Whether you're a Parisian expert or it’s your first visit, we’ve got it covered with a selection of the best hotels in Paris
The Grand Hotel in Paris, one of the city’s most lavish hotels, has also been the setting for some serious fashion moments, including John Galliano’s very first haute couture collection for Dior in 1997. With the ground floor designed as a replica of Christian Dior‘s 1940s showroom on Avenue Montaigne, the spectacular setting was filled with the crème de la crème of the fashion world, and more than 4,000 roses. ‘Among Couture debuts, Galliano’s is the stand out,’ The New York Times proclaimed the following day.
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Located just a Fendi bag’s throw from the Champs-Élysées, this grand hotel has played host to a myriad of Hollywood names and fashion darlings over the years – Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Christian Lacroix to name a few – but thankfully you dont need a movie star budget to stay. As well as the impressive bedrooms and two Michelin-starred restaurant theres the beautiful, sun-drenched garden the perfect retreat for those who spend their days pounding pavements between Gucci and Louis Vuitton.
Youll be hard pressed to find better value in Paris. This friendly hotel has the perfect combination of uplifting bright colours, uncluttered interiors and great prices. Duroc metro station is 100 metres from the front door and will whisk you north to Invalides and Champs Elysées for sightseeing, or to the airports and Gare du Nord with one change. If youre looking for a low-cost base in the city thats super-clean, welcoming and friendly, youve found it.
Stick a pin in the centre of a map of Paris and it wont land far from Hotel Thérèse. Add crisp elegance, ever-helpful staff and small but delightfully decorated rooms, and you have what is technically called a find.
Sightseeing starts as soon as you leave the hotel doors, with Jardins de Palais Royal and the Louvre both a five-minute walk away, and the surrounding area steeped in history.
Given that bedrooms are small, you can wind down the original 18th-century staircase (or take the lift) to plan your day in the salon, or recover from it with an apéritif. There are generous sofas and morning papers in the lime-green sitting room, and a wood-panelled honesty bar with purple armchairs.
Step into the intimate reception lounge of The Five Hotel and you’ll feel you have reached the end of your journey. Behind the discreet façade of this archetypal Parisian building lie 24 rooms that have been designed to stimulate the five senses, and remind you why the French have earned their famously amorous reputation.
The elegant modern décor and innovative lighting combine to create sensual spaces that offer rest, relaxation and romance.
Screened behind the black iron gates is this elegant townhouse, surrounded by lush green gardens. You feel a million miles from bustling Paris; instead you are a five-minute promenade from the postcard-perfect Basilique du Sacré-Coeur. Inside the five strikingly spacious suites are a visual feast. The hotel owners commissioned five renowned artists to design each room and the result is a stunningly diverse display of contemporary art, centred on creativity and comfort.
If you want to explore Paris without the constraints of staying in a hotel then this apartment is an impressive alternative. The Spacio Loft is set over three floors, with a gloriously luminous and airy living area at its heart. Above, the central section is cut away to leave walkways, floating on steel girders reminiscent of Eiffel, which lead to the master bedroom and study. A cathedral window spans the two floors, flooding the space with daylight, while at night intelligent lighting and home cinema contribute to the ambience. In the basement – which housed a Resistance printing press during World War II – you’ll find a gym and sauna.
Once you’ve soaked up the loft’s designer delights, you’ll find authentic quartiers a short promenade away: rue Montorgueil for gourmet shops, the Marais for cafés and and culture; and the Louvre and Centre Pompidou are walkable.
Designers have merged architectural substance with an aesthetic joie de vivre making Hotel Sezz a thrilling place to stay. Always functional, always pleasing, its a hotel thats hard to pick holes in. The 27 exquisite rooms elate. Theres a bath for two in the suite with rolled white leather headrests at each end; sublime walls of raw Portuguese stone, its fossils lit by rows of halogen lamps; super-comfortable beds dressed in the crispest Egyptian linen; and walls of mirrored glass in stupendous bathrooms. The Seine is at the end of the road, the Eiffel Tower is a short walk. Add to this, some of the loveliest staff you are likely to find in France and you have a very special place to stay indeed.
The Lancaster is steeped in history. Built in 1889 as a private mansion and converted to a hotel in 1930, it has seen royalty, movie stars, artists, politicians and society figures pass through its doors. In 2006 the hotel changed hands and whilst the essence of the palatial building has been totally respected, innovations and technologies have been added – such as complimentary WiFi, flat screen TV, DVD players, iPod desks and new mini bars in every room and suite. Ideally situated in Paris’ Golden shopping Triangle, the Lancaster is one of life’s delicious experiences.
Christian Lacroix, the legendary French couturier best known for his love of the glamorous and theatrical, designed the Hotel du Petit Moulin Lacroix as if he was creating a fashion collection.
Every room is like an outfit, with details such as a giant collage of 18th-century women and cupboard doors that slide open to reveal windows. The bedrooms are small, modern and lavish, using design classics like Arne Jacobson’s Swan chair. The slick bathrooms are also enlivened with heart-shaped antique mirrors or hunting scenes round the toilet, and the beds, with piles of fat pillows, are bliss. To top it off the location is great too – a short walk gets you to lots of bijou shops, the packed-out bars of rue Oberkampf, and the Sunday market in Boulevard Richard Lenoir.