Our list of the best Paris hotels
Great location, great service, memorable food – all these Paris hotels have that, and more. The list is in no particular order; it made sense to us to let all nineteen hotels be viewed as equals. Hotel des Academies des Arts had the benefit of being the first hotel we chose for the list this year, so it occupies top slot for no other reason than that.
You will rarely find a gym or a pool at Paris hotels that aren’t 5-star, but you will invariably find a cute breakfast room and a space for evening drinks at virtually all of them. Paris hotels are often built around an inner courtyard, which makes for natural sound-proofing if your hotel is on a busy street, be sure and request an inner-courtyard room if available.
1. HOTEL DES ACADEMIES DES ARTS – PARIS
Amusingly decorated with an art motif, this hotel is very popular with Paris visitors
Surrounded by museums and across the street from the studio where Modigliani and Gauguin once worked (and where aspiring artists still ply their trade painting nude models), the Hotel des Academies des Arts is for those who want to feel Paris’ artistic side. Located on the Left Bank, the hotel has a clean, modern ambience and provides guest rooms with themes ranging from Comedienne to Man Ray and a professional staff.
Hotel des Academies des Arts – Paris
15 Rue de la Grande Chaumiere
74006 Paris, France
Tel.: 33 (0) 1 43 26 66 44
2. HOTEL MARIGNAN CHAMPS ELYSEES – PARIS
The perfect central and fashionable arrondissement, plus high end cuisine.
Hotel Marignan Champs Elysees was originally built as a residence in the 18th century – and what a residence it must have been as now 73 guest rooms fill the building’s seven stories. With an Art Deco façade and a location in the fashionable “Golden Triangle,” bounded by the Champs Elysses, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V, Hotel Marignan offers a hefty dose of fashion itself, with a recently renovated interior by designer Olivier Gagnere and a restaurant overseen by Alain Ducasse.
Hotel Marignan Champs Elysees – Paris
12 rue de Marignan
75008 Paris, France
Tel. : +33 1 40 76 34 56
3. HOTEL DU PANTHEON – PARIS
Information about the Hotel du Pantheon in Paris, France. An historic hotel near the Pantheon in Paris
Across from, naturally, the Pantheon, the Hotel du Pantheon offers gorgeous views of its classic structures — especially at night when they are lit up. The hotel is also close to the Sorbonne, Luxembourg Gardens and the St. Etienne du Mont church. The décor is described as “traditional Louis XVI with a twist” – meaning Provencal-style French Country. The hotel next door, the Hotel des Grands Hommes, is run by the same company and a little more high-end. They also have an apartment a couple doors down that can be rented by the week.
Hotel du Pantheon – Paris
19 place du Panthéon
75005 Paris, France
Tel. +33 (0)1 43 54 32 95
4. HOTEL DE JUE DE PAUME – PARIS
Hotel de Jue de Paume in Paris, France. Centrally located Jeu de Paume has full hotel services and private apartments
Many Paris hotels are a piece of living history, having once been a grand mansion titled home. Originally a royal mansion housing a handball court (hence the name), the Hotel de Jeu de Paume is small and very private – you could walk by and never know it was there. Relatively budget friendly for its location on the Ile St. Louis near Notre Dame and the Opera Bastille in the very center of Paris. For longer stays, the hotel has two apartments available for rent. One of our favorite boutique Paris hotels.
Hotel de Jue de Paume – Paris
54, rue Saint Louis en l’île Ile Saint Louis (près du Marais)
75004 Paris, France
Tel: + 33 (0)1 43 26 14 18
5. HOTEL GRAMONT OPERA – PARIS
The Opera district has some good value hotels. This is one!
Every worthwhile hotel in Paris does not have to be a 5 or even 4 star experience. This is centrally located, a short walk from the Opera, shopping, the Louvre and a few metro stops from the famed Drouot Auction house. Exceptionally friendly and helpful staff.
Hotel Gramont Opera
22 rue Gramont
75002 Paris, France
6. FOUR SEASONS GEORGES V – PARIS
Every Four Seasons offers luxury and Paris’ Georges V is that and more.
Paris hotels range from charming to magnificent, this is one of the magnificent. The quintessential Paris luxury hotel, the Hotel George V is managed by the Four Seasons and, as such, features such luxe amenities as 17th-century tapestries in its lobbies and private terraces that look out over Paris from its location steps from the Champs-Elysees.
