Paris is the city that coined the term Palace for its ultra-luxury hotels, of which there are now more than a handful. But rather than pack this list exclusively with Palace Hotels, I’ve ipreferred to nclude a range of top establishments, each catering to a different travel style, situation and need. So, on this list you will find a range of 5-star hotels, like the Hotel Lutetia, to luxury boutique hotels. The five-star luxury hotels are becoming more numerous each year, with the biggest slice of the Paris pie still taken by the three- and four-star hotels. Those have felt competition recently from the burgeoning vacation apartment rentals to be found in the city.
The range of quality accommodations you can find in Paris is staggering; From dens of luxury and opulence to cosy little apartment-like dwellings. The city offers beautiful accommodations whether you are visiting on business, leisure or for family reasons. You can also find hotels with babysitting services and activities designed for the kids for that date-night with your spouse or the afternoon at the spa.
A wonderful gem to keep in mind is the Auberge du Jeu de Paume located in Chantilly, which is halfway between Paris and Charles de Gaulle airport. This makes it a super convenient stay for a relaxing few days on your way into or out of the city. The idyllic setting, full of chateaux, grand stables and equestrian culture, will make you feel to the manor born.
Photo courtesy of Vincent Leroux for Ritz Hotel Paris
Located in an extremely upscale neighborhood, the Hotel Ritz Paris also places guests within easy walking distance of some of the most popular attractions and destinations of the city. The shopping of the Galeries Lafayette, the art of the Louvre, and the history and sightseeing of the Champs-Elysees are all within 1 mile of the grounds.
All of the bedrooms in the Hotel Ritz Paris are outfitted with high-speed Internet access, a personal safe, climate controls, satellite TV, a full-sized bathroom with tub, wake up services, a hair dryer, and room service.
Visitors to the hotel will be able to rely on the many amenities which include 24-hour front desk service, child care options, a business service center, meeting and conference rooms, a modern fitness room, and the Chanel spa, the first in the world.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: The history of the Ritz Paris makes this property a living legend.
‘Best’ doesn’t always mean the most lavish, luxurious and glamorous. Sometimes ‘best’ means fun, hip, relaxed, great location and affordable. If you don’t know the Moxy brand by Marriott, this is a good introduction to it. Here you are five minutes by foot from Place de la Bastille, a famously trendy bar/restaurant/café area of Paris. And you are also 5 minutes by foot from Place des Vosges and its adjacent Marais, known for shopping, ancient small streets and lots of Parisian character. The property itself, very popular with American travelers, has a ground floor co-working area, free WiFi, a bar and even a Fussball game.
The rooms are fairly standard, but all come with a big-screen TV, basic bathroom amenities, comfortable beds and minimalist décor. The 6th floor Queen rooms offer roomy terraces overlooking the rooftops of the 11th arrondissement. Convenient, fun, hip, friendly – what’s not ‘best’ about that?
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Big brands have carved outa niche for themwelves among the boutique hotel genre. Moxy is Marriott’s. This one, near Bastille, is friendly, fun and convenient.
Photo courtesy of Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel
This is one of the most ancient, historical luxury hotels not just in France, but in the world. Built first under King Louis XV’s patronage in 1758, it was inaugurated as a luxury hotel, now a palace, in 1909. It is the only hotel that graces the Place de la Concorde.
Over the past century, celebrated couples have sojourned here: William Randolph Hearst with Marion Davies and Douglas Fairbanks honeymooned here with his Mary Pickford, who famously waved from their balcony overlooking the Place.
Staying at the Hotel de Crillon, now a Rosewood Hotels property, will mark a page in your Life’s Best Moments book. But even having a drink on the newly opened Concorde Terrasse, at the iconic Les Ambassadeurs, or having your nails and hair done or a facial/massage for two at the Sense Spa with Sisley products is assured to be the highlight of any Paris vacation.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Unparalleled luxury and splendor is what the Palace Hotel experience offers you here on the Place de la Concorde.
Chantilly has more than just cream, lace and famous castles, it also has this sumptuous five-star Luxury hotel that pampers, soothes and cocoons. Gracious service, warm and friendly staff and now a 1-star Michelin restaurant helmed by Chef Clement Leroy, this Auberge is where you come when you are ready to reward yourself. An American president famously once said to his French hosts, “Why have you taken me to Versailles 7 times and Chantilly only once?” After visiting here, you will no doubt share these sentiments. This hotel fronts right up against the famous Chateau Chantilly grounds, giving its guests the genuine feeling that you are waking up from your peaceful slumber in a French manor. Nothing has been spared here, from Pierre Frey interior textiles, to the Valmont Spa complete with swimming pool and jacuzzi and now the Michelin-starred restaurant. But most importantly here, the warm and welcoming staff.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Twenty minutes from Paris and conveniently located halfway to Charles de Gaulle airport, this sumptuous 5-star, surrounded by a chateau and royal stables is unequalled.
Photo courtesy of Hotel Regina Paris Eiffel Tower Suite
A Grande Dame of a hotel that lends the grace of her presence to the Place des Pyramides, a square adorned by the golden Jeanne d’Arc statue, the Regina has been fully restored to all her glory.
This is a gracious hotel that retains her sense of being from a different era even after its 2014 renovations. The lily pad green porcelain ornamental tiling, an historic detailing on the upper floors, has been re-lustered but otherwise untouched. Charming is the old wooden entrance way which gives you that You’re in Paris Now ! welcome as you arrive into the hotel’s splendor.
