Following a major recent facelift by iconic designer Philippe Starck, Paris’ Le Royal Monceau Hotel has recently reopened and is more luxurious, stylish and sophisticated than ever. The hotel closed down two years ago following a wild Dionysian “demolition party” that saw the city’s most glamorous and famous booze and break every valuable fixture in sight. Contrasting surrealist chic with elegant restraint, Starck has nonetheless managed to find the right balance between both elements within this regal and storied hotel.
Frequently listed within the top five hotels in the world and considered to be the Four Seasons Group’s premier global hotel, expect opulent over-the-top decor and exceptional service (including quintessentially Parisian maids with white aprons and lacy caps - oohlala). The palatial Four Seasons George V is the epitome of classical French grandeur and luxury, with private terraces that command spectacular views of Paris’s Eiffel Tower and other beautiful landmarks. The 245 guest rooms are wonderfully spacious (a bonus in this city) and are luxuriously appointed in the style of Louis XVI.
Following a dramatic recent refurbishment, the Hotel Recamier has been transformed into one of the most charming boutique hotels in Paris. With an exquisite location on the leafy Place Saint Sulpice in Paris’ upscale Saint Germain des Pres district, the Hotel Recamier is a hidden gem with 24 individually designed stylish and comfortable rooms. Retreat to the sanctuary of your room after long days wandering Paris, where you’ll find some of the most comfortable beds in Paris, beautiful views overlooking Saint Sulpice church.
This is one hotel where when they say, ‘no two rooms are the same’, they truly mean it. L'Hotel's rooms are so vastly different that they seem to belong to separate hotels, or even continents. As the hotel of choice and final residence of Oscar Wilde for many years, L’Hotel’s legendary Oscar Wilde room features a traditional English style complete with the original letters from the L’Hotel staff urging him to settle his hotel bill (which he unfortunately didn’t live to do). However our favourite is the Pagode suite with sumptuous Japanese antiques and intricate furnishings.
Usually the words "Paris" and "Great Value Accommodation" don't usually go in the same sentence, however we've recently discovered a fantastic Parisian boutique hotel, the Hotel Joyce, which offers chic designer living spaces, highly affordable prices (starting from €117 per night) and a central location in Paris' eclectic 9th arrondissement. The Hotel Joyce is centrally located and within walkable distance from the winding streets of Montmartre. While the boutique hotel’s services are kept to a minimum, most of the effort has been focued upon the chic 44 unique bedrooms and casually cool public spaces.
Hotel Gabriel is Paris’s unique 40-room “detox” hotel, a boutique with a unique concept and a belief in the restorative powers of a calming hotel stay. Wedged in a corner of the trendy Marais, and a short walk from the hip, young Oberkampf nightlife area, the hotel occupies a rigorously restored 1925 townhouse. Hotel Gabriel's rooms shut out the noise and hubbub of central Paris by offering a soothing lighting system, health foods, state-of-the-art mattresses, and hi-tech electronic audiovisual machines that stimulate Melatonin secretion to help ease you into a deep sleep.
With a fantastic location in the heart of Paris’ Latin Quarter, the Hotel Le Petit Paris is one of the most popular boutique hotels in Paris due to its stylish colourful interiors and its conveniently central location. Set within a beautiful 17th century building, the intimate Hotel Le Petit Paris has only 20 intimate rooms which each retain their own unique design. Parisian interior designer, Sybille de Margerie, has taken inspiration from great periods of time that have shaped the city of Paris.
What do you get when legendary designer Philippe Starck, the co-founding brothers of Club Med and a famous French philosopher join forces? An ultra-hip, cool hotel called Mama Shelter. In stark contrast (no pun intended) to the typical Parisian conservative hotels, the Mama Shelter has a bold and electric vibe, seriously fun public spaces and refreshingly affordable prices for Paris. Although its located on the outskirts of Paris’ city centre in a fairly nondescript area, as with all of Starck’s ventures, hip public spaces take centre stage with chalk written messages scrawled all over the ceilings.
Le Citizen is a fresh new independent boutique hotel looking onto the "bobo" (bohemian-bourgeois) hangout of the Canal St Martin on Paris’ Right Bank. This reasonably priced, pocket sized hotel has just twelve rooms, ranging from the cosy “City” double to the spacious “Zen” suite and even the penthouse-like Citizen Appartment which can house a group of friends or a family in its two bedrooms and sofa-bed equipped lounge. All rooms are equipped with flat screen televisions and four-star quality bedding as well as attentive touches such as an iPad and filtered water.
If you're looking for a luxurious oasis in the heart of Paris, don't miss the opulent Plaza Athenee hotel with verdant green gardens and richly furnished rooms. For a more modern atmosphere, the luxurious Park Hyatt in the heart of Paris is another popular hotel choice for business travellers and guests looking for the ultimate in high-tech accommodation. The Hotel Le Six in the picturesque 7th arrondissement in Paris is another cosy and comfortable place to rest your head in Paris. Click here to see all of our recommendations for the best hotels in Paris.
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