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.
Located two blocks from the Arc de Triomphe in the heart of aristocratic Paris, this old-world, 83-room palace hotel has remained in the same family since its founding in 1925.
Built in 1972 by Air France, Le Méridien Étoile is a 1,025-room business hotel near Porte Maillot, La Defense, and directly opposite Palais des Congrès. The Jetson's-like lobby by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel is a sensory experience, with its unique scent, sound, and use of neon light.
An institution since 1898, the lavish, opulent Ritz—near the Louvre museum and Tuileries gardens—has maintained its stature as one of Paris’s leading hotels despite a plethora of trendy newcomers.
Located in Paris’s Luxembourg district, the Hôtel Sainte-Beuve is within walking distance of a number of attractions, including Luxembourg Gardens and the Place Saint-Sulpice. Guest rooms are a stylish blend of old and new, with antique pieces and designer furniture.
Built around 1850 by famed city planner Baron Georges Haussman, this seven-story boutique hotel just a short walk from the Place de la Madeleine unites early 1900's charm with five-star amenities.
This petite city inn, which takes its name from the 19th-century literary critic Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, is for traditionalists. In the David Hicks–designed lobby, overstuffed red-checked armchairs and deep couches flank a wood-burning fireplace.
With its garden courtyard, large fireplace in the lobby, and manor-like appointments, this converted 17th-century abbey feels like a country estate in the middle of the Left Bank.
Curvaceous sensuality is the prime element in the 95 rooms and six junior suites in the four-star Hotel Jules in the Bohemian Faubourg Montmartre neighborhood in the Ninth Arrondissement.
Housed in an 18th-century mansion on Place des Voges, Le Pavillon de la Reine hotel has a vine-covered façade and a shaded inner courtyard separated from the square by an iron gate.
Fashion designer Stella Cadente transformed a private mansion an hour from Paris into a stylish B&B with nary a doily or floral duvet in sight. Five fairy tale–inspired bedrooms include the Queen of Snow, with etched mirrors and walls embedded with Swarovski crystals.
Romance and a room on the bustling Rue de Rivoli may seem an unlikely coupling, but this hotel feels like you’ve stepped into the living quarters of a wealthy but eccentric aunt.
For Paris first-timers, the English-speaking staff at this property goes out of its way to accommodate tourist clientele.