Paris is often regarded as one of the most, if not the most romantic cities in the world. Strolling along the Seine, visiting the Eiffel Tower at night, and adding a love lock on the famous Pont des Arts bridge are just a few typical activities traveling couples do in Paris. So if you’re planning a trip to Paris with a significant other and want to make it as amorous as possible, you’ve come to the right place. After visiting nearly 400 hotels in Paris, we picked out the ones with the coziest guest rooms, most elegant spas, and best ambiance for couples. Take a look at our expert picks for the most romantic hotels in Paris and get inspired!
Nothing says romance like a view of the Eiffel Tower from your luxurious suite, and that's just what you get at the iconic Hotel Plaza Athenne. The world-renowned luxury hotel -- a part of the Dorchester Collection -- is synonymous with Parisian elegance and good taste, and is the perfect spot for a romantic jaunt to gay Paree! The 146 rooms and 45 suites are decorated in classic Art Deco style -- picture draped curtains, gilded wall panels, and crystal chandeliers -- with modern touches like flat-screen TVs and marble baths. And the top-notch Dior Institute spa features tons of couples treatments. Finish the day with a romantic meal at one of the six distinct restaurants. Though Hotel Le Bristol comes at a close second, Hotel Plaza Athenee surpasses it with it's uber-luxe rooms and it's outstanding views.
Hotel Le Bristol opened its doors in 1925 during the Roaring Twenties, and today it upholds its reputation as one of the most luxe -- and most romantic -- hotels in Paris. Everything from the marble lobby to the gorgeous three-Michelin-star restaurant is upscale and elegant -- including the hotel's coveted address on one of the most high-end shopping streets in Paris. Not only does feature a sexy, sunlit indoor pool (a pool at all is a rare find in Paris), but there's also a lovely spa with three floors, including a Turkish bath and multiple treatment rooms. And though the rooms can't rival those at Plaza Athenee, they are elegant -- with antique-like furniture and marble bathrooms. Some suites even have french doors that open up onto small balconies.
This luxurious boutique is a great spot for those looking for a quiet, romantic retreat while still being close to the major sights of Paris. With a sweeping private entrance surrounded by verdant green lawns and an impressive fountain, the upscale Saint James is a rare find in Paris -- in fact, the 19th century manor is considered the only chateau-hotel in the city. The 48 rooms and suites are large by Paris standards, and are over-the-top lavish, with plus fabrics, gilded headboards, and crystal chandeliers. Bxcellent romantic features include the luxurious spa, with treatment rooms and steam rooms, and the terrace -- a beautiful spot for lunch on a nice summer day. The spa may be a bit smaller than those at Plaza Athenee and Hotel Le Bristol, though.
Le Royal Monceau is a seriously luxe hotel a stone's throw from the Arc de Troimphe. A Philippe Starck renovation -- finished in 2010 -- brought a heady mix of art and design, which extends to every corner of each of the 149 rooms, to this already high-class hotel. Facilities also go above and beyond most five-star standards, from Michelin-star dining to a guitar in every room, to bespoke art collections and a digital 3D theater on-site. Unsurprisingly, rates are eye-wateringly expensive -- probably the highest in Paris -- so this resort is only to be considered by those with very deep pockets.
The 29-room Secret de Paris is an upscale boutique with Paris-themed interiors, located off the tourist trail -- but on the outskirts of the Pigalle nightlife hub. Rooms are geared towards romancing couples, with adjustable mood lighting and tubs for two, but some might be a bit too cozy (read: small) even for the loved-up. The vibe is playful, secluded, and a little louche -- perfect for younger couples coming to Paris for a romantic getaway.
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.
Owned by celebrity chef Yves Camdeborde, this upscale boutique is focused on food and culture. On-site restaurant Le Comptoir is a destination unto itself, and guests get priority when booking one of its coveted tables. Large, stylish rooms feature unique decor and distinctive details inspired by literary greats, as well as luxe amenities that include stocked minibarsand Anne Semonin toiletries. The Relais Saint-Germain also offers a convenient location within walking distance of posh shops, great restaurants, and popular attractions such as Notre Dame cathedral and the Louvre. But the hotel does not have a fitness center, and some bathrooms are small.
The Hidden Hotel -- as its name suggests -- is tucked away on a quaint side street within walking distance to L'Arc de Triomphe and the Charles de Gualle metro station. The intimate hotel has only 35 rooms, and incorporates handmade craftsmanship and natural materials that give it a contemporary and Zen-like vibe. Room types come in different levels (some include balconies and terraces) and are small in size, but functional. Beds -- dressed in organic cottons, of course -- are canopy style, and bathrooms have an open design with granite finishes and rainfall showerheads (some have big soaking tubs). Though breakfast has a fee, it is a healthy spread using local ingredients. In the evenings, the cozy bar is a great spot for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers, and during the day a barista serves up delicious cappuccino (and other coffee treats) in the chic setting.
From its luxurious Louis XVI decor to its Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Meurice feels fit for royalty. The regal five-pearl hotel is situated directly across from the Tuileries Garden and is a short walk to several attractions including the Louvre. Rooms are spacious and feature lavish decor with period furniture, modern amenities, and palatial en-suite marble bathrooms with a separate tub and shower. The hotel also features an elegantly eccentric Dali Restaurant (he was a frequent guest of the hotel), a cosy bar, a spa, a small fitness center, and a large banquet venue. Rates are exorbitant, however, and fees for Wi-Fi use in common areas as well as a pricey breakfast only add to the expense.
The historic Relais Christine is a beautiful boutique hotel with an enviable address in the Left Bank of Paris. While it only has 51rooms and suites, it has the amenities of a larger luxury hotel, including an on-site spa, fitness center, 24-hour room service, and first-rate concierge service. One of the most charming features of this former mansion is its entrance through a leafycourtyard. Modern rooms reflect the character of the building with details such as exposed beams and wallpaper in antique Parisian prints. Bathrooms are particularly luxurious; some have soaking tubs and all have signature Relais Christine fluffy robes. The breakfast room is in the historic vaults of the building, parking and Wi-Fi are free, and the Left Bank location is within walking distance of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Hotel Sezz is a small but perfectly designed luxury boutique with snazzy interiors and a slightly saucy side. The iconic Eiffel Tower is within walking distance, making the property ideal for couples wanting to ratchet up the romance. Sultry rooms and playful amenities encourage amorous activity. The Champagne breakfast is certainly a treat, though it’s not cheap, and while there is a spa, it’s very small. All in all, if you're willing to get spendy on a romantic trip to Paris, this place could help inject a little passion into the proceedings.
The 24-room Montmarte Mon Amour is an upper-mid-range boutique hotel in the most picturesque area of Montmarte, around the corner from the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Vibrant, romantic interiors are doused in rich reds and pinks. Atmospheric art depicting famous French couples covers the walls. The love theme permeates the entire hotel, from modern rooms quenched in color down to the heart-shaped waffles served at breakfast (breakfast comes with an added charge). In-room amenities vary, and only the largest rooms have coffeemakers. There is no fitness center, restaurant, or business center, but the hotel has a cozy lobby library dappled in lavender and crimson hues with a fireplace and a selection of books.
Seven Hotel Paris is a one-of-a-kind, intimate boutique in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Romantic rooms have science fiction-like details such as floating beds, LED fiber-optic lights, and windows that blur with a touch of a button -- though less than private showers may be a deal breaker for some. There's a (charged) breakfast buffet that receives good reviews and an on-site bar, but not many other features. Wi-Fi is free.