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Paris Hotels – Tips and Advice
- Booking.com – The best website for booking hotels in Paris. (Good rates and huge selection.)
- The best areas to stay in Paris for visitors are St Germain des Pres (center of the action, filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants), Marais (trendy, local vibe), and the 7th arrondissement (quieter, but still an easy walk to the Eiffel tower and St Germain).
- Best Luxury Hotels in Paris: Shangri-La (old world Paris charm) • Four Seasons George V (five-star luxury)
- Best Boutique Hotels in Paris: Relais Christine (small romantic boutique) • Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal (great central location)
- Best Mid-range Hotels in Paris: Gardette Park (affordable hotel near the Marais) • Hotel Emile (trendy, central, and fun)
- Best Paris Hotels for Families: Le Bristol • Gardette Park Hotel
- Paris Hotels with Balcony: Mandarin Oriental • Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel • Hotel WO • Hotel Residence Foch • Holiday Inn Paris Notre Dame • Hotel Ekta Champs Elysées • The Peninsula (the garden suite is incredible)
- Paris Hotels with Pool: Le Bristol • Mandarin Oriental • Le Burgundy • Saint James Albany • Shangri-La • The Peninsula • Four Seasons
- Paris Hotels with Kitchen: Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées • La Clef Tour Eiffel • Splendide Royal • Residence Henri IV • Saint James Albany • Citadines Les Halles Paris • Best Western Le Patio Saint Antoine • Le Marais – Hôtel De Ville
- Paris Hotels with Views of Eiffel Tower: Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris • Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel • Le Parisis • Hôtel Brighton • Shangri-La • Westin Vendôme
- The best restaurants in Paris are Bistro Paul Bert (for traditional french food), Frenchie Wine Bar (great food in a fun, trendy atmosphere), Juveniles (inexpensive but still wonderful meals), Restaurant Jules Verne (only in Paris – great food up the Eiffel Tower).
- Best place for ice cream (Berthillon), macarons (Pierre Herme), chocolate (Henri La Roux), baguette (Eric Kayser), bakery (La Patisserie des Reves), cheese shop (Laurent Dubois), wine shop (La Derniere Goutte), crepes (Breizh Cafe), croissants (134 rdt), cafe (Le Pure Cafe or Les Deux Magots).
- Best Paris Tours: St. Germain Chocolate & Pastry Tasting Tour • Marais Chocolate & Pastry Tasting Tour • Private Wine & Cheese Tour • Market Visit & Cooking Class with a Parisian Chef • Fat Tire Bike Tours
- Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris: by Train • by bus • by taxi • Orly Airport to Paris: by train • by bus • by taxi
- Paris Choice Hotels – cheap and good value hotels in Paris
The 15 Best Hotels in Paris
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1. Four Seasons Hotel George V – 8th Arrondissement
Classic five-star elegance in the glamorous Golden Triangle near the Champs Elysées. Beautifully appointed guest rooms feature Louis XVI-style furnishings, and the marble courtyard is decorated with stunning floral arrangements. Three Michelin-starred restaurants, luxurious pool and spa, private terraces, Eiffel Tower views. Four Seasons Hotel Review.
2. Shangri-La Hotel – 16th Arrondissement
Stunning aristocratic home turned five star hotel near the Eiffel Tower. Excellent Michelin-starred restaurants, elegant and sophisticated bar, beautiful pool with outdoor balcony, and spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower and Seine – especially from terrace suites. Shangri-La Hotel Review.
3. Relais Christine – 6th Arrondissement
Charming Left Bank luxury boutique hotel set inside a former abbey. Quiet side street location, beautiful ivy-covered courtyard, and Guerlain spa. Garden suites have private terraces that open directly onto the hotel garden. Convenient St. Germain location near Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, and the Seine. Relais Christine Hotel Review.
4. Mandarin Oriental Paris – 1st Arrondissement
Family-friendly luxury in the heart of the city. Contemporary decor, terrace bar, elegant indoor pool and spa. There are special amenities and activities for kids, and the Penthouse Suite has three bedrooms, two terraces, and a gym. Great central location that’s walking distance from Place Vendome, The Louvre Museum, and Tulleries Gardens. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Review.
