Wondering where to stay when you visit? The French capital is home to countless palace-hotels along with some more traditional five-stars that offer numerous je ne sais quoi accommodations across the city, perfect for couples looking for a steamy getaway, or for families who want to soak up the atmosphere with a touch of class.
Whether it’s through Michelin-starred dining experiences by Alain Ducasse or designer spa treatments by Institut Dior, these best luxury hotels in Paris offer outstanding experiences that you’ll cherish for years to come.
Here are our picks for the eight most romantic hotels for you to book, whether you’re visiting Paris for the first time or the 10th.
Make this trip to Paris a romantic one at these luxury hotels
The Mandarin Oriental Paris itself is a haven of elegance and understated luxury, flanked by designer fashion boutiques on Paris’ most upmarket shopping street. This luxurious five-star hotel is a nod to French haute couture, neighbouring some of the world’s finest jewellers lace — Place Vendôme — and Jardin des Tuileries, that is just a five-minute walk away. The Parisian hotel exudes a timeless romance with gorgeous, contemporary interiors with decorative butterflies generously displayed throughout the hotel, including 138(!) in glittering Swarovski crystal above the concierge’s desk and dozens more in ceramic or sumptuous velvet, to continue the nature theme.
The cuisine, a three-Michelin-starred love affair, is cutting-edge with deliciously light dishes and tantalizing cocktails, leaving the Mandarin Oriental’s bar and restaurants to be considered one among the best in Paris. An oasis of Oriental wellbeing, the tranquil spa offers expert treatments, world-class therapists and restorative facilities.
- La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa
Paris is a city that is in need of more unutterably grand and stirringly romantic atmospheric five-star hotels as much as it needs more haughtily elegant ladies with dogs that fit into their handbags. When La Reserve made an entrance, on a quiet, tree-lined street seconds away from the Place de la Concorde, past the Haussmann-style façade and a fiery red door, it proved beyond a doubt that there was room for at least one more — this one.
The venue is the most beloved address in the French capital for fashion editors, and the go-to for regular visitors who want to feel like they’re staying in a private mansion. It was designed by Baron Haussmann for Napoleon III’s half-brother the Duc de Morny in 1854 and has only 40 rooms. The larger suites face the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower and the smaller ones the courtyard. The interior is an explosion of colour and texture in the best way imaginable with velvet drapes and silk wallpapers in the richest shades of emerald and ruby — leaving you to truly feel like you have entered a world where refined 19th-century elegance is married with thoroughly modern details.
The spot Le Bristol occupies on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is right at the grand, historical heart of Paris, just next door to Mr Macron’s Élysée Palace. Le Bristol has served as a hub for a distinguished international crowd since 1925, a favorite of everyone from Charlie Chaplin and Rita Hayworth to top fashion designers and photographers.
The property is decorated in a French regalia and stands tall at its prime spot on chic Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The grand foyer features polished marble floors, crystal chandeliers, flower arrangements and embellishments in true Versailles-style furniture. Café Antonia even features a portrait of Marie Antoinette in drawing. Chef Eric Frechon’s impeccable Epicure – a four Michelin-starred restaurant – is serving bold-faced favourites while the more smart-casual 114 Faubourg serves one-star-awarded menus around an open kitchen. The feel throughout this property is traditional grandeur, from a physical key for each room, to the original forties elevator and the resident’s cat Fa-Raon, often found sleeping under a Louis XV chair in the lobby.