Paris Hotels In Keeping Withe The City of Light's Changing Modern Landscape
By Paige Donner
Paris Local Expert
The range of what you can find in Paris is staggering; From dens of luxury and opulence to cosy little apartment-like accommodations, 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.
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 Light.
Paris is the city that coined the term Palace for its ultra-luxury hotels, of which there are a handful. Then there are the five-star hotels, becoming more numerous each year, with the biggest slice of the Paris pie taken by the three- and four-star hotels. And the trend of rent-your-spare-room-to-vacationers has quickly become the hottest thing in Paris. In other words, renting someone's apartment offers convenient accommodations and that home-away-from-home feeling.
Nearly all have flawless WiFi and other standard amenities and the classic hotels often have a dedicated breakfast room where you can sneak a peek at your fellow travelers. Honeymooners 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 balcony.
Pavillon de la Reine
If on your travels you ever feel like a ship in want of a safe berth, look no further than the enchanting Le Pavillon de la Reine. Nestled into a private courtyard whose entrance is on the magical Place des Vosges, this hotel offers tranquility and peaceful rest in any one of its 54 rooms and suites. Particularly peaceful are the rooms that look out onto the interior Japanese garden. Its name, according to the Chevalier family-owners, is derived from its history as residence to Anne of Austria just prior to her marriage to King Louis XIII. The intoxicating Marais district today is full of small shops, boutiques, cafés and bustling restaurants, not to mention the Picasso and Carnavalet museums. A Carita Spa with jacuzzi, Molton & Brown soaps, free WiFi, English-style breakfast and an Honesty Bar...Small wonder that this hotel is so popular with the movie star set.
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
A 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Paris, this hotel has the added advantage of being nestled up against the Palais Royal. When celebrated interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon refurbished it, he preserved the quintessence of its Parisian chic by designing around the original forged iron staircase while preserving the historical heritage architecture and building façade. The top-floor rooms' and suites' panoramic views sweep across the city from the Sacre-Cœur to the Eiffel Tower. Noble décor materials include Calacatta marble for the bathrooms, Tai Ping rugs, Saarinen chairs and tables by Knoll and Zuber wall-coverings. The restaurant on the lobby level, Le Lulli, is one of the finer dining restaurants in the city. It's also where breakfast is served. And being just across the street from both the Palais Royal and the Louvre means you are within arm's reach of more cultural activities than you could fit into a lifetime.
Les Bains Paris
To really get that this international Parisian destination is so much more than a five-star luxury boutique hotel, peek into this fabled landmark's past. As Paris' first-ever spa, the 19th c. Bains Guerbois, welcomed luminaries like Manet and Zola. Prevalent throughout the head-to-toe restored building is the 1885 original antique sculpture of Bacchus, the only signage on the exterior of the building. Jean-Pierre Marois' vision for this newest incarnation: "Our only aim was to build a nest for creative people where they are able to invent,...". Owners for the past five decades, Marois' family stewarded the property throughout its heyday as the world-famous club Les Bains Douches where De Niro, Bowie, Saint Laurent, Kate Moss, the as-yet undiscovered Guetta and countless others frequented. The 39 rooms and suites are furnished with Marshall sound stations, replica sofas from Andy Warhol's Factory, white marble and precious woods and several have spacious terraces. (0142770707)
Beautiful St Germain Des Prés
Ever fantasized about what it would be like to actually live in Paris and experience the city like true Parisians do? This cosy little pied-a-terre gives you all that and puts you right in the center of St. Germain, the mecca of Parisian cafés, fashionable restaurants and boutiques. The global trend of vacation apartments has hit Paris, too, and it has quickly become the top market for vacationers who want that authentic "home away from home" experience. What makes this studio apartment truly special is its privacy, its location, and its setting. The building is an historically classified one and is one of the few self-standing mansions in St. Germain-des-Prés. When you stay there, you are steps from the famous cafés, Deux Magots and Café Flore, as well as being just minutes, by foot, from landmarks like The Louvre museum, the Musée d'Orsay and the Pont des Arts.
