Where to Stay For the Best, Most Welcoming Hotel Experience In Paris

The hotels on this list have been curated expressly for their luxury, their warmth, their convenient locations and gracious amenities and, above all, for that safe haven they afford you and your loved ones during your stay in Paris, the City of Lights. 

Paris is the city that coined the term Palace for its ultra-luxury hotels, of which there are now more than a handful. But rather than pack this list exclusively with Palace Hotels, I've included only two and for the rest on this list you will find a range of 5-star hotels to luxury boutique hotels. The five-star luxury hotels are becoming more numerous each year, with the biggest slice of the Paris pie still taken by the three- and four-star hotels. Those have felt competition recently  from the burgeoning vacation apartment rentals to be found in the city. The trend of rent-your-spare-room-to-vacationers has quickly become the hottest thing in Paris, too, as the city's tourism trends follow global trends.

The range of quality accommodations you can find in Paris is staggering; From dens of luxury and opulence to cosy little apartment-like dwellings. The city offers beautiful accommodations whether you are visiting on business, leisure or for family reasons. You can also find hotels with babysitting services and activities designed for the kids for that date-night with your spouse or the afternoon at the spa.

All of these hotels on this list have flawless service and amenities such as WiFi and other standards the international traveler has come to expect. The classic hotels often have a dedicated breakfast room where you can sneak a peek at your fellow travelers. Business and leisure travelers may opt for a hotel with a good concierge, for those must-have dinner reservations or concert tickets. Paris... there's nothing like breakfast in bed of croissants and café au lait while overlooking the Eiffel Tower or the Sacré Coeur from your top-floor balcony. 


1er Arrondissement
Hotel Ritz Paris
Photo courtesy of Vincent Leroux for Ritz Hotel Paris

Located in an extremely upscale neighborhood, the Hotel Ritz Paris also places guests within easy walking distance of some of the most popular attractions and destinations of the city. The shopping of the Galeries Lafayette, the art of the...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Hotel Fouquet's Barriere
Photo courtesy of Fouquet's Barriere

A dedicated butler sees to your every whim, round-the-clock, from the moment you check-in. Amenities also include one of Paris's largest hotel swimming pools, which adjoins the one-of-a-kind Shiseido USpa. Upon arrival, children are gifted a...  Read More

Hotel Montalembert
Photo courtesy of Hotel Montalembert

The luxury boutique Hotel Montalembert is ideally situated in the heart of Saint Germain-des-pres in the famous Left Bank. It was the first "boutique" hotel to open in Paris 25 years ago, though first built in 1926. Its 50 rooms and 10 suites...  Read More

8ème Arrondissement
Hotel Plaza Athenee
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2014

The Plaza Athénée is a palace with its feet firmly planted in the 21st century. Bold and beautiful, here you will find even more elegance and refinement since its renvoations. The lobby, which once greeted you with gold, now welcomes guest...  Read More

1er Arrondissement
Nolinski Paris
Photo courtesy of Nolinski Paris

This luxury 5-star hotel stands out among the recent flurry of hotel openings that Paris has seen in the past couple of years. Opened in the summer of 2016, Nolinski Paris boldly stands right on the Avenue de l'Opera. That means that you are...  Read More

9th Arrondissement - Grands Boulevards
Chess Hotel
Photo courtesy of Christophe Bielsa copyright 2015

Rooms here are designed to function as practical and elegant pieds-à-terre. The celebrated design duo, Gilles & Boissier took it upon themselves to impose a quiet serenity into this, their first Paris luxury hotel design project. Their goal...  Read More

Hotel Barriere Le Normandy
Photo courtesy of Hotel Barrière Le Normandy

For many Americans, Normandy is a required pilgrimage, a short day trip from Paris where we pay homage to our WWII veterans. Deauville, the picturesque coastal resort town of Normandy and home to the American Film Festival, is just two hours...  Read More


Ideally located few steps away from the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, the Raphael Hotel is a peaceful haven on the Avenue Kleber. Each room and suite provide a magical blend of traditional modernity and sumptuous, welcoming simplicity....  Read More

Hotel du Petit Moulin
Photo courtesy of Hotel du Petit Moulin

Nestled in the trendy Marais district of Paris, nearPlace des Vosges square, the New Boutique Hotel du Petit Moulin is quite a unique Paris venue. When booking a stay at the hip 4-star Paris Hotel signed Christian Lacroix guests will literally...  Read More

There are those rare hoteliers that get it just right. Because getting it just right in the hospitality industry is an art. It starts with the location and extends to the finest details like fresh flowers and a welcoming hello. This little...  Read More


Meet Paige Donner

Paige is a transplanted Parisian. She first arrived as a young bride in the early 90s to live in Paris, having uprooted herself from her native California.

Paige has two APPs:...  More About Paige

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