Typically small and stylish with buckets full of charm, boutique hotels offer an experience that’s miles away from the standard chain offering. Here are the very best boutique hotels in Paris, handpicked for their unique features.
Five-star Maison Souquet combines Arabian style and Napoleon III-style decor to create an eclectic mix of eras. The wood-panelled bar-library adorned with paintings is infused with a magical and enchanting aura; quite simply, it feels like walking into another world. Tucked away off the Rue de Bruxelles, just a stone’s throw from the famed Moulin Rouge, the venue combines its prime location with an emphasis on luxury. There’s velvet-lined furniture, huge mirrors and chandeliers in abundance; it’s the perfect setting for a romantic date.
Of course, you don’t just have to stay in luxury 5-star palaces with Michelin-starred dining to have the most romantic weekend in Paris. Hotel Des Grands Boulevards is a perfect alternative for a smaller budget, while still providing elegance and sophistication. Decorated by renowned designer Dorothée Meilichzon, the hotel interiors mix decorative splendour – four-poster beds, glazed wardrobes and red marble counter-tops – with more pastoral designs, such as rustic coated walls and worn wooden furniture. Without the pressure of fine palatial surroundings, it’s probably the cosiest place on this list to spend a romantic getaway.
Hotel & Spa La Belle Juliette is located between Montparnasse and St-Germain-des-Prés, one of the most classically Parisian neighbourhoods, and takes its name from the celebrated 18th-century socialite Juliette Récamier. The bedrooms are adorned with antique prints in period frames, elegant furniture and references to literature, with the salvaged bergère chairs, repainted in vibrant pink colours.
Vanessa Gainford contributed additional reporting to this article.