Devotees of “Sex and the City” may remember it as the hotel where Sarah Jessica Parker and Mikhail Baryshnikov canoodled. It’s also where Meg Ryan found her fiancé stepping out on her in “French Kiss.” But all that luxury and celeb cred come at a price: “moderate” rooms start at 730 euros a night.
Georges V – Paris
31, avenue George V
75008 Paris, France
Tel.: 33 (0) 1 49 52 70 00
7. HOSPITAL HOTEL DIEU – PARIS
The Hospital Hotel is located in the Hotel Dieu, which is actually not a hotel at all but one of the oldest hospitals in the city (actually, it’s considered THE oldest hotel in the city – originally founded in 651 on the same site by St. Landry; the current building dates back to 1877). Clear now?
The hotel offers 14 reasonably priced rooms on the 6th floor in gallery B of the hospital, which is located in one of the best spots in the city: on the Ile de la Cite next to Notre Dame cathedral.
Hospital Hotel Dieu – Paris
1 Place du Parvis Notre Dame
8. HOTEL FOUQUET’S BARRIERE – PARIS
Stroll the Champs Elysees after sleeping in a palace called the Hotel Fouqet Barriere
Paris hotels strive for chic elegance even where space is tight, Hotel Fouqet Barriere genuinely delivers in this regard. Located at the (to-say-the-least) enviable intersection of George V and the Champs-Elysees, the Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere prides itself on its service – offering butler service to guests staying in all 107 of its guest rooms and suites, plus 24-hour room service, full concierge service and “a team of security guards available 24/7.” The décor combines 21st century aesthetics in a French Palace setting, complete with an interior garden around which the hotel has been built.
Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere – Paris
45, Avenue George V
75008 Paris, France
Tel: 33 (0) 1 40 69 60 00
9. HOTEL LE BRISTOL – PARIS
Much expanded and still very luxurious, hotel Le Bristol offers Paris at its best
With an official opening during the Roaring 20’s (1925, to be exact) and named after the Count of Bristol — a British traveler who has been described as infatuated with luxury and famous for his demands for the refined things in life — the Hotel Le Bristol has only added to its reputation over the years. Recent improvements include a vast French garden, a Michelin three-star restaurant and, most recently, the opening of a new wing following the acquisition of an adjacent building.
Hotel Le Bristol – Paris
112, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore
75008 Paris, France
Tel: 33 (0) 1 53 43 43 00
10. LE MEURICE HOTEL – PARIS
Gourmet cuisine is on site, as is gorgeous décor at Le Meurice.
Art and fashion collide at Le Meurice, located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre and within walking distance of boutiques from Chanel to John Galliano – not to mention the jewelers of Place Vendome. Hotel guest rooms are designed in a style reminiscent of Louis XVI, while the Michelin three-star restaurant was given an updating by Philippe Starck in 2007.
Le Meurice – Paris
228, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris, France
Tel: 33 (0) 44 58 10 10
11. HOTEL PLAZA ATHENEE – PARIS
Beautiful cocktails make for mingling with 5 star ambience at the Plaza Athenee
Certain Paris hotels go in an out of style, but Paris itself never does and neither has the Plaza Athenee. The hotel opened in 1911 near the Theatre des Champs Elysees, making the hotel a popular gathering spot for composers and performers from the very beginning. Later, Christian Dior – and other haute couture boutiques – opened on Avenue Montaigne and the hotel’s reputation as a center for high fashion was added. The hotel is ideal for those who want to be part of the “scene” – with the year-old Dior Institute and views of the Eiffel Tower an added bonus.
Hotel Plaza Athenee – Paris
25 Avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris, France
33 (0) 1 53 67 66 65
12. HOTEL DE LA TREMOILLE – PARIS
Live music in the 8th arondissement, plus a boutique feel with luxury touches
Set amid the Golden Triangle – bordered by Avenue George V, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysees and known for its jewelry and high fashion – the Hotel de la Tremoille is set off on a discreet side street. While surrounded by some of the priciest hotels and toniest streets in Paris, La Tremoille offers a little (not a lot, but a little) more of a bargain in terms of price – plus cocktails and jazz at its hip bar and restaurant, Louis 2 (in honor of Louis Armstrong).
Hotel de la Tremoille – Paris
14 rue de la Tremoille
75008 Paris, France
Tel: 33 (0) 1 56 52 14 00
13. PARK HYATT PARIS VENDOME
The Park Hyatt Paris is highly modernized but surprisingly cozy – The Park Hyatt is a newer hotel in an old location (a cluster of renovated townhouses off Rue de la Paix). Popular with business travelers, the Park Hyatt’s has the feel of a chic boutique hotel near Place Vendome. The Louvre and the Opera House are within walking distance, as are the shops on Rue du Faubourg St. Honore and the Tuileries Garden. One of the most popular Paris hotels on our list.
