Paris, the world's undisputed City of Love, has no shortage of romantic spots to woo and be wooed in. Among the many places that set the lovey-dovey mood are hotels with crackling fireplaces. We scoured the French capital to find the best properties where -- at least during the cooler winter months -- you'll be greeted with the lovely warm glow and instant ambience of a roaring flame. Take a look at our picks below.
Family-owned and operated, the 17th-century Le Pavillon de la Reine is located in the heart of the fashionable Marais district. Although it shelters 54 rooms, the property has the intimate feel of a family home. Throughout the winter months, guests can relax in front of a roaring fire in the lounge, which opens onto a pretty cobbled terrace and has a well-stocked honesty bar and free snacks. Despite the lack of an on-site restaurant, the hotel’s relaxed atmosphere, fantastic location, and free parking make it a top pick in this area of the city.
This boutique hotel, located in the 16th arrondissement in a former private mansion, is a great pick for those who are fans of lush decor and period furnishings. The lilac-hued lounge, which features an ornate marble fireplace with a gilt-framed mirror on the mantelpiece, is no exception. Pull up one of the elegant striped chairs and enjoy the crackling flames and cozy-yet-classical atmosphere. It’s the to the hotel’s rather fabulous Champagne bar.
Now listed as a French historical monument, Hotel du Jeu de Paume was a royal tennis court in the 17th century. The lobby houses a magnificent stone fireplace, comfy armchairs, low lighting, and colorful artwork, giving the space an overall relaxed, intimate feel. After a jam-packed day of sightseeing, unwind with a good book in front of the roaring fire. Located on the Île de Saint-Louis, no more than a five-minutes walk from the Notre-Dame Cathedral, this 27-room hotel is perfect for exploring Paris on short break to the city.
The elegant, 50-room Hotel Balmoral is conveniently located a few minutes from the Arc de Triomphe, and has a pleasing mix of contemporary and period decor. Colorful artwork is displayed throughout, and the lounge area has an L-shaped leather sofa in front of a sleek fireplace with three brightly hued prints above and avant-garde light fixtures on either side. Despite the clean-lined contemporary design, this area maintains an inviting and cozy ambience.
For a rather racy, love-themed fireside experience, the Montmartre Mon Amour is the place to go. Playful images of famous French couples adorn the walls, and a vibrant red, purple, and pink color scheme extends throughout the hotel. The small lounge area has comfortable velvet seating for a cozy cuddle in front of the fire — albeit a contemporary gas version.
This small, 28-room romantic hideaway is in a prime location in the 6th arrondissement. The property has a natural charm to it, with an abundance of candles and fresh flowers throughout, as well as a custom-blended scent in the air. Villa Madame‘s intimate lounge area is lined with books and has a sumptuous velvet sofa in front of an open fire — perfect for cozying up on a cold evening. For warmer days, the lush green courtyard is a tiny slice of secluded paradise.
Located close to the Champs-Élysées, the upscale Hotel Francois 1er is housed in a classic Parisian style 19th-century building. While the property has sedate, period styling throughout, the bar area has a warm and cheerful feel to it. In addition to a scattering of small tables, there is a beautiful fireplace with two antique-style vases on top as well as a sofa in front.
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