Hotels in Paris are classic, elegant, historic and some of the best in the world. Here’s a list of 5 magnificent choices for every type of jetsetter!
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1. Saint James Hotel – Best Château Hotel
16th arrondissement, Metro: Porte Dauphine
One of our favorites in the city! Located in the 16th arrondissement, Saint James is, by far, the most luxurious, whimsical experience in Paris. It’s a pricey choice, but completely 5-star all the way.
What began in 1982 as an attraction park where hot air balloons used to take off, St. James Hotel’s original property also entailed a foundation in the memory of a former French President, Adolphe Thiers. The mansion housed a group of brilliant French students and later became a private St. James club initiated by a British entrepreneur. In 2009, with the talents of New York designer, Bambi Sloan; St. James Hotel and its fifty rooms/suites underwent a modern renovation. Today, it is not only the single château-hôtel in the City of Light, it still hubs the exclusive St. James Private Club within a private garden and luxurious facilities. (SEE ALSO: Interview with St. James Hotel: The One and Only Château-Hôtel in Paris)
2. Ritz Paris – Most Classic in the Heart of Paris
1st arrondissement, Metro: Opéra
Not only is Ritz Paris in the heart of Paris, it’s also located in the heart of Place Vendôme, surrounded by Cartier, Chanel and the lux of luxury. Today’s Ritz Paris boasts 159 extravagant rooms, where Coco Chanel and Earnest Hemingway used to live for years. The hotel was originally founded by Swiss hotelier, César Ritz, in partnership with chef Auguste Escoffier back in 1898. The hotel was also made famous in 1997 as where Princess Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed were last seen prior to their tragic deaths. For more than a century, Ritz Paris has been the symbol of high society. Today, we highly recommend an evening at Bar Hemingway – a guaranteed unforgettable jetset experience.
3. Relais Christine – Best Mansion Hotel
6th arrondissement, Metro: Saint-Michel
The hotel in Paris that truly defines a hidden gem. Relais Christine is a lovely, and we must emphasize, LOVELY boutique hotel which was originally a 13th century abbey. Located in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, it is just a few blocks away from Notre Dame and the Seine and Le Louvre. No, you’re not in a French countryside, you’re in the heart of the City of Light! There are fifty-one rooms and each are different in style, decor and theme. Feel free to stay in different ones then pick your favorite!
4. Le Pavillion des Lettres – Best Luxury Boutique
8th arrondissement, Metro: Miromesnil
Imagine 26 rooms and suites dedicated to each alphabet letter. Themed-hotels have bumped up a level, in a very stylish way at Le Pavillion des Lettres. Located near the Champs-Elysees, it’s one of the best luxury boutique hotels in the city. Many business travelers will find this a nice combination of work and leisure as each room is equipped with the up-to-date technology equipments. A standard room goes from USD $300.
5. Hôtel Saint-Louis en l’Isle – Best Affordable Boutique
4th arrondissement, Metro: Pont-Marie; Cité
Location, location, location! Hôtel Saint-Louis en l’Isle is right where you need to be, on Île St.-Louis where you’ll be surrounded by adorable cafes, boulangeries, and bunches of ice cream shops including the original Berthillion. The building of the hotel is a 19th century building but every room has been renovated to cozy a chambre that has all the basics but with a ton of charm. If you love boutique hotels and don’t want to spend more than $250/night on a standard room, then Hôtel Saint-Louis en l’Isle is your perfect choice!