Paris has more hotels than almost anywhere on the planet. Some of its finest are not huge behemoth hotels, instead they are elegant boutique pads with Michelin-starred restaurants and cocktail bars, while others have luxe spas or splendid views over the Eiffel Tower.
Here are 10 of our favourites.
Here’s our round-up of the top ten boutique hotels to stay in when visiting the city of Paris
Housed in the former bank headquarters in the heart of the Opera, this belle époque style boutique hotel on Rue La Fayette is as charming as they come. Dominated by a crystal dome, guests can dine out in the hotel’s two fine dining restaurants, Josefin or Banke, or enjoy a tapas lunch, cocktails or a late night cognac in LolaBar. It’s close to Galleries Lafayette and the Louvre.
Metro: Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette
Enjoy a few beverages in the golden LolaBar at the Banke Hotel
The Hôtel du Petit Moulin is a theatrical choice in the fashionable Marais District. Housed in a former 17th century bakery, this tiny boutique hotel has just 17 rooms and a baroque-slash-rococo interior designed by Parisian fashion elite, Christian Lacroix. It has a lounge and an honesty bar where it also serves breakfast. Nearby is the Picasso Museum, the Opera Bastille and the cosy bars, bistros and boutiques of the Marais.
Metro: Filles du Calvaire
Guaranteed a good nights sleep in this cosy suite at Hotel du Petit Moulin
This romantic boutique hotel in an 18th century private residence has one of the best addresses in Paris. It features Le Lulli, a fine dining restaurant designed like a winter garden, a luxe spa and an extensive Champagne collection in the bar. Some rooms have balconies and views of the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. It’s moments from the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries.
Metro: Palais Royal – Musée du Louvre
A plush sofa and a staircase to heaven leading up to your bed, what more could you want?
Close to the banks of the River Seine and the iconic Eiffel Tower, this boutique art-themed hotel is dominated by a four-storey exhibition wall, which displays a revolving collection of contemporary art. Sleek rooms have design hints and Carrera marble bathrooms. Dine on fine French fare in the uber-modern Zebra Square restaurant, which also serves a fine breakfast.
This charming boutique hotel in a 19th century townhouse in the 10th arrondissement is a blaze of vintage style. Each of the plush 18 rooms has an in-room iMac and a cocktail bar to mix up your own aperitifs. It has an intimate bistro restaurant, a bar with a fireplace and terrace, and posh room service (think lobster sandwiches and Champagne.) It’s close to Canal Saint-Martin and the Marché de St-Martin.
Metro: Gare du Nord
Take a dip in the pool at le Roch Hotel & Spa
Close to the Opéra and the Louvre, Le Roch Hotel & Spa is one for art lovers. The 37 rooms are of enviable size, even the smaller ‘cosy’ rooms, while suites have in-room steam rooms. There’s also an elegant restaurant with a hidden courtyard terrace, but the real hit is the spa, which has an indoor pool, a steam room and Codage treatments.
Spoilt rotten: Pamper yourself everyday with a steam room in your en suite
With an aesthetic Asian-themed interior, this unique boutique hotel is a real treat for the senses. Each of the 26 rooms has hand-painted wallpaper, while rooms on floors five and six are blessed with views of the Eiffel Tower. It has an intimate, elegant restaurant with a glass roof, which serves breakfast and dinner. The hotel is located a few minutes away from the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.
Metro: Saint Philippe du Roule
The epitome of chic and glamour at the Banke Hotel
Originally built in 1892, this grand stately home-turned-boutique hotel near the Bois de Boulogne was once the site of a hot air ballooning field. Designed by interiors guru, Bambi Sloan, the 48 rooms and suites are eclectic in taste; think leopard print fabrics, bowler hat lights and baroque hints. Dine out in the Michelin-starred restaurant, there’s also a Guerlain spa and a galleried library.
Metro: Porte Dauphine
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Perched on the Left Bank of the River Seine, this charming boutique hotel pays homage, albeit a little tongue in cheek, to the great women excluded from the Panthéon (apart from Marie Curie). Each of the six floor pays tribute to a different woman, however all have elegant vintage-chic rooms with roll top baths, some have sweeping views over the rooftops of the Latin Quarter.
Metro: Place Monge
Stunning suite where you can lounge in your living room after a long day of exploring at Hotel Pavillion de la Reine
Moments from Place des Vosges and Maison de Victor Hugo, this ivy clad boutique hotel is housed in a 17th century residence in the Marais district. Many of the 56 rooms overlook the beautiful courtyard garden. They all have a classic décor with rich fabrics and muted tones. It has a small spa, an honesty bar in the elegant lounge, where breakfast is served, plus free bikes for hire for freewheeling through the Marais.