Jun 27, 2022

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8 Best Hotels in Paris

Fora Author Henley Vazquez

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Henley Vazquez

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Think of Paris, and your imagination starts to run ahead of you — fueled with romantic notions of Europe’s City of Light. Whether you envision picnics in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, hours spent exploring the Louvre Museum or trendy French meals in Le Marais. Whatever you fancy, Paris is sure to deliver, as are its hotels. 

If you know where to check-in, Paris hotels do a très bien job of capturing the essence of the French capital within their very walls. Sumptuous fabrics and elegant decor will make guests feel like a royal in Versailles, while Michelin-starred dining reflects the unparalleled magic of French gastronomy. From boutique hotels tucked inside the Latin Quarter (or Quartier Latin) to 5-star luxury hotels within walking distance from the Arc de Triomphe and Île de la Cité (home to Notre Dame), where you stay will set the tone for your Paris vacation. 

Hotel Lutetia 

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Originally opened in 1910, the Hotel Lutetia sits on the Left Bank of the Seine River in Paris’ trendy Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. A short walk from the iconic Jardin de Luxembourg, Hotel Lutetia stands out thanks to its stunning architecture. The Art Deco hotel is said to have been a bold statement back when it diverged from the Art Nouveau trends of the time. Now, over 100 years later, this hotel may be historical but it is anything but old. Expect modern and chic rooms paired with a stellar on-site spa and superb French dining. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, their Suite Amour comes with a private terrace and unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower. 

This season, book with a Fora Advisor and receive a 4th night free of charge, along with:

  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Daily breakfast.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Four Seasons George V

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Housed inside an Art Deco landmark dating back to the 1920s, this 5-star hotel is synonymous with Parisian chic. The Four Seasons George V can be found just off the  Champs-Elysees and offers oversized suites overlooking the Eiffel Tower and sprawling rooftops of the city center. Of course, when you come to France, you expect a good French meal — and the George V does not disappoint. Inside the hotel, you’ll find the three Michelin-starred Le Cinq restaurant, a Parisian culinary destination in its own right. In true French gastronomy fashion, the dishes here are as artistic as they are decadent. Try the line-fished seabass, featuring caviar and buttermilk inspired by Chef Le Squer’s childhood. 

Fora Perks:

  • When you book Four Seasons through Fora, you will enjoy exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits. Your advisor will be pleased to give you more details.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée

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Of all the Paris hotels on this list, Hôtel Plaza Athénée just might be the most recognizable. Chances are you’ve seen bathrobe-clad influencers eating croissants while posing on the hotel’s flower-draped balconies, the Eiffel Tower rising in the distance. Or maybe you recognize Hôtel Plaza Athénée as the hotel that Carrie Bradshaw stays in during the last season of Sex and the City. Whatever draws you to this hotel, just know the stay is worth it. The 5-star hotel sits on the tree-lined Avenue Montaigne on the Left Bank of the Seine. Expect stellar on-site dining and pampering galore at the Dior spa. When you’re not enjoying the myriad of on-site amenities, just stroll across the Pont de l’Alma, and you’ll be standing under the Eiffel Tower in no time. 

Fora Perks:

  • $100 resort credit.

  • Daily breakfast.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

La Réserve

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When it comes to checking into a Paris hotel, choosing which side of the Seine to stay on can be tricky. The area where you stay will dictate as much about your trip as the hotel you book. Whether you’re a self-described bohemian staying in the Latin Quarter  or a museum enthusiast staying on the Right Bank and perusing the Louvre — the city caters to all interests. But, if you’re looking for a centrally-located boutique hotel, look no further than La Réserve. This 5-star hotel overlooks the city’s main attractions, including the Eiffel Tower and Grand Palais. Tucked behind a curtain of trees, La Réserve feels intimate amidst the Champs-Elysees’ bustle. Notably, the concierge team at La Réserve can arrange experiences to make its guests feel extra Parisian, whether it’s a private piano concert, a guide of Montmartre’s vineyards or a Venetian boat ride down the Seine. 

Fora Perks:

  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Daily breakfast.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Le Bristol

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I love a hotel with a good courtyard, and Le Bristol does not disappoint. Their Le Jardin Français (French Garden) features a quiet colonnade flanked by orange trees, dripping wisterias and rose blossoms. Grab a table under one of the white umbrellas and order yourself a French 75 cocktail (this is France, after all). Some call the garden the hotel’s green heart, which makes perfect sense as you’ll likely fall in love with this oasis in the midst of Paris’ city center. While Le Bristol is a bit further from Paris’ main attractions, it is a few minutes walking from the Miromesnil metro stop, making it easy to zip around the City of Light. Notably, Le Bristol has an indoor swimming pool should you want to rest your aching feet after a day spent roaming the French capital.

Fora Perks:

  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Daily breakfast.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Le Ritz

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Not to be confused with the Ritz-Carlton, Le Ritz is a grand hotel standing on the edge of Place Vendome. If you’re a museum lover, this just might be your perfect home base. From this Paris hotel, you can easily stroll over to the Jardin des Tuileries where you’ll find the Musée de l'Orangerie (home to Monet’s famed Water Lilies) and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. But what really puts Le Ritz on our list is how they pay homage to some of the great writers who sharpened their pencils on Paris’ streets. Book a stay in The Fitzgerald suite, named for F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, who epitomized the 1920s jazz age. Grab a drink at Bar Hemingway to enjoy a classic cocktail like Papa would have ordered, and then grab a bite at Salon Proust, a book-lined salon serving French tea and champagne. 

Fora Perks:

  • Daily breakfast.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

  • Complimentary two-way private airport transfer.

Le Pavillon de la Reine

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While many of these Paris hotels rest on the Left Bank of the Seine, Le Pavillon de la Reine is a charming boutique hotel found on the Right Bank in the beautiful Le Marais District, home to a dizzying array of bistros and boulangeries. Standing opposite the gorgeous Place des Vosges square — the oldest planned square in Paris — a stay at this hotel puts you within walking distance of Opera la Bastille and Place de la Bastille. After a day of exploring the 1st Arrondissement, come back for dinner at the on-site Anne Restaurant, where you can say oui to French fare, including lobster and chocolate souffle. 

Fora Perks:

  • Complimentary bottle of wine, treat and fruit plate in room on arrival.

  • Upgrade based on availability.

Le Wallace Hôtel & Bar

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This boutique hotel opened its doors last November and is perfect for solo and mid-range travelers. Located in an intimate corner of Paris’ the 15th arrondissement, this hidden gem boasts retro-chic decor influenced by the 70s Italian Riviera and distinctive views of the Eiffel Tower from its lush rooftop terrace and open-air bar. Choose from 35 simple yet stylish suites, and a Junior Suite with a patio facing the Iron Lady. Guests can start their day or evening with an aperitivo at the Hotel Bar, featuring a wine list curated by neighborhood chefs.

Fora Perks:

  • Complimentary cocktail at the Hotel Bar.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Author - Henley Vazquez

    Henley Vazquez

    Henley Vazquez is the co-founder of Fora and a seasoned travel advisor. She's built her career through fostering meaningful relationships and developing opportunities for her community. A self-proclaimed hotel junkie, Henley is driven by match-making the perfect property to each traveler's unique style.