Paris is packed full of luxury boutique hotels and we have picked the 10 best to appeal to the romantic traveller. I am a great believer that boutique chic will give you a much more memorable stay than a big faceless hotel chain. Whether it is the character filled rooms, the enhanced personal service or simply the chance to try something different, boutique hotels will make your stay in Paris even more special as long as you choose the right one.
In this article I have picked out some of the best boutique hotels in Paris. These are the kinds of places that don’t publicise themselves on travel search engines or run ridiculous cut price offers because they know that once you’ve stayed there, you’ll be back, and your experience will be so exceptional that word-of-mouth is the only publicity they need.
Secreted away in the heart of Paris’s wonderful Marais quarter, the five-star Hotel Dupond-Smith is just a 5 minute walk from the metro, 10 minutes from Notre Dame, 20 minutes from the River Seine, 30 minutes to the Louvre and a scenic 1 hour stroll to the Eiffel Tower. Eight rooms are split into three types. Alias (their luxury version of a standard room), Incognito (a more superior style room) and finally Intuitu (beautifully designed and decorated private suites). The Alias rooms offer a generous 20sqm of lounging capacity with a king-size or twin single beds, ergonomic desk, wardrobe, bathroom with rain shower and one even has its own little balcony! The larger Incognito rooms are either hidden away in the eaves of this enchanting building or are lower down with small private terraces to take in the fresh air and watch the world go by. Finally, the 30+sqm Intuitu Private Suites, some with private balcony, include more extravagant design features like an entrance alcove, dressing room, bar and lounge area, in addition to a separate luxurious bedroom area and bathroom with bath and rain shower. All of the rooms and suites benefit from air-conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV, complimentary wifi, safe, your own personal espresso coffee machine, a selection of Kusmi teas and herbal teas, minibar, iPod Station, bathrobes, slippers and last but by no means least – toiletries from the gorgeous Parisian Perfume House: Diptyque. A good night’s sleep is guaranteed as the beds are deliciously comfy and in spite of being right in the middle of busy Marais, you won’t hear a thing from the street as the windows are double glazed. Staff here will share their local knowledge with you and although there is no restaurant or bar in the hotel, you are just a short stroll from some amazing Parisian cafes, bistros, bars and restaurants. The Hotel does offer an excellent breakfast that can be served in your room or can be taken in the ground-floor lobby and it is available all day long. Prices start at 323€ per night.
Hotel Da Vinci
The five-star Hôtel Da Vinci is located on the Left Bank, near the Louvre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Take a journey into the heart of the Renaissance with the period’s most iconic figure, Leonardo da Vinci forming the basis of the decoration throughout the hotel. Interestingly, the Mona Lisa was also hidden here for three nights in 1911 after it had been stolen from the Louvre. The invitingly comfortable rooms are decorated with period features, such as a caqueteuse chair, or a dressing room with curved features reminiscent of the wardrobes of the period. Almost half the rooms have balconies. Some look out over the hotel patio, a haven of peace and quiet, while others, overlooking the Rue des Saints-Pères, afford a glimpse of the Louvre nearby. The Mona Lisa room is the one to book if it is available. Situated on the ground floor, this room contains an unfinished work. Could it be the famous Gioconda, which Leonardo da Vinci took three years to paint? This is one of the hotel’s most charming rooms, with a pleasant terrace overlooking the hotel’s patio. Book your own private pool session in their small mosaic-lined pool and enjoy breakfast or an afternoon expresso at Café Da Vinci, with decoration inspired by the oldest and most famous café in Venice, Caffè Florian. Prices start at 333€ per night
Hotel Eugene En Ville
This contemporary four-star boutique hotel is located right in the beating heart of Paris, between Montmartre and Opera, perfectly blending, quintessential Parisian style and contemporary design. All the communal areas offer a quirky charm with unique décor, artwork and rough stone walls mixed with plenty of curious and object d’art. Fantastical candelabra pop up around the corners, mixed in with exhibit pieces, rich carpeting and magnificent lighting features. The 66 rooms and suites are simple, yet stylish and filled with quirky art and caricatures adorning the walls, as well as comfy beds, iPod dock, safe, LED TV with 64 multilingual channels, desk, wifi, air conditioning, bathroom with bath or shower and complimentary mineral water. Superior Rooms offer added luxury and the benefit of your own private (40m²) terrace. Deluxe Rooms are the most spacious and luxurious of all and also offer an Nespresso coffee machine. Eugine’s stylish Cantine offers a contemporary atmosphere, quirky wooden seating and hearty meals like steak tartar and sharing plates including charcuteries, french cheeses and smoked salmon. There are plenty of loca; bars, restaurants and bistros nearby. Dine in the Montmartre or for a more local gastro experience head to SoPi (South of Pigalle), to enjoy Parisien culinary delights. Prices start at 261€ per night.
Hotel Le Pradey
Beautifully located on the right bank of the Seine, between the Louvre and the rue St-Honoré fashion district, this friendly four star boutique hotel offers 28 striking rooms designed to encapsulate the stone, concrete, wood and zinc roofs of Paris. The 5th floor suites, decorated by Hermès, offer hand crafted leather furnishings, and balconies with views to the pretty Tuileries gardens at the end of the street. The Cabaret and Opéra suites are inspired by the Moulin Rouge and Opéra Garnier. The hotel interior is a fashionable mix of retro and contemporary, The mezzanine lounge has a 50’s look and has an honesty bar so that you can help yourself to drinks and snacks. The hotel offers treatments and use of the pool at the Rain Spa around the corner. Enjoy their tasty continental breakfast in the vaulted cellar or grab a coffee, juice and croissant up on the mezzanine. Iif all the sightseeing gets too much, relax in the pretty Tuileries Gardens just down the street from the hotel. Prices start at 219€ per night.
