Honeymoon in Paris: the most romantic hotels in the city of lights
Phelipe Cardoso Sekai
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With its timeless elegance, iconic landmarks and intimate corners waiting to be explored, Paris is a haven for couples seeking to celebrate their love or embark on a romantic adventure. Whether you're strolling along the Seine River at sunset, sharing a kiss under the Eiffel Tower or savoring gourmet cuisine in a charming bistro, Paris offers a myriad of romantic experiences to make your heart skip a beat. Join us on a journey through the most romantic hotels, captivating activities and delectable dining options that will transform your stay in the French capital into an unforgettable love story.
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Where to stay in Paris
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris
This luxurious retreat on avenue Montaigne, Paris' premier fashion destination, is famed for its glamor, exquisite French cuisine, unbeatable views and impeccable hospitality.
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A secret garden-style hotel in Paris with palatial lodgings and gracious breakfast offerings.
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La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa
An unforgettable stay in a Haussmann mansion just off the Champs Elysées, with a spa and two-Michelin-starred restaurant.
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Things to do in Paris
Paris, often referred to as the 'City of Love,' is the quintessential destination for a honeymoon filled with romance, enchantment, and timeless memories. From strolling along the Seine River to savoring gourmet French cuisine in elegant bistros, every moment in the French capital is an opportunity to celebrate your love. To help you create an unforgettable honeymoon experience, we've curated a list of five of the most romantic hotels in Paris, each with its own unique charm and allure.
Alongside these enchanting accommodations, we've included a selection of romantic activities and dining suggestions, ensuring that your honeymoon in Paris is nothing short of magical.
1. Relais Christine:
Location: Nestled in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the most romantic and artistic neighborhoods in Paris. You'll find yourself surrounded by charming cafes, art galleries and boutiques.
Romantic Highlights: Relais Christine occupies a historic 13th-century abbey, which has been transformed into a charming boutique hotel. Its intimate and beautifully decorated rooms are adorned with elegant fabrics and antique furnishings, creating a cozy and romantic ambiance. A highlight is the enchanting garden courtyard, where you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast amidst lush greenery, making it a perfect spot for a morning tête-à-tête.
Our tip: Explore the cobblestone streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, known for its bohemian atmosphere and artistic heritage. Pay a visit to the iconic Shakespeare and Company bookstore, where you can browse books and find a quiet corner for reading together. Take a leisurely hand-in-hand stroll along the Seine River, especially during sunset, when the riverbanks and bridges glow with soft, romantic lighting.
2. Shangri-La Hotel Paris:
Location: Situated majestically in the 16th arrondissement, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris offers unparalleled views of the iconic Eiffel Tower and the Seine River.
Romantic Highlights: The hotel's elegant rooms and suites are designed to evoke the grandeur of the past while providing modern comforts. Many rooms offer private terraces and breathtaking Eiffel Tower views, creating a magical and intimate atmosphere. The Michelin-starred Shang Palace restaurant is renowned for its delectable Chinese cuisine, making it an excellent choice for a memorable romantic dinner.
Our tip: Plan a champagne picnic in nearby Champ de Mars Park, a sprawling green space where you can savor your favorite French bubbly with the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop. Take a Seine River cruise during the golden hours of sunset to witness Paris's landmarks beautifully illuminated. For iconic Eiffel Tower photos, visit Trocadéro Gardens, a popular spot for couples, with its stunning views of the tower and the city.
3. Hôtel Plaza Athénée:
Location: Located on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondissement, Hôtel Plaza Athénée is at the epicenter of Parisian luxury and sophistication.
Romantic Highlights: The hotel boasts luxurious rooms and suites, where every detail exudes refinement and elegance. The centerpiece of romantic charm is the enchanting courtyard garden, a hidden oasis within the bustling city. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, a Michelin three-star restaurant, offers an exquisite culinary experience amidst a sumptuous decor.
Our tip: Explore the famous Champs-Élysées, where you can shop at designer boutiques and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of this iconic avenue. Visit the Rodin Museum, home to the romantic sculpture garden featuring works by Auguste Rodin. For a leisurely experience, take a scenic walk along the Seine River, hand in hand and savor the beauty of Paris's bridges and riverbanks.
4. La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa:
Location: La Réserve is situated in the 8th arrondissement, near the Champs-Élysées and the iconic Arc de Triomphe.
Romantic Highlights: This intimate and exclusive hotel offers spacious suites that provide a sense of privacy and luxury. The cozy library bar is an ideal spot for quiet moments together, offering a wide selection of fine wines and cocktails. Le Gabriel, the hotel's Michelin two-star restaurant, provides an unforgettable dining experience, marked by culinary creativity and refinement.
Our tip: Visit the hidden gardens of Palais Royal, a serene oasis in the heart of the city, perfect for a gentle stroll. Enjoy a private wine tasting in the artistic Montmartre neighborhood, where you can savor French wines and immerse yourselves in the local culture.
5. Le Pavillon de la Reine - Place des Vosges:
Location: Nestled discreetly in the heart of the historic Marais district, Le Pavillon de la Reine enjoys a prime spot on the picturesque Place des Vosges, one of the most romantic squares in Paris. This location immerses you in the rich history and artistry of the Marais, which is known for its preserved medieval architecture and vibrant cultural scene.
Romantic Highlights: Le Pavillon de la Reine is a gem of an intimate boutique hotel, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of its standout features is the lovely courtyard garden, where you can start your day with a leisurely breakfast or unwind with a glass of wine in the evening. Each room is thoughtfully and uniquely decorated, blending classic French elegance with modern comforts. Many rooms overlook the tranquil garden, creating a serene atmosphere perfect for romantic moments.
Our tip: The Marais district is a treasure trove of romantic experiences. Wander through its charming streets, where you'll discover hidden courtyards, centuries-old mansions, and cozy cafes. For a unique cultural experience, visit the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Museum of Hunting and Nature) nearby, which features a fascinating collection of art and artifacts related to the theme of hunting and nature. In the evening, have a romantic dinner in a local bistro, savoring traditional French cuisine and fine wine.
Places to eat & drink in Paris
Le Jules Verne:
Perched within the iconic Eiffel Tower, Le Jules Verne offers an unparalleled romantic dining experience with panoramic views of Paris. The elegant decor, impeccable service, and gourmet French cuisine make it an ideal spot for a special romantic evening.
La Cour Jardin at Hôtel Plaza Athénée:
This restaurant boasts a dreamy courtyard garden adorned with twinkling lights. It's an enchanting setting for a romantic dinner, where you can enjoy gourmet French dishes amidst the serene ambiance.
With three Michelin stars, is nestled in the heart of the historic Place des Vosges. It exudes timeless elegance and offers an intimate setting for a gourmet dining experience featuring traditional French cuisine.
Le Train Bleu:
A historic restaurant inside the Gare de Lyon train station. Its Belle Époque decor, ornate frescoes, and luxurious setting create a truly unique and romantic dining experience. The menu features classic French dishes.
The oldest café in Paris, dating back to the 17th century. Its charming and historic ambiance, featuring cozy nooks and candlelit tables, creates a romantic setting. Enjoy traditional French cuisine and soak in the rich history of this iconic establishment.
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