8th Arrondissement Hotels
Hôtel du Rond Point des Champs-Élysées
10 Rue de Ponthieu, 8th
This elegantly restored hotel is a mere five minutes from Paris’s center of gravity, the Champs-Élysées, which really means it’s five minutes from everything. The first thing to note is that there is an actual hammam in the basement. After a long day of sightseeing, a few laps in the pool followed by a steam is a healing balm for exhausted feet and sore muscles. Aesthetically, the Art Deco influence is quietly done and hidden in the details, like the lamps, the restrained use of marble (and the not-so-restrained use of stripes to beautiful results), pretty velvet upholstery, even the occasional in-room porthole. Unbeatable location aside, the attentive staff and excellent service catapult this new hotel to the top of the short list of excellent places to stay. The adorably small hotel bar and the sexy dining room make leaving that much harder.
16 Rue de la Pépinière, 8th
At Hotel Le Belleval, the floral theme is obvious (the hallways are done in contrasting floral carpeting and wallpaper) but not overwhelming (the occasional petal-patterned cushion or upholstered armchair, the odd framed print of a rose or lily), just enough to pay homage to the botanist the hotel is dedicated to. All fifty-two guest rooms feel like a breath of fresh air with their elegant navy walls, floor-to-ceiling windows looking over the rooftops of Paris, and beautifully outfitted bathrooms. The hotel restaurant is refreshingly low-key with a natural, mostly organic menu that is the perfect antidote to too many plates of steak-frites. Additional perks are the interior courtyard which feels like a secret garden in the middle of the city and the library—a godsend for the traveler who needs to mix work with play.
34 Rue Jean Mermoz, 8th
The fairly recently opened Amastan is the first flagship for a new luxury hotel group by the same name. Located at the upscale cross section of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the hotel offers a surprisingly secluded getaway from the streets below, especially if you book a room with a furnished balcony overlooking the leafy garden. The magic here is in the thoughtful, often exquisite design details, like blue herringbone parquet walls and a two-story bookshelf packed with design titles and curios. Plus, the adjacent Pop-In space features art, design, and fashion collaborations curated by the great minds at Purple and London-based branding studio Campbell-Rey.
112 Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, 8th
This family-run hotel has been around just shy of a century, and while all the old-world hospitality rituals are observed (super-attentive staff, pristine interiors) it’s the modern luxuries, like a La Prairie spa, and three Chef Eric Frechon-helmed restaurants (two of which tout Michelin stars) that make it one of the best in the city. What’s more, the recently renovated rooms are uncharacteristically spacious for Paris and the suites are downright sprawling. The pool, epic play room, and lush courtyard are almost as popular with the littlest guests as the resident Burmese cats, Fa-Raon and Kléopatre.
31 Ave. George V, 8th
Built in 1928, this opulent, eight-story hotel—just steps from the Champs Elysée—is pretty much the gold-standard for city-based, luxury hotels. It’s never a bargain, but if your budget can support the splurge, there’s really no better place to stay. Besides the lavishly-appointed rooms, the service is superb, the restaurant boasts a Michelin-star, and the location is hard to beat.
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre
23 Ave. Junot Pavillon D, 8th
This once-grand mansion turned five-room chic hotel was recommended to me by a discerning travel journalist. He had just gone to the opening and said it was really special and worth checking out. Each room is distinctly decorated by various artists. I’ve never stayed in Montmartre, but I love the idea of being in that area of Paris.
La Maison Champs-Elysées
8 Rue Jean Goujon, 8th
Smack in the middle of Paris’ Golden Triangle (Avenue Montaigne, the Champs-Élysées, and the Grand Palais), Martin Margiela—known and loved for his very specific and very conceptual spin on fashion—doesn’t immediately come to mind as a likely candidate for a second career as a hotel interior decorator. After all, his namesake boutiques tend to be impossible to find and packed with thrilling—though stark—design flourishes. But there’s nothing cold about Le Maison Champs-Elysée: It’s cool and other-worldly, but its architectural moments (neon signs, chairs draped to resemble ghosts, a rhomboid concierge desk) never compromise the comfort.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
25 Ave. Montaigne, 8th
After procuring three adjacent buildings on Avenue Montaigne, the Hôtel Plaza Athénée underwent a significant expansion: Marie-José Pommereau, who undertook the hotel’s Royal Suite renovation in 2012 (i.e., Paris’s most expensive stay, at €20,000 per night), oversaw a majority of the update. The red awnings and matching flower boxes have become as synonymous with Paris as the Eiffel Tower or the Seine. The rooms are elaborate and fitting with the rest of the hotel's classic, elegant flourishes. What you really need to know about: the restaurants. In stark contrast to the classic surroundings is Alain Ducasse's spot, which looks like it belongs in a science fiction movie. The courtyard café, Le Cour Jardin, is a feast for all of the senses. And if you choose to keep it casual in La Galerie and are in the mood to make a meal of a massive salad, order the McCarthy.
42 Ave. Gabriel, 8th
No Romantic Escapes list would be complete without a Parisian getaway, and our pick for romance in the city of lights is the La Reserve. Located on Avenue Gabriel in the 8th arrondissement, it’s ideally located near the golden triangle, steps from the Louvre, within striking distance of the Eiffel tower, and near a laundry list of excellent white-tablecloth, candle-lit restaurants. The hotel’s interiors were done by French interior designer Jacques Garcia, who was also behind New York’s Nomad and the casino at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Garcia’s designs fit every fantasy one could have about Paris, featuring luxe wallpaper, marble bathrooms, enormous white beds, and quaint balconies perfect for a morning coffee and croissants (ask for a room with a view of the Eiffel tower). For longer stays, La Reserve is home to several apartments—the décor in the sister spaces feels more Scandinavian than Parisian, at least compared with the hotel itself, but the rooms are equally comfortable if slightly less romantic.