Comfortable mid-range accommodation in the heart of Paris was something of a non-entity for many years. However, with the rise in ‘boutique chic’ stays in the city, finding a nice place to kip in a convenient location is becoming less of a headache. You still won’t find cheap hotels in the main touristy arrondissements, but the choice of stylishly decorated lodgings with friendly service has grown. As usual, head further from the centre to pick up the best deals and a taste of authentic Paris.
The Paris hotels below have been handpicked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over €600)
Moderate (€350 to €600)
Cheap (up to €350)
The prices quoted are the starting costs for a standard double room and include taxes and breakfast unless otherwise specified. Hotel prices generally add a taxe de séjour (room tax) of between €0.50 and €1.50 per person, per night. This tax is sometimes added to the bill at the end of a visit and guests are advised to check whether it is included when making a reservation.
There’s luxury accommodation and then there’s Hotel Le Bristol Paris. From marble-panelled powder rooms to its regal 1,210-sq-m (13,000-sq-ft) garden, Le Bristol has been Paris’s most prestigious hotel since its inception in 1925. All services are naturally state of the art and foodies will be happy to hear its three-Michelin starred restaurant continues to stockpile accolades under the guidance of chef Eric Frechon.Address: 8th, 112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Paris, 75008
Telephone: +33 1 5343 4300.
Situated on one of the smartest squares in the city, the Ritz Paris is the capital’s most celebrated hotel and is the very essence of luxury and discretion. The lobby gleams with marble, chandeliers and impressive floral arrangements from designer Djordje Varda, while the oriental carpets, soft to the touch, soak up the sound. It has a magnificent swimming pool and fitness room, as well as a health spa.Address: 1st, 15 place Vendôme, Paris, 75001
Telephone: +33 1 4316 3030.
Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg
The wonderful Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg is a renovated 18th century mansion that feels effortlessly like a Parisian town house. Styled by the illustrious Didier Gomez, the rooms in this 5-star hotel are tastefully finished with Louis XV armchairs, vintage mirrors and beds you can imagine libertine lovers losing whole weekends in. Lunch and cocktails in the hidden courtyard terrace are a must too.Address: 8th, 15 rue Boissy d'Anglas, Paris, 75008
Telephone: +33 1 44 941 414.
Hotel Dupond Smith
This lush Marais bolthole isn’t obscenely overpriced but will leave you feeling pampered and prepped to take on the area’s myriad coffee stops and macaroon shops. Its furniture is by Phillipe Starck and its wallpaper by Hermes. Sleek and stylish, make sure you dress the part for this classy Parisian hotel.Address: 4th, 2 rue de Guillemites, Paris, 75004
Telephone: +33 1 4276 8899.
A new addition to the Derby Hotel chain, Hôtel Banke is a refurbished bank found in the desirable Opera district in Paris. The lobby’s grandiose circular interior, capped with a crystal-domed ceiling, gives way to thickly carpeted hallways and designer sofas. Both single and double rooms are modern and pleasingly functional. The trendiness factor borders on gauche, but with this location who cares.Address: 9th, 20 rue La Fayette, Paris, 75009
Telephone: +33 1 5533 2222.
Saint James Paris
The Saint James is steeped in weird and wonderful history. A one time hot-air balloon field (some still take off today) and school for France's most talented students, nowadays it is one of Paris's hottest addresses. Situated in a 19th century chateau on the edge of the city centre, rooms are a blend of belle époque decadence and modern luxury. Beyond the bedrooms, the library bar, with a terrace affording views across town, is what makes this hotel really special.Address: 16th, 43 Avenue Bugeaud, Paris, 75116
Telephone: +33 1 4405 8181.
Hôtel Arvor Saint Georges
Owner Nadine Flammarion has taken a fresh and fun approach to interior design with bright white walls and splashes of colour bringing out the atmosphere at Hôtel Arvor Saint Georges. Novels, deckchairs and striking art prints contrast with the otherwise Spartan approach. Arvor has 24 rooms and six suites and the location makes it perfect for strolling through Montmartre and soaking up some creative inspiration.Address: 9th, 8 rue Laferrière, Paris, 75009
Telephone: +33 1 4878 6092.
Hotel Darcet offers 32 modern and comfortable rooms right in the heart of Paris. Perfect for travellers and business people alike, the prices are also very reasonable. The hotel is also conveniently located just a 10-minute walk to Saint-Lazare station.
Address: 17th, 4 Rue Darcet, Paris, 75017
Telephone: +33 1 4293 2676
Hôtel Des Academies Et Des Arts
Just around the corner from Montparnasse cemetery, this neat boutique hotel offers stunning rooms and a sumptuous breakfast without the wallet melting price tag. Best of all, it feels far more like neighbourhood Paris than similarly sized spots in touristy Montmartre. The lounge area, replete with library, is a great place to kick back before heading out to one of the array of nearby brasseries for dinner.Address: 6th, 15 rue de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, 75006
Telephone: +33 1 4326 6644.