Paris

Hotels in Paris

Countless Parisian hotels, ranging from five-star international properties to family-owned boutiques, make choosing just one difficult. Your budget and your preferred location will help narrow down your options. On the Right Bank, foodies, for example, may want to consider Les Halles, dubbed by the French 19th-century novelist Emile Zola as "the belly of Paris" for its meat and vegetable markets. One of the best hotels in Paris is here—the Ritz-Carlton, on Place Vendôme. Lavish interiors, perfumed air (yes, really), and the Hemingway Bar (the best among Paris hotels), make for a lovely stay if you've got deep pockets. Exceptional architecture, meanwhile, characterizes Le Marais. Of the more affordable nearby options, we like the ivy-covered Le Fauconnier, just steps from the Seine, with its streamlined rooms and sun-soaked terrace. On the Left Bank, the Latin Quarter is known for its leafy, academic sensibility, while St-Germain-des-Prés was once a bohemian hub for great writers and philosophers such as Albert Camus. Here, the excellent service and colorful painted murals give the Hôtel de Nesle a delightful, cozy vibe.

French style by way of L.A., with a dash of baroque detail, defines this 1906 building, where photos of Hollywood and fashion types are matched with purple velour chairs and Venetian glass chandeliers against black lacquered walls.

Located in St.-Germain-des-Prés, Relais Christine is a small boutique hotel just two blocks from the Seine. Built on the remains of a 13th-century abbey, the hotel incorporates original architectural elements such as centuries-old stone vaults that arch over the cavernous breakfast room.

Housed inside a historic 17th-century building, the Hôtel Luxembourg Parc is located in Saint Germain des Prés, a Paris district full of art galleries and high-end shops.

A private garden with towering potted trees and rare species of plants serves as the centerpiece for this five-star hotel in the central part of the city.

Set in a 17th-century house, this hotel run by Yves and Claudine Camdeborde offers just 20 rooms. A five-minute walk from Saint-Germain-des-Près Metro Station, the pet-friendly property is furbished with original wood beams, antiques, and marble bathrooms.

Located near one of Paris’s most upscale shopping districts in the 1st Arrondissement, the Hôtel Costes is a magnet for the fashion-forward, chic crowd.

Small and opulent (when Oscar Wilde died here in 1900, legend has it that his final words were, “I am dying beyond my means”), L’Hôtel sports 20 rooms, each with a different theme—leopard, Italian Baroque, Japanese pagoda—but all tastefully over-the-top.

Situated in the Seventh Arrondissement, the four-star Hôtel Bourgogne et Montana is next to the Place du Palais Bourbon and National Assembly building, as well as within blocks of the Musee d'Orsay and Rodin Museum.

Hedonists and oenophiles rejoice: French vinotherapy brand Caudalíe has recently opened a spa in the 19th-century hotel Les Étangs de Corot, in Ville-d’Avray, 15 minutes north of Paris.

This elegant new boutique hotel facing the Place de Mexico offers a location convenient to the Eiffel Tower. Each of the 38 rooms and 10 suites are designed by François Champsau and boasts features like Nespresso machine. Classic rooms are 215 square feet, while deluxe rooms 237 square feet.

Located in the Latin Quarter near the small cafés and open-air market of busy Rue Mouffetard, the Five Hotel aims to cater to every sense (hence its name). The 24 small but well-planned rooms have clever details such as adjustable colored lighting and a menu of air fragrances.

A jewel box of a hotel, the 34-room Duc de Saint Simon resembles a private Parisian home, with a black-and-white marble hall, graceful staircase, and rooms decorated in richly colored traditional French fabrics like toile de Jouy.

Designed by Philippe Starck, Mama Shelter is located in 20th arrondisement not far from Père Lachaise Cemetery. Each of the 172 charcoal-hued guest rooms comes with a wall-mounted Mac to streamline Internet, TV, and radio and Kiehl's shampoo and shower gel products in the bathroom.