On the lookout for the best spa hotels in Paris? After a few days pounding the pavements of Paris, there is no greater luxury than slipping into a tranquil oasis of a pool before sweating out the city's toxins (and yes, perhaps the red wine) in a steam room. And because you shouldn't return from a holiday more exhausted than when you left, we think it's worth paying a little bit extra for the use of a pool, hammam and sauna. So after a hard day of conquering your Paris bucket list, you can relax in a spa environment fit for royalty. Here is our pick of the best spa hotels in Paris.
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Watch out – this might be a case of love at first sight. Located in the 8th arrondissement, just a few steps from the Champs Elysees, the Royal Monceau-Raffles is one of the most beautiful hotels in the French capital, justifying being awarded its status as a luxury hotel in 2013. Unusual it may be, but it has all the features to make it a five star hotel.
There’s no shortage of admiration-worthy places in Paris – Tour Montparnasse and the Sacré Coeur to name but a few. 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.
This is the most recent addition to the luxury hotel scene in Paris and no doubt one of the most successful. After four years of intense renovations, The Peninsula Paris opened its doors in 2014 with the clear aim of becoming the most beautiful hotel in Europe.
Okay, so the 7th arrondissement – halfway between Ecole Militaire and Les Invalides – may not be a popular location for Paris’s high-class hotels. But that doesn’t mean you should give this one a miss: since opening in 2014, Cinq Codet has proved itself as one of the finest five star hotels in the capital.
The opening of the MGallery Molitor made quite a splash. The famous Art Deco swimming pool was defunct for twenty years after closing its doors in 1989. However, after two years of colossal work, the mythical establishment of the 16th arrondissement has reincarnated as a luxurious complex complete with five star hotel, restaurant and spa.
The famous Hotel Westminster on rue de la Paix shines with British elegance. The building was once a private townhouse but became a hotel in 1905 and following a welcome makeover in 2015, it now boasts 101 rooms, comprising 80 rooms and 21 suites. Venerated designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has kept the spirit of the past alive, with stately crystal chandeliers, marble fireplaces, period console tables and vintage clocks.
The spirit of Marilyn Monroe has been kept alive in the 15th arrondissement, not far from the Beaugrenelle shopping complex. A true shrine to the star, the hotel catapults you into a world of fifties sass with Vincent Bastié, architect and renowned hotel decorator at the helm.
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.
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.