Paris Boutique Hotels for That Lovely, Personal Touch

Paris is the kind of city where the personal touch means everything. When choosing your setting for your Parisian sojourn, it's worth considering indulging in one of the fine boutique hotels that Paris excels at. In recent years, a good many of the well-placed small boutique hotels have gotten upgrades and become luxury 4 and 5-star properties. And the good news for the traveler is that the prices are competitive considering the amenities and luxuries that many of these boutique hotels offer. What's more, there's nothing that can replace that personalized touch that these boutique properties offer you. Likely, they will even remember your name when you come back.

New and newly renovated boutique hotels seemingly keep cropping up in the City of Lights. In the city that proudly bears the title of the world's most popular, and beloved, city to visit, there are no shortage of hotels. But finding that one that suits you just right requires some effort and discernment. On this list you will find handpicked boutique hotels that are sure to charm you with their style, warmth and that je ne sais quois French touch that has you booking your next stay before you've even left. For elegance and proximity to the Champs Elysées, there is Hotel Bradford Elysées. If descretion and privacy are your priorities, The Hotel Parc St. Severin is a great choice and its proximity to the Notre Dame Cathedral puts you in the center of all that is most beautiful in the city.


4ème Arrondissement
Hotel Bourg Tibourg
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Described as a neo-gothic oriental fairyland, another one of designer Jacques Garcia's gems evokes perfectly the essence of the Marais, for centuries where Parisian nobility dwelled. These thirty rooms have a loyal following especially among the art, music, fashion crowd, even if the rooms tend toward the small. For those who are fans of the picturesque Marais neighborhood, with its many famous restaurants, boutiques, cafés, art galleries and museums, this hotel's location puts you right in the middle of that medieval history. A Viollet-Leduc chandelier, 19th c. engravings on the wall, gargoyle ornamented folding screens are just some of the atmospheric accents that accompany the resident vinyl turntable in the lovely downstairs lobby that beckons guests to sit and just enjoy. The interior garden, fresh roses floating in the fountain, invites you to take your afternoon tea or evening cocktail in its intimate quietude. Perfect choice when ducking the spotlight.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: It's the Paris Costes hotel where people stay when they're going stylishly incognito and still expect the staff to greet them by their first name.

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Photo courtesy of Off Paris Seine

Feel like escaping on a luxury cruise liner? And then anchoring in a vibrant, lively city to make the most of the nightlife? This is your sure bet. It's an innovative concept - even for the Elegancia Group of Hotels - that puts a luxury hotel on a floating, docked river cruise boat. The rooms are smartly designed like cabins and the ones facing the River Seine offer a sort of live theater view onto all the gorgeous boats, big and small, that pass right alongside your windows. The windows open, too, so the feel of being right on the water is inescapable. Staying here offers a bit of a party atmosphere and it being right next to Les Docks, with its upstairs bar and rooftop club, and right across from Concrete, a famous Parisian dance club, means you are at the center of all the action.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: This offers a novelty experience of staying in Paris. It's ideal for the young and young-at-heart looking to be at the center of action.

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8ème Arrondissement
Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris
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True to its trademark philosophy of offering "a voyage within a voyage," experience, the Paris flagship of the Buddha-Bar Hotel transports you to 1930's Shanghai. Set within a 1700's landmark building, once the private mansion to King Louis XV's Royal treasurer, the 90 red Chinese lanterns that greet you in the entry instantly set the Mixology, Magic and Music vibe that has become this wildly popular brand's DNA over the decades. Dragons, symbol of strength and protection, are a recurring theme throughout the property where you'll find generously proportioned rooms and 19 breathtaking suites, in one of which the bathroom alone measures 300 square feet and is graced with crystal chandeliers and pink granite chimneys. The Deluxe rooms are undoubtedly the best deal as they measure the size of most Parisian suites. All rooms come with state-of-the-art entertainment systems and bathrooms where even the mirrors feature engraved dragons.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: Returning guests ask for the 214/314/414 suites since their layout is like an apartment making "not just another hotel, it's a lifestyle," motto ring true.

