Take a look at the best boutique hotels in 1st and 2nd Arrondissements (Louvre and Palais Royal).
This upscale, 30-room boutique hotel is one of the best choices in Paris, and offers surprisingly competitive rates for the level of luxury. It is named for the founder of the Opera Comique across the street, and the decor blends influences of the 18th century theater with modern trends. Rooms are chic and sport colorful accents, as well as thoughtful amenities such as iPod docks, bathrobes, towel warmers, and flat-screen TVs with free movies. Several metro lines are nearby, and popular sights such as the Louvre are within walking distance. Just note that the (excellent) breakfast buffet is an extra fee, and that the Classic Rooms are quite small.
The upscale Hôtel Saint-Marc is a stylish, 26-room boutique property in the Bourse business district within Paris’s 1st and 2nd Arrondissements. Its location near banks and offices attracts mostly corporate travelers, but tourists love its Art Deco-inspired interiors and proximity to both the Palais-Royal and the Louvre. Rooms feature the funky color combos and metallic materials characteristic of the 1930s aesthetic, and come with minibars, flat-screen TVs, and Hermes toiletries. Amenities are impressive for a small hotel in the city, including free afternoon refreshments, a solid buffet breakfast (for extra fees), and two lounging areas, as well as a pool and spa. For lower rates, the Hotel Britannique nearby has lower rates and a more traditional vibe, but fewer features.
The 29-room Hotel Moliere is an upscale, boutique property exceptionally well-situated in Paris' 1st Arrondissement, within a three-minute walk of the Palais-Royal and a six-minute walk of the Louvre. The common areas are an elegant blend of classic and modern style, and though guest room decor is more neutral, rooms are large and include such amenities as well-stocked minibars and espresso-makers. The hotel has a small fitness area, sauna, and steam room, plus a chic breakfast room, though breakfast is not included in the room rate. While the Moliere is excellent value for the location, travelers might want to also check out the nearby Hotel Brighton, which sits alongside Tuileries Garden and has fun extras like a bar and tea room with designer pastries, though it has no fitness or wellness center, and tends to be slightly pricier.
Le Relais Saint-Honore is a charming three-pearl boutique hotel in the center of Paris, near the Louvre and Place Vendome. The 15 rooms are stylish and cozy, all individually and tastefully decorated with charming French style. Amenities include stocked minibars, air-conditioning, Bose speakers, and flat-screen TVs. Breakfast is available for a fee, but it has to be taken in rooms as there's no breakfast room -- in fact, like many central Paris boutique properties, features and common areas here are not abundant. It's worth comparing rates with the British-themed Hotel Britannique near Chatelet, though, which has a charming breakfast room and is closer to the trendy Marais.
The 69-room Hotel Edouard 7 is an upscale, fashionable property that's a 10-minute walk from the Louvre. This boutique hotel, once the historic home of Edward VII, was renovated in 2013 and feels fresh, young, and feminine, with its seven floors named and decorated with a gemstone theme. The sleek rooms -- some look out onto the magnificent Opera Garnier -- have ivy-covered Juliet balconies and offer free Wi-Fi. There is a sun-lit restaurant and a sexy blue bar on-site. A small fitness center, a rarity for a boutique property in Paris, has a few machines and free weights under a skylight. Two spacious conference rooms are equally stylish, furnished with lucite chairs. For a more traditional hotel in the same area, guests might try the Hotel du Louvre.
The 61-room Hotel Brighton is a redone 19th-century building right in the heart of Paris's 1st arrondissement, very close to Tuileries, the Louvre, and most of Paris's top tourist attractions. Business travelers and tourists will both find this upscale hotel ideally located and atmospheric; the strong old Paris vibe is enhanced by the hotel's antique furnishings and paintings, but also fun, with bright, modern pops of color to remind guests this is a 21st century establishment. Just note that there may be a wait for the elevator, and the hotel lacks property features some may expect from this category, such as a fitness center and full-service restaurant.
Le Roch Hotel & Spa is an impressive entry into central Paris’s luxury boutique hotel scene. It opened in 2016 in the 1st Arrondissement, with a stylish look created by renowned interior designer Sarah Lavoine. Decor is dark and dramatic, with vibrant colors and sexy, dim lighting used throughout. The hotel's 37 guest rooms have high-end furniture and vibrant accents, and are equipped with minibars, espresso machines, retro bluetooth Marshall speakers, and marble bathrooms, some of which have saunas. Highlights include a full-service spa, a romantic candlelit pool and attached hammam, an upscale restaurant, a fitness center, and discerning concierge services, like personal shoppers. Design-savvy travelers looking to spend less can check out the nearby four-pearl Hotel Saint-Marc.
