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.

Before there was William and Kate or even Charles and Di, there was the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who were the media sensation of their day. Re-opened in 2011, the couple’s private estate is available for rent.

This 24-room boutique is a perennial favorite: book far in advance, especially for stays during Fashion Week in October and March. Restaurant scion Thierry Costes and artist and nightlife celeb Mr.

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.

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.

Renovated in 2007, this 23-room hotel takes its first name from Mathis, the adjacent bordello-chic lounge and restaurant, which is an institution among fashion and showbiz A-listers.

Located in the Marais area of Paris, the Hôtel du Bourg Tibourg features 30 guest rooms, including one suite. The rooms are small, but they are known for their lavish décor courtesy of designer Jacques Garcia.

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

Simultaneously relaxed and effortlessly chic, this boutique hotel has 38 rooms has a decidedly eclectic vibe: medallion and pheasant-print wallpapers, custom-upholstered headboards, mix-matched barstools and ivory marble countertops.

Located between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, this building hosts a busy, downstairs brasserie and upstairs fine-dining restaurant by Jean-François Piège, one of the most talented chefs working in Paris today.

Nestled on the corner of Canal St Martin is this eco-friendly outpost outfitted with iPads in every room and modern Danish furnishings. We love it for its views of the charming bridges and its on-trend, neo-Scandinavian style.

Many consider Hôtel Amour to be Paris’ emblematic boutique hotel. Each of the 24 rooms is decorated by a different artist or designer, including talents of the caliber of Sophie Calle and Marc Newson.

This intimate hotel’s 23 rooms are decorated in a simple, fresh style. Lush, tropical-print curtains bring an exotic note to the otherwise retro French décor (mid-century furniture; vintage light fixtures).

Paris’ first explicitly “gay-friendly” hotel is romantic for straight couples, too. Located in the heart of the Marais, just 23 slick and modern rooms are spread throughout a purpose-built building and two houses.

Each of the 24 rooms in Paris’s modish “love hotel” are decorated by artist and designer friends of owner André, Sophie Calle or Marc Newson.

This new mid-range hotel has a prime and very central address only a short walk from the Tuileries gardens, the Place Vendôme, and shopping strip the Rue St. Honoré—all good options for romantic promenade.