5. The Peninsula – 16th Arrondissement
High-tech luxury in a peaceful 16th Arrondissement location. Opened in 2014, guest rooms are controlled via Samsung tablet and include a printer/scanner/copy machine. Amazing views of the Eiffel Tower from the rooftop Michelin-starred restaurant. The Katara Suite features a private rooftop garden with a panoramic city view. Located a short stroll from the Champs Elysee and Arc de Triomphe. Peninsula Paris Hotel Review.
6. Hotel Le Bristol – 8th Arrondissement
Old world luxury with lots of homey touches – like hotel cats and antique furniture. Beautiful courtyard garden, two Michelin-starred restaurants, top-notch concierge team. The whimsical rooftop indoor pool is fashioned to look like a yacht. Set among the chic shops on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, steps from the Grand Palais. Le Bristol Hotel Review.
7. Le Royal Monceau-Raffles – 8th Arrondissement
Five-star luxury hotel with an emphasis on contemporary art. Three great restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Il Carpaccio. Indoor pool, cinema, and award-winning spa. Family-friendly, with hosted activities and workshops for kids. Steps from the Parc Monceau, with easy access shopping, the Arc de Triomphe, and Champs Elysees. Royal Monceau–Raffles Hotel Review.
8. Saint James Paris – 16th Arrondissement
19th-century neoclassical chateau-hotel in a quiet, residential neighborhood. Striking decor, magnificent garden, spa, library bar, excellent terraced restaurant. In addition to rooms and suites, the Saint James also offers two private 3-story villas. Its quiet residential location is away from the action, but very near the Port Dauphine metro for easy access to the city sights. Saint James Paris Hotel Review.
9. Hotel Plaza Athenee – 8th Arrondissement
Iconic 5-star Parisian luxury on genteel Avenue Montaigne, amid high-end shopping and haute couture. French Regency and Art Deco-style rooms, Dior spa, 5 restaurants overseen by award-winning chef Alain Ducasse, Eye-popping Eiffel Tower views. In the winter, there’s an ice skating rink in the hotel’s private garden. 5-minute walk from Avenue Champs Elysées. Plaza Athenee Hotel Review.
10. Le Meurice – 1st Arrondissement
Luxury palace hotel near Paris’ most popular tourist sites. Louis XVI-style decor with whimsical touches, award-winning restaurants, nightly live jazz in the hotel bar. The Belle Etoile Suite offers breathtaking 360-degree views from the rooftop terrace. Centrally located across from the Tuileries Garden, an easy walk from the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Le Meurice Hotel Review.
11. Le Pavillon de la Reine – 3rd Arrondissement
Quiet luxury gem, located inside the historic Place des Vosges. Plush old-world furnishings and decor, peaceful garden courtyard, spa, cozy library and fireplace lounge. Idyllic Marais location, close to sights, but removed from noise – a short walk to the Picasso Museum, Pompidou Centre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Le Pavillon de la Reine Hotel Review.
12. Park Hyatt Paris Vendome – 2nd Arrondissement
Modern, five-star luxury in a privileged 2nd arrondissement location. Stylish, contemporary furnishings and art, and private terraces with Place Vendome views. Spa suites have their own steam room, whirlpool Jacuzzi, and dedicated massage table for in-room treatments. Prime location, close to high-end shopping, Place Vendome, the Opera, Tuileries, and Louvre. Park Hyatt Paris Vendome Hotel Review.
13. L’Hôtel – 6th Arrondissement
Oscar Wilde’s last residence and Paris’ coziest 5-star hotel, located the heart of historic St. Germain-des-Prés. 20 opulent Baroque-style guestrooms feature ornate fabrics and wood panelling. The restaurant is Michelin-starred, the penthouse apartment has rooftop views of the city, and the amazing candlelit cave pool in the basement is reservable by the hour. Great location amid the galleries, cafes, and restaurants of the Left Bank. L’Hôtel Paris Hotel Review.
