Cities today are smattered with an endless array of soulless, big-brand hotels, and it can be difficult to sort through the selection to find a location with authentic personality and soul. Boutique hotels, known for their intimate settings, personalized attention, and unique designs have become a popular answer to the drab, economy accommodations of the trademark hotels. These five favorite hotels all have less than 50 rooms and inspiring interior designs: as much an expression of their beautiful Parisian surroundings as they are a signature of the hotel itself. The best boutique hotels are home to friendly, attentive staff and have key relationships with their neighborhoods: your concierge will direct you to the best niche restaurant or late-night bar. The hotels themselves are often home to popular restaurants and clubs, as on-trend with nearby residents as they are with the guests who stay there. When in doubt, follow the locals to find the trendiest, most interesting boutique hotels in your arrondisesment.
Hôtel du Temps
This intimate hotel’s 23 rooms are decorated in a simple, fresh style. Lush, tropical-print curtains bring an exotic note to the otherwise retro French décor (mid-century furniture; vintage light fixtures). On the ground floor is a charming breakfast serving gourmet pastries, and in the basement is a shadowy micro-club that draws in the city’s elite on weekends.
Many consider Hôtel Amour to be Paris’ emblematic boutique hotel. Each of the 24 rooms is decorated by a different artist or designer, including talents of the caliber of Sophie Calle and Marc Newson. The buzzy, downstairs restaurant and bar serves elevated French cuisine and opens out onto a verdant courtyard.
Nestled on the corner of Canal St Martin is this eco-friendly outpost outfitted with iPads in every room and modern Danish furnishings. We love it for its views of the charming bridges and its on-trend, neo-Scandinavian style. With only 12 rooms, guests get personalized attention from hotel staff, and enjoy gourmet, complimentary mini bar snacks.
Located between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, this building hosts a busy, downstairs brasserie and upstairs fine-dining restaurant by Jean-François Piège, one of the most talented chefs working in Paris today. The hotel’s 15 gorgeous guestrooms were decorated by designer India Mahdavi in her signature bright, contemporary style (floral wallpaper; animal-print throws).
Simultaneously relaxed and effortlessly chic, this boutique hotel has 38 rooms has a decidedly eclectic vibe: medallion and pheasant-print wallpapers, custom-upholstered headboards, mix-matched barstools and ivory marble countertops. Room service delivers an impressive selection of cold plates from next-door restaurant, Vivant, and bathrooms are stocked with luxe Malin + Goetz amenities.