Paris. These five letters are all it takes to conjure images of romance and passion, a treasure trove of museums and galleries, strolls along the Seine, or stopping by quaint bakeries to pick up flaky, buttery croissants made fresh that very morning.
As the cultural epicentre of the world, the French capital is a city brimming with historic flair and modern glamour, and that’s exactly what you can expect of its luxury hotel scene: a vibrant tapestry of the old and new.
Whether your heart beats for cutting-edge style amid the boutiques of Avenue Montaigne, the village-like streets of Montmartre, or the refined old-world elegance of the 16th arrondissement, there’s something for every well-heeled taste.
With that in mind, in no particular order and by no means a definitive list, here are some of the best luxury hotels Paris – the City of Love and Light – has to offer.
Best luxury hotels in Paris
Hotel Madame Rêve
Just a hop and a skip from the Louvre and Le Palais Royale, Hotel Madame Rêve’s interiors are a blend of Second Empire opulence and understated retro-chic. Yet not just anyone can step inside – guests must buzz to enter the intimate lobby.
Once inside, the scent of musk tickles the nose and a spectacular hand-laid floor mosaic sparks the sensory overload that smoulders throughout.
It goes without saying food is an essential element of the experience, with La Plûme plating up enticing Franco-Japanese dishes such as sole tempura, roasted duck, and braised octopus with Jerusalem artichoke puree, in a sexy, dimly lit atmosphere.
If it’s a little pampering you’re after, the hotel boasts an energising wellness area and fitness room, plus a 1,000sqm rooftop terrace primed to revel in the balmy summer nights.
Just off the Tuileries Garden, the Versailles-like grandeur of Le Meurice has welcomed distinguished guests for over 200 years. Extravagant chandeliers, marble fireplaces and goldleaf as far as the eye can see in its restaurants; it’s breathtaking.
Considered one of the first luxury hotels in the world when it opened in 1815, the property has a long connection with the art world, from hosting Picasso’s wedding dinner to serving as Dali’s Parisian home for over three decades.
Rooms are an expectedly-decadent affair, yet it’s the top floor Belle Etoile Suite – boasting its own private elevator and terrace with a 360-degree view – that’s the crème de la crème.
Among its other luxurious trimmings is the renowned Spa Velmont, where you can treat yourself to an evening of relaxation with a range of high-end body treatments and facials.
The Peninsula Paris
As with its esteemed kin around the globe, from Hong Kong to London, The Peninsula Paris is tailor-made for embracing the finest the city has to offer. Not only is it exquisite from all angles, it also has a fascinating story to boot.
Expect world-class service and outstanding facilities the moment you arrive, from the white-clad bellhop greeting you to sumptuous decor and a fleet of Rolls Royce available to whisk you around in ultimate comfort. And the rooms? They’re divine.
You won’t have to travel far to find delectable fare with five venues onsite, including LiLi, a Cantonese known for its bountiful dim sum, and L’Oiseau Blanc on the top floor, where haute cuisine is enjoyed overlooking Paris’ Haussmann-style rooftops.
Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel
There’s something special about staying in a landmark address on Place de la Concorde, in a building where Marie Antoinette used to take her piano lessons, no less.
Reopened in 2018 as Hôtel de Crillon, the 18th century palace sports a surprisingly modern feel in its guest rooms, though the over-the-top flamboyance visitors crave is on full display in dining venues – particularly Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse.
As you’d expect from such a world-class Paris luxury hotel, all rooms treat guests to butler service and are lavishly adorned with a blend of bespoke and vintage furnishings – think stylish bar carts and carefully-curated art pieces.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Dorchester Collection
A gem amid the prestige boutiques in Paris, Hôtel Plaza Atheénée is the fashionista’s hotel of choice, located on Avenue Montaigne and surrounded by the likes of Valentino, Harry Winston and Dior. And it was the hotel that attracted them all.
Almost all of its room categories are available in two distinctive styles – classical Parisian and Art Deco. However, though vastly different, all rooms are united by the exceptional attention to detail and styling that has become a hallmark of the hotel.
When it’s time to feast, you can partake in a delicious afternoon tea at La Galerie (one bite is never enough) or treat yourself to Michelin-starred fare at the exceptional Jean Imbert au Plaza Athénée, a restaurant dripping in old world splendour.
Bulgari Hotel Paris
One of the newer additions to Paris’ luxury hotel scene, the Bulgari Hotel Paris brings Italian savoir-faire to the City of Lights, replete with a 25m indoor pool, ground floor boutique, and several fabulous bar and dining choices.
Located on the prestigious Avenue George V, the hotel’s rooms and suites – of which there are just 76 – are a perfect blend of opposing qualities: elegant but warm, quietly luxurious but not ostentatious, with the right chord between aesthetics and functionality.
For an added touch of indulgence, the Penthouse Suite spans two floors and comes with a 600 sqm private rooftop garden with views of the Eiffel tower.
This central Paris icon requires little introduction. Located at Place Vendôme, a short stroll away from the Louvre and Palais Garnier Opera House, Ritz Paris has cocooned everyone from renowned actors to members of royalty.
While the ornate Empire-style furnishing in its 159 deluxe rooms and suites might not be everyone’s cup of tea, they do provide a luxurious amount of space – even the smallest rooms are larger than the average one-bedroom Parisian apartment.