The Hotel du Continent is a three-pearl, design-centric property in the 1st Arrondissement near the metro and the Tuileries Gardens. Its 25 rooms feature flamboyant, continent-themed decor by designer Christian Lacroix, along with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Guests are either exhilarated or exhausted by the dramatic interiors, and some rooms are so petite to border on claustrophobic. A continental breakfast is served, for a fee, and there's an honesty bar, but no full restaurant or fitness facilities. For a less flashy boutique hotel in the same neighborhood, travelers may want to consider the Hotel Costes.
The Hotel Therese is an upper-middle-range boutique hotel with charming, design-conscious decor that combines contemporary, vintage, and upcycled accents. There's a stylish lobby and library lounge and a stone-walled breakfast room, but few other extra property features. Its 40 individually rooms vary in size from tiny entry-level rooms to more spacious upgraded rooms, but all have nice amenities like flat-screen TVs with bluetooth, generously stocked minibars, free Wi-Fi, and bathrobes. Hotel Therese offers breakfast for an extra fee, a free afternoon snack, and room service into the evening. A major draw here, though, is the location in the heart of Paris, just a 10-minute walk from the Louvre. Travelers may want to compare rates with the nearby Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre, which adds a restaurant and bar.
A charming boutique hotel in the chic 2nd Arrondissement, Lyric Hotel Paris is an upscale choice within a short walk of the Louvre, Opera Garnier, and the Galeries Lafayette department store. Unlike many Paris properties, the Lyric offers an indoor pool in addition to a sauna, steam room, and small fitness center. The 47 bright and stylish rooms feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and pay homage to ballet and opera in their colorful decor. The Lyric can be pricey, but given its central location and high quality it's a solid bet when compared to nearby four-pearl properties, like Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre, which has a chic restaurant and bar, but lacks a pool.
This 28-room, upscale boutique hotel is in a prime 1st Arrondissement spot in central Paris, a block from the Tuileries Gardens and a six-minute walk from the Louvre. This hotel does urban chic with an artful, vintage twist, and each room comes with modern comforts such as minibar free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. Suites offer more room to spread out, though Authentic Rooms are unsurprisingly compact. The hotel offers two types of breakfast -- a continental option and a buffet with hot and cold options in the unique cellar -- though neither are included with bookings, and there is an honor bar and cozy library lounge above the lobby. Guests looking for an equally stylish hotel with an on-site bar may want to consider Hotel Lumen Paris Louvre.
A beautiful hotel in a highly-desired location near the Tuileries Gardens, the 59-room Hotel Burgundy offers an upscale experience. There’s a renowned fine-dining restaurant on-site with a seasonally changing menu, as well as a chic bar serving tapas. The full-service spa has a sauna and hammam, and there's also a lovely indoor pool and tiny fitness room. Some guests complain of meager free breakfast offerings, however, as well as heavy use of perfume and incense throughout the property. Rooms and suites feature chic, classic decor and a sundry of amenities -- plus guests can order romance packages with extras like champagne and massages. Luxury comes at a steep price, however, and travelers might want to compare rates with the nearby Castille Paris; also a luxury spa, Castille is less expensive -- but lacks a spa.
The 72-room Hotel Royal Saint-Honore is a mid-range property conveniently situated on the prestigious shopping street it takes its name from, Rue Saint-Honore, and a short walk away from several top sights such as the Louvre Museum. The rooms (and two-room Suites) are modestly elegant and have flat-screen TVs, minibars, small desks, and marble bathrooms. There's a decent French restaurant with red walls and mahogany furniture, as well as a breakfast room. Meetings facilities and a business corner round out the amenities here, and though Wi-Fi is free, high-speed Internet costs extra. It's one of the best-priced options in this incredibly popular area, along with the Hotel Britannique.
The Hotel Britannique is a charming, mid-range boutique hotel with a classic English decor in the heart of Paris. Its enviable location in the 1st arrondissement is within walking distance of fantastic dining options, along with major attractions like the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Its 39 rooms, draped in red, have a decidedly romantic vibe. There aren't many features to speak of at this small hotel, but it's a good value given its quaint atmosphere and location. Guests can opt for the breakfast buffet for a fee. Rates tend to be a little cheaper around the corner at the more contemporary Hotel Louvre Rivoli, but it lacks Hotel Britannique's homey appeal.
The three-and-a-half pearl, 25-room Emeraude Louvre Montana Hotel resides in Paris’ 1st Arrondissement, just a five-minute walk from the Louvre and Tuileries Gardens. Rooms are spacious by Parisian standards and have an antique-meets-modern style with Nespresso machines -- some rooms have balconies with Tuileries Garden views. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and free rental iPads are available at the 24-hour front desk. An excellent breakfast is offered, but costs extra, and there are almost no on-site facilities. Guests looking for more amenities should consider the Saint James & Albany Hotel-Spa, with its on-site restaurant, spa, and pool, although rates are higher.