dining, an intimate bar for meetings, and spacious bedrooms in country house style.

    33 rooms from $438
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Sights nearby  -  Just off the Champs Elysees.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel

Written by  Fiona Duncan, posted Friday, 12th February 2010
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