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The best spa hotels in Paris

Relax in the saunas, hammams and pools of the city's best spa hotels

By Elsa Pereira, Karim Merikhi and Houssine Bouchama
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On the lookout for the best spa hotels in the capital? 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.

Looking for more options? Check out the best Airbnbs in Paris.

Paris's best spa hotels

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1. Hôtel Raffles Royal Monceau Paris

Hotels Spa hotels 8e arrondissement

With 149 rooms, a magnificent spa and two restaurants: Le Royal Monceau should blow you away. Art is omnipresent throughout – expect a bespoke concierge art service, an art gallery and a majestic central piece in the lobby. Other distinctive features include beds placed in the centre of the rooms, mirrored bathrooms and dressing rooms, a spa with one of the biggest swimming pools in Paris and 99-seat cinema.

2. Le Narcisse Blanc & Spa

Hotels Invalides

Although Le Narcisse Blanc is within walking distance of the tourist-flanked Eiffel tower and Les Invalides, it provides a luxurious cocoon in the 7th arrondissement. To prolong the peace, there’s a spa complete with a pool, jacuzzi and elegant relaxation beds, plus a sauna, hammam and massage room. Other added extras include terraced gardens and rooms for hire.

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3. Hotel The Peninsula Paris

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This is possibly the most luxurious hotel in Paris. Owned by The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotel company and opened in 2014 and the creators really pushed the boat out to make this a five-star stunner. Upon entering you will pass an imposing pair of lions that lead you into the epic Versailles-esque hall; all decked out in handmade crystal glass, sophisticated mouldings, marble and woodwork. Everything is grand and infinitely beautiful.

Le Cinq Codet
Le Cinq Codet

4. Le Cinq Codet

Hotels Boutique hotels 7e arrondissement

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. 

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5. Nolinski Paris

Hotels 1er arrondissement

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.

Molitor hotel swimming pool
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6. MGallery Molitor

Hotels Spa hotels 16e arrondissement

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. 

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7. Hôtel Westminster

Hotels Opéra

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.

Hôtel Platine
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8. Platine Hotel

Hotels Boutique hotels Javel

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. 

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Mandarin Oriental
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9. Mandarin Oriental Paris

Hotels 1er arrondissement

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. 

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10. Hôtel La Belle Juliette

Hotels Boutique hotels Rennes-Sèvres

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. 

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Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg
© Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg

11. Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg

Hotels Boutique hotels La Madeleine

The Sofitel Paris Faubourg’s facelift has been inspired by the nearby Saint-Honoré area – the city’s haute-couture haven. So it’s no surprise that it could have come straight off the pages of a fashion magazine. Under the thumb of talented interior decorator Didier Gomez, the Sofitel passes with flying colours in its positioning as one of the best five-star hotels in the city.

Hôtel Design Secret de Paris
© Hôtel Design Secret de Paris

12. Hôtel Design Secret De Paris

Hotels Saint-Georges

Between place de Clichy and Gare Saint-Lazare, in the Saint-Georges area, l'Hôtel Design Secret de Paris will take your breath away. There are 29 rooms and 21 with a private jacuzzi, with decor that offers a surreal six-stop tour of the city. 

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13. Maison Souquet

Hotels Saint-Georges

This hotel’s past is certainly colourful. This former brothel is hidden away from the world and keeps the Belle Epoque Pigalle of yesteryear alive – at least in spirit. Through the discreet frontage, don’t be fooled by Jacques Garcia’s Belle Epoque meets orientalist decor.

14. Hôtel Lancaster

Hotels 8e arrondissement

The devil is in the details and the Lancaster is a stellar example of such mastery. This hotel off the Champs-Elysees has managed to maintain an atmosphere which is both full of soul and feels suspended in time. It might have something to do with its history; it has welcomed many famous celebrities including Marlene Dietrich, Robert Capa and Grace Kelly in the past – all of whom have left some mark on the Lancaster of today. 

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Renaissance République
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15. Renaissance Paris Republique

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From the top of the immense nine floor Hôtel Renaissance République, you can watch skaters and look straight onto the place de la République statue, which is increasingly becoming known as the heart of the city. It’s on the terrace that you can raise a toast or breakfast as the sun rises and the location is ideal – just a few strides from Canal Saint-Martin and Grands Boulevards. 

Boutet
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16. Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet by MGallery

Hotels Charonne

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. 

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17. La Maison Favart

Hotels Grands Boulevards

La Maison Favart might be as close as you’ll get to heaven on earth. Nestled in the confines of the 2nd arrondissement, on the discreet rue Marivaux, the hotel has been neighbours with the Opéra-Comique since 1824. Staff are warm and smiley, while decor is clean without being puritanical, refined and elegant with its pastel tones and plaid carpets.

18. Le Pavillon de la Reine

Hotels Le Marais

Located on one of the most beautiful squares in Paris, the Pavillon de la Reine seems like it's always been there. Staying the night at this luxury hotel is a real treat, like a slice of paradise in the middle of Paris’s beating heart.

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19. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Hotels Chaillot

Based on the novel ‘Lost Horizon’ by James Hilton, the splendid Shangri-La Hôtel Paris (which was once upon a time Prince Roland Bonaparte’s hotel particulier) is in the perfect location on avenue d’Iéna. The book tells of an English diplomat and his three companions, who fall victim to a road accident and are taken in by Tibetans. 

L'Hôtel
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20. L'Hôtel

Hotels Boutique hotels Saint-Germain-des-Prés

L’Hotel is a stone’s throw from the Seine and is steeped in history. It was here, on 13 rue des Beaux-Arts that Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau once frolicked, where Serge Gainsbourg played "Je t'aime moi non plus" for the first time and where Oscar Wilde lived for two years before he died. There are 20 rooms, four on each floor, a restaurant (which has kept its Michelin star since 2006), a cosy bar and an even cosier pool beneath the arches that can be rented out privately to guests by the hour.

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Les Jardins de la Villa & Spa
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21. Les Jardins De La Villa

Hotels Ternes

Close to the Palais des Congrès and complete with a meeting room, this boutique hotel is ideal for businessmen. But tourists in search of a relaxing spot will delight in the spa –including a fitness room, sauna and hammam – which is open from 7am. 

Da Vinci
© Christophe Bielsa

22. Hôtel Da Vinci

Hotels Saint-Germain-des-Prés

The famed Mona Lisa hotel celebrates the master of the Renaissance. Nods to Leonardo are everywhere, from the entrance to the rooms – 204 for example includes the indigo found in ‘Madonna with the carnation’ and the angelic sweetness of ‘The Virgin on the rocks’. Exposed beams and antique lamps in each fragrant room give the place a romantic atmosphere of the Paris of yesteryear.

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Disney's Hotel New York
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23. Disney's Hotel New York

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Yes, you did read that correctly: Disney's Hotel New York is in fact located in Paris, although you can easily forget once inside. Designed by the late American architect Michael Graves, who's particularly known for his postmodernist work, the building is a grand tower of blocks and triangles overlooking the northern point Disneyland Paris. There are red uniformed bell boys on hand, a retro-style diner and a Marvel universe, where you can meet the heroes in person. Head up to the Skyline Bar and you can even glimpse the Big Apple out the window.

Les Matins de Paris
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24. Les Matins de Paris

Hotels Rental apartments Saint-Georges

The 9th arrondissement is well-equipped when it comes to hotels, owing to its geographical situation and its lively reputation. Rue Clauzel, a stone’s throw from rue des Martyrs, boasts several addresses including the great boutique shop Nous at number 19, the vintage store Zach & Sam at number 13, and of course hotel Matins de Paris at number three. 

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