Paris is a dream destination. With its reputation for romance and history, the French capital comes with a whole lot of iconic attractions, ranging from the Eiffel Tower – a veritable symbol of Paris – to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe.
Whether you want to shop ‘til you drop at Galeries Lafayette and check out the high-end shopping of Champs Elysees, or explore the impressionist history of Montmartre, first of all, you’ll need to place a stay. Luckily for you, Paris is not lacking in hotels that match the beauty and stature of this incredible city; here are some of the very best hotels in Paris, France.
1. Hotel Castille
Offering opulence and style in grand helpings, Hotel Castille is a fabulous place to stay for an authentic slice of Parisian luxury. With excellent service and professional staff alongside the top-notch setting, this 5-star hotel is set within an 18th-century building.
The boutique-style rooms are elegantly appointed, and period features mingle with contemporary, plush furnishings for a perfect mix of old and new. The hotel’s courtyard is where you’ll find the restaurant – authentic Italian dishes envisioned by a Michelin-starred chef.
Location: To go with its 5-star setting, Hotel Castille has a great location to match. It’s just two minutes on foot to Madeline Metro station, as well as being a ten-minute walk from The Louvre and Opera Garnier.
2. Hôtel Plaza Athénée
The classically appointed rooms at Hôtel Plaza Athénée are just one of the many elements that make this one of the best hotels in Paris. Add to this staff who are on hand to make guests feel at home and look after their needs, and it makes for a gorgeous place to stay.
This exceptional hotel features regally decorated rooms, complete with high ceilings and chandeliers. With its five restaurants and stunning courtyard, staying at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée is more like staying in a palace. Some balconies even come with views of that quintessential Paris icon, the Eiffel Tower.
Location: Set on the high-end Avenue Montaigne, another landmark street – the Champs Elysees – is a two-minute stroll away, while you can be gazing up at the Eiffel Tower after a 15-minute walk. Upscale shopping and fine dining are also at your fingertips here.
3. Hotel The Peninsula Paris
Tastefully decorated rooms are the order of the day at Hotel The Peninsula Paris. There are more than 200 rooms and suites on offer here, each decorated with art and a monochrome mix of stylish design pieces and rich wooden furniture. Amenities in the marble-clad bathrooms are provided by Oscar de la Renta.
A spa and indoor pool await guests here, as does a rooftop bar and restaurant complete with 360-degree views over the Paris skyline. There’s also a terrace restaurant to take your dining delights al fresco.
Location: Just over half a mile from the Champs Elysees and its high-end shopping, The Peninsula is in a prime position in the city. It’s less than a mile to the Eiffel Tower, with a Kleber Metro Station right on the doorstep for further exploration.
4. La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa
A smaller hotel than some on this list, the size makes it no less of a luxury experience. Staying here, guests can be safe in the knowledge their every whim will be taken care of by the staff – and that’s before even considering the incredible on-site facilities; there’s the spa and wellness centre, to start with.
From the elegant breakfast room (complete with period furnishings) to the warm and cosy bar and restaurant, rooms here tend to have the effect of stepping you into another era; think parquet floors, deep, regal reds, and soft carpets.
Location: Situated in the 8th arrondissement, this fantastic hotel has a lot to offer on its doorstep. The Champs Elysees-Clemenceau Metro Station is steps away, while the Arc de Triomphe is less than a mile from the hotel.
5. Le Burgundy Paris
Bright, airy, and filled with sleek, modern charm, this top Parisian hotel abounds with colour pops and effortless style. For those looking for an alternative to the fin de siecle furnishings of some luxury hotels in Paris, Le Burgundy is a great option.
The hotel is home to its own Michelin-star restaurant, Le Baudelaire, serving up their own take on contemporary French cuisine. There’s also a spa here, complete with swimming pool and hammam for the ultimate in relaxation.
Location: Want to stay close to the Champs Elysees? This is the perfect location, as it’s just 350 yards away. Le Jardin de Tuileries and Opera Garnier are both within easy walking distance from this 1st arrondissement locale.
Neutral colours and golden hues await guests in the rooms of 9Confidentiel; these come complete with seating areas, gleaming bathrooms, and beautifully high-end amenities – from the bedding to the towels.
Impeccably clean and modern, 9Confidentiel is an intimate boutique hotel boasting friendly staff who help make staying in this place a great addition to your Paris experience. A chic, on-site cocktail bar adds a cosy, cool ambience to the hotel.
Location: Set in the 4th arrondissement in the heart of La Marais, 9Confidentiel has a hip, happening location, well away from the more touristed areas of Paris but still close to big sights. It’s just a ten-minute walk to the Pompidou Centre, for example, and 20 minutes on foot to The Louvre.
7. Hôtel Alfred Sommier
This hotel has belonged to the Sommier family since 1860. Fittingly, it comes with layers of history for a luxurious stay in the French capital. Rooms boast marble bathrooms, high ceilings, and large windows that open up onto the city to soak in all that Paris atmosphere.
An example of true Parisian perfection, Hôtel Alfred Sommier has fine furnishings and period features throughout. Rooms on the top floor have fantastic views of iconic Parisian monuments, while many rooms have elegant balconies for morning tea or coffee. In the warmer months, dine in the courtyard with its lush greenery and neoclassical architecture.
Location: Just 900 yards from Galeries Lafayette Department Store, and even less (700 yards) to the Opera Garnier, Hôtel Alfred Sommier is also just a ten-minute stroll to the Champs Elysees. Madeline Metro Station is handily on the doorstep, too.
