From luxury to boutique stays, the most swoon-worthy hotels in Paris are a lover’s dream.
There’s no denying that Paris is the most romantic city in the world. Exquisite French dining and a dose of cabaret, a cruise on the artist-inspiring river Seine, or a kiss atop the Eiffel Tower are just some of the myriad of activities that couples with canoodling on the mind can partake in. What adds an extra element of magic is the Parisian hotels, gorgeous establishments that drip with enchantment: a storybook romance. We uncover the finest the city of light has to offer, from independent boutiques to historic five-star icons.
The best hotels in Paris for couples
Le Bristol is a timeless French darling, for almost a century enveloping guests in plush fabrics, serene spaces, and impeccable service. A renovation ensured modern facilities intertwined with the hotel’s heritage notes. Spend time on their indoor rooftop swimming pool and gaze at views over Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower, or feast on the meals of your lives downstairs. Site restaurants include Epicure, from quadruple Michelin-starred chef Eric Frechon, and the Michelin-starred 114 Faubourg for exquisite scrambled lobster eggs and the like. Summers are an al fresco treat out on Le Jardin Français.
Prince Roland Bonaparte’s former home is the glistening site of the Shangri-La Paris, a hotel that marries European splendor with meticulous Asian hospitality. 100 rooms and suites are designed with that in mind, so expect to caress in delicious Rococo palettes in-room, out on furnished balcony with icon views, and lathered in Guerlain bubbles. For a break from the confit, try France’s only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace, an underground boudoir steaming with dim sum parcels and golden glazed Peking duck. Chi, The Spa, is just the medicine—both mindfully and physically—after a long day of city exploration.
Hoxton’s always a guaranteed cool spot, but the Parisien outpost in the 2nd arrondissement is an extra special affair. It’s situated within a grand 18th-century residence with original staircases and chevron wood floors, and decked out in chic modern decor. This is where the PFW kids hang out pre, during, and post-runway. Join them at all-day brasserie, Rivié, or bop to the music at Jacques Bar, a cosy vintage-style nook serving the tastiest Martini in town. One for couples who prefer to be at the pulse of it all, Hoxton’s spaces evoke secret members club, but are at the same time, relaxed and all-welcoming.
Built in 1928, this Art Deco landmark is forever beloved and relevant. It recently appeared in Emily in Paris. Before Emily, though, every VIP came (and continues) to play. Oversized suites boast views of Paris’ distinctive landmarks, and no prizes for guessing what you’ll face when you check into the Eiffel Tower Suite. The top date spot is Le Cinq by Christian Le Squer, a triple Michelin star extravaganza, while L’Orangerie (one star) is a courtyard glasshouse channeling pure romance through artfully decadent tasting menus. That being said, as the only hotel in Europe holding a combined total of five stars, there’s no going wrong at any F&B outlet. Other amenities include spa, fitness centre, and limousine service.
Situated walking distance to the Arc de Triomphe and Paris’ most sought-after boutiques, romantic strolls are doorstep aplenty. The Peninsula features 200 delicately appointed rooms with views of fashionable streets or peaceful courtyards. Book a couples treatment in the sumptuous spa and you’ll soak in a private whirlpool, plus enjoy dedicated treatment and relaxation rooms. Dine at L’Oiseau Blanc, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant on the rooftop starring Chef David Bizet’s seasonal signatures, or make it a proposal to remember on their Secret Table: a private reservation for two dazzled by Eiffel Tower twinkles. Peninsula’s a Paris fantasy brought to life.
For intimate and quintessentially French, check into Hôtel Rochechouart, an eight-story mansion at the foot of Montmartre. The boutique hotel is an art deco jewel dating back to 1929, kissed with Belle Époque elegance. Lovers, come get comfy in suite 706, where warm auburn tones ooze an autumnal romance, backdropped by unbeatable views of Sacré-Cœur Basilica. A narrow balcony allows for a step into sun. Large Chromecast TVs, brew selection, and mini-bar essentials make for the perfect night in together. Otherwise, you’ll be tempted from breakfast to evening bubbles at the ground-floor brasserie-style restaurant. A 360-degree rooftop bar, a Pigalle hidden gem, provides additional sights for sore eyes in this understated yet magnificent stay.
Any Dorchester Collection hotel is well respected for exceptional quality, and Le Meurice is their shining example. A living work of art, the property has been shaped by the artists that over history have called it home, including Dali, Zola, and Dylan. Step into room or suite of perfection, dressed in handsome furnishing, modern tech, fine art, and marble bathrooms. Restaurant Le Dalí and Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse are visual and gastronomical splendors. Don’t miss the cookie illusion for two: sounds simple, but trust us, it’s no ordinary sweet. A pastry boutique and Valmont spa, are also available.
Situated on the streets of haute couture, you’ll find here not only designers but a hotel carrying the most prestigious of culinary experiences. Avant-garde gourmet is served at Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx. Awarded two-Michelin stars, guests are immersed every sense of the way within an intimate all-white cocoon, while all-day hangout Camélia par Thierry Marx situated by a verdant garden, provides easier access to gastronomy. Clouds don’t just drift there; 135 elegant rooms and suites, some with private balconies and terraces, await. Vogue Honeymooners should make a beeline for the Couture Suite, inspired by fashion couturiers’ muses and dipped in Frédéric Malle.
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