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Paris has been lauded, doted upon, and sung about by so many people that there's little to add. So let's keep it simple: it's incredibly beautiful. It's home to a glorious array of art. Its grand boulevards and their cafe culture offer one of the most pleasurable ways imaginable to while away time. And, as the song implies, there isn't a best time of year to visit Paris, it's a glorious treat every month. The real challenge is deciding on the best places to stay in Paris, because Paris's hotel rating system is famously, and charmingly variable.
Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees are exciting to see but the real charm and memorable delight of a stay in Paris is usually in the details. The people of Paris are every bit as diverting as the grand architecture, whether they are in charming, shruggy, flirtatious, dismissive or garrulous mode. The straight-backed grandmother in a long skirt riding her scooter. The sad-looking dog who crosses the bridge twelve times as you sit there. The participants in the huge Friday night in-line skating event, the Pari-Roller, all shouting and laughing as they thunder past. The Frenchman/woman who gives you the look and puts a spring in your step for the rest of the day. The smell of smoke, the taste of a runny cheese, a coffee strong enough to make you wince....
What not to miss
As with most great cities, the way to see it is to walk everywhere.
A boat trip on the Seine is as touristy as white trainers and a sun hat, but is a lovely way to look at the buildings. It is also a good way to get your bearings when you first arrive.
The famous flea market, Marché aux Puces, is another firm favourite with visitors, but it's great fun and you can find everything from vintage couture to gaudy trinkets to bargain basement trainers.
Don't miss an evening visit to Montmartre where you can stroll the pretty streets below the Sacre-Coeur and soak up the village atmosphere.
Just below Montmartre is Pighalle where you'll find iconic cabaret entertainment in the form of the Moulin Rouge and Crazy Horse - Paris legends!
Venture out of the city centre and spend a day at Versailles - it should be on everyone's bucket list!
As for choosing which area to stay in, everyone has their favourites. The Latin Quarter and neighbouring St Germain des Pres on the left bank, have become increasing popular (some might even say too touristy). But their location alone (easy access to pretty much all the city's highlights) make them a good bet and you can still find charming bars, cafes and much more.
On the other side of the river you'll find the Marais, once rather looked down upon, but now one of the places to stay in Paris, and full of fantastic hotels.
Our Gurus have contributed an eclectic mix of the best places to stay in Paris to our list, with recommendations for a wind range of properties from the cheap and chic Mama Shelter to the opulence of Le Bristol on the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré with its three Michelin stars, grand artworks and Paris's only hotel rooftop pool.
The best places to stay in Paris
For Parisian character
- Parisian charm at its most authentic, L' Hôtel was once Oscar Wilde's bolt-hole in Paris. Louche and decadent in the 60s and 70s, L'Hotel has been flamboyantly re-imagined by Jacques Garcia, and its opulence has been gloriously restored. Think jewel-box rooms and themed suites (if you can bear the tristesse you can sleep in the room in which Oscar Wilde expired beyond his means), and a candlelit plunge pool.
- Hotel d'Aubusson predates Wilde's Paris. It dates back to the 17th Century and features exposed beams, huge double doors and grand proportions. Arranged around a large courtyard, this honey coloured townhouse is romantic, atmospheric and close to the river. And it's been attracting the literati and glitterati since 1690.
- The Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon in St. Germain is plush, romantic, traditional, elegant and intimate - think overstuffed furniture and cleverly conceived paint effects, TVs only on request and room service instead of a mini-bar.
- Hotel San Régis, just off the Champs Elysees is another fine example, with a neoclassical facade and more wondrously decorative wall paper. San Regis has an elegant country house feel in the heart of haute couture. Its popularity with fashionistas proves that traditional elegance and character are always en vogue.
- For a full list of our favourite places to stay that are brimming with character, click here.
To blow the budget
- The Marquis de la Fayette once lived in the building the Marquis Faubourg St Honore now occupies, just a short walk from the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Opera House. And the refurbishment is elegant and chic, with plenty of museum-grade originals.
- So cool the website is borderline unhelpful, Hôtel Costes has done everything to excess, but somehow lavish haute-bordello style works, and the A-listers love it. Pool, gym, hammam and spa, fine dining, a very lively bar - all achingly hip.
- Fouquet’s Barrière is a collaboration between architect Edouard Francois and Jacques Garcia, aimed at creating a 21st Century French palace on the Champs Elysses. To them that means chocolate coloured leather walls, Tvs encased in sharkskin and sofas in shades of gold. If you're looking for the royal treatment this is your man - or else your personal butler is.
- Hotel Daniel turns its back deliciously on the current trend for all white luxury. Here you'll find Khotan carpets, hand-painted and highly decorative Chinese wallpaper or toile de Jouy, silk sofas in a range of jewel box colours and plenty of handpicked Oriental objets d'art. Great service and all the perks you would expect in this price bracket.
The hippest places to stay in Paris
Here's a few suggestions to start you off, but for a full list of our favourite Paris chic, click here.
- The Hotel de Sers has been converted from the elegant 19th Century mansion built for the Marquis de Sers, and is a prime example of traditional elegance blending with cutting edge design. Located by the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, the hotel bar, S'Bar is a cocktail hour magnet for locals in the know.