Its location across the street from the Louvre and the Tuileries affords unparalleled views from the upper corner floors onto the Eiffel Tower. The English Bar off the lobby is cozy and the breakfast room, with its bright-colored accents, a charming contrast to this very dignified, old-world luxury hotel.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Still family owned and full of French luxury, this hotel has you neighbors with the Venus de Milo (Louvre) and the Tuileries.
East meets Europe at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris – one of the palace luxury hotels in Paris. It is ideally situated near the city’s chicest fashion houses on the rue Saint-Honore. Ninety-nine rooms and 39 suites are perfect for those seeking ample space and a sophisticated, modern style with an Oriental and Art Deco flair.
Savor haute cuisine by Chef Thierry Marx (2*)at Sur Mesure or out on the inner courtyard terrace of Camelia for a memorable dining experience especially in the summer months. The privileged setting of Bar 8 is one of the most intimate places to enjoy refined cocktails.
Newly inaugurated is the Gilles & Boissier interior decorated Apartment. It is a palatial luxury suite that is the crowning jewel of Parisian hotels.
Their two-storey spa, one of the largest in Paris, is a sanctuary complete with an inviting pool and outstanding signature treatments and spa therapies.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: The location of this palace hotel on the rue St. Honore places it squarely in Paris’ most fashionably chic and convenient district.
Photo courtesy of Banke Hotel 5*
This 5* property is housed in a former bank just steps from Paris Opéra Garnier and chic luxury shopping district. A perfection of discretion, its exterior whispers not a word of the opulence of its gilted interior decor and the original glass cupola that crowns the majestic lobby. The Madrid-based family who owns this Derby Collection of luxury hotels, are art aficionados. So, throughout the hotel you will find a priceless collection of historical jewelry artifacts from diverse cultures: Roman, Buddhist, pre-Columbian, Egyptian and African.
The original mosaic-tiled floor and the ornate marble throughout the structure have been preserved during the renovation from bank to luxury hotel as has the authentic wooden-elevator.
A spa with steamroom and sauna is available on the 2nd floor and breakfast served, with complimentary Cava, daily.
Leather couches in superior suites, jacuzzi baths, complimentary wine all add that extra-bit. Restaurant and bar are also on-premise.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: In Paris’ most fashionable Opera district is this 5* luxury hotel, magnificent in its understated luxury and discretion.The Josefin restaurant and bar completes the picture-perfect.
A dedicated butler sees to your every whim, round-the-clock, from the moment you check-in. Amenities also include one of Paris’s largest hotel swimming pools, which adjoins the one-of-a-kind Shiseido USpa. Upon arrival, children are gifted a treasure map to search for the hotel’s mascot, a ladybug (which, everyone knows, brings good luck).
Dignified Luxury. This term refers to Fouquet’s Leading Green Certification ethics and its philosophy that the environment need not be abandoned in the quest for luxury. Step foot inside this historical icon located where the Avenue George V meets the Champs-Elysées and you would never guess that the sumptuous gold-and-velvet Jacques Garcia designs surrounding you are sustainably certified.
Fouquet’s is synonymous with French film stars. Each year the winners of the Cesar’s, France’s “Oscar’s”, are féted here with a gala dinner. But back in horse-and-buggy days, it was simply the chosen watering hole of the Champs-Elysées carriage drivers.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: This complete re-do of Paris’ Palace Hotel on the Champs-Elysees makes this more than an upgrade, it’s a veritable reference in the City of Lights.
The sparkling palace that is now part of The Set Hotels fleet, this Rive Gauche landmark is bustling and welcoming. It’s one of the few really luxurious properties on the Left Bank and its proximity to the iconic Le Bon Marche department store and its adjacent gourmet food shop extravaganza, Le Grand Epicerie, makes the setting not only central for shopping but practical, too.
Nearby museums are the Musee d’Orsay and the Musee Bourdelle. And, of course, the Jardin du Luxembourg is just a short stroll away. This property is not just family/ kid friendly, it is also pet friendly. There are several on-site bars that serve as locals’ watering holes. And the street-facing brasserie has once again become the place to meet in this trendy neighborhood, just as it was in decades past, before the recent head-to-toe renovations. There’s even a cigar/smoking lounge hidden behind the speakeasy upstairs.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Film stars and celebrities choose St. Germain-des-Prés as their favorite neighborhood. And if you’re truly a big spender, book the Josephine Baker suite.
This is a hybrid hostel/hotel that perches over the banks of the River Seine in the Marais-Bastille area known as Arsenal. Innovation seems to be bubbling up in the hospitality world, so leave it to the French to come up with a tantalizing concept that marries youth hostel to luxury hotel. (After all, it is the French who gave us Club Med!). This 8-storey steel and cement building has 4 floors of 2, 4 & 8 dormitory style rooms with shared kitchens, lounge and shower rooms on each floor. The top floor is reserved for private rooms, some large enough to accommodate families. The views from the upper floors are breathtaking as you can take in both the Sacre Coeur and the Bastille in one fell swoop. The entire building is squeaky new and one of the most anticipated Paris hotel openings of Spring 2022.
Recommended for Best Hotels because: Clean lines, unbeatable location, minimalist room appointments, comfortable beds, quality bedding and breathtaking views – these are some of the reasons to stay here.