The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Paris

Enjoy breakfast with views of the Eiffel Tower at the Shangri-La Paris
Enjoy breakfast with views of the Eiffel Tower at the Shangri-La Paris | Courtesy of Shangri-La Paris / Booking.com
Nicola Leigh Stewart

Paris has long been home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. From palatial addresses just steps from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées to gourmet destinations with rooftop views of the Eiffel Tower, the French capital does luxury like nowhere else. Here’s our pick of the best five-star hotels in Paris, France – all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Ritz Paris, for an awe-inspiring escape

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The serene indoor swimming pool with a staircase and sun loungers at the Ritz Paris Hotel
Courtesy of Ritz Paris / Expedia

The last home of Coco Chanel and beloved by Ernest Hemingway, the Ritz is perhaps the most awe-inspiring luxury hotel in Paris. The lavish guest rooms are furnished in an ornate 18th-century style and deliver sweeping views over Place Vendôme. Facilities include a Michelin-starred restaurant, designer boutiques, a huge pool with a spa, and the Salon Proust where afternoon tea is overseen by former World’s Best Pastry Chef, François Perret.

2. Le Bristol, for palatial excellence

Spa Hotel, Luxury

A white and pink guest room at the Le Bristol in Paris with a large mirror and chair
Courtesy of Le Bristol / Booking.com
Le Bristol is a majestic hotel in Paris that has been awarded the prestigious Distinction Palace – a step above the five-star standard – and delivers luxury on every level. Dining includes Eric Frechon’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Epicure, the one-Michelin-starred 114 Faubourg, and Cafe Antonia for decadent afternoon tea. If you’re looking for some me-time, head to the rooftop swimming pool or book into the spa for treatments courtesy of Swiss brand La Prairie and cult natural skincare brand Tata Harper.

3. Fauchon L’Hotel Paris, for the sweetest treats

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A pink and cream guest room with two chairs and big windows at the Fauchon LHotel Paris
Courtesy of Fauchon L'Hotel Paris / Booking.com

One for gourmands, this hotel is the first of its kind from the French pastry house, Fauchon. The fun guest rooms in the hotel take inspiration from the brand’s bold black-and-pink packaging, with monochrome accessories and huge pink “gourmet bars” packed with Fauchon treats – a running theme in the French restaurant and delicatessen. Just off Place de la Madeleine, the hotel is within strolling distance of the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre.

4. Nolinski Paris, for peace amid the bustle

Spa Hotel, Luxury

A grey room with unique features and two chairs at the Nolinski Paris
Courtesy of Nolinski Paris / Booking.com

The Nolinski is tucked away on a bustling street in the city centre, just a short walk from must-sees like the Louvre and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Despite the busy location, everything about the Nolinski feels like a peaceful retreat – from the tranquil rooms decorated with bespoke furniture and plush fabrics to the atmospheric spa and pool hidden underground. Next door, you’ll find a hidden cocktail bar and a restaurant overseen by chef Philip Chronopoulos, who also heads up the Michelin-starred Palais-Royal Restaurant.

5. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, for Michelin-starred dining

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Indoor pool and lounging terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris
Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris / Booking.com

In the well-heeled 8th arrondissement, also known as the Golden Triangle, this luxury Paris hotel is just a short walk from the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe and the designer shopping street, Avenue Montaigne. This stay is known for its impressive culinary offering and holds a total of five Michelin stars. There’s also a cocktail bar and an outside terrace decorated with floral arrangements designed by Jeff Leatham.

6. Hôtel Lutetia, for a wellness retreat

Suite Hotel

A living room area with a sofa and chair leading to a balcnoy with Eiffel Tower views at the Hôtel Lutetia
Courtesy of Hôtel Lutetia / Booking.com

This art nouveau landmark was built in 1910 as the only grand hotel on the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) of the Seine. Since then, it has attracted the likes of Pablo Picasso, Charles de Gaulle and James Joyce. Don’t miss the holistic wellness centre, Akasha, where you retreat to the secluded hammam, do laps of the 17m (56ft) swimming pool, and get a radiant glow with a Swiss facial.

7. Prince de Galles, for the incredible location

Suite Hotel

A large dining area at the Prince de Galles in Paris with purple and brown decor and a chandelier
Courtesy of Prince de Galles / Booking.com

Another jewel of the Parisian art-deco movement – which has impressed visitors since 1928 – the Prince de Galles hotel is a beacon of grace. Seek it out for its incredible location, just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées and Avenue Montaigne. The property offers 44 suites bursting with opulent charm. Bag the right room and you can gaze across monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais from your bedroom window.

