Haussmannian buildings, shimmering historical monuments and the glimmering Seine with its elegant bridges — without doubt, make the French capital the most glamorous city in the world. Needless to say, some of the best and most romantic luxury hotels in the world can also be found in Paris.
Wondering where to stay when you visit? The French capital is home to countless palace hotels along with some more traditional five-stars that offer numerous je ne sais quoi accommodations across the city, perfect for couples looking for a steamy getaway, or for families who want to soak up the atmosphere with a touch of class.
Whether it’s through Michelin-starred dining experiences by Alain Ducasse or designer spa treatments by Institut Dior, these best luxury hotels in Paris offer outstanding experiences that you’ll cherish for years to come.
Here are our picks for the eight most romantic luxury hotels for you to book, whether you’re visiting Paris for the first time or the 10th.
Make this trip to Paris a romantic one at these luxury hotels
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The Mandarin Oriental Paris itself is a haven of elegance and understated luxury, flanked by designer fashion boutiques on Paris’ most upmarket shopping street. This luxurious five-star hotel is a nod to French haute couture, neighbouring some of the world’s finest jewellers lace — Place Vendôme — and Jardin des Tuileries, which is just a five-minute walk away. The Parisian hotel exudes a timeless romance with gorgeous, contemporary interiors with decorative butterflies generously displayed throughout the hotel, including 138(!) in glittering Swarovski crystal above the concierge’s desk and dozens more in ceramic or sumptuous velvet, to continue the nature theme.
The cuisine, a three-Michelin-starred love affair, is cutting-edge with deliciously light dishes and tantalising cocktails, leaving the Mandarin Oriental’s bar and restaurants to be considered one among the best in Paris. An oasis of Oriental well-being, the tranquil spa offers expert treatments, world-class therapists and restorative facilities.
Paris is a city that is in need of more unutterably grand and stirringly romantic atmospheric five-star hotels as much as it needs more haughtily elegant ladies with dogs that fit into their handbags. When La Réserve made an entrance, on a quiet, tree-lined street seconds away from the Place de la Concorde, past the Haussmann-style façade and a fiery red door, it proved beyond a doubt that there was room for at least one more — this one.
The venue is the most beloved address in the French capital for fashion editors, and the go-to for regular visitors who want to feel like they’re staying in a private mansion. It was designed by Baron Haussmann for Napoleon III’s half-brother the Duc de Morny in 1854 and has only 40 rooms. The larger suites face the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower and the smaller ones the courtyard. The interior is an explosion of colour and texture in the best way imaginable with velvet drapes and silk wallpapers in the richest shades of emerald and ruby — leaving you to truly feel like you have entered a world where refined 19th-century elegance is married with thoroughly modern details.
The spot Le Bristol occupies on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is right at the grand, historical heart of Paris, just next door to Mr Macron’s Élysée Palace. Le Bristol has served as a hub for a distinguished international crowd since 1925, a favourite of everyone from Charlie Chaplin and Rita Hayworth to top fashion designers and photographers.
The property is decorated in a French regalia and stands tall at its prime spot on chic Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The grand foyer features polished marble floors, crystal chandeliers, flower arrangements and embellishments in true Versailles-style furniture. Café Antonia even features a portrait of Marie Antoinette in drawing. Chef Eric Frechon’s impeccable Epicure – a four Michelin-starred restaurant – is serving bold-faced favourites while the more smart-casual 114 Faubourg serves one-star-awarded menus around an open kitchen. The feel throughout this property is traditional grandeur, from a physical key for each room, to the original forties elevator and the resident’s cat Fa-Raon, often found sleeping under a Louis XV chair in the lobby.
Look up the word luxe in the dictionary and you will find a picture of The Peninsula. The property — which takes up a whole city block — is perfectly situated in the heart of Paris at 19 Avenue Kléber, just steps from the Arc de Triomphe and within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts.
After sitting empty for decades, this Hong Kong vision of Parisian luxury, was lavishly redone with vast corridors, a reception dripping with glass leaves, a panelled bar and meticulously restored rococo salon. Some of France’s finest artisans were hand-picked to undertake the stunning restoration which resulted in airy, refined public spaces, where a muted cream palette is accented by restored original wood, decorative stonework, and 40,000 pieces of gold leaf.
And with five in-house dining venues, you hardly have to seek to leave the hotel. The eateries include LiLi, serving Cantonese cuisine (including a range of dim sum), the sixth-floor L’Oiseau Blanc — an indoor/outdoor French restaurant themed around the early days of aviation — and Le Bar Kleber, where original 1908 oak panelling, oversized mirrors, and terrace views set the mood for early evening cocktails.
Expect the be greeted in the most finest French manière, from top-hatted doormen to qipao-clad reception staff, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris is a magnificent icon of style and elegance. The venue was originally the private mansion of Roland Bonaparte, eccentric botanist and great-nephew of Napoleon and the now landmark features a dome-topped marble entryway, original wood floors, stained glass windows, and hand-carved mahogany panels — plus that famous staircase.
But the venue is not only pretty to look at, it’s a favourite destination dining spot for locals. The hotel houses the two-Michelin-starred L’Abeille for creative fine dining in a garden-inspired setting, and Shang Palace, the only Chinese restaurant in France with a Michelin star, where chef Samuel Lee Sum serves probably the best, most authentic Cantonese cuisine in town.
The hotel combines a sense of history and grandeur with sophisticated comfort and service to provide a uniquely Parisian experience with breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine
Fashionista George V is Paris’ most historic little-black-book address, lying on a wide avenue off the celebrity Champs-Elysées in the upmarket 8e arrondissement, surrounded with the crème de la crème of fashion houses. It’s hard not to lavish in its opulent interiors that are bourgeois to the hilt, with spectacular art works, crystal chandeliers, 17th-century Flanders tapestries and wildly extravagant flower displays by artistic director extraordinaire Jeff Leatham (the highly stylized, floral theme changes every season, with a team of nine florists expertly arranging 15,000(!) freshly cut Dutch blooms a month).
When this original Art Deco palace reopened as a Four Seasons hotel in 1999, the 244 rooms were reworked in a quintessentially French, classical Louis XV style. Even entry-level deluxe rooms are huge by Parisian standards and encourage guests to linger – a desk with exquisite vintage-styled stationery, comfy armchairs and coffee table are standard.
The palace holds three Michelin-starred restaurants, each one of them offering diners theatrical gastronomic dining.
Of all the luxury hotels in Paris, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, with its modest entrance, might be the most underestimated one. But don’t be fooled by that, designed by Ed Tuttle, famous for his work with Aman resorts, this palace that occupies five 19th-century buildings between the Place Vendôme and the Opéra Garnier, has an interior so crisp and minimalistic — with an orderly mix of limestone, mahogany and marble in all shades of beige — leaving it impossible not to like.
The 153 rooms, adorned in silk, wood and bronze, have a sensual ambience that’s romantic in a contemporary way (as opposed to the Rococo fantasies of some of its rivals). There’s a spa and well-equipped workout facility, plus four restaurants, including Pur, a Michelin’ starred fine dining restaurant with an open kitchen.
Though the prime shopping of the Rue de la Paix is right outside the front door, guests also have access to 10 Vendôme, a luxury consulting company whose personal shoppers will bring you clothes to try on in-suite. In short, the Park Hyatt is less traditional than the other top choices in Paris, but no less luxurious.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore
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