What do you think of when you think about Paris? Culture, style, cuisine, romance? Perhaps all of the above? These qualities that so enchant its visitors are also fully in evident in the city’s boutique hotels. Historic buildings, chic decor, quirks and surprises – we’ve found them all. Here are our favourites.
BoutiqueHotels.co.uk Guide to the Top Paris Boutique Hotels
- Hotel Recamier
- Hôtel Thérèse
- Hotel Verneuil Saint Germain
- Hôtel des Academies et des Arts
- Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal
- Hotel du Petit Moulin
- The Grand Pillage Hotel
- Maison Souquet
- Le Roch Hotel & Spa
Hôtel Recamier Paris (****)
Hôtel Recamier (pictured top and below) is situated in the beautiful Saint Sulpice in Saint Germain on Left Bank, a traditional Parisian townhouse – wrought-iron balconies and all – transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel. This place oozes elegance, from the original artwork on the walls to the hotel’s signature aroma that is sprayed throughout the hotel every day. Interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot has worked his magic on the 24 bedrooms, with canopied beds, sumptuous textiles, and unique furniture sourced from brocantes, alongside more modern touches such as a flatscreen TV, iPod dock and bottled water. To further enhance your experience, there’s also a gorgeous courtyard terrace where guests can relax under the light of lanterns, while complimentary tea is served in the snug and inviting lounge every afternoon.
Hôtel Recamier, 3 Bis Place Saint Sulpice, 6th arr., 75006 Paris, France
Hôtel Thérèse (****)
For more historic appeal, check into the Hôtel Thérèse, an 18th-century townhouse, now an owner-run boutique hotel in the 1st arrondissement. It’s a testament to their personal loves with carefully selected furniture and artworks discovered in antique shops. There are plenty of beautiful spaces to relax, from the soft sofas of the salon or the panelled library/bar. The 40 bedrooms vary in size, but all employ the highest quality furnishing and fabrics, as well as fascinating objects collected from around the world.
Hôtel Thérèse, 5-7 Rue Thérèse, 1st arr., 75001 Paris, France
Verneuil Saint Germain
Imagine a charming street in Paris in Saint Germain, within walking distance to the River Seine, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum. Then picture a converted 17th-century building and you’ll begin to realise why the Hotel Verneuil is such a find. The 26 bedrooms combine historic details such as exposed beams with contemporary chic. L’Occitane products, flat screen TVs and beautiful bathrooms help create an oasis of calm in the city, but the hotel ensures you remain well connected, with complimentary unlimited local calls and international calls to US, Canada and Europe.
Verneuil Saint Germain, 8 rue de Verneuil, 7th arr., 75007 Paris
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts (****)
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts describes itself as “charming, elegant, arty”, and who are we to argue? Although all three are definitely present, it’s the last quality that really makes this boutique hotel stand out. Situated in the heart of the Left Bank, the artist Modigliani’s studio was once the top floor. Today, the hotel has a room dedicated to video art while the ‘Corps blancs’ of street artist Jérôme Mesnager can be seen throughout the hotel. The hotel can even organise visits to nearby art studios on request. The artists, designers and figures of bohemian Paris have inspired the decor of each of the small but perfectly formed 20 rooms – you’ll find art books to peruse in each one. There are plenty of other pleasures to be enjoyed. Savour a Pierre Hermé macaroon in the Chez Charlotte tearoom, for example, or enjoy a drink in the bar. The Wellness centre, meanwhile, offers more pampering in the form of massages, body treatments and facials.
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, 15 Rue De La Grande Chaumière, 6th arr., 75006 Paris
Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal (*****)
Another aspect of Parisian culture is linked to the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, as this stunning 18th-century building was once a theatre. It now houses 68 rooms, including 11 suites. The decor by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon plays with lightness, however, rather than theatricality, using fresh shades of greens and pinks and an inviting blend of velvet, leather and silk. While the hotel overlooks the Palais Royale garden, the best vistas come with the Panoramic suite and its terrace with a view that stretches from the Sacre-Cœur to the Eiffel Tower. If you can tear yourself away from that, enjoy the hotel’s meticulously selected champagne collection and Palais des Thés tea menu in the lounge bar or perhaps the Carita spa, complete with a Turkish-style hammam. The fine dining restaurant Le Lulli, meanwhile, offers dishes based on seasonal, regional and organic products, served in a beautiful space created to feel like a winter garden.
Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal, 4 Rue De Valois, 1st arr., 75001 Paris
Hotel du Petit Moulin (****)
There’s also a wonderful story to the Hotel du Petit Moulin in the Marais, once the oldest boulangerie in Paris. The shop front is still there, imaginatively converted into the hotel reception. This boutique hotel has been decorated by Christian Lacroix and is every bit as opulent as you might expect, a daring mix of eras and styles, lavish wallpapers and fabrics. Bedrooms vary in size, from ‘Comfort’ rooms up to the Junior suite, which occupies the top floor of the hotel. Among the perks for lucky guests include complimentary bicycles and free access to a spa just ten minutes away.
Hotel du Petit Moulin, 29-31 rue de Poitou, 3rd arr., 75003 Paris
The Grand Pigalle Hotel
The Grand Pigalle Hotel, found near the Moulin Rouge, is a venture from a team behind celebrated cocktail bars, wine bars and restaurants. They describe its spirit as “bed and beverage”, so it’s no surprise that the ground floor reception and bar and restaurant area is a real focal point of this boutique hotel. There are nods to cocktails throughout the building, from gold pineapples on doors to ‘martini’ carpets and even the minibar kept well stocked with ready-mixed cocktails. But there are plenty more thoughtful touches here, from Revo sound system to Nespresso coffee machines, and the chic decor combines deliberately aged wallpapers with rich woods. Book one of the garret-style top floor rooms in the spirit of the bohemian life that made this area so famous.
The Grand Pigalle Hotel, 29 rue Victor Massé, 9th arr., 75009 Paris
However, when it comes to bohemian decadence, it’s hard to beat Maison Souquet. Another Montmartre find, it prides itself on creating a cocoon of opulence. From the Moorish-style tiled salon to the wood-panelled bar/library, there are plenty of places to hide away from the world here, and that’s before you get into the 10-metre swimming pool and hammam, which can be entered only with a private key. The 20 rooms and six suites continue this sensuality, a wealth of rich materials and colours. Each named after a famous courtesan, apparently 2,000 metres of 120 different silks have gone into furnishing these exquisite jewels of rooms.
Maison Souquet, 10 rue de Bruxelles, 9th arr., 75009 Paris
Le Roch Hotel & Spa (*****)
If you have a taste for hammam baths, Le Roch Hotel & Spa, also has one to offer, in complement to their superb spa facilities – in fact, some of the 34 rooms have hammam ensuites. All the bathrooms have an exotic feel, decorated with handmade Moroccan tiles and large Kaldewei bathtubs. The bedrooms are equally as memorable, showcasing natural materials such as Carrara marble and solid walnut. Soft colours and inviting velvets encourage you to relax, while a smart speaker system and interactive tablets make you feel at home. That home from home feel continues throughout the hotel, with a lounge filled with books and comfortable chairs set in front of the fire, or in the secluded courtyard and first-floor terrace, a slice of Parisian life, right in the heart of the city.
Le Roch Hotel & Spa, 28 rue Saint Roch, 1st arr., 75001 Paris
Prices correct at time of writing – March 2017.