Paris's best spa hotels
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.
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.
This is possibly the most luxurious hotel in Paris. Owned by The Hongkong 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.
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.
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 5-star hotels in the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
In addition to the impressive Disneyland Paris Hotel overlooking the park, there's Disney’s Hotel New York. It’s the most interesting in the leisure complex, as well as the most ‘American’, designed by the hugely accomplished architect Michael Graves – a New York style setting, located just minutes away from the park, at the most Northern point of the ‘Disney Lake’.
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.