Romantic hotels in Paris

The cream of the crop for canoodling

© Chris Goldberg

Plot your perfect city break to Paris with the help of our guide to the city's most romantic pieds-à-terre. These gorgeous hotels deliver exclusive love nests, luxury suites and quirky hideaways to suit all budgets – and we've tried and tested them all, so can testify to their amorous overtones... 

Saint James Paris

Located a 20 minute walk from the Champs Elysées, the Saint-James Paris is an elegant 19th-century building in its own private garden. Spa facilities are available on site.All the air-conditioned rooms and suites have a refined decor and offer free Wi-Fi internet access. A flat-screen TV and minibar are available in each.Breakfast can be enjoyed in guests' rooms each morning. Guests are invited to relax in the hotel's library bar or enjoy a meal in a gourmet restaurant with a terrace... 

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16th arrondissement

Hôtel Bourg Tibourg

The Bourg Tibourg has the same owners as Hôtel Costes and the same interior decorator - but don't expect this jewellery box of a boutique hotel to look like a miniature replica. Aside from its enviable location in the heart of the Marais and its fashion-pack fans, here it's all about Jacques Garcia's neo-Gothic-cum-Byzantine decor – impressive and imaginative. Scented candles, mosaic-tiled bathrooms and luxurious fabrics in rich colours create the perfect escape... 

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The Marais

L'Hôtel

For the ultimate sensuous, decadent Parisian trip with scintillating literary overtones, head for the sumptuous L’Hôtel in St-Germain-des-Prés. The swanky yet understated location is perfect for dirty weekenders, set just a dreamy wander away from the bouquiniste-studded banks of the Seine bordering the Ile de la Cité, through gracious streets scattered with bijou boutiques and exclusive galleries. Elsewhere in the quartier, St-Germain-des-Prés has its own ravishing indoor market... 

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6th arrondissement

Hôtel de la Trémoille

Chic yet cosy, grand yet friendly, the elegant Hôtel de la Trémoille is on another level. The high-end restaurant-bar-lounge plus spa and fitness facilities have made it a serious competitor to the other, less individual palaces nearby. The 93 rooms are decorated to evoke no fewer than 31 different 'atmospheres', and the bathrooms are filled with a kaleidoscope of Molton Brown products. A unique feature is the 'hatch', which enables room service to deliver your meal without disturbing you... 

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Champs Élysées and western Paris

Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

Visitors lucky (and wealthy) enough to manage to book a suite at the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre will find themselves in one of the city's hidden gems. Nestled in a quiet passage off rue Lepic, in the heart of Montmartre and opposite a mysterious rock known as the Rocher de la Sorcière (witch's rock), this sumptuous Directoire-style house is dedicated to art, with each of the five luxurious suites personalised by an avant-garde artist. The private garden conceived by Louis Bénech... 

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Montmartre

Mama Shelter Paris

In the 20th district in central Paris, this stylish hotel was designed by Philippe Starck. It offers ultramodern guest rooms with an iMac computer.Each air-conditioned guest room has free Wi-Fi access and all of the private bathrooms include a hairdryer and amenities.Traditional French cuisine is served in the brasserie-style restaurant at hotel Mama Shelter, and there is also a pizzeria. Guests can enjoy cocktails in the Chic-Chic bar and a buffet breakfast is prepared every morning... 

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20th arrondissement

Hôtel Thoumieux

In Paris’ 7th arrondissement (district), just a 15 minute walk from The Eiffel Tower, this hotel offers rooms with an iPad and free Wi-Fi access. Guests can enjoy French cuisine in the hotel’s stylish restaurant. The air-conditioned guest rooms are elegantly decorated and feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels. You can enjoy Illy coffee in your room and the marble private bathrooms come with free toiletries and bathrobes. Breakfast is served each morning and includes fresh pastries, homemade jams and eggs...

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7th arrondissement

Le Meurice

Le Meurice is a hotel palace in central Paris. It features a 3-star Michelin restaurant as well as a spa and a fitness center with massage treatments.Each air-conditioned and soundproof room has classic decor with a modern twist and a marble bathroom. The rooms come equipped with a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station.Alais Ducasse is the chef of Le Meurice’s restaurant, which serves gourmet French cuisine. Meals are served in the grand dining area...

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1st arrondissement

Hôtel Hi Matic

Between the lively Place de la Bastille and the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, this eco-friendly hotel is designed by Matali Crasset and features contemporary guest rooms with an iPod docking station. The sleeping area has a memory foam mattress on a platform. Satellite TV and free Wi-Fi access are provided, and all rooms have a shower and a hairdryer. The Hi Matic hotel has an automatic check-in machine, allowing guests 24-hour access to the hotel... 

Le Marceau Bastille

Just over a quarter mile from Bastille Square, this 4-star hotel offers stylish guest rooms with free Wi-Fi access. It provides a 24-hour front desk and fitness center.The air-conditioned rooms at Le Marceau Bastille feature a minibar. Each room comes with a TV with satellite channels. All rooms have a private bathroom and are serviced by an elevator.At hotel Le Marceau Bastille, a buffet breakfast is served every morning. Guests can also enjoy a drink in the hotel bar while reading the international newspapers... 

Hôtel Edgar

Hôtel Edgar is located in the heart of Paris, just 750 metres from Grands Boulevards and 1 km from the Pompidou Centre. The hotel features a contemporary décor, a terrace and free Wi-Fi internet access.Each air-conditioned guest room at Hôtel Edgar is uniquely designed by a different artist and includes a flat-screen TV with cable channels. They offer an electric kettle and a view of the small square in front of the hotel. A buffet-style breakfast is served in the morning and brunch... 

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2nd arrondissement

Hotel du Petit Moulin

In the Marais district of Paris, Hotel du Petit Moulin is a boutique hotel entirely decorated by Christian Lacroix. The Picasso Museum is only 320 yards away and Notre Dame is one mile from the hotel.All rooms are unique and have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, minibar and safe. The private bathroom includes a bathrobe.A continental breakfast is available each morning and it can be served in the guest’s room or in the hotel’s bar. Restaurants are found within walking distance of the hotel... 

Hotel Esmeralda

Hotel Esmeralda, situated just across the river from Notre-Dame, takes its name from the hunchback’s heartbreakingly beautiful gypsy love interest in Victor Hugo's novel – a fittingly romantic association. Nestled between the Melkite Greek church of St-Julien-le-Pauvre and the Shakespeare & Company bookshop... 

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5th arrondissement

Hôtel Chopin

Handsomely set in a historic, glass-roofed arcade next door to the Grévin museum, the Chopin's original 1846 façade adds to its old-fashioned appeal. The 36 rooms are quiet and functional, done out in either salmon and green or blue.

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9th arrondissement

Good Morning Paris

This company has 100 rooms in the city. Prices range from €69 to €109 for doubles, and €106 for an apartment that sleeps two to four people. There's a minimum stay of two nights.

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5th arrondissement

Hôtel de Nesle

Only nine of the 20 rooms are en suite, but all are decorated with colourful murals, and many overlook a charming garden courtyard.

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St Germain des Prés

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