There are lots of things that can make a B&B stay in Paris special, from the antique décor and the artistic legacy to the leafy green terraces and type of neighbourhood. Here’s our pick of the seven best bed and breakfasts in Paris.
La Maison Gobert
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Guestroom at La Maison Gobert | Courtesy of La Maison Gobert / Hotels.com
La Maison Gobert is located in the trendy 11th arrondissement, just a stone’s throw away from the bustling terraces of Canal Saint-Martin. The main attraction of this district is the artistic vibe, as the area boasts impressive street art and exhibitions at every corner. Drawing inspiration from the creative splendour that surrounds the building, the B&B is spectacularly decorated inside. Its walls are adorned with elaborate floral prints and rustic garden scenes, but there’s a classy dimension too, with the chandeliers, marble tops and elegant antique furniture. There’s also a leafy green terrace outside where you can enjoy a croissant and coffee in true Parisian style.
The picturesque neighbourhood of Montmartre is one of the best places to stay in Paris. It’s bursting with artists fussing over their canvases and easels, and has the legendary Sacré-Coeur dominating the skyline. Hotel Particulier Montmartre is tucked away down a cobblestone alley in this famous district and is one of the most beautiful Parisian B&Bs. It’s nestled in the verdant calm of a private 900 m2 garden, designed by the very man who revamped the Tuileries Gardens. There are five sumptuous suites to choose from, each bedroom decorated by a different contemporary artist. Some say that it’s the most deluxe B&B in Paris.
La Maison Saint-Germain is a cosy B&B located in the heart of the Latin Quarter on the legendary Rive Gauche (the Left Bank). Built inside a former hotel that dates back to the 16th century, there’s history etched into every inch of its walls. This place is particularly good for families, as many of the sofas turn into extra beds, which can help keep the cost down. The top-floor Duplex Apartment has not one but two terraces where you can enjoy a meal whilst overlooking the quaint Parisian rooftops of Saint Germain. Here, you can sit back and enjoy some of the most impressive panoramic views that Paris has to offer.
Maison Lepic is a comfortable B&B in the 18th arrondissement, boasting one of the most animated locations in Paris. A short walk from La Cigale Concert Hall and other major attractions such as Sacré-Coeur, Mathurins Theatre, and Opéra Garnier, it’s a great base for a city break. There’s a relaxing garden, a terrace to soak up the sun and a cosy shared lounge. Not many people know but Maison Lepic was once home to one of the most famous, influential and well-loved figures in the history of Western art. Between 1886 and 1889, it was the address of legendary Dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, who drew lots of inspiration from his time in Paris. It’s a must-stay for anyone who wants to follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh.
The Palace of Versailles (Château de Versailles) located just southwest of Paris is one of the most stunning royal castles in France. First built by Louis XIII in 1624, the lavish palace oozes opulence at every turn and is often on people’s must-visit list. If you’re taking a short break where time is of the essence and the Palace of Versailles is a sight you definitely don’t want to miss, then this B&B is right on its glorious doorstep. Les Versaillaises is an airy, spacious B&B with a terrace and abundant luscious greenery. The double rooms with en suite bathrooms are modern and simple in design, which makes sense when you’re in the shadow of the opulent Palace of Versailles. If you stay here, you’re no more than a 10-minute walk away from the palatial grounds.
Chambre d’Hôtes – Chez Kate is an 1830s Franco-American artists’ house, decorated with antique wooden furniture and roaring fireplaces, and steeped in artistic heritage. It’s owned by a pair of artists who offer their guests optional art workshops for a small additional cost. As well as art, it’s an especially great place to enjoy a city break if you’re fond of nature. The B&B is just a five-minute walk from a 16 km stretch of wooded riverside trails running along the Marne, which is dotted with lively restaurants and dance halls. It’s a convenient 20 minutes from Orly airport too and in a quaint spot that hosts an authentic French market twice a week.
Some might say we’ve saved the quirkiest B&B in Paris for last – it’s definitely one of the most highly coveted. The incredible bookstore Shakespeare & Co., established by Sylvia Beach in 1919, has been inviting ‘tumbleweeds’ (bohemian poets and writers) to stay in its rustic quarters for decades. It’s the perfect spot for the book-loving introvert to ponder. Over 30,000 aspiring artists – from Voltaire to Ernest Hemingway – have stayed in the bookstore in exchange for a few hours work on the tills during the day. All you have to do is send the current owner an email explaining why you’d like to stay, mentioning your passion for literature. There’s a resident cat mooching around in case you get lonely, often with the sound of someone playing the live piano in the background, and a host of evenings workshops, readings and author talks to keep you busy until late.