By Kate van den Boogert
August 20, 2014
Credit: James Merrell

You could argue that every hotel in Paris is a romantic hotel. Paris, the city of love, has long been a privileged destination for celebrating secret trysts, wedding anniversaries, honeymoons, or marriage proposals. The endless beautiful cityscapes—by the Seine, from the top of the Eiffel Tower, or within the imposing Tuileries Garden, for example—never fail to set hearts a-flutter. And many of the city’s hotels provide a wonderful setting for the full panoply of romantic love, be it contemporary, kitsch, sexy, gay or straight, opulent, or otherwise. Whether you’re checking in to a luxurious suite at the Hôtel Costes or arty mod accommodations at the aptly named Hôtel Amour, couples cannot go wrong. Paris is arguably the most romantic city in the world, and these hotels provide refuge and inspiration aplenty for lovebirds old and new. If you’re new to Paris or it’s a perennially favorite place to celebrate love, life, and being together, you will not be disappointed.

Hôtel Costes

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. It’s located on shopping strip Rue St-Honoré, just around the corner from Place Vendôme, the city’s fine jewelry hub, perfect for buying rings.

Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais

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. And the fifth-floor rooms come with romantic little balconies.

Hôtel du Continent

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. The hotel’s 25 rooms are decorated by former couturier Christian Lacroix, famed for his colorful over-the-top style, and each floor of the hotel corresponds to a different continent: Europe, The poles, Oceania, Asia, Africa, more.

Hôtel Amour

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. The hotel is decorated with many racy vintage prints by photographers like Guy Bourdin, and the stylish ground-floor bar and restaurant are perfect for champagne-fueled trysts. There are no TVs in the inviting guestrooms, giving you time to concentrate on other things.

Hôtel Jules & Jim

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. In the center is a courtyard, where you can enjoy a cocktail from the bar or a tête-à-tête breakfast.