- Le Bellechasse, with its interiors designed by Christian Lacroix, hasn't been around for as long, but its fun, frivolous and unique design and decor give it an effortlessly hip vibe. Quirky and lively, Le Bellechasse is also right by the Musee d'Orsay.
- Hotel des Académies et des Arts has skipped the designers and gone straight to artists for inspiration - Jerome Mesnager has painted his joyous white silhouettes directly onto the walls, and sculptor, Sophie Watrigant lets her ladder climbing figures explore the hotel. The rest of the decor is classy, but not fussy, and the spa and funky detailing, make this a unique Parisian experience with plenty of character.
- Hotel Amour benefits from the hip location and the tres chic kudos of having each room designed by a different celebrity friend of the graffiti artist and nightclub entrepreneur owner. Some are decorated by named artists, some display risqué photographs; all are eclectic, done out in vintage colours with flea market finds.
For under £250 per night
- More affordable younger sibling of Costes, Hotel Bourg Tibourg has an elegantly Moorish feel to it. Handsome and compact, Hotel Bourg Tibourg is another hip hotel in Paris benefitting from interiors designed by Jacques Garcia, but this time they're more 'elegant chic' than 'flamboyant opulence'.
- Hotel Verneuil is a gem of a hotel in a top notch location. Recently refurbished to very high standards, the rooms are stylish throughout, and ambience is homely and welcoming. No restaurant, but plenty of choice close by.
- It's a rarity to find such a good value hotel in such a superb location, but Hotel Thérèse is just five minutes walk from the Louvre. This chic property oozes eclectic style; the only downside being that some of the standard rooms are a little on the small side.
- Villa d'Estrées is a charming, family run, boutique hotel in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Only ten bedrooms, but all are spacious and individually decorated. No restaurant on site, but the family also run a bistro across the road where you can sample traditional French fare.
For travellers on a budget
- In the heart of the Marais, arguably one of the best places to stay in Paris, Le Petit Moulin has been converted from the oldest boulangerie in Paris - this is where Victor Hugo probably bought his baguettes. Cool in itself, what gets this 17 room hotel on the list is that while the facade is original, the interior has been redone by design royalty, Christian Lacroix.
- Mama Shelter by Philippe Starck is probably the largest of Paris's hip hotels, and with its 172-imac-inclusive-mood-lit rooms starting from just £100 a night it's also excellent value. Good value restaurant and bar with table football. Fun fun fun.
For an apartment
- If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner, booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.
- Fly to Charles de Gaulle Airport or Paris Orly Airport located just 16 and 12 miles from the city centre respectively. Both are well connected to the city centre by bus, train and taxi.
- Paris is served by seven major train stations with easy links to destinations around France as well as Europe.
- Best time to visit - Paris is a year round destination with activities abound both indoor and out, but in order to best enjoy the outdoor cafe culture and explore the pretty streets plan a trip between May and August where temperatures average around 20°C.
- If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices.
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Best Hotels in Paris
Hotel Les Degrés de Notre Dame 10 rooms from $125Paris
Charming bedrooms for great value make this a sought-after base in the Latin Quarter, with views over Notre Dame. Large attic room has best views, suitable for families. Traditional French breakfast to kick start the day of exploring. A local find full of character and antiques.Sights nearby - Notre Dame is within walking distance.Views - Of Notre Dame, best from attic suite.Full of characterTraditionalRecommended by - Fodors
Les Etangs de Corot 43 rooms from $175Paris
A stunning historic house made from timber in a small hamlet just in between Versailles and Paris. Beautiful landscape includes ponds, courtyards, and woodlands to explore. Luxurious rooms and suites decorated with elegance. Michelin star restaurant, top of the range spa, and romantic views.Lakeside - A privileged lakeside setting with romantic views.Foodies - Le Corot Restaurant has a Michelin star.Spa breaks - A top of the range spa.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Grand Pigalle Hotel 37 rooms from $158Paris
Located in Montmarte, one of the liveliest neighbourhoods in Paris, Grand Pigalle Hotel features smart modern rooms and has a superb restaurant that's definitely worth a visit. Just a short walk from Paris' sights. An upmarket stay with Parisian chic rooms - ideal for a city break.Sights nearby - A short walk from the Sacré Coeur and Moulin Rouge with the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral also nearbyLocal markets - There are several flea markets to explore all just off the Rue des Rosier, Montmartre's main streetGreat walks - Take a stroll around to truly get to know this wonderful city and its beautiful architectureRecommended by - CN Traveller
Grand Hotel des Balcons 45 rooms from $160Paris
Charming 19th century Parisian townhouse with friendly service and delicious breakfasts. Various room types - singles, twins, and family suites - to suit families, groups, and couples. A family oriented spot and great value for money.FamiliesSights nearby - A stone's throw from the Luxembourg Gardens and only 10 mins on foot to Notre DameLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Sawdays
Hotel Valadon Colors 12 rooms from $163Paris
Funky and colourful three star hotel just ten minutes from the Tour Eiffel. Compact but modern designer rooms, minimalist décor and smart showers, upgrade for balconies or roof terraces. Breakfast is available, to start your day off the right way! A romantic spot for exploring the city.Value chic - A price tag that in no way reflects the sylish rooms, juliet balconies and rooftop terraces in a most desirable neighbourhood.Romantic Break - Where better to head off on romantic getaway than Paris, and this charming central hotel is the ideal backdrop!Sights nearby - Right around the corner from the Eiffel Tower and Napoleon's tomb.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.
