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.

Directly across from the Neoclassical Opéra de Lille, the Hotel Carlton is centrally located within walking distance of the Euralille business district, Lille-Flandres railway station, and Grand Place de Lille (the city’s main square).

The Hôtel Montalembert is located in the Saint Germain des Prés area of Paris, near the Musée du Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Guest rooms and suites feature decidedly modern décor, with clean lines, warm, neutral tones, and modern furnishings.

An eclectic gem, the 2010 addition to the Shangri-La brand was originally built for Prince Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon’s grandnephew, who took up residence at the hôtel particulier from 1896 until his death in 1924.

Just steps from the Champs-Élysées and the Triangle d'Or, this 1889 townhome houses the Hospes Lancaster, opened in 1930 by famous hotelier Emile Wolf. In 1996 it was remodeled with Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture as well as antique lighting, gilded mirrors, and oil paintings.

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.

At these prices, luxury is a given; it’s the sincerity sans arrogance—and the prime Champs-Élysées location—that nudges this 21st-century newcomer ahead of other Parisian five-stars.

As its name suggests, the four-star Banke Hotel was once a bank. Located in the Opera district of the ninth arrondissement and a short stroll from the Galeries Lafayette, the heart of this hotel is an extravagant lobby with an arched colonnade, colored in deep reds and gold.

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.

Hotel Concorde La Fayette caters mostly to business travelers, with its easy access to Porte Maillot, La Défense, and Palais des Congrès.

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.

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.