The 9 Best Boutique Hotels to Book in Paris in 2018

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Ah, Paris. The beautiful City of Love's siren call is heard not only by honeymooners, but families, friends, fashionistas and foodies the world round. There’s truly something for everyone in Paris, between its boutiques, art museums and historic sights — and that mentality holds true for its hotels, too. Whether you’re eyeing one of the city’s iconic grande dames, a tiny apartment-style property or a modern wonder, there are seemingly limitless choices. If you’re looking for a boutique hotel in Paris, we’re here to help you narrow down your selection, naming our favorites for a range of travel styles, from budget to luxury, and family-friendly to romantic. 

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    At Saint James Paris, you’re well within city limits, but upon approaching the hotel, you might feel as if you’re being transported to a countryside château. It’s no wonder why — the hotel is the only château-style property in the city, located in a lush garden in the ritzy, residential 16th arrondissement. The 48-room Relais & Châteaux hotel boasts a traditional Napoleon III façade, but inside, you’ll find plenty of whimsy, thanks to interior decorator Bambi Sloan. Her eccentric style is defined by wildly-patterned fabrics and a menagerie of furniture styles ranging from Gothic to contemporary. Outside of the rooms, guests can dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant, have a drink at the library bar, relax in the Guerlain spa with a hammam, or stroll through the garden and learn about the on-site beekeeping operations. Built in 1892, the hotel was originally a home for students, and later on, it became the prestigious St. James Club, whose current members still have access to the hotel’s amenities. The property was also home to Paris’ first hot-air balloon airfield, noted by the playful balloon-inspired decor on the terrace, where a popular Sunday brunch is held.

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    With such affordable rates (especially in low season), you might expect the Hotel Henriette to be a bland, simple stay. Luckily for travelers, it’s anything but. No, there’s no bar or restaurant at the hotel, but since it’s located in the 13th arrondissement, you barely have to walk out the front door to find good eats and drinks — not to mention the metro is only 200 yards away. The hotel does serve a buffet breakfast in its small dining room, and guests can buy soft drinks and bottles of champagne from the front desk. What makes this 32-room boutique property stand out is its funky decor, done by local designer Vanessa Scoffier, a former fashion editor. For 15 months, she roamed Paris’ flea markets to scoop up excellent vintage finds from chairs to light fixtures. No two rooms are identical, with walls presenting anything from bright paints to patterned wallpaper to raw wood. Here, you’ll feel like you’re staying at a chic Parisian flat rather than a hotel.

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    Paris is full of history, and accordingly, so are its hotels. If you’re looking for a typical story about French aristocracy, this isn’t the hotel for you. Rather, the present-day boutique, which was formerly known as the Hôtel D’Alsace, is full of a more contemporary history, notably its slew of famous 20th-century guests. Yes, this is the hotel where Oscar Wilde died — and yes, guests can stay in his room which is decorated with memorabilia — but it was also the hotel of choice for celebrities like Frank Sinatra and leaders like Aga Khan. L’Hotel underwent a renovation since its golden days, now displaying sophisticated interiors done by Jacques Garcia, who used plenty of rich fabrics, wood detailing and antique pieces to fill the space. He even took to heart Wilde’s famous last quote —"My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go."—adorning the walls of the room in which the writer died with a bold gold peacock. There’s a Michelin-starred restaurant on site, as well as a spa with a small pool and a hammam. To take a walk down memory lane, take afternoon tea in the bar Le Chic, which has photographs of the hotel’s famous guests.

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    Traveling with the whole family doesn’t mean that you have to relegate yourself to a no-personality hotel. At the five-star Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris, one of the chicest small hotels in the city and located right on the Champs Élysées, children are welcomed with open arms — and gifts upon arrival. The entire property has recently undergone a renovation, debuting an elegant and modern design scheme by Jacques Garcia, with subtle gold hues. Families can opt for a suite, or they can ask adjoining rooms or extra beds. There are three restaurants at the hotel, one of which is Michelin-starred, and while that particular eatery doesn’t have a children’s menu, the other two do. There’s also an indoor pool that kids can enjoy, but it’s more of a tranquil spot than what you’d find at a beach club. If the adults need a break, there’s the lovely spa with a hammam and steam room for some relaxation.

