Renowned around the world for its elegance and sophistication, Paris is perfect for a romantic getaway. The city’s hotels, ranging from opulent Parisian Palaces to chic boutiques and elegant 18th-century hotels, only add to its allure. Here are eight of the most romantic hotels in Paris.
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Maison Souquet | Courtesy of Maison Souquet / Hotels.com
The belle époque-style Maison Souquet was hailed as the world’s most romantic hotel in 2018. The luckiest couples can bathe in luxury at its private spas, or make the most of the five-star butler service. This boutique hotel is located just off the rue de Bruxelles, and is only a stone’s throw from the famed Moulin Rouge in Montmartre. The sumptuous interior decoration features velvet-lined furniture, wooden panels, huge mirrors and dazzling chandeliers, making it the perfect setting for a loved-up break.
Tucked away on the famous Champs-Élysées boulevard is the gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel George V. The hotel has brought its own brand of luxury to Paris since 1928 – each week, an incredible 12,000 fresh flowers brighten up the palatial building. Guests staying here can enjoy the hotel’s three world-famous, Michelin-star restaurants, which feature dishes inspired by the cuisine of the French Riviera and northern Italy. The location is perfect too, with views of the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais.
There are a number of five-star hotels in Paris that are dappled with gold and dangling chandeliers, but only the most luxurious places to stay receive the envied Parisian Palace distinction. The Royal Monceau, Raffles, which is situated on the ultra-chic avenue Hoche, is one of these rare establishments, and embodies Parisian sophistication. With five floors of breathtaking suites, the hotel is ideal for an opulent romantic getaway. World-renowned designer Philippe Starck refurbished the Royal Monceau, and his impeccable eye for detail has overseen every aspect of the interior.
The Peninsula Paris is an impressive hotel that has been endowed with the prestigious Parisian Palace accolade. This establishment boasts exceptional characteristics, and is located just 300 metres (984 feet) from the Arc de Triomphe, with many rooms gazing out over the famed landmark. The interior is grand but tasteful, and the hotel has been a favourite hotspot for famous names since the Roaring ’20s. What could be more romantic than sharing a glass of champagne on one of the Peninsula’s private terrasses?
Le Meurice is one of the most elegant hotels on earth, and oozes 18th-century opulence. Its dreamy interiors feature extravagant Louis XVI decor and have been dazzling the rich and famous for centuries – kings, sultans, arch dukes, maharajahs and princesses have all stayed here. The hotel has plenty of mod cons, too, with televisions concealed behind paintings and iHome systems available in each of its 160 suites, which means you can wake up to the sound of your favourite love song. The two-Michelin-star Salvador Dalí restaurant is simply out of this world.
A stay at the luxury, five-star Shangri-La Paris makes for an unforgettable romantic break in the City of Lights. The elegantly decorated rooms and suites are palatial, and the bespoke room service is among the best in the world. Choose to order fresh croissants to your room in the morning, or finish a hard day’s shopping with a trip to the spa. As far as a romantic dinner at this hotel is concerned, consider one of their excellent mature cheese platters, and pair it with a bottle of champagne.
Of course, there’s more to choose from than luxurious, five-star hotels when planning a romantic weekend in Paris. Hotel Des Grands Boulevards is a sophisticated alternative for a smaller budget. This chic boutique hotel was decorated by the renowned designer Dorothée Meilichzon. The hotel’s interiors combine the decorative splendour of the Louis XVI period – four-poster beds, glazed wardrobes and red-marble countertops – with the more pastoral designs of Marie Antoinette – rustic coated walls and distressed wooden furniture. On the ground floor, the Grand Restaurant serves French-Italian cuisine in stylish surroundings.
The Disneyland Hotel is decorated with statues of popular cartoon characters | Courtesy of Disneyland Hotel / Expedia
Disneyland Paris was officially named the world’s favourite place to propose in 2018, and so the fairytale castle that stands proudly at its gates simply has to be on this list. Like the exterior, the interior design of Disneyland Hotel is inspired by the Victorian era, and features luxurious fabrics and patterned wallpaper. Guests at the five-star hotel can experience all the magic of Disney, as well as magnificent fireworks, incredible light projections and stunning special effects.