There's a reason Paris is often called the City of Love. With gorgeous parks and gardens, numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, and elegant architecture, the city is designed for romantic honeymoons. Paris is also home to all sorts of boutique properties, from hip hotels where you're more likely to see avocado than escargot on the menu to elegant old chateaux where you can sip Champagne on velvet lounge chairs. To help you start planning your romantic getaway, we put together this list of the 15 best boutique hotels in Paris for honeymoons.
Situated in the chic Opera area of Paris, this elegant hotel pairs classic interiors with modern conveniences like towel warmers and free movies in the 18th-century inspired rooms. While the decor and location are reasons enough to choose this 30-room property, the biggest draw may be its indoor pool — unusual for a boutique hotel in Paris. There is also a simple, but functional, fitness center and a sauna.
With a storied history and bold decor, the luxury Saint James Paris is a destination in its own right. After all, it’s the only chateau hotel in all of Paris. This Relais & Châteaux property sits in the sleek 16th Arrondissement and features opulent interiors, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, a Moroccan-style Guerlain spa, and 49 elegant and markedly spacious guest rooms outfitted with period furnishings. There are also three-story villas — one with its own spa — that are perfect for honeymooners seeking privacy.
Sandwiched between the Latin Quarter and the River Seine, this Left Bank property is conveniently situated near many of Paris’ most important attractions, though you may find it difficult to leave. Rooms are stylish, with marble bathrooms and private balconies in some, and there are numerous indoor and outdoor areas to relax, along with an on-site spa that uses products from French luxury house Guerlain.
If you’ve got a healthy budget and are seeking a fashionable hotel that’s also close to luxury shopping along the swanky Champs-Élysées, this property won’t disappoint. With 149 rooms, it’s a bit larger than your average boutique hotel, but it has plenty of charm and elegance — not to mention a whole host of sleek amenities, from a modern fitness center and a huge indoor swimming pool to a Michelin-starred restaurant and an on-site 3D theater with 99 seats.
Only one block from the Arc de Triomphe, this luxurious property features grandly furnished common areas (a J. M. W. Turner painting hangs on one of the walls) along with equally ornate rooms adorned with delicate crown molding, chandeliers, and stylish period furniture. The highlight, however, is the rooftop garden with views overlooking the Parisian skyline. The space is even furnished with dining areas and sofas in the summer months.
Located right on Rue Jacob, a small Saint-Germain-des-Pres road lined with small shops and bakeries, this 31-room property features fresh and modern interiors, with clean lines and whimsical details, from flowers, plants, and succulents in the lobby to animal figurines in the rooms. Everything here is scaled down, from the small, but bright, fitness room to the minimalist breakfast room, though some of the rooms are quite spacious and a couple of categories even have separate living rooms and bedrooms.
Situated at the base of the Montmartre neighborhood, not far from the Sacré-Cœur, this tiny hotel is ideal for romantics. It remains quiet and peaceful, despite the neighborhood’s nightlife scene, and exudes a quintessentially Parisian vibe (scenes from the film “Amelie” were filmed a block away). The bright rooms are charmingly decorated with patterned wallpapers, bedspreads, and curtains, and some rates include breakfast, which is served in the stone cellar and can be enjoyed on the patio. If you don’t mind the frilly aesthetic, it’s a great place to stay without breaking the bank, and soundproofed rooms make it a great choice for light sleepers, too.
Located on the Right Bank, in a commercial area full of bars and brasseries, this property offers a nice blend of contemporary and old-school touches. It’s set inside a French Revolution-era building, and houses 50 beautiful suites that mix natural elements (think driftwood side tables) with elegant details like marble countertops, Sjostrand espresso machines, and handmade beds with satin sheets. There’s also a swanky cocktail bar furnished with lots of brass and velvet plus a chic restaurant where dishes are served on handmade Greek pottery. And if going out dancing is on your honeymoon agenda, this hotel is just a block away from the Rex Club, a longstanding techno and house music venue.
Located in the lively Pigalle area, this hotel has plenty of hipster cachet — a departure from some of Paris’ more old-fashioned properties. Plus, it’s reasonably priced given all of the perks that come with a stay here. Rooms feature vintage decor and modern amenities (think VoIP phones with free calling), and most have rainfall showers. There’s also a sleek restaurant and bar with around-the-clock room service and a solid cocktail menu, as well as a wine cellar with around 200 options available.
10. Hotel du Cadran
A short jaunt from the Eiffel Tower, this reasonably priced property offers a relaxed atmosphere with an inviting, retro-style lobby and cozy (and in some cases, tiny) rooms — all with stylish decor and minibars. The rooms, which are located in the main building and an across-the-street annex, are also equipped with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and modern bathrooms. The breakfast buffet is served in a cavern-like space and there’s a tiny private spa that’s exclusively for hotel guests (it can only be booked by one party at a time).
11. Bel Ami Hotel
A modern alternative to the many classical boutique properties situated in the upscale Saint-Germain-des-Pres area, Bel Ami features larger-than-average rooms with bright decor, but it’s the amenities that really stand out here. These include a stylish on-site restaurant with a popular weekend brunch service and a small spa attached to a 24-hour fitness center. Meanwhile, the hotel’s lobby bar is a stylish spot to have a glass of wine or Champagne cocktails. To top it off, the 108 rooms and suites here have a sleek, nautical-inspired look, and all come with minibars, free Wi-Fi, and modern bathrooms.
12. The Hoxton
The Hoxton brand (which has other locations in London, Amsterdam, Portland, and Brooklyn) is known for its social-friendly vibe — and this Paris outpost is no exception. The 172-room boutique property is geared toward younger travelers, with a speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar and lots of open space for working and mingling. While it’s certainly not the typical spot to spend your honeymoon, it does offer amenities that cater to couples, including a wine bar with cheese and charcuterie and an art gallery showcasing original works. Rivie, the hotel’s all-day restaurant, bar, and, lounge, serves every meal and a popular weekend brunch, and rooms feature flat-screen TVs, vintage-style radios, and minimalist-chic decor.
13. Hotel Baume
Tucked away on a quiet lane near the Latin Quarter, this romantic 35-room property evokes a 1930s-inspired atmosphere. That’s in part thanks to its use of crushed velvets, vintage-style mirrors, and damasks in rooms. While ambience and location are the main draws here, guests can also expect an ivy-covered back garden, a variety of continental cooked breakfast options, and an honor bar in the lobby.
If you’re looking for a traditional Parisian hotel with romantic and historic flair, Hotel Duc de Saint Simon is unlikely to disappoint. Lauren Bacall stayed here while in Paris, which should tip you off about the clientele today: folks with a large budget. The 34 rooms have ornate, Old World decor (think patterned wallpaper and lots of old-fashioned artwork), and provide guests with flat-screen TVs, large bathrooms (by European standards), and plush bathrobes. Guests can also enjoy a Champagne breakfast in the underground cellar, complete with exposed brick, gold-framed mirrors, Persian rugs, and oil paintings.
15. Hotel Le Six
Situated in the artsy Montparnasse area, southwest of the Luxembourg Gardens, Hotel Le Six is a boutique hotel with sophisticated vibes and lots of common areas (fitting, since a hostel once stood here). Highlights include a fitness center and a miniature spa offering massages, facials, and steam treatments. The lobby is cozy, with a fireplace and communal high-top table, and a glass-roofed winter garden and library-like hangout provide more spaces to relax. The organic breakfast is an excellent touch and guests can have it sent straight to their rooms for some romantic breakfast in bed.
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