Five Hotel 22 rooms from $171Paris
Contemporary townhouse hotel with love themed rooms and suites. Twinkling starry ceilings, opulent colours, and essential oils conjure an amorous ambience. One for lovers.Romantic BreakPrivate Hot Tub - The suite has a private patio with hot tubSights nearby - Great location for exploring the left bankLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - I Escape
Hotel Arvor Saint-Georges 30 rooms from $177Paris
Warm and colourful, this minimalist three star B&B offers a fun retro-modern style for great value. Mostly white rooms with a vivid colour, comfortable seating area and a little courtyard. Enjoy the organic breakfasts before heading out on the town.Value chic - This stylish and laid back hotel perfectly marries comfort, elegance, understated cool with affordability.Families - Families are advised to book the two-room ground-floor suite, that opens onto a leafy courtyard.Sights nearby - Just up the hill is the famous Montmartre, old haunt of artists and literary greats and now major tourist attraction.Local markets - Rue des Martyrs is just down the road, savour the delights of its famous food shops, stalls and many restaurants.Recommended by - Frommers
Mama Shelter, Paris 170 rooms from $182Paris
Stylish and hip hotel in the 20th arrondissement. Atmospheric rooms with polished concrete, modern art and dark hues. Imac screens in the bedrooms, buzzy restaurant scene and a great nightclub across the road. Funky and reasonably priced.City Style - A hip hotel in an alternative corner of northeast Paris, with raw and funky interiors by Philippe Starck.Sights nearby - Head down to Père Lachaise cemetery, just around the corner.Designer - Interiors by Philippe Starck.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Fodors, Frommers
Notre Dame 26 rooms from $184Paris
Spectacular views of Notre Dame from Christian Lacroix’s latest design hotel, in a 400 year old townhouse on the riverside. Rooms are decorated in retro-modern style, fantastical and fun. No restaurant, but a great position.City Style - A wonderfully chic hotel in central Paris, offering funky interiors and unbeatable views of the Seine and Notre Dame.Sights nearby - Having admired it from your room visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral for real.Great walks - Take a stroll along the banks of the Seine.Designer - Interiors by Christian Lacroix.Recommended by - Tablet
Off Paris Seine 58 rooms from $184Paris (20-22 Port d'Austerlitz)
This unique and trendy floating hotel has everyone head over heels. Rooms boast chic interiors, quirky modern design and unbeatable views of the banks of the Seine. The hip lounge bar is a sleek and contemporary hotspot in the evenings. A totally novel experience!City Style - A chic and modern hotel with innovative design, unbeatable style and a certain Parisian swag!Great walks - For a perfect Parisian introduction, walk along the beautiful banks of Seine to reach the city centre.Sights nearby - Any visitor to Paris visit Notre Dame de Paris, just a short boatride away.Local markets - Make the most of your location and check out the local artisan shops.Recommended by - Tablet
Adele et Jules 60 rooms from $191Paris
Stylish and chic Hausmann property in the Grands Boulevards district. Smart yet homely rooms plus family suites featuring subtle colour schemes offset with geometric designs and fabrics. Cosy honesty bar, complimentary afternoon tea and ideal location. Great value for a chic city break.Local exploring - Get to know the 9th Arrondissement - great for shopping, art and architecture.Sights nearby - Located in the cosmopolitan Grands Boulevards area close to Opera Garnier and all major department stores.
