A stylish, comfortable hotel always gets our vote, but it's the hotels with pools that really blow their competitors out of the water. Whether you want to burn off all those baguettes or simply wallow away the day's stresses, our picks of the best hotels with pools are sure to float your boat. And if you want to ramp up the relaxation, head to our pick of the best spa hotels.
Paris's hotels with pools
Tucked away in the 8th arrondissement, barely a stone’s throw away from the Champs Elysées, the Royal Monceau-Raffles is one of the most beautiful hotels in the capital, something attested to by its privileged “palace” status (awarded in June 2013). This establishment, atypical to say the least, has all the ingredients for the perfect hotel.
Enter Molitor’s doors and you’ll come face to face with a convertible Rolls Royce Corniche on the hotel carpet, tagged by graffiti artist JonOne. Behind it, a bay window looks out onto the famous swimming pool surrounded by the building which encloses it. Spectacular.
Just a few metres away from Paris’s Comédie-Française theatre you’ll find Nolinski, a luxury hotel created by Pierre Bastid and Emmanuel Savage with the help of interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot. Spread over six floors, Nolinski and its 45 rooms (including 9 suites) offer a taste of the calm, sophisticated Paris sweet life.
Majestically located in between the Eiffel tower and Les Invalides, the Narcisse Blanc Hotel-Spa watches the city through its windows, but remains far from the hustle and bustle of the city, in absolute calm. Le Narcisse Blanc is modelled after Cléo de Mérode, the photo icon of the 20th century, a dancer and muse (immortalised by Nadar, Degas or even Proust) who led a mysterious life.
Located on Avenue Gabriel in the heart of the 8th arrondissement, this classic Haussmannian building is over hundred and fifty years old, with views onto the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais. La Réserve Hotel and Spa is the absolute height of luxury, yet remains in keeping with the strict tradition of Michel Reybier’s other La Réserve hotels in Geneva and Ramatuelle.
For years the epicentre of luxury hotels has been the Golden Triangle in the city's 8th arrondissement, however eastern Paris has finally laid claim to its very own five-star hotel. The Boutet is fully deserving of such an accolade. Located in the trendy Charonne district of Paris, just a stone’s throw from the Place de la Bastille, Le Boutet ticks all the boxes.
There is a fair amount of hype surrounding the seven-storey luxury hotel in the Marais, Les Bains, former home to a club frequented by the likes of Andy Warhol and Yves Saint Laurent in the eighties. It was a risk – the place was shut for years and was threatened by the age-old torment of being deemed ‘better in the old days’. But those in the hotel business hold it in high esteem – it’s about as trendy as it gets.
A classic Saint-Germain-des-Prés building which backs onto a classic Parisian street on one side, and a more contemporary view on the garden side. La Belle Juliette offers two faces but one story, of Juliette Récamier. A nineteenth century heroine who hosted a literary salon and was able to counter most of the intellectuals and politicians of her time.
Ideally, any Paris hotel opening should be inspired by the history, soul and identity of the neighbourhood in which it resides. Romain Trollet, owner of the Square Louvois and Leslie Gauthier, interior decorator, know this all too well. Setting up a stone’s throw from the former Bibliothèque Nationale de Richelieu, in an area long frequented by arts students, literary spirit has naturally bled through the walls.
One of the rare ‘palaces’ to reject Paris’s typical historical architecture, the Mandarin Oriental dares to innovate – and it succeeds. Surrounded by haute couture fashion houses and jewellers in the middle of rue Saint-Honoré, the Mandarin Oriental is inspired just as much by its surroundings at its Asian origins.