Hotel Les Matins de Paris
This four star boutique hotel, Les Matins de Paris, is located in the cultural heart of Paris. Wake to the sights and sounds of the buzzing 9th arrondissement just a few minutes walk from the landmarks of Montmartre, the Sacré-Cœur, Palais Garnier (home to the Paris Opera) and Boulevard Haussmann with its famous Galeries Lafayettes and Printemps department stores. This chic hotel embraces French style and with just 33 rooms has an intimate feel. Destress in the hotel’s hammam or a dip in its indoor pool. Suitably refreshed, grab a drink or coffee to the bar or take a quick stroll down Rue des Martyrs, one of the city’s most unique streets crammed with bakeries, boutiques and quirky gems. Prices start at 220€ per night.
Hotel La Demeure
The four star Hotel La Demeure occupies an elegant building on Boulevard Saint-Marcel in the famous Latin Quarter of Paris. Step calmer place designed by Flavie+Paul where the clean lines will help you escape the hustle and bustle of the street outside. The Cauet family will welcome you into their open-plan reception which reminds me of a trendy architects studio, with a mix of brightly coloured chairs, massive iMacs on the tables and with art work dotted about. This space doubles as a lounge area where you can relax, surf the net and ask the Cauet family advice on local attractions. Rooms here are modern with slick lines complimented by soft furs on the bed and modern bathrooms. Breakfast is served in a lush tropical forest, where the wallpaper and plants take your mind on a trip to the jungle. Step outside the hotel and you can take a stroll around the Jardin des Plantes. Sip a mint tea at the Paris Mosque or explore the Pantheon and the beautiful Saint-Etienne church. Finish the day like a true Parisian and pick up a bargain at the market on Rue Mouffetard. Prices start at 150€ per night.
Hotel Le Chat Noir
Set in Montmartre in a building that once housed a famous 1920s cabaret of the same name, this luxury four star boutique hotel is a 1-minute walk from the Blanche metro station and 2 minutes by foot from the Moulin Rouge. Le Chat Noir has interior décor that is inspired by the style of the Moulin Rouge. The iconic red and black motif has been extended throughout the entire interior, giving the hotel a completely unique finish. Sleek rooms are also decorated in red, white and black, and feature modern furnishings, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning. Some rooms have private balconies or Eiffel Tower views. Start your day with a breakfast buffet of the pastries, cheese, charcuterie and fruit washed down with a fresh coffee. Then head up the 300-plus steps that lead up to the Sacré-Cœur, or browse the historic antique-shops at the Marche aux Puces de Clignancourt – the largest antiques market in the world. With a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Le Chat Noir Design Hotel comes highly recommended. Prices start at 150€ per night.
Hôtel des Academies et des Arts
Located on the same street that Gauguin and Modigliani once lived, the four star boutique, Hôtel des Academies et des Arts, is a homage to the artists. With just 20-rooms, this hotel offers a stylish retreat on the Left Bank. Communal rooms include a library, a home-cinema room, a spa and beauty treatments on request. Rooms have air-conditioning, WiFi, flatscreen TV, minibar and safe. The Commedienne rooms in particular are cute, inspired by legendary 1920s party girl Kiki de Montparnasse. They come with scarlet headboards and vibrant purple throws on the beds. Breakfast can be taken either in the library, the adjacent ‘petit bistro’ or the hotel’s Salon d’Art Video. There is no hotel bar or evening restaurant but you will find plenty of places to dine locally. Prices start at 150€ per night.
Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon
The Four Star Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon offers highly styled rooms, many with rooftop views out across the Latin Quarter in the historic 5th arrondissement (Saint-Germain). Head up the spiral animal-print staircase, to discover Fifties-styled rooms, chic and jazzy rooms all decorated in rich colours and thick fabrics. The fifth and sixth floors offer the panoramic views over Paris’ rooftops. All rooms have bath tubs apart from Classic rooms which offer little balconies instead. Enjoy free WiFi throughout, flatscreen TVs, minibar and Carthusia toiletries. The Suite and Deluxe Rooms also have Nespresso coffee machines. Breakfast is an array of pastries and eggs which is brought up to guests or served in a stylish stone-clad basement room. The hotel bar is decorated with thick rugs, hanging glassware and inviting banquettes overlooking the Place du Panthéon which are ideal for watching passers by. There is no restaurant but you can walk down the hill and enjoy the local brasseries and cafes. Prices start at 125€ per night.
This stylish four star boutique hotel on the Left Bank in Paris. Rooms which are designed in a palette of creams and browns overlook Place Saint-Sulpice and the feel is modern glamour with ornate fixtures and wrought-iron balconies complemented by thick fabrics. There’s no restaurant, but a Continental breakfast is spread out in the lounge. Between 4pm and 6pm, you can enjoy free soft drinks and snacks. Later on you can kick back at the little bar in the breakfast lounge, where a waiter will serve you drinks. Prices start at 185€ per night.
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