One of the most visited cities in the world, Paris seems overrun with incredible hotels. From opulent five-star palaces to quirky artist’s boltholes with rooftop views over Montmartre. Check out our top 10 favourite hotels that exude Gallic character.
Here’s our carefully hand-picked list of the most characterful hotels in Paris
Hidden down the alleyway of old Montmartre, this effortlessly charming hotel is found behind the walled garden of this 19th century mansion. Once home to the Rothschild family, it’s brimming with opulent character; think rich red velvet, polished mahogany furnishings and antique hunting trophies. The rooms are eclectic to say the least, some have chandeliers, others feature a Napoleon II bathtub or even a distant view of the Eiffel Tower.
Feel like Parisian royalty in this palatial suite at the Shangri La
Promising some of the very finest views of the Eiffel Tower, the Shangri-La Paris is crammed with French va-va-voom. Originally the home of Bonaparte’s nephew, Roland, this luxurious landmark hotel looks a little like a wedding cake and is as opulent as it was in Bonaparte’s day. Some of the rooms have balconies and bird’s-eye views of the Iron Lady. It also has several fine dining restaurants, and a luxe spa with an indoor pool.
Period charm and glamorous interiors for your city break in the city of love
Moments from Saint-Germain-des-Prés on Rue Christine, this grand honey hued stone mansion is simply oozing with inimitable French chic. Tucked away in a pretty courtyard, its 48 generous rooms and suites feel more like a country house than a city hotel. Each is decked out with vintage glamour, plush fabrics and upscale bathrooms. Breakfast is served in the lounge, and there’s also an honesty bar.
This ever-charming small hotel in the heart of buzzy Montparnasse is crammed with character and colour. Bare-brick walls display unique artworks, objet d’art and quirky antiques. The 39 rooms are delightfully modern with covetable retro hints, such as vintage cases and prints, while the bustling shops and restaurants of St Germain des Prés and the sweeping lawns and old palaces of Jardin du Luxembourg are mere moments away.
Metro: Château Rouge
Feast your eyes on the beautiful details in the restaurant at Le Meurice
A few leisurely steps from both the Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries, this exuberant and regal hotel has Louis XVI-style character in abundance. Luxurious beyond means, you can expect huge chandeliers, marble floors and elaborate antique furnishings. It has 160 rooms and suites, some with balconies or roof terraces, but all impeccably furnished with elegance and style. The Alain Ducasse restaurant has two Michelin stars, naturally. It also features the uber-swish Valmont Spa.
Royal red and glorious gold accents in this splendid suite
Perched literally on the back step of Saint Sulpice church in the 6th arrondissement, this delightful bolthole hotel in the 18th century home of publisher Monsieur Francisque-Gay is filled with old French charm. It’s brimming with antiques and objet d’art from across the globe, and features a special Japanese garden designed by Zuber. The 26 rooms are light and delicately styled and all have views over the garden or Saint Sulpice church.
The living area in this suite is filled with character and charm
This adorable little hotel on Rue Clément is bursting with Gallic character but is light on the wallet too. Moments from the boutiques, cafés and restaurants on Saint Germain des Prés, it’s been in the same family for over a century. The individually styled rooms have vintage floral wall coverings, mahogany furnishings and several have scenic views over Paris’s iconic rooftops. It also features a charming guest lounge and a cosy breakfast room.
A true hidden treasure with rooms showcasing marvellous chandeliers at Relais Christine
In the heart of the Latin Quarter, this elegant hotel in a 17th century mansion is moments from both the Louvre and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Plush rooms are designed with rich fabrics, muted tones and with elements of traditional French style. It also has a hidden courtyard and an impressive salon with exposed oak beams, roaring fireplaces and ornate furnishings. Each night it becomes a fancy piano bar and hosts regular jazz evenings.
The staircase at the Shangri La is a designers dream
This romantic bolthole in the trendy Marais district epitomises 18th century style. Named after the author of Le Mariage de Figaro, who lived next door, this small hotel has a distinctly Mozart-era theme. The 19 bedrooms are awash with chandeliers and antique French furnishings; most have exposed oak beams, while some have balconies. Downstairs in the elegant salon you’ll find an Érard piano which dates back to 1792.
Best of both worlds: A combination of chic and comfort so you feel right at home
Named after some of the great men entombed in the Panthéon opposite, this intimate hotel is bursting with neo-classical style. Known as the birthplace of Surrealism, many Surrealist writers and painters, including poet André Breton, have stayed here over the years. The 30 rooms are individually styled with Greco-Roman wall-coverings and unique objet d’art, and some offer unique views of the Panthéon. Breakfast is served in the charismatic vaulted salon.
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine