Paris is packed with luxury boutique hotels, and we have picked the ten best to appeal to the romantic traveler. Boutique chic may 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.
I have picked out some of the best boutique hotels in Paris in this article. These places don’t publicize themselves on travel search engines or run ridiculous cut-price offers because they know that once you’ve stayed there, you’ll be back. Your experience will be so exceptional that word-of-mouth is the only publicity they need.
1. Hotel Dupond-Smith
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 superior style room), and finally, Intuitu (beautifully designed and decorated private suites). The Alias rooms offer a generous 20 m² of lounging capacity with a king-size or twin single beds, ergonomic desk, wardrobe, bathroom with a 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 m² Intuitu Private Suites, some with private balconies, 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 Wi-Fi, a safe, your own personal espresso coffee machine, a selection of Kusmi teas and herbal teas, minibar, an 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.
The 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 offers an excellent breakfast that can be served in your room or taken in the ground-floor lobby, and it is available all day long.
2. 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 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.
3. 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, an iPod dock, a safe, LED TV with 64 multilingual channels, a desk, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a 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 a 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 is plenty of local 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.
4. 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 handcrafted leather furnishings and balconies with views to the pretty Tuileries gardens at the end of the street. The Moulin Rouge and Opéra Garnier inspire the Cabaret and Opéra suites. 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 on the mezzanine. If all the sightseeing gets too much, relax in the pretty Tuileries Gardens just down the street from the hotel.
5. 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 dip in its indoor pool. Suitably refreshed, grab a drink or coffee at 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 EUR per night.
5. 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 architecture studio, with a mix of brightly colored chairs, massive iMacs on the tables, and with artwork dotted about.
This space doubles as a lounge area where you can relax, surf the net and ask the Cauet family for advice on local attractions. The rooms here are modern, with slick lines complemented 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.
6. Hôtel des Academies et des Arts
Located on the same street where 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, Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV, minibar, and a 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 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 local dining places.
7. Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon
The Four-Star Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon offers highly styled rooms with rooftop views 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 colors and thick fabrics. The fifth and sixth floors offer panoramic views over Paris’ rooftops. All rooms have bathtubs apart from Classic rooms, which offer little balconies instead. Enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout, flatscreen TVs, a minibar, and Carthusia toiletries. The Suite and Deluxe Rooms also have Nespresso coffee machines. Breakfast is an array of pastries and eggs that 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.
8. Hôtel Récamier
This stylish four-star boutique hotel is on the Left Bank in Paris. Rooms 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 4:00 – 6:00 pm, 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 EUR per night.
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