14. Hotel Maison Souquet – 9th Arrondissement
Opulent Parisian townhouse next door to the Moulin Rouge. Luxurious Belle Époque decor, personalized butler service, Hermes toiletries, gorgeous grotto pool and spa. Intimate salons (formerly bardello rooms) are sumptuously done up in red velvet and feature a speakeasy-like cocktail bar. Located in up-and-coming South Pigalle, near Montmartre and the Blanche metro station. Maison Souquet Hotel Review.
15. Le Cinq Codet – 7th Arrondissement
Luxury boutique hotel offering sleek, modern elegance in the chic 7th, near the Eiffel Tower and Rue Cler Market. Rooms feature ultra-modern décor, high ceilings, and wrap around bay windows. Fabulous restaurant, interior courtyard and patio, and 3rd-floor spa with hammam and outdoor jacuzzi. Great central location. Le Cinq Codet Hotel Review.
One of the trendiest neighborhoods in Paris, the Marais has a decidedly different feel than its notable neighbors on the Left Bank. The Marais’s identity is not defined by classic Parisian landmarks but by its reputation as the epicenter of Parisian cool. Fashionistas and foodies flock to the neighborhood’s tangle of alley-like streets which are constantly abuzz. Weekend afternoons are thronged with shoppers, darting in and out of fashionable boutiques or gallery goers taking in the latest exhibition. On a lazy Sunday, you’ll find the “BoBos” (bourgeois bohemians) brunching or enjoying the last rays of sunlight at an outdoor café. After dark, the neighborhood comes alive with chic Parisians filling the bars for an after-work apero or dining at one of the area’s uber cool eateries. For visitors who’ve checked off their sightseeing list, the Marais is the perfect place to understand Paris outside of the guidebooks. Though the tone of the neighborhood is slanted towards hip Parisians, the Marais’s diversity offers something for everyone. Along Rue des Rosier, you’ll see part of the city’s Jewish quarter and find traditional delis mixed with trendy boutiques – as well as the street’s most famous denizen, L’as du Falafel, known for the best falafel in the world. In the area known as the Upper Marais, a broad swath located in the 3rd arrondissement, you’ll find the Marché des Enfants Rouges, a 17th century market off the Rue de Bretagne. The marché is one of the most unique in Paris and is something of a cross between a farmer’s market and a food court with an array of cuisines to choose from including Moroccan couscous, Japanese bentos, and traditional French fare. And for those who might need a brief respite, head to the historic Place des Vosges for a picnic on the grass or a stroll under the vaulted arches.
The Best Hotels in the Marais
- Pavillon de la Reine • Hotel phone: +33 1 4029 1919
- Hotel Emile Paris • Hotel phone: +33 1 42 72 76 17
- Hotel du Petit Moulin • Hotel phone: +33 1 42 74 10 10
- Hotel Jules & Jim • Hotel phone: +33 1 44 54 13 13
- Hotel Les Bains • Hotel phone: 33 1 42 77 07 07
The Best Restaurants in the Marais
- Breizh Café (Excellent crepes, casual ambiance, be prepared to queue)
- Marché Des Enfants Rouge (Food stalls with many options, outdoor seating, great for lunch)
- Le Mary Celeste (Hip and buzzy restaurant/oyster bar, small plates with Asian fusion accents)
- L’As du Fallafel (Budget friendly, falafel with a variety of vegetables and toppings, fast-food ambiance)
- Les Enfants Rouges (Modern French, lively atmosphere, charming bistro with sophisticated dishes)
Saint Germain is one of the most popular areas of the city and with good reason. It epitomizes classic Paris and retains the timeless charm of the Left Bank while buzzing with a lively collection of galleries, restaurants, and jazz clubs. From the upscale shops that dot the bustling Boulevard Saint Germain to the aristocratic calm of the Jardin du Luxembourg, this quarter is popular with locals and tourists alike. Though the café culture that was popular with the artists, intellectuals, and writers of yesteryear still exists, the neighborhood is better known these days as one of the poshest parts of Paris. This distinction not only attracts a well-heeled crowd but also many of the biggest names in food and fashion. You’ll see nattily dressed shoppers at the smart boutiques near the crossroads at the Place Michel-Debré such as Tod’s and Christian Louboutin or heading down Rue Cherche Midi towards Le Bon Marché. Saint Germain also contains some of the city’s most reputable artisans and has arguably the highest concentration of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in Paris, an award only given to the best craftsmen, comparable to an Olympic gold medal and more coveted than a Michelin star. Saint Germain is chock a block and includes MOF chocolate makers, pastry chefs, florists, and chefs du cuisine. The denizens of this neighborhood are demanding and you’ll only find the best of the best. Though at times the area may feel overrun with tourists, the biggest advantage is that you’ll find many shops and restaurants open while other areas of the city lay quiet. An often overlooked gem is the Marché Couvert Saint Germain, a covered market frequented by locals that houses some of the most distinguished vendors in the country including one of the best butchers in France. Sunday evenings are always a challenge for dinner, even in a cosmopolitan city like Paris. Head down the Rue de Seine and Rue de Buci where you’ll have plenty of options for a small nosh, dinner, or a nightcap.
