Let’s not be coy here, people have more sex when they stay in hotels. There’s just something about staying away from your own bed that sets the dopamine racing and makes you want to flip the "Do Not Disturb" sign. Champagne, oysters, and chocolate are all reliable aphrodisiacs -- but the soft lighting, quality linen, big beds, and pampering of a hotel really help to stimulate the senses, according to a recent study. And where better to test for truth in the rumors than in the city of love? Here are eight sexy Paris hotels for when there’s only one thing on your mind.
1. Saint James Paris
Prices are high at the only chateau hotel in the city but the Saint James Paris is luxurious enough to pull them off. From the stunning grand staircase and sweeping entrance to the opulent rooms, the 19th-century manor is an impressive statement of romantic intent. Luxurious fabrics decorate the rooms for when it’s time to "recline."
2. Secret de Paris
Located just outside the old XXX neighborhood of Pigalle, Secret de Paris is a hotel geared towards romancing couples. Adjustable mood lighting and bathtubs for two add to the sensual experience in this bijou, playful hotel.
3. Hotel Vice Versa
Themed on the seven deadly sins, Hotel Vice Versa is a 37-room boutique hotel where the hints towards sex and seduction are not so subtle. Decorated in over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek style by lingerie designer Chantal Thomass, this hotel has "heaven" on the upper levels and "hell" in the basement, which is complete with a hammam and steam room for the full effect.
4. Hotel Amour
Besides the usual aphrodisiacs, rubbing shoulders with Paris’ hot and hip elite might inspire an early night in some guests. Hotel Amour is the choice of fine, young Parisians who come to the original Paris love hotel for its quirky, erotic decor and trendy bar. Located in the heart of Pigalle, amongst the adult shops and theaters, Hotel Amour doesn’t pretend like there’s anything else on your mind.
5. Hotel Apostrophe
Modern, artsy, and stylish, Hotel Apostrophe has none of the more fusty side of Parisian glamour -- and that’s just fine if tradition isn’t your thing. What you will find at this chic Left Bank hotel is modern boutique appeal with a non-conformist streak evident in the quirky interior. What’s sexier than a rebel who breaks the rules?
6. The Five
An adults-only policy and a "love capsule" bar spell it out at The Five. Rooms may be on the small side but at least beds come sprinkled with rose petals for that extra je ne sais quoi. Like the colorful fabrics and trims that decorate the rooms, your face might achieve a similar crimson blush as you browse the erotica books at the bar for inspiration.
7. Hotel Particulier
Leaving to one side the seedier elements of Paris romance, the Hotel Particulier is a place for cuddles, sweet nothings, and long soaks in its deep tubs. An intimate boutique hotel with a charming terrace and an attractive garden, it is the ideal setting for romantic arm-in-arm strolls. Near to Sacre Coeur in the charming Montmartre neighborhood, its immediate surroundings are equally as attractive as its five spacious rooms.
8. Hotel du Petit Moulins
The only drawback with the Hotel du Petit Moulins is that with so much going on among the Lacroix designs, antiques, and stunning architecture, you might be distracted from gazing lovingly into your partner’s eyes. Still, you can probably overcome that tiny issue and enjoy the upscale luxury and eccentric design of this ritzy hotel. The hip in-house bar and restaurant are bonuses; you’ll never have to stray far from your room.