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Hotel Le Six
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This utterly comfortable and welcoming 4-star hotel situated strategically in the Left Bank's chic 6th arrondissement places you just between the fabulous shopping of Montparnasse and the quiet relaxation of the Jardin du Luxembourg. Family-owned and operated, this 37-room hotel occupies the entire Haussmann-style building on this residential street. Its traditional façade contrasts elegantly with its modern interior, where the theme of the number 6, referencing this high-end real estate address, and the moon, a symbol of curves and femininity, are playfully evoked throughout the property's décor of soft leathers and natural oak. Hardwood floors grace the rooms and spacious bathrooms. With the individually controlled thermostats, on-premise spa, L'Occitane bath amenities, generous American buffet breakfast, complimentary WiFi, Room Service and a Smart Phone you can rent, this fully functional and efficient boutique hotel has all the warmth of a smaller property without any of the quirks.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: With a friendly staff, this very French, relaxing boutique hotel in the heart of Montparnasse offers the savvy business or vacation traveler everything you need.

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14ème Arrondissement

Off the tourist path, this charming new boutique hotel will have you residing in the mostly residential 14th arrondissement. Nearby Montparnasse, made famous in the Roaring '20s by such luminaries as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway and a slew of other French and international artists, the area has retained its charm and is still peppered with artists' villas, especially in this area of it known as the quartier d'Alésia. Hotel Max is a smaller-sized boutique hotel whose interior has been done with modern taste and an eye for sleek simplicity. The hotel is family friendly and the charming staff will even assist you in boiling your morning egg in their lobby breakfast room. Nearby attractions include Parc Montsouris, La Cité Bauer and the Catacombes de Paris. For those whose sport is shopping, rue d'Alésia is known for its overstock shops that are full of designer wear bargains

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: This is a quiet, mostly residential area of the city so you can be sure to get a good night's sleep.

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9ème Arrondissement
Maison Souquet
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Once a "pleasure house" of Pigalle, this exquisite five-star boutique hotel immerses guests in the luxurious, languorous Belle Epoque era of Paris. Celebrated designer Jacques Garcia not just had a hand in this self-standing mansion's top to bottom overhaul, but took it on as his pet project, working closely with the hotelier co-founders. Example, in the Liane de Pougy II suite, the door frame is the exact replica of the piece done by Armand Albert Rateau for Jeanne Lanvin's home which now graces the halls of Paris' Decorative Arts Museum. Rooms and suites throughout the compact property evoke famous French courtesans of a bygone era. The winter garden affords a lovely breakfast-room annex while the deep red-purple velvet bar-lounge has become an instant hit with local Parisians. And for those truly intimate moments, there is a cosy-sized pool and steam room downstairs.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: Just opened and the property is already a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

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In the tiny little streets that surround the Champs-Elysées you will find rue Saint-Philippe du Roule upon which sits this wholly and newly renovated Astotel. The lobby décor, filled with white orchids and marble, has a feminine touch that is most welcoming for those with elegant taste. The lobby sitting room, with its glass atrium roof and birdcage lampshades also features an honesty bar. Indeed, food is plentiful at this property as there are pastries, tea and coffee and even jars of candy made available all afternoon in the breakfast room and the breakfast buffet offers an American style breakfast which includes bacon, eggs and crepes. The room décor is serene, neutral and elegant. Algotherm bathroom amenities are in keeping with the city's theme this year of "green" in honor of the upcoming Cop 21 Paris climate conference.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: The perfectly restored last-century wrought-iron cage elevator is charm enough to book a room here.

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5th Arondissement - Latin Quarter

This hotel is one of the Esprit de France hotels, which means that the location is prime, the service is subdued and friendly, the decor is stylish and tasteful and the linens and amenities have that Made in France top quality. If sightseeing is on your agenda for this Paris stay, you couldn't be happier than here. Within just minutes walk are the Notre Dame cathedral, the St. Michel fountain, Ile St. Louis, the Cluny Museum and even the famed bookshops, Shakespeare and Co. and the Abbey Bookshop. Several of the upper floor rooms have charming balconies that afford views of both the Pantheon and the Eiffel Tower. This is truly a gem of a small boutique hotel and oh-so-French in all the most charming ways.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: Across the river from the 800+ year old Cathedrale Notre Dame, this location couldn't be more central and yet still peaceful, calm and quiet.

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3rd Arondissement - Marais
Les Bains Paris
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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.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: The original black-and-white checkerboard dance floor, a young Philippe Starck inspiration, has been preserved. The bespoke beds give you a perfectly restful night's sleep.

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Known as the very particular 'hotel 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 Trés Particulier bar on the downstairs garden level is a superb place for enjoying a creative cocktail, generously poured. The restaurant, Le Mandragore, which is just off the lobby entrance, is the kind of intimate dining experience that made Montmartre famous in its heyday and still attracts clients looking for that something extra special.

Recommended for Boutique Hotels because: Known to Parisians as the Paris hotel set in the countryside, this little urban oasis is transportative. Prepare to feel the hotel's particular magic.

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