It's no secret that a hotel can make or break your vacation. And if you're an interior design buff, there are certain amenities that are simply non-negotiable. Beyond exceptional service, a hotel's rich history, impeccable design details, and location can all determine whether or not it's worth booking a reservation.
If you're planning a visit to the City of Light, lucky for you, we've eliminated one item off your to-do list: finding the perfect hotel. Keep scrolling for a look at 12 boutique hotels in Paris that are a dream for design lovers.
Located just off Champs Elysées, La Réserve Paris is the epitome of Parisian chic, thanks to the work of famed interior designer Jacques Garcia. The hotel, which was originally a mansion for the half-brother of Napoleon III, has 14 cozy rooms and 26 inviting suites. From antique mirrors and marble fireplaces to silk wallpaper and velvet upholstery, there's no shortage of luxury at this hotel. It even has an indoor pool and boasts views of the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, and the Pantheon.
If you're on the hunt for a quiet retreat on the Left Bank, look no further than Relais Christine. Situated on a 13th-century abbey, this quaint hotel—with just 48 guest rooms and suites—features peaceful lounges and a lush garden, which are perfect if your aiming for rest and relaxation. Plus, there's a Guerlain Spa that's complete with everything from a sauna to a jacuzzi. Complimentary bicycles are also on hand if you're up for a little adventure during your stay.
Siweb A-List designer Jean-Louis Deniot is responsible for Hotel Recamier's stunning contemporary interiors. The hotel, which has 24 cozy rooms, is located in the heart of the Left Bank in the St.-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. Eye-catching decor accents (think reclaimed wood tables, Art Deco-inspired fabrics, and statement mirrors) fill the hotel, making it ideal for an interior design lover.
Ever wonder how the French writer Alexandre Dumas lived? Step inside Hotel Monte Cristo in the 5th arrondissement to be transported to Dumas' world. The hotel is filled with bespoke furnishings, rich textiles, including velvet, vibrant wallpaper, and Oriental patterns. Bonus: the hotel is pet-friendly and includes a sauna and indoor pool.
If you're obsessed with Art Deco style, Hôtel du Collectionneur is for you. Located just 10 minutes away from the Arc De Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées, Hôtel du Collectionneur has more than 480 rooms and suites, situated around a lovely courtyard that's framed by trees. From hallways lined sheathed in a celadon green shagreen fabric to rooms with Macassar ebony furniture and Brazilian rosewood, there's so much to love about Hôtel du Collectionneur.
This boutique hotel is named after Charles-Simon Favart, director of the Comic Opera (it's in walking distance). Striped curtains, rich hues, and elegant vintage touches fill La Maison Favart, which exudes classic 18th-century style. It has 39 rooms, a small fitness gym area, and a breakfast space that doubles as an honesty bar.
Wooden floors, marble mosaics, and palm-patterned wallpaper are just a few design details to look forward to during a stay at Hotel Providence in the Eastern district of Paris. With just 18 rooms, this modern hotel is both stylish and comfortable. It has a restaurant that serves seasonal fare, and is near a slew of trendy dining options, shops, and art galleries.
Acclaimed Siweb A-Lister Jean-Louis Deniot designed the Nolinski, which is the perfect blend of retro and modern design. The thoughtful interiors boast everything from Carrara marble to neoclassical wood paneling and antique artwork. The hotel is in close proximity to the Louvre and the Palais-Royal gardens. Keep in mind that it's a popular spot for Fashion Week attendees, who are known to congregate in its stylish Grand Salon.
Have you been longing to stay in a French country mansion? Now's your chance! Le Pavillon de la Reine, whose name pays homage to Queen Anne of Austria, who was once a guest, is located in the heart of the Marais. The privately owned hotel was designed by Didier Benderli of Kérylos Interiors and features an impressive blend of antique and contemporary accents. There are 56 sophisticated bedrooms and suites, a spa, fitness center, and a restaurant.
Philippe Starck was tapped to design the elegant Brach hotel in the 16th arrondissement. A mix of eclectic furnishings with multicultural influences, contemporary art, warm hues, and materials ranging from leather to marble appear throughout the unique hotel. It features 52 rooms, a restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine, and a sports club, complete with a swimming pool.
Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa—inspired by Cléo de Mérode, a dancer of the Belle Époque—is the perfect example of Parisian elegance. Its rooms feature neutral furnishings, white wood paneling with gold accents, and a selection with views overlooking the Eiffel Tower. And don't miss out on the spa, which includes a pool and a sauna, as well as the restaurant that offers contemporary, organic cuisine.
A welcome departure from the bustle of Palais-Royal, Hôtel Thérèse, an 18th-century townhouse, is situated on a quiet street on the Right Bank. It offers everything you'd ever want in a boutique hotel, including cozy rooms outfitted with contemporary furnishings, unique Parisian paintings, and marble bathrooms.