9-11 Place du Colonel Fabien, 10th
Yes, this is a hostel, but if you’re sending teens/college students through Paris on a European tour, it’s just right—especially if you book a private room: It's bare-bones but clean, spacious, and comfortable. The roof terrace, bar, and living room are ideal hangouts, while the Canal Saint-Martin neighborhood nearby makes fun stomping grounds for the budding hipster.
31 Avenue 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.
Haven In Paris
This is like a luxury Airbnb. Beyond corralling really nice house stays, they offer other concierge services like drivers, babysitters, tours, and more. Their blog is full of great city-wide recommendations. They’re based in the states, which makes the customer service piece leading up to the trip a total breeze.
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.
8 Rue de Navarin, 9th
Close to Pigalle—Paris’s former red light district—Hôtel Amour takes a deep bow to the neighborhood’s tawdry past. There’s a wee bit of erotica on the walls (making this not the best choice if you’re traveling with little ones…it’s like Paris’s version of Chateau Marmont), but the nightclub-esque space is still tasteful: The halls are lacquered in black, the art is cool, and a handful of the hotel’s rooms were designed by artists (Marc Newson, Sophie Calle, and Pierre LeTan all took interior decorating turns). The spaces are small, but that doesn’t really matter—the common areas, like the scene-y bar and outdoor terrace, are where you’ll want to spend most of your time anyway. The space was conceived by night life visionary André Saraiva, who is the force behind Le Baron—he knows how to throw a good party.
18 Rue Bachaumont, 1st
A delight for the design lover, this recently reopened hotel is full of reverence to its Art Deco roots, with modern twists on traditional patterns and furniture. While the beautifully turned-out rooms are cozily petite, the central location right in the Marais and the buzzing, modern bistro-style restaurant downstairs make up for it.
Hotel Grand Amour
18 Rue de la Fidélité, 10th
Hotelier Thierry Costes and artist/club impresario André have come together again for a follow-up to their ever-popular Hotel Amour, doubling the space to accommodate the demand for their particular brand of Parisian cool. Each room is individually decorated with some incredible vintage finds and a scattering of artwork by the likes of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin. Meanwhile, downstairs, the all-day café/bistro is the place to see and be seen by locals, expats, and even Saraiva himself.
9 Rue des Gobelins, 13th
This Latin Quarter hotel is proof that affordable doesn’t necessarily mean scruffy and outdated. Though you won’t find all the creature comforts here, first-time hotelier Vanessa Scoffier has done wonders decorating with a mostly pastel palette, vintage finds, and an overall DIY/Scandi aesthetic. Added benefits, like the super thoughtful concierge service and fresh flowers in your room each day, do go a long way.
3 Rue de Montalembert, 7th
Over the years, we’ve built a lot of wonderful memories here, in part because this is the sort of unpretentious and unfussy hotel that focuses on comfort rather than flash. While it’s fronted by an old-world, Beaux Arts exterior, the rooms are chic and modern.
Hôtel Particulier Montmarte
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.
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