The Best Hotels in Saint Germain
- Relais Christine • Hotel phone: +33 1 40 51 60 80
- L’Hotel • Hotel phone: +33 1 44 41 99 00
- Hotel Bel-Ami • Hotel phone: +33 1 42 61 53 53
- Hotel Baume • Hotel phone: +33 1 53 10 28 50
- La Villa Madame • Hotel phone: +33 1 45 48 02 81
The Best Restaurants in Saint Germain
- Le Relais de L’Entrecôte (Family friendly, lively atmosphere, classic steak frites)
- Le Comptoir du Relais (Unpretentious modern bistro, book months in advance for dinner or queue at lunch)
- Freddy’s (Modern French tapas, mixed crowd and relaxed ambiance)
- Ze Kitchen Galerie (Classic French with Asian ingredients, modern décor with a friendly vibe)
- Semilla (Modern French, ingredient driven menu, easy going ambiance)
The Latin Quarter
Though mostly known as the hub of student life in Paris, the Latin Quarter has much more to offer than lively bars and cheap restaurants. For frequent visitors, the quartier is the perfect place for those who seek classic Parisian charm and winding cobblestone streets while discovering a few new surprises along the way. Find a quiet corner away from the student hangouts and you’ll have access to some of the best food and architecture in the city. Base yourself near the Place Monge, a leafy square which hosts an open-air market three times a week and you’ll get some of the best fruits and vegetables in Paris. Nearby Rue Mouffetard provides lots of local color and is bustling with specialty food shops, cafes, and restaurants. Further north, near the Place Maubert, you’ll be steps from the Notre Dame and the original shops of Laurent Dubois (cheese) and Eric Kayser (baguettes). You will also find some of the most diverse architecture in the city here. As Paris’s oldest district with streets dating back to the 16th century, the Latin Quarter has treasures from almost every era. From Roman ruins to the fortress-like Medieval museum, from the neoclassical Pantheon with its luminous dome to the architecturally innovative Institut du Monde Arabe, you’ll be set to discover a new side of the city.
The Best Hotels in the Latin Quarter
- Les Dames du Pantheon • Hotel phone: +33 1 43 54 32 95
- Hotel Le Petit • Hotel phone: +33 1 53 10 29 29
- Parc Saint Severin Hotel • Hotel phone: +33 1 43 54 32 17
- Melia Paris Notre Dame • Hotel phone: +33 800 91 91 30
- Hotel La Lanterne • Hotel phone: +33 1 53 19 88 39
The Best Restaurants in the Latin Quarter
- Terroir Parisien (Classic French, locavore, prestige ingredients, chic and casual)
- Café de la Nouvelle Marie (Small plates, classic French, fun and lively, open all day)
- Les Papilles (Wine shop & restaurant, classic French, good value, family style dining)
- Sola (French Japanese fusion, cozy setting, friendly service)
- La Tour D’argent (Haute cuisine, legendary reputation, great view of the Seine, very formal)
For first time visitors to Paris, the 7th is a perfect base for exploration. This arrondissement has everything you think about when you think of the City of Lights – the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, notable museums, beautiful architecture, charming markets, high-end shopping, and world class restaurants. Situate yourself between the Champs des Mars and Invalides and you’ll be ideally positioned to enjoy some of the city’s most notable landmarks and neighborhood highlights. One in particular is the Rue Cler, a lively market street with numerous vendors selling cheese, fresh produce, wine, baguettes, and anything else you might need to eat a la Francaise. If the weather is nice, head to the banks of the Seine with the locals for an after work apero or picnic. The Berges de Seines, the area roughly between the Musee D’Orsay and Pont D’alma hosts a variety of options. A great spot is the Pont Alexander III bridge, one of the most beautiful Beaux-Arts bridges in Paris, where you’ll also have a view of the Grand Palais just across the river. During the day, the area is family friendly with multiple play spots for children such as a climbing wall and converted shipping containers turned into mini-exhibitions. The 7th is a fun active area. If you’re clueless about where to stay then this is a great starting point.