La Belle Juliette 32 rooms from $223Paris
An intriguing hotel; candy floss boutique interiors and a snazzy basement spa and pool. Light and airy rooms and suites with state of the art mod cons. Fabulous cuisine, lively bar, and pampering in the spa. A freshly designed spot for the luxury traveller.LuxuryCity StyleSpa breaksSights nearby - Notre Dame, Abbey of Saint-Germain des Pres on Rue Bonaparte.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Hotel Mayet 24 rooms from $200Paris
Chic and colourful 3* hotel located on a quiet residential street, a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of Boulevard des Invalides. Small yet comfortable, it boasts trendy rooms, plus its close proximity to Duroc metro makes it an excellent base for exploring town. Great value.Value chic - A trendy spot, with sleek interiors, African art, commissioned graffiti and a very inviting price.Local exploring - Just steps away from the famous Boulevard des Invalides and connected by metro to the whole city.Great walks - There is no better way to spend a day in Paris than wandering her streets and soaking up the atmosphere.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Frommers
Hotel Cristal, Paris 26 rooms from $205Paris
A bright and colourful hotel just a stones throw from the Arc de Triomphe. Modern retro rooms in oranges, reds and purples. All the mod cons, excellent breakfasts, and close to the best shopping areas.Sights nearby - Arc de Triomphe.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel Thérèse 40 rooms from $206Paris
Wonderfully restored 18th-century building, smack bang in the centre of Paris. Small but achingly chic suites are decorated in the utmost style and attention to detail. Mouthwatering breakfast served in the vaulted restaurant or in bed. The Hotel Therese is a perfect bolthole for exploring the city.Exclusive offer - Happy Sunday RateHoneymoons - Enjoy your lazy breakfast in bed in a classically stylish Parisian suite, before heading out to explore the city of love.City Style - Chic interiors and glamourous salons, in an unbeatable central location, Molière and Stendhal are old neighbours!Great walks - Just five minutes from the fragrant Jardins du Palais Royal and the famed Jardins des Tuileries.Full of characterRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers
Hotel Langlois 27 rooms from $211Paris
Former bank turned into an endearing, yet traditional, hotel with charming interiors and true Parisian hospitality. The large rooms and great location, one might second-glance at the great value price tag. Perfect for families to base themselves for exploring the sights, shopping and making memoriesViews - Of Montmartre from the rooftop suite.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.TraditionalRecommended by - Fodors
Hotel Le Sainte-Beuve 22 rooms from $223Paris
Tucked away from the limelight, is this luxury boutique in Montparnasse. Homely and elegant, the traditional interiors mirror the cultural richness and bohemian spirit of Paris. Comfort is a dominant feature, as well as the delicious breakfast in bed and fantastic concierge team. Totally unique.City Style - Stylish suites and a chic salon, within five minutes of upmarket Saint Germain and the artistic hub of Montparnasse.Great walks - Paris is made for walking, stay local and check out Belleville (young hip gritty area full of street art) and Montparnasse.Sights nearby - Check out the nearby labyrinthine tunnels of the Paris Catacombs contain the bones of centuries' worth of Parisians.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - I Escape, Frommers, Sawdays, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
Le Relais Montmartre 26 rooms from $227Paris
Charming hotel in the village-like district of Montmartre, on a quiet street, just behind Sacre Coeur. Pretty rooms are tastefully decorated and with modern bathrooms. Breakfast is served in-room or in garden. Intimate and romantic (connecting rooms for families) spot to explore Paris at ease.Value chic - Great value for its prime location in the popular district of Montmartre, charming rooms, courtyard and modern amenities.Sights nearby - Walking distance from Butte Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur and Place du Tertre.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRecommended by - Sawdays, Frommers
Hotel Le Clos Medicis 36 rooms from $229Paris
Charming town house hotel with sophisticated rooms and a lovely courtyard for breakfast. Rich tones, gilt mirrors and animal prints. A very Parisian spot for families, groups or couples.Sights nearby - Great location between St Germain and the Latin Quarter. Ideal base for exploring the city.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Sawdays
Hotel des Académies et des Arts 20 rooms from $240Paris
A one of a kind fusion of style and character, near Montparnasse, featuring the interior designs of two renowned artists. A treatment room, art videos and funky, though compact, bedrooms make this a unique Parisian experience. Great value and ideal for couples.Local exploring - Spend days immersed in this fascinating neighbourhood, now home to as many contemporary artists studios as haunts of the greats.City Style - Glamourous, chic and totally unqiue- rooms ooze edgy decadent elegance, encapsulating the Left Bank.Sights nearby - The hotel will organise visits to artists’ studios in the area, including Jérôme Mesnager and Sophie de Watrigant.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
Hotel Mansart 57 rooms from $246Paris
Absorb the famous Place Vendome from a handsome, antique-filled 4* boutique hotel. Each room possess its own character and is decorated in a quintessentially Parisian style. All this for great rates in the centre of town.Sights nearby - Place Vendome is one of the most famous squares in Paris and even the world.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.Traditional
Hotel de Banville 38 rooms from $246Paris
Stylish and comfortable family run hotel in a beautifully restored Art Deco building in the 17th arr. Off the beaten track, but close to major sites and attractions. The charming rooms are attractive and individual with bold prints and warm tones. A hidden gem.City Style - A beautiful art deco hotel in a leafy area away from the hoards of tourists- with typically chic French interiors.Families - Under 12's stay for free and kiddies are catered for from extra cots and beds to babysitting.Full of characterViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - I Escape