8. Hôtel de Berri, for avant-garde decor near the Champs-Élysées

Suite Hotel

A room with a four-poster bed, a black and white sofa and large windows at the Hôtel de Berri
Courtesy of Hôtel de Berri / Booking.com

An impressive 20th-century art collection collides with the avant-garde decor at this characterful hotel near the Champs-Élysées. As you wander across the black-and-white optical illusion floor amid marble columns of the lobby, you’ll get a handle on the style of the hotel. Some rooms and suites have views of the private park in the hotel, and each has an individual theme, ranging from pared-back blue-and-white to an eye-popping combination of striped wallpaper, Pop art and red-lip sofas. If all the colour leaves your eyelids heavy, book a personalised in-room spa experience or relax in the hammam.

9. Le Meurice, for timeless elegance

Suite Hotel

A cream and gold room with a large bed and big windows at the Le Meurice in Paris
Courtesy of Le Meurice / Booking.com

Le Meurice has a prime location in the 1st arrondissement, tucked between the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden. The dreamy interior whisks you back to the Louis XVI-era and has been dazzling visitors – including Picasso, who got married here, Dalí and Warhol – since 1835. These days, you’ll discover modern surprises, such as plasma TVs hidden behind the paintings. Part of the esteemed Dorchester Group, the hotel features a spa and a two-Michelin-starred restaurant by Alain Ducasse.

10. Le Royal Monceau, Raffles, for attention to detail

Suite Hotel

A white and pink room with a large bed and dining table at the Le Royal Monceau
Courtesy of Le Royal Monceau / Booking.com

There are five-star Paris hotels and there are those awarded the Palace Distinction – among them, Le Royal Monceau Raffles. Boasting five floors of first-class suites, all designed by Philippe Starck, this impeccable hotel leaves no aspect of its design to chance. Dining spans gourmet Italian at Il Carpaccio to contemporary Japanese at Matsuhisa. The all-white Clarins spa is a haven of relaxation, with a 23m (75ft) pool, treatment rooms, a hammam, a laconium room and a sauna.

11. Shangri-La Paris, for incredible Eiffel Tower views

Suite Hotel

A bar at the Shangri-La Paris with five chairs, a full-stocked bar and a chandelier
Courtesy of Shangri-La Paris / Booking.com
This Shangri-La outlet offers a slice of the good life. Start the day in true Parisian style with fresh croissants delivered to your room, and return after a day of exploring to a pampering session at the spa. The best place to soak up the splendour of the hotel is from highly coveted Eiffel Tower suites, which are so close to the monument you can practically touch it. The restaurants are just as spectacular – cap off dinner with a mature cheese platter and a bottle of champagne.

12. Brach Paris, for eclectic art lovers

Independent Hotel

A rooftop lounge area with an Eiffel Tower view and candles at the Brach Paris
Courtesy of Brach Paris / Booking.com

This art-packed retreat is a cocktail of architectural and design influences, from Africa to South America, Bauhaus to Dada. Be sure to take a break from the bustle of Parisian life in the rooftop hot tub and garden in the hotel, where you’ll find aromatic herbs, fruits, vegetables and a hen house surrounded by 360-degree views of the city – including the nearby Eiffel Tower. Stroll down the street and find yourself immersed in the designer boutiques and attractions of the 16th arrondissement, including the Musée Marmottan Monet.

13. Hotel Raphaël, for a romantic weekend near the Arc de Triomphe

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A red and gold bar area at the Hotel Raphael in Paris with comfortable chairs and mood lighting
Courtesy of Hotel Raphael / Booking.com

The Hotel Raphaël takes over an intricately carved stone building just metres from the Arc de Triomphe. Louis XVI glamour meets modern-day luxury in the lavish rooms and suites, which incorporate hand-painted murals and genuine antique furniture. Make sure you take a trip to the seventh-floor rooftop, where you can take in panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Sacré Cœur while sipping the finest champagne.

For more incredible stays in the French capital, book one of the best boutique hotels in Paris now through Culture Trip. Alternatively, why not guarantee a magnificent view by booking one of the best hotels with a balcony in Paris? For a timeless stay, discover the most famous hotels in the city.

Jade Cuttle and Francesca Paul contributed additional reporting to this article.

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