The Best Hotels in the 7th
- Le Cinq Codet • Hotel phone: +33 1 53 85 15 60
- Hotel le Bellechasse • Hotel phone: +33 1 45 50 22 31
- Hotel Montalembert • Hotel phone: +33 1 45 49 68 68
- Hotel Thoumieux • Hotel phone: +33 1 47 05 79 00
- Hotel Pont Royal • Hotel phone: +33 1 42 84 70 00
The Best Restaurants in the 7th
- Arpège (3 star Michelin haute cuisine, unique emphasis on vegetables, jacket required)
- L’Atelier du Joël Rubochon (Relaxed fine dining, modern French cooking)
- Café Constant (Classic French, good value, reservations not required)
- David Toutain (Innovative French cooking, elegant yet casual ambiance)
- L’Ami Jean (Hearty Basque fare, casual and fun atmosphere)
For the tourist who wants to live more like a local head to South Pigalle, the city’s most up-and-coming destination. Having shaken off the vestiges of its notorious red light district, South Pigalle or SoPi as it has recently been christened, has transitioned into one of Paris’s most desirable neighborhoods. The area literally south of Pigalle (or Boulevard Clichy) is particularly charming and out of the tourist throng. You’ll still be walking distance to the hills of Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur but instead of wide Haussmann boulevards you’ll find quiet tree-lined streets dotted with fashionable boutiques, cafes, and a thriving restaurant and bar scene. On weekend afternoons you’ll see families pushing baby strollers along the leafy Avenue Trudaine or heading to the park to watch their children play. Sacre Coeur looms in the distance, creating picture postcard scenes out of even the most everyday moments. That same square transforms every Friday evening into a lively farmers market with vendors who travel in from as far as the Loire Valley to sell some of the best farm made cheeses, meats, and produce available. Rue des Martyrs, the main artery, is a foodie paradise with numerous award winning shops dotting the drag including Sebastian Gaudard, voted best pastry chef 2012 and Arnaud Delmontel who won the best baguette competition in 2007. Shoppers will have their choice among the numerous boutiques that have been popping up, from the fashion forward Maison Kitsune to one of a kind housewares at Le Rocketship. At night, denizens have a bevy of options for dining and bar hopping. Along the quaint Rue Henry Monnier, the NY based Buvette Gastrotheque has an outpost or finish with a nightcap at the Grand Pigalle Hotel. And for the afterhours crowd, head to bars such as Le Carmen where you can dance in baroque salons until 6am.
The Best Hotels in South Pigalle
- Maison Souquet • Hotel phone: +33 1 48 78 55 55
- Le Grand Pigalle • Hotel phone: +33 1 85 73 12 00
- Hotel Amour • Hotel phone: +33 1 48 78 31 80
- Le Grey Hotel • Hotel phone: +33 1 55 31 93 93
- La Villa Royale • Hotel phone: +33 1 55 31 78 78
The Best Restaurants in South Pigalle
- Le Pantruche (Good value, classic French, friendly neighborhood feel)
- Buvette Gastrotheque (Small plates, modern French, buzzy vibe and hip interior)
- Hotel Amour (Late night brasserie, trendy crowd, beautiful back garden)
- Les Affranchis (Neighborhood bistro, classic French with a modern twist)
- Le Bon George (Traditional French cooking with well sourced ingredients, popular with the locals)
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