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.
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.
Take a step back in time at this mid-range boutique hotel, located in the heart of the Marais and decorated in a charming 18th-century style. Think richly patterned wallpapers, and atmospheric antique furniture. The cozy, soundproofed rooms are perfect for a romp. P.S.
Decorated in a neo-Baroque style, one of Paris’s mythic luxury hotels is a labyrinth of dimly lit corridors, perfect for an amorous rendezvous. If you’re single, the busy courtyard restaurant is the place for seeing and being seen.
This eccentric Left Bank budget hotel has double rooms starting from 85€.
Brilliantly located in the heart of the Marais, near Métro St.-Paul, this unpretentious budget hotel is furnished with an eclectic mix of pieces that make you feel like you’re visiting a great aunt, not staying in a hotel. Double rooms start at 98€. Practically opposite is the gorgeous St.
From 89€ a night for a double, this comfortable, modern hotel is designed in the industrial spirit of its central Oberkampf location. Environmentally aware, the hotel puts energy-saving LED light bulbs, water-saving Grohe taps, and double-glazed windows in all the rooms.
The low-cost designer hotel has a first-in best dressed policy, whereby booking well in advance can get you rates as low as 79€ per night for a single, and 89€ for a double.
Not strictly a hotel, but a new-generation hostel, this UK import is the city’s only purpose built hostel, with all the comfort and modernity that you would expect including “Pod” beds and lockers. Many of the 300 rooms have views over the canal. You can choose between dorms and private rooms.