Le Petit Moulin 17 rooms from $247Paris
Fabulous, vibrant and unique 4* boutique designed by Christian Lacroix. Each stylish and comfortable room exudes its own unique charm. Enjoy a super-chic stay at the heart of the Marais. Breakfast is served in the vintage bistro, which moonlights as guest only bar in come sundown.Romantic Break - Romantic break in a prime location and surrounded by unique and vibrant interior design.Value chic - Prime location, funky interiors, wonderful service and easy on the wallet!Local markets - Head to the oldest covered market in Paris - Marché des Enfants Rouges.Sights nearby - Picasso Museum is a just around the corner.Recommended by - Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels
Le 123 41 rooms from $251Paris
A colourful boutique hotel very close to the Champs Elysées. Sophisticated rooms and suites have all the mod cons, private balconies, and decorative furnishings. An excellent restaurant too. A very cool spot.LuxuryCity StyleSights nearby - Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel Sezz 26 rooms from $262Paris
Designer chic hotel in a quiet area with views of the Eiffel Tower. Hip rooms and suites, some with laid-bare wooden panelling, some with granite walls and funky art. Steam room, gym, and excellent breakfast too. City slickers looking for something more private would feel right at home.City StyleSights nearby - Located in the 16th Arrondissement just across the river from the Eiffel TowerDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Tablet, I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith
Le Relais du Louvre 22 rooms from $263Paris
An elegant little hotel overlooking the Église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, in the first Arrondissement. The chic rooms feature individual detail, classic French furnishings and unparalleled views of its historic surroundings. Perfectly reflects the romantic charm of Paris.Great walks - Take a stroll through the Jardin des Tuileries, one of the most elegant gardens in Paris.Local markets - Explore one of Paris’ oldest open air market streets, rue Montorgeuil.Sights nearby - Located between the Louvre and Notre Dame.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Sawdays
Hotel Le Petit Paris 20 rooms from $269Paris
In what really does appear to be the perfect marriage of the old and the new, Le Petit Paris bases its interiors on a whistle-stop tour of the French eras. Reds, greens and whites of varying tones are the overriding scheme in the bedrooms, where trendy plastic chairs sit alongside opulent beds.Sights nearby - 250 yards from the Jardins de Luxembourg. In the Latin Quarter. A few stops on the metro from big tourist sites.CityGreat walks - Explore the cobbled streets of ParisOpulent
Secret de Paris 29 rooms from $274Paris
An extremely sleek boutique hotel with a flair for design. Rooms and suites, all individually decorated, have state of the art mod cons and contemporary chic furnishings. Fabulous fitness centre too. Ideal for a romantic break.Romantic BreakSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel de Saint-Grégoire 20 rooms from $275Paris
Elegant and warmly decorated hotel decked with classical 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 and with its own tranquil garden to relax in after a day exploring.Local exploring - Spend time exporing this area, teaming with historic cafes, innovative museums and architectural masterpieces.Great walks - Just two minutes from the famed Luxembourg Gardens, head out for a stroll.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Verneuil 26 rooms from $277Paris
Quiet and romantic hotel nestled in the historic and arty area of St Germain des Prés. Recently refurbished rooms are well lit, cosy and complete with antiques and books. Wake up to breakfast in bed before heading out and exploring the city. A true Parisian gem.Local exploring - Wonderfully located for exploring the city, plus the conceirge will orchestrate priority passes to Paris' top sites.City Style - Spectacularly renovated 17th-century townhouse, surrounded by elegant streets and art-drenched cafés.Sights nearby - Wonderfully located with Musée d'Orsay, Louvre, Les Invalides and the Seine within a few minutes walk.Full of characterRecommended by - I Escape, Frommers, Tablet
Le Pavillon des Lettres 26 rooms from $286Paris
A boutique Parisian hotel with period architecture typical of this area. Enjoy the individually designed contemporary bedrooms, state of the art bathrooms and luxury champagne bar. No restaurant but located just minutes from the Champs Elysees, there are many excellent food spots nearby.Sights nearby - Easy walking distance to many of Paris' main attractionsGreat walks - Explore this magical city on footRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - CN Traveller, Small Luxury Hotels
Relais Madeleine 23 rooms from $286Paris
A really cute hotel near to Le Place de la Concorde. Creamy rooms and suites with cosy furnishings, some with private balconies and a suite with a sauna. A charming choice for romantic stop over.City StyleLocal markets - Good for local colour.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Hotel Recamier 24 rooms from $295Paris (Saint Germain des Prés)
An elegant haven, tucked away from the bustle in a charming Left Bank square close to the Luxembourg Gardens. Opened in 2009, it's a calm oasis, with compact, classic chic rooms. Crisp, contemporary and intimate. Ideally placed to explore the city.Exclusive offerCity Style - An elegant townhouse turned boutique with achingly chic interiors by Jean-Louis Deniot, in the ever glamorous Saint Germain.Sights nearby - Visit the 17th-century Eglise Saint Sulpice, one of Paris' largest churches, and home to the Delacroix frescoes.Local markets - Take a morning walk in the Rue de Buci market.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
Les Jardins de la Villa 33 rooms from $297Paris
