Keep Cozy and Snuggle Down in Paris’s Most Romantic Hotels
Picture the cobblestoned streets, the wrought-iron garden benches, the streetlights glinting onto the Seine. There’s nowhere like Paris, that eternal City of Love, for those seeking an injection of ooh-là-là. For an affair to remember, though, put away that love lock you were planning to click on to one of the city’s bridges. Instead, shrug off your coat and slip off your shoes: ’tis the season for romance, and we’ve rounded up the best eco-chic hotels that the city has to offer:
Hotel La Belle Juliette
A very proper romance flits about this tranquil hotel close to the Luxembourg gardens. Cheery modern bedrooms in the garden wing overlook the pretty greenery, while more classic – though certainly not commonplace – rooms in the main building are a model of Parisian charm and chic. Ask for a room with a claw-footed bath, or simply book into the in-house spa and hammam for a massage à deux and a soak in the small swimming pool.
Hotel & Spa La Belle Juliette
92, rue du Cherche Midi
There are just five suites at this most intimate hotel in historic Montmartre, and each has its own surprising style. One embraces with padded velvet walls, another places a feature bathtub under the eaves, yet another, decorated like a hanging garden, looks into the trees outside. Fashionable Parisians in the know drop in on DJ nights; the dense garden, flourishing with green, is where summer nights settle into sultry.
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre
23, avenue Junot, Pavillon D
The smart 19th-century building is surrounded by the buzz of the neighborhood’s indie boutiques and cafés, but inside it’s all marble mosaics, vintage furniture, a cosy fireplace and, from the top, a view over the city’s picture-postcard rooftops. Each bedroom comes equipped with a fully stocked, custom-made cocktail bar, though the penthouse suite, complete with a record player and collection of vinyl records, is just right for a special-occasion splurge.
90, rue René Boulanger
Grown-up without being grave – the mounted zebra heads make sure of that – this high-end hotel close to the Champs-Élysées has an inviting, clubby feel, and a library cocktail bar to match. Stroll hand-in-hand in the lush private gardens, breathe deep in the cocooning Turkish baths, gaze into each other’s eyes over a Michelin-starred meal, then tumble into one of the elegantly eccentric bedrooms, each beguiling in its own way.
43, avenue Bugeaud
Nudging up against the red lights of the Pigalle quarter, this rakish character imbibes l’amour with a generous dose of le rock ’n’ roll. Black-walled corridors lead to the artist-designed bedrooms: find mirrored disco balls here, ornate graffiti there, and an erotic magazine or two tucked in among the carefully chosen flea-market finds. Play footsie while taking tea in the garden café, or come once the sun sets to clink glasses of champagne cocktails.
8, rue de Navarin
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