Paris’ Hotel Scene Is Booming Right Now — Here Are Our Favorites
It's time to head to the City of Light.
Travelers have been surging to Paris in 2017, resulting in a 10-year high for the number of hotel guests during the first half of the year.
Some 16.4 million people checked in to hotels in the French capital in the period between January to June, the Associated Press reported, citing the Regional Tourism Committee. Visitors from Japan, China, and the United States were key in propelling the surge.
The committee suggested that the jump in hotel registrations may be due to tourists returning to Paris after sufficient time had passed following several terror attacks in Paris in 2015 and 2016.
The good news for travelers headed to Paris is that there are a number of exciting new options for hotel stays, including revamped old favorites as well as newcomers to the scene.
Hotel Crillon, an 18th-century palace that has hosted everyone from Marie Antoinette to Madonna, reopened in June of this year after a four-year closure. Young Parisian designers have brightened up the interiors, and a reduction in the number of rooms from 147 to 124 means that guests have more space than ever.
For a more homey feel, there's no beating La Réserve, a 40-room hotel near the Avenue Gabriel with its own personal library.
“This is like a Parisian apartment,” La Réserve's general manager Didier Le Calvez told Departures magazine.
After a $440-million renovation, the Ritz Paris reopened in 2016 with a Chanel spa, a revamped Hemingway bar, and (of course), plush rooms that are the epitome of French luxury. Expect plenty of rich brocades and velvets when you book a room at this grande dame.
For a more modern feel, the Mandarin Oriental and the Peninsula are both classic choices — though there are plenty of boutique properties to get excited about, too.
Check out Hotel Panache, or Le Saint, which has a charming countryside feel.
As shoulder season arrives in the City of Light, when summer crowds will be gone but holiday travelers have not yet arrived, it's a great time to book a Parisian getaway.