Where Great Loves Have Been Lived In The City of Light

Need anyone an excuse to languor in romance? And even more to the point, need anyone an excuse to indulge in romance in Paris? Since the answers to the above are Non! and Non! Here are just a handful of delightful love nests in which you can stay while doing both. 

Paris has seen dozens of new hotel openings in recent years. Many of the older hotels that were formerly 3-stars have now been bought out and refashioned into 4-star and 5-star Luxury properties.

For a to-the-manor-born feel, there is no topping both Le Bristol, for its luxurious opulence and classic French decor, and Hotel Particulier Montmartre, which also offers a complete package but in a more discreet way. Here you find sumptuous rooms designed with an homage to a true aristocrat's shabby-chic flair, an on-premise restaurant, the bar that is just downstairs and adjacent to the garden, the interior courtyard garden and the super-secret entryway . This is a haven unto itself that has been designed for ultra-exclusive enjoyment. 

A new gem on the landscape is this universe unto itself in one of the oldest of Parisian neighborhoods, the Quartier Latin. This boutique hotel is themed after writer and naturalist Alexandre Dumas' chefs d'oeuvre, hence the name the Hotel Monte Cristo. The property is exudes quiet luxury, boasts a downstairs heated pool, and has you right at the foot of the oh-so charming rue Mouffetard. 

For more Left Bank chic, stay in the famous L;Hotel just near the Ecole des Beaux Arts where Oscar Wilde spent his last days. The restaurant here, Le Restaurant, has earned its Michelin star and the bar, in which still hangs pictures of former regular clients such as Johnny Depp and Mick Jagger, gives you that not-so-subtle reminder of 'only in Paris.' 

The Villa Madame is one such luxury property that offers the enticement of an experience. Two more romantically-themed hotels that you'll find here on this list are Hotel de JoBo (JoBo standing for Josephine Bonaparte, the woman who symbolizes French romance) and Le Roch Hotel & Spa. Each property offers a cocoon-like experience and deliver on your expectations when you book a hotel getaway. 

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4ème Arrondissement
Hôtel de JoBo
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One of the first things that strikes you when you enter this in-the-heart-of-the-Marais hotel is the replica painting of Josephine Bonaparte wearing a pair of dark sunglasses as she lounges insouciantly. The Bambi Sloane interior also makes full use of leopard print throughout the property - not a random choice. Madame Bonaparte, wife of Emperor Napoleon, was the first in her day to order a couture dress made fully of leopard fur - quite daring at the time. This is a singular hotel in Paris whose every inch of charm has been thought through and carried out. The rooms feature both a Nespresso machines with complimentary madeleines provided. Fragonard is their bath amenities brand of choice, damask rose is the scent, homage to Josephine. The location of this family-owned hotel is prime and puts you steps from Musee Cognacq-Jay, cafes, shops and galeries. The on-site bar rocks Fridays and Saturdays.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: One of Paris' newer boutique hotels, this stylish, Bambi Sloane interior designed property enshrines the Napoleon and Josephine love story as a legend still alive.

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6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche

This hotel is the Left Bank's little secret. It has been the favorite spot of not just literary giants like Oscar Wilde fleeing his torrid past, but also fullfledged rock stars like Mick Jagger and rockstar-like film icons such as Johnny Depp. They seem to be attracted to the opulent vibe laced with that hint of daring. The Oscar Wilde suite is the one that comes with a sizeable terrace, every inch private. The Mata Hari room is just as you would envision, all damask silk wall-covering and fringed lamp shades. The bar serves as a chic, if pricey, watering hole for the resident artists, writers and celebrities who call Saint-Germain home. Just underneath, there is a private pool that is reserved for guests only. Le Restaurant serves both lunch and dinner and the newly ordained Michelin-starred chef is all too ready to serve up his light as air creations.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This is the Saint-Germain-des-Pres best-kept secret. A model of discretion, with an excellent 1-star restaurant, it's George and Amal stayed last time they visited Paris.

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Hotel Le Six
Photo courtesy of Christophe Bielsa for Le Six Hotel

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 Romantic Hotels because: The hotel is housed in a traditional 6 storey Parisian house. Two fireplaces under the atrium window offer guests the charm of a private home.

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6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
Hotel & Spa La Belle Juliette
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Immerse yourself not just in a lovely and buzzing little area of Paris' upscale 6th arrondissement, but also into the fascinating pages of history of Madame Juliette R????camier, the namesake of Hotel La Belle Juliette. The couple who created this haven have expertly threaded this woman's intriguing life and loves (namely the writer Chateaubriand), into every inch and weave of this delightful property. Whether you choose the more contemporary appointed rooms facing the vast courtyard gardens, or the classic, romantic rooms on the other side, you will no doubt feel welcomed and cared for throughout your stay. Be prepared to enjoy a cocktail in their Clos de Juliette downstairs which becomes one of the neighborhood's most sought after terrace bars in the warmer months. Don't forget to pack a swimsuit, too, as a quick dip in their "sweet little pool," part of the on-premise spa, will leave you refreshed.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Plenty of restaurants are within a stone's throw and for shopping, the world-famous Le Bon Marche is just around the corner.

