Much like its Stateside counterpart New York City, Paris is full to the brim with hotels, hostels, and accommodations of every variety to fit any budget, location, and aesthetic. Here are a few of my suggestions for finding the best lodging for you as well as a list of our favorite Paris hotels - from budget-friendly accomodations to luxury hotels.
Hotel Chopin is an experience in and of itself. It’s located inside a secluded historical shopping passage, nestled between ancient bookstores and antique shops. Everything about it is tiny, from the lobby to the staircase to the rooms themselves, but what it lacks in space it more than makes up for in charm and atmosphere. If character means more to you than convenience, you’ll adore the Chopin. Go for a larger and more brightly lit Classic room, pack light, and make sure to spend some time browsing the secret shopping passages around the hotel.
Rooms start around 90€.
One of the best values in Paris. Free wifi, TV, air conditioning, comfortable beds, a desk to work at, and a view of the Eiffel Tower – all for under 150 Euro. Decor is simple but the rooms are clean and well-appointed and the staff is lovely. There’s a charming breakfast area, and the area is full of lively bars and restaurants.
Rooms start around 145€. (this one has gone up in price since our original post. Be mindful of whether or not you have a shower in your room.)
The rooms here feel far nicer than the price tag suggests, with colorful and classic decor that is reminiscent of some famous French chateaus. The rooms are dark but lovely and have all the modern amenities you need – phone, TV, wifi, air conditioning, and elevators. The location in the heart of the Marais is great for atmosphere and very close to great shopping and dining. A steal for the price.
Rooms for 2 people start at 100€.
One of my favorite hotels in Paris. The decor of this hotel feels like the embodiment of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette – classic French architecture drenched in pastel candy colors and whimsical modern touches. The staff is friendly, the drink & breakfast bars are well-stocked (and self-serve!), the rooms are comfortable, and the location is convenient. A metro stop is only a few feet away, and the fabulous Opera Garnier (and the wonderful shopping and the major metro hub that surrounds it) makes it a great home base for exploring the city. I stayed here on my honeymoon and couldn’t have loved it more.
Rooms start around 243€, explore their flexible dates option for better rates.
A rare one-of-a-kind experience in the trendy Saint Germain. This hotel’s rooms are extravagantly decorated in unique and unexpected ways, from fiber-optic starry ceilings to levitating beds, but the real reason to stay here is for one of their seven magnificent suites. Each one has its own special name and theme, and the decor is over the top in the best ways. Though I’m sure the gentlemen will prefer the Bond-themed 007 suite, I suggest the Lovez-Vous with its own private fireplace, candlelit terrace, and hot tub for two.
Rooms start around 200€.
Located on Rue Cambon just beside Chanel’s original boutique and two short blocks away from the Rue Rivoli and the Tuileries, this hotel gives you a high-end feel without the high-end pricetag. If all you want is a lavish room and great service in the poshest neighborhood in Paris, this is the more reasonable alternative. The 24-hour room service is an especially nice touch in a city that often shuts down early.
Rooms start at 270€, junior suites start at 270€ as well.
What makes this hotel so special is the abundance of choice. From room decor styles (classical or art deco) to restaurants (five options on the premises) to the mini-bar (80 items) to the turn-down service (six choices) to the glorious 35,000-bottle wine cellar, the Athenee goes to great lengths to customize your stay. What I love is the uniqueness of this hotel and the special touches that it make it so unusual, such as the adorable red bicycles the staff members spot around town as they run errands for guests and the breathtakingly romantic private ice skating rink during the winter season. Ladies will appreciate that Plaza Athenee has been the Parisian home-away-from-home of the world’s most fashionable women, including Grace Kelly, Jackie O, Anna Wintour, and of course Carrie Bradshaw.
Rooms start at 875€.
Whereas there are many luxury options for those who want classic French elegance, the Mandarin Oriental offers unparalleled luxury with a more modern flair. Rooms are sleek, trendy, and updated with all the creature comforts you need when you’ve had your fill of old and want to sink back into the new. Especially breathtaking are the gardens and terraces scattered throughout the suites, a rare treat in a tightly-packed city.
Rooms start at 975€, suites start at 1400€.
Famous for its appearance in the movie Midnight in Paris, this hotel is the ultimate in luxury plus location. Their doors open up to Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré — one of the main streets for high end shopping in Paris. A short walk from here you’ll find the famous Angelina’s Cafe, with the Louvre and the Tuileries just across the street, but between the award-winning spa and the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Epicure that spills out onto a stunning French garden, you may never want to leave. For first-timers to the city who want the five-star experience, Le Bristol is a great choice.
Rooms start at 800€+, advance booking option.
There’s no more romantic experience than cuddling together on a private candle-lit balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower, and there’s no better place to make that happen than the Shangri-La. If romance and a breathtaking view are your top priority, and money is no object, look no further. Many of the rooms are decorated in a classic French style, giving you the feeling of your own personal Versailles. Their unique location places them within blocks of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees, the Louvre, and the Seine, so it’s the perfect home base for an incredible vacation.
Rooms start at 780€.
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