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Paris Is a Welcoming Destination When You're Traveling En Famille



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, like Le Meurice Hotel Paris, that 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 ways 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 livingroom 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 valued as 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 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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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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Le Meurice
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Once Mom and Dad's every needs have been catered to, Le Meurice's excellent staff turn their attention to the little ones. Children's activities include a hunt for Pistache, the hotel's fluffy dog mascot, through the hotel's secret passageways; Sail wooden boats on the fountains in the Tuileries; Enjoy a specially made birthday cake on your birthday with your favorite flavors. For teens there's Le Meurice Scooter to romp around the city on and don't forget to bring along your Meurice Passport which highlights activities to tick off as you discover the city. Ask your kids test questions like The name of the artist who lived here for 30 years? (Dali) DVD players and game consoles are provided on request for you and your kids and before you leave be sure to sign your autograph on the Frosted Mirror in the lobby, it's like making angel wings in the snow.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Children are gifted a little plush toy, Pistache, the white, fluffy dog mascot, when they check into the hotel with mom and dad.

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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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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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Résidence 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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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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Nell Hotel & Suites, BW Premier Collection
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If I had to choose two words to describe this apartment hotel superbly located near rue Cadet and Grands Boulevards they would be service and ethical luxury. In a city where prices are high and the notion of "service" often is not included, R?--sidence Nell, a member of the Charm & More Group, stands apart. Here the concierge service is the soul of the hotel. Ideal for families who want to feel "at home" while visiting Paris or even businesspeople who prefer the comforts of a pied-a-terre when in Paris, Nell caters superbly to both. Children here are VIPs. For kids up to 3 years old a changing table and high-chair are available free of charge. Playstation 3 is also available for use. And the kitchenettes come completely equipped. Also free WiFi. Rue Cadet is a market pedestrian street and the ultra-hip SoPi(South Pigalle) is just up the street.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Here kids get their own Playstation when you check in and Mom gets her own little kitchenette. Everybody wins.

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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 –" 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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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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Le Bristol Paris
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When you're here you're family. True, others have used this slogan but at Le Bristol Paris it's what you can rely on throughout your stay. The historic building, located off the Champs-Elysées, is far enough away to feel secluded. Your neighbor is the French President, literally, as the Elysée, France's "White House," is just a block away. Le Bristol lies at the very heart of the most glamorous of shopping streets, the rue du Faubourg St. Honoré. The garden courtyard is the largest of the Parisian Palace hotels' and its under-the-eaves swimming pool offers views over Paris's rooftops. A 3-star and a 1-Star Michelin restaurant as well as an on-premise spa offer you options. Le Bristol provides family friendly amenities like babysitting and comfy beds for Fido. Keep a lookout for Fa-Raon and Kléopatre, the friendly feline residents. Magical best describes this Parisian Palace bijou of the Oetker Collection hotels.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Services for families traveling with small children include on-premise art workshops and babysitters on call. And children love the resident cats, Fa-Raon and Kléopatre.

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