Paris

Hotels in Paris

The hotel is set in an 18th-century town house on a quiet side street in the heart of the First Arrondissement.

Decorated by Philippe Starck–trained Christophe Pillet, the new, 27-chambre Hotel Sezz is phonetically named after the 16th Arrondissement it calls home.

Designed by Frédéric Mechiche to resemble a Parisian townhouse, the Hôtel Le A is situated just two blocks from the Champs-Elysées. The chic, art-inspired hotel features 26 guest rooms decorated in shades of gray, white, and black with distinctive striped floors.

Paris hotels are famous for charging luxury-hotel rates for tiny rooms best described as shabby-genteel. Not so the Sofitel Paris La Defense, with a location in the La Defense business district (a 15-minute metro ride from the Louvre).

Built in 1928, the unapologetically luxe hotel was closed for two years and reopened in October 2010 after a monumental transformation by Philippe Starck, the 61-year-old designer responsible for placing an acoustic guitar in every room, not to mention a private screening room just off the lobby

Esprit St.-Germain is a 28-room boutique hotel located in the sixth arrondisement between Boulevard St.-Germain and the Luxembourg Gardens, boasting striking views of the Romanesque-meets-Gothic St.-Sulpice church. The simple navy blue wooden façade outside signifies this hotel’s minimalism.

Located between the Saint Germain des Prés area and Latin Quarter in Paris, the Hôtel Résidence des Arts offers guests access to a variety of luxury shops and gourmet restaurants. The hotel is designed to reflect both the atmosphere of a private Parisian apartment and a luxury hotel.

From the grotto-like breakfast room to the duplex junior-suites under mansard roofs, the 29-room Hôtel de la Bretonnerie is a sampler catalogue of French fashions.

The Hôtel Le Saint Grégoire features 20 guest rooms and interiors decorated by David Hicks. Guest rooms are outfitted with antiques and paintings, lending a comfortable, home-like feel.

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.

This quiet, romantic retreat may be only a five-minute walk from the towering chain stores—and the crowds that fill them—on the Champs-Élysées, but it gives the impression of a world apart.

Named for the 18th-century playwright (he wrote The Marriage of Figaro) and revolutionary who did some of his best work up the street—now one of the main shopping drags of the Marais—this 19-room retreat incorporates plenty of historical charm.

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.