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Kids (And Pets) Are Welcome Here - Paris Celebrates The Whole Family



Traveling with the family is what memories are made of. True ? To help make sure that those memories are good ones, I’ve put together this list of family friendly Paris hotels which includes iconic properties like Hotel Lutetia, Hotel du Jeu de Paume on the Ile St. Louis and the sport motif Molitor Hotel. These will get you off on the right foot. Accommodations set the tone for your vacation experience, after all. Making sure that Mom, Dad and the kids are all comfortable and like the neighborhood goes a long way in assuring that the rest of the vacation will be smooth and stress-free.

Here you’ll find accommodations that offer a homey type of feel. A kitchenette and a living room are great for gathering the family together in the morning, for coffee and croissants or in the afternoon after a day of sightseeing and museums. Luxury hotels can also be a good way to go. Many of the best ones in the city have a sort of friendly competition with each other about who welcomes families the best, particularly making the kids feel as much like prized guests as their parents. If you’re not staying at a palace hotel, services such as babysitting may still be offered. Above all, I’ve kept to the city center (mostly) as that’s where the easy bus and metro lines are. Public transportation in Paris can be a fun game or sport for the kids. So be sure to get them on board ! 

 


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4éme Arrondissement


If you've never had a chance to discover Ile St. Louis, it is a particular side of Paris within Paris. First of all, it is the oldest inhabited area of the city, and at one point was referred to as the 'island of cows.' That was centuries ago, though, before the aristocrats of the kings' courts moved in and built their grand, stately mansions. Today, it is populated by tourists and locals alike. There are only a few hotels in this 'heart of Paris' neighborhood. This one, particularly, is a landmark, since it still houses the oldest tennis court known in Paris. Legend has it that even King Louis XIII used to come and play here.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This is the oldest - and last standing - ancient tennis court in Paris from King Louis XIII's era.

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6ème ARRONDISSEMENT
Relais Christine
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Enter into the world of this very French hotel, starting with its inviting garden courtyard, and you enter into a world where bespoke and custom-tailored are the guiding principles of your stay. For families traveling, the duplex rooms are a good option, as well as asking for one of the dozen of rooms that connect, creating family suites. The concierge here is full of ideas for activities with the kids, whether that's suggesting a river cruise on the Seine or day excursions visiting Palais de la Découverte, Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, Jardin d'Acclimatation, La Villette, Jardin du Luxembourg and many other kid-friendly Paris places. For a very special experience, you might want to ask for the rooms that have exclusive access to their private garden. This is a great luxury in this location where you are in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Duplex rooms that connect and transform into family suites, make for a comfortable stay here in the heart of St. Germain-des-Prés.

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When you're booking your stay in Paris for a few days,a few weeks or even a few months, this is your absolute best option. Each of these apartment-sized hotel rooms is located on its own private floor. Meaning, 7 floors, 7 apartments. The sizes range from a studio to a two-storey master duplex. The Marais location could not be better, just across the way from the Ile St. Louis and with both Place des Vosges and Centre Pompidou within a few minutes walk. And now there's even Scarlett Johansson's YumPop popcorn shop two doors down. But topping even this is the sheer luxury that daily maid service is provided: linens are changed, dishes are washed and bath amenities refreshed. For family members traveling together or with kids, this could not be more ideal. And for honeymooners, this is hands down the most romantically cosy option in central Paris.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: A full luxury option affordable for families, too. The warm welcome by staff and the owner puts this property in a class of its own.

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Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
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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. Children will delight in their Le Petit Prince toy chest, treats and bathroom amenities. Mom and dad will appreciate the kids' bathrobes and slippers provided, too. And being just across the street from both the Palais Royal and the Louvre means there's more family activities within arm's reach than you could fit into a lifetime.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Palais Royal gardens and the Louvre across the street ; Le Petit Prince toy chests, treats and also babysitting services add up to luxury-family-friendly.

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The Westin Paris - Vendôme
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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 to 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.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Their treasure box for kids is a winner: mini-me slippers, bathrobe, honey treats, a film and a bee plushtoy or bere to keep.

