The 10 exceptional hotels shortlisted below prove that a relaxing, luxurious Parisian retreat is attainable on almost any budget. We broke our search down into five price points, from €150–€600 ($159–$638/£128–£512) per night, and chose hotels with four or five stars and an approval rating above 4.5 on our partner’s website, Hotels.com. For more ideas, check out these articles on famous, new and low-priced hotels in the French capital.
Villa Saxe Eiffel
The Villa Saxe Eiffel bills itself as a ‘haven of calm right at the heart of Paris’. This newly refurbished boutique hotel resides in an enviably secluded spot at the end of a small mews in the sought-after 7th arrondissement. Architects Laure Zucconi and Arnaud Basselier have transformed the old building into a modern retreat. Behind the one-of-a-kind Corten steel façade are 48 rooms or suites, each designed around a gold, silver or Corten theme. Everything has been chosen with wellbeing in mind, from the Fragonard bath products to the G Springs bed linen, and so much more.
Villa Saxe Eiffel, 9 Villa de Saxe, Paris, France, +33 1 47 83 86 90
Hôtel Le 123 Sébastopol
Nominated for a World Luxury Hotel Award 2014, the Hôtel Le 123 Sébastopol is famous for combining the golden age of film with the best of modern technology. As soon as you enter the lobby, the unique theme is clear from the movie posters, popcorn machine, film screenings and even an unusual take on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: gold-leaf handprints of famous actors. Guests can also enjoy the high-tech gym and private, indoor terrace. Each floor is named after a figure from contemporary cinema, and its rooms have been custom-designed to reflect their idiosyncratic style and charm.
Hôtel Le 123 Sébastopol, 123 Boulevard de Sébastopol, Paris, France, +33 1 40 39 61 23
Le Lapin Blanc
Le Lapin Blanc offers an ultra-chic take on Alice in Wonderland. This elegant boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter has been designed primarily in white but with flashes of pastel colors, inspired by Carroll’s tale as well as the styles of the 1950s. The creation of Quantic Studio and Anaïs Albar, it is the perfect hideaway in the center of bustling Paris, close to the Sorbonne, the Jardin du Luxembourg, and Notre-Dame. Breakfast is served every morning (without the mania of the infamous tea party) in the bright and pleasant dining room, with fresh pastries from the neighbouring baker.
Le Lapin Blanc, 41 Boulevard Saint-Michel, Paris, France, +33 1 53 10 27 77
Hôtel La Lanterne
Another stylish boutique hotel on the Left Bank, Hôtel La Lanterne is the very essence of Parisian cool. Every object – from the oval windows salvaged from a nearby hôtel particulier to the framed posters on the walls – have been carefully selected from local antique shops and incorporated flawlessly into the modern design theme. The capital’s nickname, ‘City of Light’, has also influenced the hotel’s unique style: soft-glowing lanterns hang by the bedsides and photographs by Nicolas Sénégas show off the city’s signature lampposts in the rooms, suites, and luxurious spa, which includes an indoor pool and Turkish bath.
Hotel Molitor Paris
The Hotel Molitor Paris is known the world over for its two magnificent swimming pools. The place to be seen in the 1930s, the hotel was reopened in 2014 with all its Art Deco glamour intact. The 124 rooms overlook the reflective waters of the summer pool, as does the swanky rooftop bar, one of the most desirable locations for a soirée in the capital, with views of the Bois de Boulogne and Eiffel Tower. The hotel’s spa is equipped with all the finest products by Clarins, and the cocktails and gastronomy served up by the restaurant and bar are truly exquisite.
La Maison Favart
La Maison Favart takes its name from the illustrious couple who once occupied this mansion house and who together founded the nearby Comic Opera. Their fabulous 18th-century world has been restored or tastefully recreated in this theatrical jewellery box of a hotel. The fine-striped curtains, rich reds and chocolate browns, elegant antiques and oil paintings tell the Favart’s story through design. Guests of its 39 rooms can enjoy a complimentary massage at the spa, along with a dip in the pool, a relaxing steam, or even a workout at the ultra-modern gym.
La Maison Favart, 5 Rue de Marivaux, Paris, France, +33 1 42 97 59 83
After 27 hours of traveling, the plane touched down in the early morning Parisian mist with the sunrise glowing every shade of pink. The car to the hotel played Frank Sinatra softly as the driver pointed out all the famous landmarks. And this lobby greeted my travel-weary body. I think I'm dreaming.
Hôtel Maison Souquet
Occupying one of Montmartre’s Belle Époque pleasure houses, the Maison Souquet is an unrivalled retreat for those with a lust for luxury. The work of renowned French interior designer Jacques Garcia, who has also created spaces in the Louvre and refurbished the royal apartments of the Palace of Versailles, masterfully combines the Arabian and Napoleon III styles. Those lucky enough to stay in one of the hotel’s 20 rooms (which includes six individually designed suites) will discover the fascinating stories behind the precious materials and rare objects on display, as well as the place’s undeniable magic.
Hôtel Maison Souquet, 10 Rue de Bruxelles, Paris, France, +33 9 74 48 37 35
Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa
The Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa is the epitome of Parisian elegance, a combination of the old and the new, romanticism and comfort, and the art, culture, and savoir vivre that makes the French capital what it is. The hotel’s design was inspired by Cléo de Mérode, a dancer, actress, artist and muse to the likes of Klimt, Lautrec and Proust. Her nickname, given to her by the composer Hahn Reynaldo, was ‘Pretty Little Narcissus’; fittingly, every inch of the hotel – from the superior suites to the indulgent spa – is prettiness in its most perfect form.
The Nolinski Paris, located moments from the Comédie-Française and the Palais-Royal, is a temple to the French way of living. Jean-Louis Deniot is responsible for the spectacular interior design, which has created a hotel for Paris unlike any other. Each part of the hotel – from the Carrara marble reception, the Réjane brasserie, and the Grand Salon – offers a soothing and luminous space in which to unwind and recharge. The 45 rooms and suites are spread out over six floors, and each private apartment has been decorated in its own colour scheme using the most refined materials and fittings imaginable.
Nolinski Paris, 16 Avenue de l’Opéra, Paris, France, +33 1 42 86 10 10
MARQUIS Faubourg Saint-Honoré
The MARQUIS Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a boutique hotel on one of Paris’s most fashionable streets. Occupying an 18th-century mansion house, just removed from the strip of designer stores and top-quality restaurants, the hotel is named after its former owner, the Marquis de la Fayette. The renowned Florentine architect and designer Michele Bonan fell in love with the beauty and location of the property, and has brought it up to date most stylishly while respecting its history. The impeccable amenities and personalised service make a stay here feel like one at a distinctly luxurious private home, one you’ll be in no hurry to leave.
MARQUIS Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 8 Rue d’Anjou, Paris, France, +33 1 44 80 00 00