10 Best Boutique Hotels in Paris
Boutique hotels have their own personalities. With their unique decor, luxurious details and personalized service — rowing machine in your room, anyone? — they're perfect for a stay in Paris.
Photo By: Benoit Linero/Hotel Providence
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Sometimes a hotel chain just won't do. Make your next stay in Paris as unique as the city itself, and choose a boutique hotel that charms you with its style, location and luxury.
Tucked away in the 10th arrondissement, Hotel Providence can fill up your Instagram feed. Each room is individually designed with playful yet refined details. Yours might be bohemian chic, or comfortable yet unconventional, with walls papered in patterned velvet. Book a room with a clawfoot tub and plush towels or a suite with a turntable and vinyl records. The hotel is in a lively arts and theater quarter, but stay in, if you prefer, and enjoy the in-room cocktail bar, complete with ice maker.
Maison Souquet, in the 9th arrondissement, feels gloriously decadent and exotic with its dark-hued rooms, rich fabrics and Belle Epoque style. Behind two red lanterns that flank the facade, you’ll find Moorish tiles, sensual artwork, luxurious linens and softly lit chandeliers. Once a bordello, the hotel has named some rooms and suites, or “love nests,” for famous courtesans. Guests can request a key for private use of the swimming pool, which shimmers under a ceiling with gold stars.
Just across from the Louvre, Hotel Regina, built in 1900 and renovated in 2015, charms with old-world luxury in its rooms and public spaces. Many of the individually decorated rooms and suites have breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, the Tuileries Garden and other historic sites. The style is bright, elegant and exquisitely Parisian and rooms have up-to-date conveniences like satellite TVs with large, LCD plasma screens.
Le Roch Hotel and Spa
Le Roch Hotel & Spa, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, rates five stars for its contemporary style, clean lines and beautiful elements like Carrara marble and solid walnut flooring. Rooms with designer furniture are decorated in five different color schemes and incorporate warm, natural light. Guests can indulge in oversized tubs, escape to a swimming pool awash in sunlight or reserve the entire 6th floor to enjoy as an authentic Parisian apartment.
Saint James Paris
Once a family’s private home, neoclassical Saint James Paris, near the Arc de Triomphe, is an architectural gem in the city’s 16th arrondissement. This century-old chateau is surrounded by its own manicured gardens and offers spacious rooms, suites and villas, each designed in traditional styles with unexpected twists. A Boudoir Room is covered in pink tapestries, a Superior Room mixes crimson bedding with leopard print wall coverings and a Deluxe Suite overlooks hot air balloons in the garden (the chateau was built on the world's first hot air balloon field).
With 172 rooms that range from Shoebox to Cosy, Roomy and Biggy, The Hoxton is larger than many boutique hotels, but it boasts the elegance you’d expect from such a beautiful, 18th-century building. The rooms vary in size but each features parquet floors, rainfall showers, curated bookshelves and contemporary tiled bathrooms. Located in the 2nd arrondissement, the jewel-box rooms are relaxed yet chic and affordable — well, affordable for Paris.
You’re a short stroll away from iconic sites like the Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens and the Latin Quarter when you stay at Hotel d’Aubusson in the 6th arrondissement. Like Saint-Germain-des-Prés, its chic neighborhood, the hotel feels upscale, refined and historic. Once a 17th-century townhouse, it features vintage mirrors, open oak beams and the Aubusson tapestries that inspired its name. Rooms are cozy yet sophisticated, with touches like Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs and luxurious bedding. In the evenings, sip an aperitif by the fireplace in the Grand Salon, shown here.
Hotel Square Louvois
The rooms in Hotel Square Louvois, in the 2nd arrondissement, welcome guests with warm, dark colors, contemporary furnishings, touches of leather and copper, thick velvet curtains and Art Deco details. You’ll feel a literary influence here, thanks to the black and white portrait of a different French author, such as Albert Camus, in each petite room. Visit the lobby to browse through their books or the head to the vaulted, underground pool area for a swim or cup of herbal tea.
Although it’s tucked away on a side street in historic Paris, Hotel Therese, in the 1st arrondissement, is just minutes away from the Louvre, the Palais Royal Gardens, fine shops and more. Its 40 “Parisian-sized rooms” (read: smallish) are decorated in blues, taupes and other soothing shades and feature brushed metal lamps, upholstered headboards and marble baths. Need exercise? Just ask and a rowing machine will be delivered to your room upon request.
Le Narcisse Blanc
Le Narcisse Blanc takes its name from “The Pretty Little Narcissus,” a Belle Époque ballerina who inspired the work of such French notables as Marcel Proust and Toulouse Lautrec. Located in the 7th arrondissement, near the Eiffel Tower, this boutique hotel has a romantic, classic feel, with white paneled walls brushed with gold and comfortable, soft chairs and bedding in natural tones. Visit the spa when it reopens in 2020 to enjoy the elegant pool area, which has a swimming countercurrent, hot tub, sauna and hammam, a traditional Middle Eastern steam bath and relaxation ritual.