In need of some self-care? Make the most of your downtime and drop by the subterranean Ritz Club, home to the world’s only Chanel spa, a fitness centre and an azure-tiled pool.
The dining scene doesn’t fall short either. After dinner at the hotel’s chic Bar Vendôme, head to the intimate Bar Hemingway, where legend has it the writer liberated the hotel from the Nazis and then proceeded to drink 51 dry martinis in a row.
Set in the former home of Prince Roland Bonaparte, great nephew of Napoleon, Shangri-La Hotel Paris fuses French grandeur with traditional Asian hospitality. Its pièce de résistance? One of the most coveted Eiffel Tower views in all of Paris.
Despite being close to major museums and sights, including the Palais de Tokyo and Musée d’Art Moderne, it’s easy to feel at home at this Trocadero adjacent-hotel thanks to its intimate and calming atmosphere.
Indulgence takes the form of Executive Chef Quentin Testart’s Shang Palace – the only Michelin-star Chinese restaurant in France, and La Bauhinia, beneath an extraordinary glass dome and plating up a mix of French and South East Asian flavours.
La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa
Moments the Champs Élysées, La Réserve Hotel and Spa is intimate and refined – a perfect case of quality over quantity. Its rooms, suites and public spaces are all intoxicatingly beautiful too, thanks to the efforts of acclaimed French interior designer Jaques Garcia.
Every one of its 14 elegant rooms and 26 boudoir-esque suites is richly furnished with silk damask walls, herringbone parquet floors, and handpicked antiques, combined with subtle lighting that enhances the relaxed ambience.
The spa is home to a 16m indoor pool, hammam and rooms offering treatments from Swiss anti-aging brand Nescens-Swiss – the only spa in the city to offer this – along with a fitness centre where guests can enjoy pilates and yoga classes.
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
Combining the elegance of the 1940s and 50s, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is a luxurious escape with big appeal for art lovers: not only does it boast an impressive collection of more than 350 pieces, art tours can be arranged too.
Each of its 149 rooms, from Studios to Junior Suites and the top-of-the-line Royal Monceau Suite, feature beautiful marble bathrooms and custom made linens, as well as acoustic guitars for guests to express their creativity.
Location-wise, the hotel is mere moments from the Arc de Triomphe, Parc Monceau and the Avenue des Champs Élysées. Further afield, hop on the ‘metro’ and you’ll reach icons such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and Musée D´Orsay in no time.
Four Seasons Hotel George V
You’ll feel like visiting royalty at the Four Seasons Hotel George V. Nestled in the heart of Paris’ celebrated Golden Triangle, surrounded by the crème de la crème of fashion houses, it’s a five-star landmark hotel with a well-earned reputation.
Originally opened 1928, the hotel’s Art Deco-style interior delivers surprises at every turn. But it’s the dining scene that sets the hotel apart – it’s the only hotel in Europe to feature five Michelin stars under one roof.
With options ranging from Mediterranean-infused menus, contemporary Gallic cuisine and all-time French favourites, this is the foodie’s hotel of choice. And when it’s time to work off those calories, you’ll find a high-tech gym and heated pool too.
Le Bristol, Paris
For many, Paris hotels are simply a base to rest your head in between sightseeing, but the lauded Le Bristol – one of the crown jewels of the city’s elite havens – is a luxurious retreat where you’ll want to linger.
Every bit as elegant outside as in, this luxury hotel enjoys a prime location in Paris’ historical centre, with 161 rooms starting from 35 sqm through to the delectable 320 sqm Suite Impériale and its views to the hotel’s flower-filled courtyard.
Dining takes the form of two distinct venues: French fine dining at the world-famous Epicure and contemporary local cuisine served at Le 114 Faubourg – both recognized for their exceptional food with three and one Michelin stars respectively.
Mandarin Oriental Paris
Given the reputation of its brand, it should come as no surprise that Mandarin Oriental Paris is a thing of beauty, backed up by exceptional service, haute cuisine and a kaleidoscope of pampering spa treatments.
Though the hotel’s 135 rooms vary in size and colour, each is elegantly furnished with contemporary artwork, soft silk throws, and bountiful floral bouquets. And just outside? Picturesque views of the fashionable rue Saint-Honoré.
Beyond its rooms you’ll find three bar and dining options, including the two-Michelin starred Sur Mesure – a gourmet sensory experience – and Camélia’s eco-conscious contemporary fare. If the desire for a tipple of two calls, Bar 8 is your go-to for exotic cocktails.
Cheval Blanc Paris
Nestled in the iconic La Samaritaine building, overlooking the River Seine, Cheval Blanc Paris is a captivating hotel experience from the moment you enter. In fact, there’s a good chance the first words from your lips will be ‘ooh la la’.
Within, each of its 72 rooms is light and bright, decorated with timeless furnishings and rich upholstery, with sumptuous beds you’ll long to sink into. Combine this with four restaurants and a fabulous Dior Spa and you have a hotel ticking all the boxes.
In terms of location, it has the Paris trifecta in walking distance: the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, not to mention a glittering array of boutiques, bars and restaurants where you can embrace your inner Parisian.
Also on site, is arguably the city’s most visually-stunning pool, featuring a hypnotising pattern of blue and green mosaic tiles that create the illusion of swimming along the river’s edge.