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2ème Arrondissement
Hôtel Westminster
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This hotel has retained its name from when the Duke of Westminster used to stay here. The hotel still exudes that charm from another era. There is something cozy about this place that is difficult to put your finger on. There are glitzier hotels - though not glitzier locations, as this hotel is located in Place Vendôme - but not many that make you feel wrapped up in a welcoming cocoon like this one does. Breakfast is served in their gastronomic restaurant Le Céladon, and is a good sturdy English breakfast, complete with kippers and stewed tomatoes. Their Duke's bar is a good place for the family to gather around the piano and listen to the local crooners. And one of the best things of all, the rooms are spacious, like they were back at the turn of the century.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Rooms are comfortable and spacious and the hotel has retained its cozy, welcoming graciousness from when the Duke of Westminster used to stay here.

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6éme Arrondissement
Residence Des Arts
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Sometimes you want a hotel that feels like a home. This is often the case when you are traveling with the kids or with mom and dad. Hotel Résidence des Arts, with its kitchenette-equipped deluxe rooms, feels like more like a home where you get maid service, too. The lobby is actually at the sister hotel across the street so once you're checked in, you needn't even pass through any lobby. The kitchenettes are basic but offer a hot plate, microwave and small refrigerator so you can, if you feel like it, prepare a simple meal and enjoy it with your family members. Older kids will love the area with its festive vibe that is the St. Michel student area of Paris. And no matter what your age, you will undoubtedly be awed by being a two minute walk from Notre Dame. Very convenient for Sunday morning mass.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Exposed wood-beam ceilings, large apartment-like rooms and small kitchenettes make this a home-away-from-home kind of hotel.

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6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


The sparkling palace that is now part of The Set Hotels fleet, this Rive Gauche landmark is bustling and welcoming. It's one of the few really luxurious properties on the Left Bank and its proximity to the iconic Le Bon Marche department store and its adjacent gourmet food shop extravaganza, Le Grand Epicerie, makes the setting not only central for shopping but practical, too. Nearby museums are the Musee d'Orsay and the Musee Bourdelle. And, of course, the Jardin du Luxembourg is just a short stroll away. This property is not just family/ kid friendly, it is also pet friendly. There are several on-site bars and the street-facing brasserie has once again become the place to meet in this trendy neighborhood, just as it was in decades past, before the recent head-to-toe renovations.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Akasha Spa offers a haven of tranquility and a zone in which to refresh. It is the only one of its kind in France.

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16th Arrondissement - Auteuil Passy


A sleek cocoon with the comfort of a 5-star hotel, the MGallery Molitor (Accor) suites and rooms offer the experience of being somewhere other than in the city while still remaining in Paris. Molitor is a listed historical landmark and its legendary pools were quite the place to be for artists and avant-gardists in the 20s and 30s. There are six pool suites and two junior suites with terraces. The pool suites overlook the famous main feature of this property, which is the historical pools (there is one winter and one summer pool). Street art is a big thematic here and the property is festooned with it. You can book a 'gallery tour' of the changing cabins-cum-micro-galleries in the winter pool, a great afternoon activity with the kids. The evolving art installations that have been created for the hotel are for purchase, with all proceeds going directly to the artists.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Headquarters during the annual French Open, Molitor attracts all kinds of athletes year-round. The spa, pools and street art decor make it family friendly.

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8éme Arrondissement

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 treasure map to search for the hotel's mascot, a ladybug (which, everyone knows, brings good luck). Dignified Luxury. This term refers to Fouquet's Leading Green Certification ethics and its philosophy that the environment need not be abandoned in the quest for luxury. Step foot inside this historical icon located where the Avenue George V meets the Champs-Elysées and you would never guess that the sumptuous gold-and-velvet Jacques Garcia designs surrounding you are sustainably certified. Fouquet's is synonymous with French film stars. Each year the winners of the Cesar's, France's "Oscar's", are féted here with a gala dinner. But back in horse-and-buggy days, it was simply the chosen watering hole of the Champs-Elysées carriage drivers.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: There are always activities planned here for the kids - From special brunches to Mom-and-me spa treatments to treasure hunts for the hotel's ladybug mascot.

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