Whether you’re spending one or more nights in Paris, choosing a good hotel is important. But there’s more to Paris than just basic, quality establishments. You can also find exceptional hotels that will leave you with incredible memories. Wondering where to book? Here’s how.

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1. The Ritz, a legendary hotel, plain and simple

The Ritz is a benchmark in the Paris hotel world, my top one where to stay in Paris if you have the budget. This 5-star hotel has been nestled in the heart of the famous Place Vendôme since 1898. It’s an establishment with a proven track record. Considered one of the world’s most beautiful hotels (no less), it welcomes stars and celebrities from all over the world.

From its baroque façade, you’ll be dazzled. And that wonderment continues as soon as you open the door. You can choose from 71 rooms, 71 suites or 16 prestige suites for your stay. If you opt for a suite, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable view of Paris and its wonders.

If you’re hungry, you can choose between a gourmet restaurant, a French-style brasserie or a charming tea room, ideal for satisfying a sweet tooth. Two bars, a patisserie and a spa complete the list of places where you can spend long, relaxing hours.

Now let’s talk about the practical aspects of the place. Well, if I tell you that you’ll inevitably have to break your piggy bank to book your stay here, that’s no surprise. Even though the establishment has refused to be classified as a palace, it is one nonetheless. Everything here is of impeccable quality. Exceptional service awaits you, and you won’t have to lift a finger to relax.

Ritz's bar in Paris

Ritz’s bar in Paris

2. The Park Hyatt, another luxury hotel in Paris

You won’t have far to go if you want to link the two establishments, since the Park Hyatt is also located in the Place Vendôme area, on Rue de la Paix to be precise. Here, you’ll find 155 rooms and 44 suites, not to mention four very upscale restaurants (including Jean-François Rouquette’s Michelin-starred Pur’). Here, too, you’ll enjoy the service and amenities of a 5-star hotel. Elegance is the order of the day, the staff are exceptionally friendly and, of course, top-of-the-range services await you.

If you book a room, don’t forget to specify that you prefer a view of Paris. Otherwise, you may end up with a less breathtaking courtyard view. If you’re here in summer, you can enjoy the splendid terrace overlooking the capital. I advise you to reserve a moment for yourself on the spot. So yes, there’s the very large spa, but in the rooms too, you can take advantage of the rain showers!

Park Hyatt Vendôme Paris

3. Le Lutetia, Art Nouveau in the spotlight

Leaving the IXth arrondissement, we head to the VIth (boulevard Raspail) to book a room in the legendary Lutetia. Now that’s a real palace! The hotel opened its doors in 1910. It welcomes visitors in its sober Art Nouveau style. In 2019, it officially becomes a palace. In 2007, it was listed as a Monument Historique.

Throughout its history, it has welcomed some of the world’s greatest personalities. Once through the door, you can enjoy the décor imagined by fashion designer Sonia Rykiel (brasserie, gourmet restaurant). Fans of Art Deco will love the restaurant room, inspired by the halls of the ocean liner Le Normandie. The hotel offers 184 rooms and 47 suites. But the hotel is not just a haven of peace and luxury. You can also discover the many works of artists who have paid for their rooms with their creations.

Hotel Lutetia Paris

4. Le Royal Monceau, a place to discover

Here’s a new 5-star establishment, this time in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. The hotel first opened its doors in 1928. Eighty years later, it is renewing itself, and after two years of closure, it is once again welcoming guests. Three years later, it was awarded the distinction of palace.

Its 149 rooms, including suites and apartments, are complemented by a spa with a vast swimming pool. Like the Lutetia, the hotel is also a major venue for the arts. International artists regularly exhibit here. Three restaurants await you. Japanese and Peruvian traditions, tasty Italian cuisine and brasserie-style dishes.