Fabulous boutique hotel close to the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. Contemporary chic bedrooms and suites display Parisian couture and all the mod cons, some have private balconies. Fitness centre, spa treatments, and excellent breakfasts. City style.City StyleRomantic BreakSights nearby - Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel Brighton 62 rooms from $307Paris
An art-filled four star hotel on Rue de Rivoli and with views of Tuileries Garden. Classically decorated rooms and suites, insulated from the busy street. Enjoy true French breakfast and the bar with its bay windows and views. A top choice for families and couples intent on sightseeing.Great walks - No better place to take a stroll in Paris than the lovely Tuileries, right on your doorstep.Sights nearby - Just across from the Louvre and the Eiffle Tour, and Place de la Concorde.Views - Of the Tuileries Gardens and Eiffle Tour.Full of characterRecommended by - Fodors
Le Placide Hotel 11 rooms from $309Paris
A stylish and intimate boutique, in the heart of fashionable Saint-Germain. The eleven colour themed rooms (larger than you average Paris hotel) are bathed in natural light. Enjoy a relaxed breakfast in bed or in the charming courtyard. Perfectly placed for a glamourous weekend away.Romantic Break - This uber chic hotel is an ideal grown up getaway for two, with romantic touches such as rose petals on the bed.City Style - Bruno Borrione's design plays with light, colours and materials to carefully craft an experience like no other.Designer - By Bruno Borrione from the Philippe Starck firm.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers
Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon 34 rooms from $320Paris
This romantic and intimate, formerly private, Parisian home is decked with plush fabrics, stylish interiors keeping tradition and elegance the main focus. Wallpapered rooms are small but delightful in their unique and comfortable charm. Prime location near St Germain and the famous Rue du Bac.Sights nearby - Musee d'Orsay within walking distance.Lively area - In the heart of the Left Bank.TraditionalRecommended by - Sawdays
Hotel Bourg Tibourg 30 rooms from $331Paris
A handsome and compact Parisian townhouse turned sultry Moorish palace. The heavily adorned, compact boudoirs boast rich fabrics, innumerable tassels, dim lighting and scented canals. Enjoy breakfast in bed, lounging in the plush sitting room or stepping out into lively Paris. Wonderfully sensual.Romantic Break - An opulent and sultry love nest, think miles of red velvet, subdued lighting and Byzantine alcoves with mosaic-tile tubs.Sights nearby - Marais is brimming with galleries, historic sights and museums, the most notable, Notre Dame, is just down the road.Lively area - In the heart of the Marais.Designer - Jacques Garcia interiors.Recommended by - Frommers, Fodors
Hotel Le Burgundy 59 rooms from $382Paris
A Five Star hotel with the wow factor. Designer chic rooms and suites have all the mod cons, private balconies, and stunning contemporary classic furnishings. Michelin star restaurant, state of the art spa, and close to the best shopping in Paris. For the luxury traveller.Foodies - Michelin star restaurant.Spa breaks - Top of the range spa.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Gourmet
Hotel de L'Abbaye 44 rooms from $343Paris
Modern luxury in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Sophisticated suites with fine attention to detail. A charming leafy courtyard, plus chic salons and fragrant conservatory dining room. A grown up getaway in the most exclusive area of Paris.City Style - Sumptuous suites with courtyard views, champagne reception and opulent interiors- not to mention the designer post code!Sights nearby - Saint-Sulpice's late Baroque parish church, made famous by The Da Vinci Code, is just a five minute walk away.Views - Great views from hotelFull of characterRecommended by - Frommers, Fodors
Hotel Duo 58 rooms from $343Paris
A chic hotel fantastically located in the heart of the lively Marais district of Paris just a few minutes walk from Notre Dame. The hotel’s commitment to contemporary style and design shines through in its beautiful yet cosy bedrooms, fitness room, and trendy lounge-bar with its delightful gardenOutstanding location - Location in the centre of Paris ensures fast access to all of the capital's cultural attractions and its most beautiful shopsSights nearby - Situated halfway between Notre Dame and the Georges Pompidou CenterRomantic - Good for couples.
Pavillon de la Reine 54 rooms from $395Paris
Country house meets 17th Century Parisian mansion on Place des Vosges - hands down the finest square in Paris. Updated interiors and plush bedrooms make for a perfect honeymoon location. Enjoy the serene spa, have a drink at the honesty bar and location means you can walk everywhere.Great walks - Take a stroll around Place des Vosges, lined with trees and red brick houses, built by Henri IV in 1612.Sights nearby - The famed Place de la Bastille is within a few minute walk.Lively area - In the heart of the Marais.Full of characterRecommended by - Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors, Tablet
1K Hotel 52 rooms from $360Paris
Self-labeled as a design hotel, this four star uber cool hotel is fantastically located in Marais and oozes nightclub vibes. Bright rooms with cool light effects and wall art - two with their own plunge pools. A contemporary menu and delicious cocktails await you. Romantic find in historical area.Romantic Break - Built for romance, with everything from private plunge pools to gigantic round beds- a lovers hideaway in the centre of Paris.Local exploring - Marais is one of Paris' coolest districts, full of young people, galleries, museums, bars, boutiques and cafes.Swimming Pool - Two rooms have private plunge pools, as well as a public rooftop pool.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
Villa d'Estrees 10 rooms from $368Paris
Elegant boutique hotel in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Just 10 spacious bedrooms, intimate and calm, decorated in traditional style with a French empire twist. Well located, would suit families.Sights nearby - The Louvre and Notre Dame both within walking distance.Traditional
Hotel Le A 26 rooms from $368Paris
A perfectly balanced collaboration between art, design and comfort, minutes from the Champs Elysées. Architectural elements, a monochrome theme and striking murals complete the experience. Rooms are mostly compact, but cool and crisp and living up to their four star status.City Style - Sleeek minimalist interiors by Méchiche, think ebony-stained wood floors and chocolate-brown sofas.Sights nearby - Around the corner from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées.Designer - By Frédéric Méchiche.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Hotel Montalembert 54 rooms from $369Paris
Stalwart boutique hotel - the first in Paris - with a choice between modern and classic rooms. Mostly compact, with a good restaurant, a cosy library, and well located for Left Bank action. Fashionable and lively area in vibrant Paris.City Style - Masterfully crafted design by Pascal Allaman and Géraldine Prieur with Pierre Frey silk curtains and smart Bisazza tile mosaics.Writing a novel - Every June the hotel hosts the Prix de la Romancière, a prize awarded to first-time female novelists.Lively area - In the heart of the Left Bank.Lively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers
Hotel San Régis 42 rooms from $371Paris
Small and intimate 5 star luxury hotel with a smart address in the 'Golden Triangle', much loved by fashionistas. This 19th Century townhouse is classically decorated in country house style making a beautiful finish throughout. Fine dining and an intimate bar for meetings, great location.City Style - Just off the Champs Elysees, individually designed rooms by Pierre-Yves Rocho featuring antiques and 18th-century oil paintings.Honeymoons - Sumptuous silk and damask fabrics, Eiffel Tower views and romantic dining in the glass roofed winter garden- heaven!Sights nearby - Just off the Champs Elysees, within a five minute walk of Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile.Great walks - Head down to the Seine and walk her banks taking in the sights and scenes that unfold.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
L'Hôtel 20 rooms from $371Paris
Iconic, small, five star hotel where Oscar Wilde once lived on the Left Bank. Flamboyant interiors by Jacques Garcia, Michelin starred Le Restaurant and the popular Le Bar. Comfortable and romantic rooms are dark and intimate - the perfect luxurious bolthole in the heart of Paris.Gourmet - Famous Michelin starred Le Restaurant and the chic Le Bar.Sights nearby - Just across the river from the Louvre.5* Luxury - The smallest 5* hotel in Paris.Swimming Pool - Small plunge pool.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
Hotel Lancaster 57 rooms from $426Paris
Once Marlene Dietrich's favourite hotel is a beautifully restored, sumptuously decorated hotel just off the Champs Elysees. Rooms plush like the fine luxury townhouse's of Paris. Michelin star restaurant, lively bar and fantastic location are pluses to this fantastic Parisian hotel.Sights nearby - Close to the Arc de Triomphe.Lively - Hip and happening.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Keppler 34 rooms from $381Paris
Fantastically chic hotel close to the Champs Elysees and all the best bistros. Sophisticated Parisian rooms and suites blend high design with state of the art technology. Romantic and upmarket, yet also family friendly with a sense of homely comfort.City StyleSights nearby - Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees.Romantic - Good for couples.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Le Bellechasse 33 rooms from $389Paris
Enjoy the riot of colour, pattern and fresco in a remarkable Christian Lacroix-designed hotel. Fun and frivolous, the rooms are comfortable and unique. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace or in your room, before stepping out and exploring the city. A few steps from the Musee d'Orsay. Good value.City Style - A flamboyant hotel that puts aesthetics before all, the chic choice in the elegant 7th arrondissement, on the Left Bank.Great walks - This arty area is full of quirky galleries, historic monuments and pretty parks- head out on foot and discover Paris.Designer - Interiors by Christian Lacroix.Full of characterRecommended by - Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
Hotel Le Saint 22 rooms from $389Paris
Original detailing and elegant interiors behind a beautiful Haussmann exterior in a quiet left bank location. Themed rooms feature an array of furnishings and fabrics, with the emphasis on traditional luxury. Kult restaurant offers reworked French classics and more exotic fusion fare.Local exploring - This Left Bank location is an ideal base for getting to know Paris.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.Traditional
Hotel de Sers 52 rooms from $392Paris
Five star hotel exuding elegance, in a classic Parisian mansion complete with cool designer interiors. Light rooms offer a calming atmosphere in a great central location. Enjoy the spa treatments, fitness centre and modern day essentials. Lively bar for the local crowd in the evenings.Romantic Break - For a romantic treat book one of the panoramic suites, with private outdoor terraces overlooking the Eiffle Tower- heaven!Sights nearby - Just steps from the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe.Full of characterDesigner - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Tablet
Hotel Daniel, Paris 26 rooms from $394Paris
East meets West in a most glamorous fashion at this charming central Townhouse. Individually decorated rooms are dripping in Oriental treasures, fine fabrics and modern comforts. Fine dining at the cutting edge restaurant and cocktails in the lounge. Sublime location, with a rooftop suite to boot!City Style - A chic and central townhouse adorned with 18th century French bespoke hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper and Syrain antiques.Romantic Break - An ideal spot for discerning couples with its central location, plush Oriental silks, marble bathrooms and sumptuous beds.Sights nearby - You can see the Eiffel Tower from the fifth and sixth floors.Views - Rooftop suite has Eiffel Tower views.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
Relais Christine 27 rooms from $400Paris
