If you're thinking of staying in central Paris, you may be wondering what hotels are worth booking—and which you should steer clear of. The truth is that the 1st arrondissement (district) of Paris is one of the city's most popular areas for tourists, with big-ticket attractions such as the Louvre Museum attracting visitors from around the world. But this doesn't mean all the accommodations in the area are of high quality. Read on for some of the best hotels in Paris' 1st arrondissement—with options for nearly every type of traveler, whether you're visiting solo, with kids, or on a romantic getaway.
This four-star hotel is located just behind the stately Place Vendome and offers excellent access to major attractions including the Tuileries gardens, Palais Royal and the Opera Garnier. It's beloved by travelers for its upper mid-range amenities, historical setting, and boutique charm.
The Hôtel Mansart is located in a listed 17th-century building that has operated as a hotel since the 19th century. Inside, thoughtfully decorated rooms and suites are designed with classic French codes in mind. Even the basic rooms come with touches such as bathrobe and slippers, and the top-level rooms and suites offer plenty of light, as well as small balconies affording views over the iconic Parisian rooftops. Some packages include an organic hot breakfast that travelers have rated as excellent.
This three-star boutique hotel has earned accolades for its fantasy-inspired decor from French designer Christian Lacroix, comfortable rooms, and services that travelers consistently describe as excellent. Situated in close reach of the Place de la Concorde, Place Vendome, and the Tuileries Gardens, the hotel is a popular choice with tourists looking for a central location and excellent overall value.
The hotel's 25 rooms are themed on the five continents. They are equipped with air conditioning, mini-bar, satellite TV with international channels, minibar, safe, bathrobe and slippers, high-end toiletries, and free Wi-Fi. There's also a concierge and turn-down service. The continental breakfast is generally charged at an additional fee, but some booking sites offer breakfast-inclusive packages.
For a romantic break or special family occasion, a stay at this five-star palace hotel can be ideal. The newly-restored, luxuriously decorated rooms and suites are typical of an old-world Paris at the height of its stature. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the sumptuous royal decor, Le Meurice certainly isn't understated.
In addition to its freshly restored rooms, the hotel boasts a three-star Michelin restaurant helmed by celebrated chef Alain Ducasse, a pastry shop with eye-catching creations from rising star Cedric Grolet, a full spa complete with relaxing treatments, and an afternoon tea that's simply blissful on a dark, chill-inducing winter day.
The one big downside? For most travelers and budgets, this hotel is far from accessible.
This three-star hotel is a popular choice for travelers looking for reasonable rates, solid mid-range comforts, and family-friendly policies. The boutique hotel offering from Best Western provides a good balance between the reliable service you'd expect from a well-known chain and the distinctive decor and feel of a smaller hotel. The hotel commemorates the "Belle Epoque" Paris of the late 19th century and the work of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Inside the 17th-century building, cozy and comfortably appointed standard rooms are equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, courtesy trays including bottled mineral water, and flatscreen TV equipped with international channels. Kids stay for free, and small dogs are welcome. Continental breakfast is often included, and guests can usually get a better rate by booking stays longer than two days.
This hotel on the posh Rue de Rivoli across from the Tuileries earns high marks from travelers for its elegant rooms, superb location, and luxurious amenities. If you're looking for a hotel with spa and pool access in central Paris, this is one of the few four-star hotels that boast them.
Standard rooms at the hotel are stocked with amenities including bathrobe and slippers, toiletries from L'Occitane en Provence, a courtesy tray with coffee, tea, and mineral water, minibar, and safe.
At the onsite spa, guests can swim in a heated indoor pool and relax in the Turkish-style steam room. There's also a variety of treatments offered at the "Deep Nature" spa, from facials to whole-body massages.
Finally, the hotel's partner restaurant, 202 Rivoli, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner; Hotel guests benefit from a cash discount on meals there.