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5. The Shangri-La, a must-see if you stay in Paris

This 5-star establishment is housed in a former princely residence, listed as a historical monument. Its signature? An undeniable talent for combining French art de vivre with Asian art de recevoir. You’ll have every opportunity to relax and unwind, with the little attentions of a staff totally at your service.

100 comfortable rooms (and suites), a superb indoor swimming pool, two restaurants, a hammam, a billiards room nestled in the heart of a historic hall, as well as an astonishing spirits bar (the Bar Botaniste) imagined from plants, it’s all here. The majority of rooms offer an exceptional view of the Eiffel Tower. Looking for an idea to mark a special event (your wedding, for example)? We’ve got the perfect venue for it.

View from the Shangri-La Paris

View from the Shangri-La Paris

6. The Peninsula, another 5-star!

We’re now in the 16th arrondissement with the Peninsula hotel. It offers 200 rooms (including 93 suites), all decorated in honor of French haute couture. A little detail about these rooms: they’re the most spacious you’ll find in Paris. If you like space, I recommend you take a look at this particularly refined establishment.

This 5-star hotel also offers you the possibility of dining in a 3-star restaurant or relaxing in an exceptional spa. It’s worth pointing out that this is the largest spa you’ll find in the capital. Here, we do things big without overdoing it!

7. The Plaza Athénée, a unique building

Located in the Champs-Élysées area, this establishment is known the world over. It first opened its doors in 1909. Since then, it has undergone several renovations, but retains its eclectic style and upscale character. In 2010, it was designated a “Living Heritage Company”. A year later, it became a palace. The little extra? While other palaces are devoted to pictorial or sculptural art, the Plazza puts the spotlight on music. Renowned pianists regularly perform in private concerts.

The hotel comprises 154 rooms and 54 suites, all decorated in the purest French classical style. There’s also a gourmet restaurant, a chic brasserie, a bar and a tea room. A special mention goes to the immense 450 m² Royal Suite, with its breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower.

8. Where to Stay in Paris ? Le Meurice, a Parisian tradition !

Le Meurice opened its doors on rue de Rivoli in 1835. It became a palace in 2011. Designer Philippe Starck has added his decorative touch, and chef Alain Ducasse exercises his talent here. The establishment has welcomed all the stars and royalty. Rooms offer unique views of the Tuileries, the Louvre and the famous Parisian tower. What makes this place so special, apart from its service and top-of-the-range rooms? In a nutshell, it’s a work of art in itself. Stroll through the various rooms and discover this rare soul. It’s a chance to explore the history of Paris without leaving your hotel!

Two restaurants, a bar and a patisserie welcome you, not to mention a Valmont spa. The hotel is the only one of its kind in Paris. The relaxation area is enhanced by a decor that can only be described as sublime.

9. The Pavillon de la reine, a historic landmark

Located on the magnificent Place des Vosges and housed in an early 17th-century building, this hotel is listed as a Monument Historique. Here, visitors are totally out of time. Rooms of rare calm, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a spa that puts zen in the foreground with a unique ambience and decor all in white and gold… Everything you need to unwind after a busy day in the capital.

You’ll simply feel like you’re somewhere else, like you’ve crossed the centuries and are living a moment apart in this different place.

10. Hotel Da Vinci, a UFO on this list

So, yes, I know, it’s only a 4-star hotel. But the Hotel Da Vinci, located in the heart of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district (VIth arrondissement), is also worth spending one or more nights at. Why should you? The reason is quite simple. This establishment is pleasant and comfortable. But it’s also a place apart. If you appreciate the creations of the famous artist after whom the hotel is named, you’re in for a treat.

Each room takes up a theme linked to Leonardo’s life or work. The setting is both simple and sophisticated. There’s a spa for those who want to relax. Pretty little balconies complete the picture (no pun intended!).

Bottom line

As you can see, the French capital offers a vast choice of high-end establishments in which to relax during your stay in Paris. Treating yourself to a night in a palace will be a totally unique experience. But be warned, you may get a taste for it!

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