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    Boutique hotels are often designed for romance, with an intimate scale, plush decor and impeccable service. Maison Souquet takes all of these details and elevates them to the next level. The 20-room hotel in South Pigalle (AKA SoPi), the former red-light district at the base of Montmartre, was once a brothel that catered to high-end clientele, but today it’s an entirely different place. Evoking the Belle Époque period, the sexy interiors, like so many others in Paris, were designed by Jacques Garcia and feature rich fabrics like silk drapery, damask wall coverings, and velvet poufs, mixed with wood paneling, gold detailing, antique mirrors, and 19th-century oil paintings. The suites are cozy — they’re called love nests by the staff — but they’re gorgeous and ideal for a romantic stay. Before retreating to your room, have a drink at the moody bar, which also serves light bites, or indulge in the secret spa that you can only enter if you ask for a special key.

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    Yes, Park Hyatt is a well-known brand, and you might be wondering why this property has made it onto a list of boutique hotels. Despite being part of a large luxury chain, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme feels much more like an intimate, boutique property. One of Paris’ ten “Palace” hotels — a distinction above five stars awarded to only the crème de la crème of properties — the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme has a quiet but ultra luxurious and almost sultry atmosphere that often caters to celebrity clientele. Discretion is key here — you feel delightfully secluded once you’re at the property, but you can still take tea on a terrace, drink at a bar, dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant or be pampered at a soothing spa as you would at any other grande dame in Paris, just sans the prying eyes of the public. The entire hotel, designed by Ed Tuttle, has subtle nods to Paris throughout, like the use of Lutetian limestone (the kind found on most Haussmann-style buildings in the city) for its interior walls. But instead of the rooms taking on the traditional Parisian decor that nods to the past, as most Paris luxury hotels do, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is all about dark wood walls, gold trim, and contemporary sculptures by Roseline Granet.

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    Opened in 1885 in the Marais, Les Bains was exactly what its name entails: a bathhouse and spa, one that enticed the likes of Marcel Proust. One hundred years later, however, the historic building claimed its real name to fame — a nightclub known as Le Bains Douches, Paris’ version of New York’s Studio 54. Celebrities from David Bowie to Yves Saint Laurent partied here to tunes by a then-unknown DJ named David Guetta in a space by a then-unknown designer Philippe Starck. The club closed in 2010, only to be reborn as a 39-room luxury hotel in 2015, which, of course, has a nightclub in the basement that still draws an A-list crowd. Quirky design elements from the club still remain, like a graffiti work now in the courtyard and Starck’s mosaic floor in the restaurant. The rooms, while brand new, offer throwbacks to the past, like red sofas imitating Andy Warhol’s famous one from The Factory. While the hotel does have a restaurant on-site, the main attraction is the club, which also has a swimming pool like it did in the old days.

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    Part of the Dorchester Collection, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, like the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, has received Palace designation, and as such, you can expect great things here — especially when it comes to food. The property has five gorgeously appointed restaurants: Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénéé, which has three coveted Michelin Stars, the Art Deco Le Relais Plaza, the more casual La Galerie, and two outdoor restaurants, La Cour Jardin and La Terrasse Montaigne. There’s also the Le Bar, which is worthy of a stop if you don’t feel like splurging on a full meal. Plaza Athénée is truly a foodie’s paradise, and though the price might be high, we definitely think it’s worth it, particularly the decadent brunch at Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénéé. The luxury doesn’t end at the food, with 154 rooms and suites featuring unique design schemes with quintessential Parisian flair, like elaborate moulding on the walls, Louis XIV-style furniture and elegant marble baths. There’s also the Dior Institut spa, which nods to the hotel’s relationship with the fashion designer, who was so inspired by the hotel that he opened his first couture shop across the street and even held a show at the property. 

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    The très chic Hôtel du Petit Moulin is perfect for fashion lovers not only because of its location amid the boutiques and galleries of the Haut Marais, but because of its interior designer, Christian Lacroix. The boutique spot comprises two 17th-century buildings, one of which was home to Paris’ first bakery — in fact, the entrance to the hotel is through a storefront that still proclaims “boulangerie” on its sign. Each of the 17 rooms feature a different look that has elements ranging from 60s mod to traditional Belle Époque, velvet to faux fur, and all done with Lacroix’s colorful flair for the edgy and whimsical. In terms of amenities, the hotel offers a breakfast bar that turns into a cocktail bar on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but guests who are looking for a full meal or a massage must turn elsewhere. That said, Petit Moulin guests can use the spa at the hotel’s sister property, Pavillon de la Reine.