8. Le Pavilion de la Reine & Spa
A secluded space to stay in the heart of the French capital, this chateau-style boutique hotel offers more than just luxury — it offers an experience. Set inside a 17th-century building, in one of the oldest squares in Paris, rooms throughout this chic property are imbued with history and contemporary style.
Guests can sit out in the sun-drenched courtyard with a coffee, admiring the ivy-strewn exteriors, or snuggle up in the guest lounge with its open fire. Moreover, staying here means free access to the onsite spa, complete with hot tub and hammam.
Location: Situated in Place de Vosges, Marais, this family-owned hotel is all about soaking up the hotel’s quiet but central Parisian location. Two metro stations are in walking distance, and so is the infamous Place de la Bastille and the Opera Bastille; The Louvre is 15 minutes away by public transport.
9. La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris
Modern, glamorous and fashionable, this top Paris hotel features eye-catching style-led pieces throughout for a design fiesta. The contemporary features accent and contrast coolly with the period features. Art-lovers will delight in La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris.
The guest rooms themselves are sophisticated, with mid-century modern furnishings balanced with original artwork and original fireplaces. Some come with their own balconies and seating areas. At this clean, quiet hotel, guests can choose to eat at the restaurant, work-out at the fitness centre, or sip cocktails at the bar.
Location: You’ll find La Clef Champs-Élysées Paris in the 8th arrondissement, with many top attractions nearby. The Champs Elysees itself is close by, as are high-end shopping and the Eiffel Tower (less than a mile away).
10. Le Damantin Hôtel & Spa
Those of you looking to unwind and relax during your stay in Paris should consider saying at Le Damantin Hôtel & Spa. This 19th-century property comes with a stunning spa and wellness centre for total indulgence, as well as all the Parisian style you’d expect.
A calm and chic place to stay, the hotel is classically decorated, with clean lines, sultry greys, plush furnishings, and marble bathrooms. Some rooms come with balconies; others have the bonus of views of the Eiffel Tower.
Location: Another 8th arrondissement hotel, the Le Jardin de Tuileries is less than a mile away from here, as is the Grand Palais, the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower; each one can be easily walked to.
11. Les Jardins du Faubourg Paris
For all the design-lovers out there, Les Jardins du Faubourg Paris has to be one of the most stylish hotels in the whole city. Beautifully decorated with mid-century modern furnishings and a minimalist eye for design, this is truly is a deluxe hotel.
On top of being the final word on cool hotels in Paris, it’s also quite a quiet and cosy place to stay, with friendly staff. There’s a cute courtyard, relaxing bar, great food in the restaurant, and a gorgeously appointed spa for well-deserved time off after spending the day exploring the city.
Location: You won’t have any issues sightseeing in Paris if you stay here: it’s a ten-minute walk to two metro stations (Madeline and Concorde), while top attractions like the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and The Louvre are also within walking distance.
12. Hotel Crillon
Hotel Crillon offers complete luxury. Each room has been decked out with high-end linen and a beautiful marble bathroom – complete with a rainfall shower and a mirror with in-built TV.
Throughout the hotel, everything is incredibly appointed. It’s sophistication and glamour, gilded, and boasting Renaissance-style frescoed ceilings. Fresh floral arrangements, fine dining, impeccable service and style all result in a perfect balance of elegant and comfort – all in the heart of the city.
Location: The Champs Elysees, Opera Garnier, and The Louvre are all less than a mile away; Concorde Metro Station is on the doorstep; there is a selection of top bars and restaurants within walking distance. Needless to say, the location is perfect.
13. Relais Christine
Set inside a 17th-century mansion, Relais Christine has historic credentials to match its current boutique glamour. Step inside, and you’ll see the interiors have been exquisitely curated for an effortless melding of period features and bold, modern decor.
Inside the converted, vaulted cellar, guests have free access to the comprehensive fitness centre. In the garden, there are plenty of places to relax. The hotel feels private and romantic with an ambience that is hard not to fall in love with.
Location: Set in San Germain in the 6th arrondissement, this busy area makes the quiet hotel even more of beautiful stay. This location also means being mere steps from Notre Dame Cathedral, with The Louvre and a selection of metro stations in easy walking distance as well.
14. Shangri-la Hotel
Set inside a listed monument, this Paris branch of the Shangri-la Hotel franchise offers breathtakingly stunning rooms in a palatial setting. Think chandeliers, duck egg blues and hints of gold, huge windows, and no end of plush furnishings.
Guests can choose to dine at one of three restaurants within the hotel – two of which boast Michelin stars. Each guest room has separate living rooms and marble bathrooms, and there is a gorgeous spa and wellness centre to keep guests pampered. The focus here is most certainly on luxury.
Location: Placed just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, the views from this hotel are incredible. Two metro stations are within walking distance, as are museums and fine dining options.
15. Le Meurice
Last, but no means least, is this incredibly luxurious option. Le Meurice is set in a historic building and boasts Louis XVI furniture, marble bathrooms, and interiors fit for the French aristocracy of yesteryear.
Impeccably designed, the hotel also features a 2-star Michelin restaurant, a cocktail bar serving 300 different drinks accompanied by live jazz music, and a wellness centre offering massage treatments. The staff are attentive, the cafe is beautiful, and the gym is well-equipped.
Location: The Louvre is within easy walking distance, and the Champs Elysees and Place de la Concorde are also just a five-minute stroll from here. Tuileries Metro Station is a stone’s throw from the hotel, too.