A truly elegant hotel in a peaceful area not too far from the banks of the Seine. Tasteful rooms, family rooms, and suites with traditional furnishings and all the mod cons. Lovely gardens and excellent buffet breakfasts. A great choice for a family or couple looking for total relaxation.Local markets - Good for local colour.SpaTraditionalSights nearby - Well located for major sights.Recommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors
Hotel Balzac 69 rooms from $401Paris
This glamorous luxury boutique hotel just off the Champs-Elysées, offeres sumptuous rooms and 3 Michelin star dining. Enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower from many of the rooms or the rooftop, and the Bar Lounge. A great central base for exploring the city and shopping.Honeymoons - Book the Royal Suite with dining and living rooms opening onto the private balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower.Foodies - Enjoy the fusion of tradition and modernity in Pierre Gagnaire's three Michelin star restaurant- outstanding!Sights nearby - Just a few minutes walk to Paris' most famed street, the Champs Elysees.Views - Views of the Eiffel Tower.Recommended by - Frommers
Hotel Francois 1er 40 rooms from $423Paris
A luxury residence not far from Champs Elysees. Beautiful rooms and suites have romantic furnishings and works of art. Sophisticated bar and salon. A stylish spot, both romantic and family friendly.City StyleSights nearby - Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Hotel d'Aubusson 49 rooms from $423Paris
17th-Century honey-stone townhouse turned luxury hotel. Ideally situated on the Left Bank of the Seine, this period-style hotel is smart and well run. Comfortable rooms are decked with quality furnishings and exposed beams. Enjoy a drink at the Piano Bar or on the quiet patio.Writing a novel - Café Laurent has been the gathering place for literary giants (Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Camus) since the eighteenth century.Total relaxation - Shed the stress of the Paris streets with a massage in the comfort of your plush room, or read a book in the leafy courtyard.Local exploring - The heart of cultural Paris, surrounded by famous cafes frequented by all the greats, museums and show stopping shopping!Sights nearby - A scenic ten minute walk towards the river brings you to Notre Dame Cathedral, a Paris must see!Recommended by - Frommers, Fodors
Hotel Particulier 5 rooms from $446Paris
Five impossibly hip designed suites in a townhouse in the heart of Montmartre. Its luscious gardens provide unique seclusion in one of the most bustling areas. A happening bar and high end restaurant. An indulgent city break.Romantic Break - The achingly chic Grand Salon makes for a romantic evening meal, followed by Absinthe-laced Montmartre Juleps in the courtyard.City Style - The divine suites have been individually designed by renowned artists at this leafy and exclusive Montmartre hotel.Great walks - Take a stroll up the hill yo Sacré-Coeur, you'll be rewarded with the best view in Paris.Sights nearby - Make the most of your central location and catch the Can-Can at the nearby Moulin Rouge.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
Hotel Costes 82 rooms from $457Paris
Achingly hip boudoir style designer hotel in a prime location. A magnet for A listers, and you can see why, this hotel oozes exclusivity and class. The hip bar holds live dj sets and trendy restaurant serves avant garde cuisine. A different breed of hotel.Lively - Hip and happening.ChicGreat walks - Just a few minutes walk from Jardin des Tuileries.Spa - Also a hammam.Recommended by - Kiwi Collection
Marquis Faubourg St Honore 15 rooms from $743Paris
The Marquis de la Fayette once lived in this beautiful 18th century house just off the Rue Faubourg St Honore. Just a short walk to the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Opera House. Architect and interior designer Michel Bonan is responsible for the elegant and chic refurbishment of this exquisite hotelArchitectural - Original Louis XVI marbles fireplaces and Versailles flooring blend beautifully with contemporary furnishingsBar - The Gilbert Lounge and bar offers delicious food from 12 noon until 10pmDesigner Shopping - The very best of Parisian shops and haute courture on the door stepSpecial OfferRecommended by - Tablet
Fouquet’s Barrière 107 rooms from $858Paris
A picturesque Napoleon III palace, on the corner of the Champs-Elysées and George V Avenues. The historic facade is contrasted with hip contemporary interiors and bold modern art. The five chic restaurants include the Michelin-stared, Le Diane. The ultimate in opulence and style.Sights nearby - The Eiffel Tower is a 20-minute walk away and the Arc de Triomphe is five.Great walks - Take a stroll in the romantic Tuileries Garden.Views - Great views from hotelLively - Hip and happening.Recommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Le Bristol 188 rooms from $988Paris
Opulence and luxury in the heart of Paris' designer district. Outstanding service from super friendly staff. Rooms are stuffed with antiques and original artworks and bedrooms are huge. Michelin starred dining and the only hotel rooftop pool in Paris.Restaurant - The Epicure has three Michelin Stars and 114 Faubourg has one.Designer Shopping - Located on the Rue du Faubourg Saint HonoréGarden - Stunning courtyard gardenElegant
Hotel Le Meurice 160 rooms from $1628Paris
The epitome of Parisian luxury takes form at this five star, fantastically located, hotel. Old empire style throughout. Large, beautiful and chic rooms vary in size. Michelin star dining, popular Bar 228 and the spa are for guests to truly unwind in the capital. A real treat, when in Paris!Families - Expect pampering for everyone from tots to dogs, with special toys and entertainments arranged at the drop of a hat.Foodies - Le Meurice Restaurant by Alain Ducasse, with its three Michelin stars is one of the finest restaurants in Paris.City Style - Opulence in the heart of the city- suites dripping in chandeliers, period furnishings and rich fabrics.Sights nearby - Opposite the Louvre, and under ten minutes walk from the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysées.Recommended by - Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Tablet, Fodors