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10 Chic Paris Hotels
Paris oozes chic class, whether you’re shopping on elegant Rue St-Honore or in the hip Marais, strolling hand-in-hand along the Seine, or sipping coffee in a Rive Gauche cafe. So when in Paris, surely you should stay in a chic Paris Hotel? We have a good list, but we do have favourites, and here are our recommendations for top 10 chic Paris hotels.
As fas as our Gurus are concerned an appealing location is essential to a chic Paris hotel. And welcoming staff: however stylish the hotel, however long its illustrious history or its celebrity guest list we can, and will, do without those ice-maiden receptionists who flick their designer wraps and watch with ill-disguised contempt as you drag your luggage across the hall and try to cram it into the world's smallest lift! We’re not fussed on the food - Paris is bribing with fantastic places to eat and drink, but there should be somewhere stylish and comfortable to sit and enjoy a tete a tete, aperitif or digestif.
So here's our complete selection of top 10 chic Paris hotels with a certain je ne sais quoi. And we have tagged a few extra on - it’s really hard to choose… Their order bears no reflection on our preference:
Chic Paris Hotels with Grand Dame Status
Of Paris’s venerable grand dame establishments, we find the choicest to be:
One of the best luxury hotels in Paris, the Hotel Le Meurice is the epitome of Parisian style. The interiors are just stunning - think glittering gold, glass and marble, but in a way that is dainty rather than gaudy, the location is unrivalled and the dining is Michelin starred. There’s also a spoiling spa. And the Belle Etoile Suite has an amazing 360º view over Paris - possibly even the best view in the city.
We also love Le Bristol, which boasts the only rooftop pool in Paris and has Michelin stars galore. The location, in the heart of Paris’ designer district, is central and beautiful, the large, elegant rooms are stuffed with antiques and original artworks and the staff are fabulous. All up it offers the quintessential experience of Paris hotel luxury.
Chic Paris Hotels in Unbeatable Locations
The Hotel Thérèse is a beautifully restored 18th century building an unbeatable five minutes from the Louvre. The rooms are small and eclectically styled, but achingly chic, and they’ll serve you an incredible breakfast in the vaulted restaurant or in bed. Your perfect Paris bolthole.
Then the Hotel Lancaster is just off the Champs Elysees? Once Marlene Dietrich’s favourite chic Paris hotel, the Lancaster has been beautifully restored and sumptuously decorated in plush stylings nodding to its heyday. It’s a bit like a fine, luxurious Paris townhouse, but with a Michelin starred restaurant.
Or for classical toile de Jouy and Chinoiserie gorgeousness and rooftop views of the Eiffel Tower, there’s the Hotel Daniel. This chic townhouse hotel in its unbeatable location has been decorated in wonderful East-meets-West glamour.
Shhh! Secret Chic Paris Hotels
If you want to lose yourself in this big, romantic city you need one of our Guru’s secret chic Paris hotels.
Small, and well located for the major sights, Secret de Paris is a sleek, modern hotel with 29 individually decorated rooms - done with a flair for design. There’s also a fabulous fitness centre.
Or there’s the Pavillon de la Reine, an historic 17th Century mansion tucked away in the Marais, on one of the finest squares in Paris. This was once the home of Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII, but it’s been modernised and the decor is still plush. but it’s more sophisticated than opulent. Feels like a country house hotel with its honesty bar and small spa.
We also think the Hotel Le Sainte-Beuve is a chic Paris hotel choice. This discreet, understated hotel in Montparnasse has bohemian feel with elegant interiors and some lovely art and objets. The breakfast is excellent and the concierge team is fantastic.
Chic Paris Hotels on a Budget
The Hotel Verneuil offers great value in a great location, St Germain des Prés, close to the Musee D’Orsay and Les Invalides. Recently refurbished in the style of an elegant private house. Rooms start from around £200 per night.
The handsomely Art Deco Hotel de Banville is another chic Paris hotel for those looking for great value. You’re in the 17th arr, but very close to public transport, and the beautifully restored rooms and elegant public spaces make it an option with plenty of charm. Rooms start from around £190 per night.
Boutique Chic Paris Hotels
The Hotel Montalembert was Paris’s first boutique hotel, and, with 54 rooms, a choice between modern and classic decor, and its fashionable Left Bank location it still makes the cut for chic Paris hotels. Plus the details are quite something: right down to the doorhandles and lights.
Chic Paris Hotels for Foodies
The Hotel Balzac is a glamorous, luxurious, centrally located townhouse hotel, with Eiffel Tower views from many of the 69 rooms and from the roof terrace. And three Michelin stars.
Chic Paris Hotels for Families
Just because you’re avec kinder, doesn’t mean you don’t appreciate a chic Paris hotel.
Adele et Jules is an excellent family option in the 9th Arrondissement, or Grands Boulevards district. Smart yet homely, as well as family suites, this Haussmann property has a friendly atmosphere and complimentary afternoon tea every day.
The 44 room Hotel de L'Abbaye in St. Germain near the Luxembourg Gardens is chic but cosy, and has a charming, leafy courtyard, plus chic salons and a wonderful conservatory dining room.
And the Villa d'Estrees, in the heart of the Latin Quarter, is intimate, calm and French empire in style with just ten spacious bedrooms and a family-run bistro specialising in classic French fare.
As for Parisian design hotels, with a capital D, they may be chic Paris hotels too, but they’re a breed apart, and we tell you our favourites separately in a list of 10 Paris hip hotels.
If none of our Chic Paris Hotel recommendations feel quite right to you why not browse our list of the best places to stay in Paris?
10 Chic Paris Hotels (and a few more for good measure)
Hotel Lancaster 57 rooms from £327Paris
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.
Le Bristol 188 rooms from £759Paris
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
Pavillon de la Reine 56 rooms from £434Paris
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.Four poster beds - For romantics.Recommended by - Frommers, Small Luxury Hotels, Fodors, Tablet
Hotel Le Sainte-Beuve 22 rooms from £171Paris
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
Hotel de L'Abbaye 44 rooms from £263Paris
Classic 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 Verneuil 26 rooms from £212Paris
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
Hotel Thérèse 40 rooms from £158Paris
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 Thérèse 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.Outstanding locationRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Fodors, Frommers, Michelin Travel
Hotel de Banville 38 rooms from £189Paris
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, Michelin Travel
Hotel Le Meurice 160 rooms from £1250Paris
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, Michelin Travel, Tablet, Fodors
Hotel Daniel, Paris 26 rooms from £303Paris
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
Hotel Montalembert 54 rooms from £283Paris
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, Michelin Travel
Hotel Le Saint 22 rooms from £298Paris
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.TraditionalRecommended by - Michelin Travel
Le Placide Hotel 11 rooms from £237Paris
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 Balzac 69 rooms from £308Paris
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, Michelin Travel
Adele et Jules 60 rooms from £146Paris
Stylish and chic Haussmann 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.Exclusive offer - Secret OfferLocal 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.
Hotel Recamier 24 rooms from £226Paris (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, Michelin Travel
Villa d'Estrees 10 rooms from £282Paris
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.TraditionalRecommended by - Michelin Travel
Secret de Paris 29 rooms from £211Paris
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.