Paris sera toujours Paris (Paris will always be Paris) as the saying goes but your stay can be greatly enhanced by staying in a hotel where you can feel relaxed and safe and where you are ideally close to attractions or at least a metro station.
Paris has few hotels in the style popular in much of Europe where clean and bare is what people expect, instead Paris has some of the most beautiful and creatively decorated hotels in the world, some very modern and some traditional including Art Deco, Renaissance and French Country styles.
These ten hotels are all unique, unique experiences that you would happily return to again and again though you should try to eventually visit them all if you have the chance.
Actually in a former abbey the interior feels very Parisian every thing, every detail has a perfection and style to it and the service is faultless.
There are 44 rooms but some of these are small and you may be better off with a duplex rather than a double if you want to spend much time in the room but the rooms are all big enough if you plan to use them simply for sleeping: in which case you will be pleased to find comfortable beds and good modern bathrooms.
Hotel d’ Angleterre – Close to the Boulevard Saint Germain this former British Embassy building retains elements of a former age and is a decadent building; as such the rooms are good sizes and each retains original features including canopied beds, fireplaces and chandeliers.
Rooms include the Ambassador’s room but you may want to go for room 14 where Ernest Hemingway once stayed. There are suites as well one of which, the Saint Germian suite located up on the top floor, has exposed 17th century beams and a farmhouse kitchen feel to it.
Hotel de la Bretonnerie – In the Marais area of central Paris close to the Pompidou centre this 17th century townhouse is now a boutique hotel. Exposed beams and tiled floors in the lounges give a cosy and comfortable feel yet the rooms themselves are all good sizes, with low beamed ceilings, and some with a Mezzanine gallery floor.
There are plenty of bars and nightclubs nearby but the hotel is surprisingly quiet and mainly popular with couples.
Hotel de Banville – Another townhouse this one from 1930’s Art Deco Paris, in the comfortable bar with the Pianist playing you could almost believe you were in the 1930s and the service is that of a top hotel of that era: fresh flowers in your room, beds turned down every night and wonderfully attentive staff.
The Hotel de Banville is to the North of Etoile and the upper rooms give views of both the Eiffel tower and Arc De Triomphe.
Hotel Ritz – Opened by Cesar Ritz in 1898 the hotel has strived to maintain the best service and most luxurious experience ever since. Closing soon for a major renovation you may want to take the chance to see the hotel as it is before much of the façade and 19th century features are replaced or hidden.
The swimming pool is one of the hotel’s most famous features with its frescoed ceiling and similar details can be found throughout in the lounges and fantastic restaurant. The rooms are massive, mainly in a renaissance style and with high ceilings and long windows that let in plenty of air and light and look out upon great views including the Place Vendome outside. The nearby Jardin Tuileries are ideal for an evening stroll by the Seine.
Auberge de Chateau, Dampierre – Incase you would rather stay a little way out of Paris we suggest the Auberge de Chateau at Dampierre, built in 1650 and surrounded by French countryside it will take only about 30 minutes to drive into the centre of Paris or public transport is even quicker.
The hotel has the feel of a hunting lodge or inn but has the service and the restaurant you would expect from a good hotel; it is also close to the Palace of Versailles meaning you may want to stay here after a visit to Paris to make the most of a day or two at the palace itself.
Henri IV – Some would describe this hotel as shabby chic, some may say it needs a renovation but at the same time that would ruin the charm, the amenities indeed are perfectly good and cleanliness isn’t a problem. Rooms are available with Kitchenette, which can make a trip to Paris much cheaper as you can cook at least some nights and keep food in the small fridge provided.
The hotel doesn’t have its own restaurant but there are so many great places to choose from right nearby along the rue de Ecoles this isn’t a problem. The hotel is also convenient for the Sorbonne university and for the Ile de la Cite and the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Hotel de Palais – A beautiful building close to the Louvre, rooms can be small but for the location and general amenities of this three star Hotel makes it good value: even more so if you get one of the rooms with a view of the Seine and left bank.
The hotel is very family friendly, and also pet friendly, and triple quad and quints rooms are available. There is no restaurant but a very good buffet breakfast is provided and rooms are air-conditioned, which in the summer especially you will appreciate.
Hotel du 7eme Art – Between the Place de Vosages and the Place de la Bastille this hotel is certainly quirky and it has a theme of early 20th century film with colourful posters and other artefacts of cinema around the hotel: in rooms and in the café bar downstairs, which is open to the public as well as guests.
The hotel is fairly small with only 23 rooms but does have a gym, a sports room and the bar is popular with guests, many of whom are backpackers and those visiting Paris for the nightlife. Located in the Latin Quarter it is great for those wishing to explore the areas’ antique and art shops and drop purchases off back at the hotel.
Le Citizen Hotel – Fantastic value this boutique hotel is away from the very centre of Paris close to the Seine and is much less touristic than many Paris hotels, and in a much quieter location too.
You are close to the Gare de Nord though and close to several Metro stations so getting around isn’t a problem. When you do come back from a day exploring Paris you will find rooms that though not very big are exceedingly well designed: with good use of space and little details that make your stay special, an ipad and free wifi in the rooms is very useful letting you catch up with e-mails and send updates to friends, great if you are touring and don’t have a computer with you, so usually have to rely on internet cafes.
If you can’t find a hotel here that suits you or they are fully booked try the La Centrale de Reservations to find you a room but remember: as with many cities you may pay a lot more for views and to be right next to sites and this means that the price won’t always reflect the quality of a hotel. In Paris many of the best sites are spread out anyway and so a cheaper hotel close to a metro station may be better value in many cases.