From views of the Eiffel Tower and Michelin-starred restaurants to honeymoon suites and sumptuous beds in palaces, Paris hotels have everything you need for a romantic break. Here are 11 of the most luxurious and romantic hotels in the city of love.
Since opening across from the Tuileries Garden in 1835 as one of the world’s first luxury hotels, Hotel le Meurice has attracted a celebrity clientele that has included royalty, foreign dignitaries, writers, actors and artists. Surrealist artist Salvador Dali loved Le Meurice so much that he stayed in one of the two presidential suites on first floor for a month of every year for over 30 years. The decor of every bedroom and suite is unique – one has a telescope, some have canopied beds and each floor has a different style. The Belle Etoile suite on the seventh floor, in late 19th century French decor, has a massive private terrace offering 360° city views of Paris, overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Sacré Coeur. Top suites include the grand Presidential Apartments with views of the gardens and the sumptuous Pompadour Suite. While the hotel retains its 19th-century splendour in the suites and bedrooms, both the hotel’s restaurants (including the two Michelin-starred restaurant by Alain Ducasse), Bar 228 and some of the public areas, have been redesigned by Philippe Starck.
Situated in the heart of haute couture, on the renowned avenue Montaigne, with Christian Dior’s couture house next door, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has long attracted a fashionable crowd. Many of the 154 rooms and 54 suites enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower and La Cour Jardin, from wrought-iron balconies. Room interiors include classical French décor with an elegant color palette and the seventh floor suites feature chic Art Deco details, designed by Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille. There are plenty of food and drink options here led by the Michelin-starred restaurant by chef Jean Imbert who showcases the great traditions of French gastronomy. For Valentine’s Day, there’s a special five-course menu starting with the wonderful sounding Brioche Marie Antoinette with caviar.
Overlooking the Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel is a glorious landmark. Built at Louis XV’s request, the hotel was the home of Count de Crillon and his family for many years until it was transformed into a hotel in 1909. Since then, its guest list has featured celebrities, politicians, artists, princes and queens. The hotel has 124 guest rooms and suites, four restaurants, the Sense Spa with a newly created swimming pool. L’Ecrin is the palace’s Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant while two new restaurants launched recently in partnership with chef Paul Pairet: formal French-style grill NONOS and chic deli, Comestibles. Les Ambassadeurs winner of best hotel bar in Europe in 2018 often features live music.
Built in 1896 as the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte (grand nephew of Napoleon), the Shangri-La Paris was restored by architect Richard Martinet and interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. The 100-room hotel overlooks the Eiffel Tower and River Seine in the 16th arrondissement and holds both Palace distinction and Monument Historique status. It blends European grandeur with traditional Asian hospitality and is home to Shang Palace, the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in France. Downstairs is Chi, the Spa, with a 17-meter-long pool.
Located in the heart of Paris, Mandarin Oriental features an inner garden, providing a sanctuary from the bustling city and a peaceful dining haven. The restaurants, overseen by Chef Thierry Marx, include the two-Michelin starred Sur Mesure, all-day dining Camelia and a hip cocktail bar. The chef has created a Valentine’s Day themed tasting menu, featuring delicacies such as black truffle, wagyu beef and caviar. A romantic getaway package is available from the 10-19 February. Guests will receive a lovely bracelet from the “Let’s Commit” collection by sustainable French jeweller Courbet, a 0.05 carat diamond on an 18k gold clasp. The package also includes a daily American breakfast, served either in room or in Camélia restaurant, a bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne and macarons and a Spa credit of €50. The lush Spa offers treatments, an indoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
An art-deco landmark built in 1928, Four Seasons Hotel George V is nestled in the Golden Triangle of Paris, just off the historic Champs-Elysees. Oversized suites feature Eiffel Tower views and works of art, blending classic and contemporary décor. A number of the top suites have garden terraces. The Eiffel Tower Suite, one of the signature suites offers stunning views over the Eiffel Tower and Paris from its private terrace and balconies. The suite was recently renovated and is a perfect spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The renovated new spa, has a swimming pool and an attractive courtyard. The hotel is the only luxury hotel in Europe with three Michelin-starred restaurants, for a total of five Michelin-stars. It also has one of the most extensive wine collections in Paris, with a cellar holding 50,000 bottles.
With elegant decor and Michelin-starred gastronomy, Park Hyatt Paris is a stone’s throw from the legendary Place Vendôme. The hotel has 156 rooms, including 45 luxury suites, featuring classic architecture and contemporary décor by interior designer Ed Tuttle. The top Imperial suite is 230 square meters of space, located on the Haussman architectural-style 2nd floor of the hotel. The suite features a large living and dining room, a well-appointed kitchenette, a separate work space, a library, and an en-suite spa with steam room, jetted tub, and massage table. Other hotel guests can enjoy the 250 sq m (2,690 sq ft) spa, with a whirlpool, relaxation lounge, hammam, sauna, as well as treatment rooms with treatments in association with the La Mer cosmetics.
A member of the Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris, opened in 1925, is located on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré at the heart of Paris’ fashion district. The hotel is an icon of French elegance with 190 completely renovated rooms and suites in the heart of the capital. Le Bristol is well known for its outstanding dining tradition, the lush, 13,000 square foot courtyard garden, and the stunning rooftop swimming pool.
This hotel and spa midway between Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, is near the famous Champs-Elysées. The top suite, the Grand Palais is a Belle Epoque dream. The gallery nearby, after which the suite was named, was built in 1900, to magnify “French art” at the World’s Fair. The suite also pays tribute to its French heritage, with authentic Napoleon III furniture and other antiques. The 200 square meter suite is composed of two generous lounge areas, two private bars, a wine cellar offering Grand Cru vintages, two bedrooms, each with its own large dressing room, and a Carrara marble bathroom featuring a bathtub with a view over the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Palais, an Italian-style shower and twin vanity sinks.
The blood-red awning and lamps adorning the classic façade of this 1928 building ooze sophistication. Located on the prestigious Avenue Hoche, off the Champs-Elysees and with views of the Arc de Triomphe, Le Royal Monceau features 149 luxurious rooms and suites, a 99-seat cinema, an art gallery with an impressive private art collection. The Spa has the longest swimming pool in a Paris Palace. The top suite has two spacious bedrooms with custom-made furniture and attractive artworks on display.
The iconic Paris hotel, where Princess Diana spent her last night, reopened in 2016 after the property was restored to its former Belle Époque glory during a four-year renovation by architect Thierry W. Despont. The 159 room hotel, founded in 1898 by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz in collaboration with the French chef Auguste Escoffier, was among the first hotels in Europe to provide an en suite bathroom, electricity, and a telephone for each room. Its clientele included royalty, politicians, writers, film stars, and singers and several suites are named in honour of famous guests of the hotel including Coco Chanel and the cocktail lounge Bar Hemingway is for writer Ernest Hemingway. Top suites include Suite Impériale, inspired by the splendor of the Château de Versailles is a replica of the Marie Antoinette’s last boudoir, with a silk-draped canopy bed and Baroque mirror. Suite Coco Chanel was the home of Gabrielle Chanel for 34 years from 1937. “The Ritz is my home”, she would tell visitors who admired her rock crystal chandeliers and art collection. The Ritz Paris has preserved it intact.