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.

The five-room Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, on a leafy cobblestoned passageway, is a pint-size hideaway with outsize design. The three-story Directoire façade is pleasingly geometrical—lead urns march up the steps to the front door, which is framed by iron lanterns on brackets.

For all its refinement and pedigree, the latest hotel to arrive on the Avenue Marceau, in the Eighth Arrondissement, is not at all uptight.

A 580-square-foot one-bedroom apartment in Paris' Latin Quarter, accommodating up to four, with modern, all-white décor, a queen-size bed, a fully equipped kitchen, high-speed internet, and cable.

The majestic 1910 hotel—which recently underwent a $30-million renovation—has grand public spaces and stately rooms filled with Louis XVI-style furniture. The 199-room hotel retains all of the grandeur of it's heyday, thanks to the crystal chandeliers, Roman arches, and Italian marble floors.

For a centrally located stay in Paris, consider the Pierre Seignol-designed Artus Hotel in the lively Left Bank.

Fantastically located in the trendsetting Upper Marais, this former boulangerie in a 17th-century building has been redone by Christian Lacroix.

Folded into a stolid 19th-century building on a hectic Haussmann thoroughfare, the 51-room “resort” offers itself up as a hipper-than-thou, early-21st-century alternative to the Parisian palace hotel.

Located on a quiet block in the Latin Quarter, this funky lodge’s ultramodern flair is obvious the instant you enter the lobby: 3-D bubbles float across a video screen, and the lobby bar lights change color throughout the day.

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.

The Westin Paris - Vendôme has hosted royalty from yesteryear (Empress Eugénie and her husband Napoleon III) and today (Monaco’s Princess Grace and the Dalai Lama), but this 440-room hotel is known for panoramic views of the city, including the Tuileries garden, Place de la Concorde, Seine River,

A white gabled façade with a tall stained-glass window marks the entrance to this unusual boutique hotel, 

Located in the Latin Quarter, the Hôtel Saint-Jacques is less than five minutes from several Paris landmarks, including the Sorbonne and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Three years after garnering raves as the creator of the Marais’s fanciful Hôtel du Petit Moulin, couturier Christian Lacroix is back with a discreet (at least from the outside) 34-room hideaway, seconds on foot, our stopwatch confirms, from the Musée d’Orsay.