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7th Arondissement - Eiffel Tower and Invalides
Hotel Thoumieux
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This private boutique hotel within minutes' walking of the Eiffel Tower was splashed onto the scene several years ago by none other than interior design maven India Mahdavi. It remains a favorite with celebrities and other incognito-types because its entranceway bypasses a traditional lobby and takes you directly to a second floor sitting lounge. This luxury boutique hotel, four stars, whispers quality from every corner. Bedding, beds, marble showers, iPads in each room and mobile telephones have you all provided for. Bath amenities are the all-organic Aesop's in scents that range from smoky bergamot to grapefruit rind. Breakfast is offered in their on-premise gastronomic restaurant, helmed by 2-star chef Sylvestre Wahid. It consists of homemade yogurts, freshly squeezed lemon and orange juices, salmon, ham and fresh croissants/pain au chocolat. This is a discreet and soothing hotel that exudes rock-star chic in the quiet haven of an Eiffel Tower neighborhood.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This discreet rock-star-chic-love-nest/India Mahdavi decor of marble showers and heavenly bedding only just begin to tell the story of many luxurious details that await you.

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1er Arrondissement

Her name might not be famous yet across the Atlantic but interior designer Sarah Lavoine has gotten off to an impressive start with this, her first hotel design. The midnight-blue that greets you in the lobby opens up into a naturally-lit dining room that has already become popular with the acting and recording-artist crowd. The rooms feature equally bold color schemes that harmonize under the measured touch of the designer's eye. Surprising details such as a glass fourth wall connecting the bathroom to the bedroom that can be shuttered with wooden panels, or left open, lend themselves to this at once both demure, buttoned-up hotel that oozes sultry secrets. One of those secrets is the generous-sized pool in their spa area where you'll find a cascading wall-waterfall. Behind the wall of water, cave-like, is the steam room. The central neighborhood is exceedingly safe with the Tuilerie Gardens at your doorstep.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: After enjoying a brisk walk in the Jardins des Tuileries, just down the street, return to your haven for a shared steambath. Now, that's romance!

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5th Arondissement - Latin Quarter

In this new Latin Quarter luxury boutique hotel you will find a touch of the exotic at every unexpected turn. It is a tribute to author Alexandre Dumas' father who was born in Haiti and died when this genius to whom we can be grateful for The Three Musketeers as well as the Count of Monte Cristo, was only four years old. Raised by his grandparents in the cold northern part of France (Aisne) he launched his career in Paris first by falling in love with the theater. The extras here at this property are what make it extra-inviting: a heated pool with a sauna just next to it; Top-floor suites that offer charming and cosy sitting rooms; bespoke bathroom amenities and a breakfast buffet that won't leave you wanting more. The luxurious comfort will keep you both happy and the proximity to famous rue Mouffetard offers plenty to explore.

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8ème Arrondissement
Le Bristol Paris
Photo courtesy of Le Bristol, Paris photo by Hana Le Van

Le Bristol is classic France. The very French, yet fresh and uplifting decor, is just what you dreamed of when you booked your Parisian vacation. In other words, nothing here will disappoint and everything is sure to exceed your expectations. The historic building, located near the Elysée (Franc's White House), feels nestled in luxury. 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 the friendly feline resident. Fairytale-like romantic is what best describes this Parisian Palace bijou of the Oetker Collection hotels.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This property has been one of the most preeminent hotels of Europe since it first opened in the 1920s. It's perfect for celebrating a babymoon.

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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 fairly new bar on the downstairs garden level, Le Tr????s 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: You can keep to yourselves here in this gated off world apart then venture forth on foot into the charming and quite lively Montmartre village.

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What's more romantic than living a character in a Victor Hugo novel, while staying at the footsteps of the timelessly majestic Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris? Esmeralda, the namesake of this hotel, is, of course Victor Hugo's gypsy character in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Right next door to these very affordable, simple accommodations is the famous book shop, Shakespeare & Co. But having Notre Dame and Shakespeare as neighbors isn't the only allure this modest hotel offers. It has also given shelter to famous politicians such as Pierre Trudeau and also celebrities, like Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. In fact, the story goes like this: Serge Gainsbourg was in a bit of a funk when he had been cast for a film. The producer introduced him to the nymph-like Jane Birkin here, at this hotel, and they proceeded to make history together for years to come.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Sleeping next to Notre Dame and Shakespeare, in the hotel where Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg began their romance, c'mon, what can be more romantic?

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