14. THE RITZ PARIS HOTEL
Gorgeous setting and service, and stellar history are what the Ritz is all about. – The fact that the word “ritzy” comes from the man who built and ran The Ritz Paris should give a bit of a clue as to what to expect. Cesar Ritz was considered the “king of hoteliers, and hotelier to kings” and he built The Ritz Paris in 1898 on Place Vendome to be his pride and joy. The hotel has seen a long line of celebrities and royalty come through its doors (and exit them, as Princess Diana did on a fateful evening in 1997) due to its legendary service — and discretion. When you think of Paris hotels, you think of the Ritz.
15. HOTEL BANKE – PARIS
Quirky luxury in a central, less touristy, part of Paris.
This bank-turned-boutique-hotel has preserved architectural details from the early 20th century, and features an quirky art collection scattered throughout the property. There are high end decorative touches like flat screen tv, and shower/tubs in most rooms. Located in a lovely, walkable part of Paris, very near the Galeries Lafayette shopping district and therefore there are plenty of cafes and wine bars.
Decor is not understated, so if you are looking for soothing beige, look elsewhere. The onsite restaurant is exceptional, with an emphasis on light and fresh fare with a Spanish, tapas flair. Hotel staff is super helpful, even loaning quality umbrellas to guests unprepared for rain.
Hotel Banke – Paris
Rue La Fayette 20
75009 Paris, France
Tel. : +33 1 55 33 22 22
16. HOTEL DE LA PAIX – PARIS
Near the TGV station but in a pleasant residential neighborhood
For those trying to do Paris on a budget (at least lodging-wise), the Hotel de la Paix is a recently renovated family-run hotel steps from the Luxembourg Gardens in Montparnasse. The 39-room hotel is a little outside the center of the city and not overly amenity-laden but offers a warm lobby/bar area, simple, clean rooms and is located in a nice neighborhood close to the RER and a lot of metro stops, making it easy to get around.
Hotel de la Paix – Paris
225 Boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris, France
Tel: 33 (0) 1 43 20 35 82
17. HOTEL ROYAL MONCEAU – PARIS
Luxury family travelers will be especially happy here
Hotel Royal Monceau – Dating from 1928, this 149 room Raffles hotel has been re-thought top to bottom by Phillipe Starck. There are 5 on site restaurants and bars, including a private dining room, plus a rare-in-Paris modern spa and fitness center. There is an American-style buffet breakfast offered every morning.
Situated by the Champs Elysees and Arch de Triomphe, the location is parfait. 5 star price and service, with some of the most spacious guest rooms in Paris. Like the 4 Seasons, there is a Kid’s Club for families.
Hotel Royal Monceau – Paris
37 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris, France
Tel. : +33 1 42 99 88 00
18. LE CRILLON – PARIS
While strolling the Champs Elysees, imagine finishing up at this king of luxe hotels, Le Crillon.
Truly one of the best Paris hotels. Located at the foot of the Champs Elysees, Le Crillon began life in 1758 as one of two adjacent buildings commissioned by King Louis XV. One stayed a government building (and is today used by the French Navy) while the other was turned into a luxury hotel enjoyed by the likes of Queen Marie Antoinette. To this day, Le Crillon is dedicated to providing the finer things in life. Lest one thinks this makes the hotel stuffy, it also offers such niceties as stuffed elephants (the “Crillon elephant” – modeled after a Baccarat elephant) for the little ones.
Le Crillon – Paris
10, Place de la Concorde
75008 Paris, France
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 44 71 15 00
19. NOUVEL HOTEL – PARIS
Two stars in a great neighborhood off of Rue Le Courbe
About Nouvel Hotel – Paris
Why the modest two star Nouvel Hotel on the list of France’s 50 best? Well, it is the first hotel I ever stayed at while in Paris. During my stay at this tiny hotel I fell in love with Paris. Later when I came up with the idea of Link Paris as a business, I realized my vision of Paris, and therefore France, was formed while staying at this out of the way tiny hotel off of Rue Lecourbe.
It is in a truly Parisian neighborhood. A delightful place. Small shops and eateries for locals abound.
Nouvel Hotel Paris represents, on this list, whatever hotel you find among the thousands of charming places to stay in France. Use our “France 50” as a suggestion guide, but by no means discount your own research.