Hotel Daniel Paris
Once you find this sumptuous self-standing mansion tucked away in the quietest of nooks back behind the Champs-Elysées, you will think you've stumbled onto an oasis of refined luxury. And you have. This hotel is furnished in exotic antiques from around the world, as if the owners went on treasure-hunting safaris to places like Burma, Kenya and Surinam. It's the kind of surroundings that make you feel like you've just stepped off the Orient Express and that the livery boy will be arriving shortly with your steamer trunks. The sitting room/ tea salon/ lounge downstairs is not necessarily for guests only and it remains one of the most discreet, and luxuriously inviting, little hideaways near the Champs to sip a glass of champagne -- alone or in good company. It is a member of the Relais & Chateaux group of small luxury hotels.
The Westin Paris - Vendome
The location of this hotel is unparalleled and the views from its rooftop, where its beehives are kept, are legendary. Empress Eugénie stayed here every year from 1898 -- 1919. When you stay here with the kids, they will have the Tuilerie Gardens, the Louvre and the Place Vendôme all at their feet. It's a luxury hotel that also plays its central role during Paris fashion weeks, as its ornate meeting halls make for Top Model worthy backdrops for runway shows. Other amenities for families are 50% reduction on the second room or an extra bed offered in the parents' room. Family breakfast every morning and essentials for the small ones like bottle-warmer, highchair and children's menus. You can also request late check-out, after 4pm nap time. Be sure to ask for the Family Offer when you check in.
Hotel Particulier Montmartre
Known as the very particular 'hôtel particulier' this rambling 19th c. mansion tucked away along a private gated pathway toward the top of the Butte Montmartre transports you to some secluded hillside in Transylvania the instant you're ushered behind the tall, locked, iron gate. The handful of rooms are spacious and upholstered in that style we Californians call shabby chic. Meaning, the staff will readily point out that the slightly worn feel to the silk wall coverings and chaise longues is all a studied affair. The fairly new bar on the downstairs garden level, Le Trés Particulier, is a superb place for enjoying a creative cocktail, generously poured. The restaurant, which is just off the lobby entrance, is the kind of intimate dining experience that made Montmartre famous in its heyday. (01 53 41 81 40)
Mandarin Oriental Paris
East meets Europe at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris - one of the top 5-star & luxury hotels in Paris ideally situated from the city's top fashion houses on the Saint-Honoré. 99 rooms and 39 suites are perfect for those seeking ample space, and a chic, modern style with an Oriental and Art Deco flair. Savor haute cusiine at Camélia by Chef Thierry Marx at Sur Mesure for a memorable dining experience especially in the summer months. The sophisticated setting of Bar 8 is one of the most intimate places to enjoy fancy cocktails. After browsing the streets of Paris, you can indulge at the tempting Cake Shop for some of the most delicious pastries in the city. The two--story spa, one of the largest in Paris, is a total sanctuary complete with an inviting pool and outstanding signature therapies.
The Majestic Hotel-Spa is located on a quiet side-street just steps away from the Etoile at the crown of the Champs-Elysées. It is modern hotel housed in a traditional old-world building. Its rooms are apartment-sized, by Paris standards, and even a Deluxe room is the size of most other Parisian hotel suites. The spa below the lobby entrance level offers a lap pool, an exercise room, a steam room and sauna and massage/body/facial treatments. There is also an on-site restaurant and bar that are both welcoming and cosy while serving first-class cocktails, lunches and dinners. This vast property offers 25 apartments and 23 rooms/suites from which to choose. The décor is modern luxury at its most elegant.
Le Meurice Hotel Paris
Salvador Dali spent 6 months out of the year in residence here and his spirit still infuses the myth of this rue de Rivoli crown jewel of the Dorchester Collection. Opulent rooms, stellar service and ornately decorated restaurants make Le Meurice a top-shelf choice for Paris visitors who are looking to make their hotel as memorable a part of their journey as Paris itself. Boasting past patrons from Queen Elizabeth to the composer Tchaikovsky, the Le Meurice takes itself very seriously. Spa Valmont, a 430 sq. feet fitness center, recently refurbished first floor suites fill out the complete picture. You'll be staying across from the Tuileries Gardens in rooms decorated with palace touches and a hotel staff who anticipates your every need.
About 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. From then on it has been an on-again, off-again love affair with the City of Lights, one that has grown fonder over time. Paige hosts Paris GOODfood+wine and World of Wine for World Radio Paris. When not in Paris Paige often travels visiting French vineyards. She's also producer of Paris Food And Wine. As a journalist, Paige also writes for the NY Times,LA Times, Michelin Guide, Fodor's, Blackbook, Variety
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