The Ritz in Paris was reportedly the first hotel in Europe to provide a bathroom en suite, a telephone and electricity to each room. Things have changed a little since 1898 but the essentials remain the same in this pick of some of the top hotels in the French capital.
1. Citadines Saint Germain
Studio and one-bedroom self-catering apartments which scream location, location, location. Just across the street from the Pont Neuf bridge and moments away from Saint-Michel metro. Pull-out sofas in the one-bedders make them excellent for families.
2. Hotel Waldorf Madeleine
Modern boutique hotel in an old Haussman-style traditional Paris building in the 8th arrondissement. This is the area – just a stone’s throw from the Champs Elysee and Rue Faubourg St Honore - if you want to shop ‘til you drop. Has 45 tastefully decorated rooms with private balconies. Good views of the Eiffel Tower.
3. Victoria Palace Hotel
Five-star hotel in an arresting 1913 stone building just a 10-minute walk from the 17th century Palais du Luxembourg and its lovely gardens. Inside it’s very grand, full of starched table linen, framed portraits and marble. Old fashioned elegance with all mod cons.
4. K+K Hotel Cayre
Light, bright, modern and airy, this up-market boutique hotel is housed in a charming old building of the traditional Parisienne style in Saint Germain des Prés. Check out the funky stairwell. The breakfast buffet gets rave reviews.
5. Le Bristol Paris
Opened in 1925, this elegant hotel is one of the most stylish in the city. Not for nothing was it featured in Woody Allen’s movie Midnight in Paris. The pool on the sixth floor has sexy views and its Michelin starred dining room, Epicure, is said to be one of the best hotel restaurants in Paris.
6. Le Royal Monceau Raffles
After a makeover by French designer Philippe Starck which features a classy mix of eclectic artwork this stylish hotel has emerged as a dramatic and quirky five-star homage to culture, sophistication and design.
7. Mandarin Oriental Paris
A modern hotel just two blocks from the Tuileries, the Mandarin has suites with large outside terraces and beautiful views of the city. The bar in the inner courtyard is popular, as is the two-floor spa and indoor lap pool.
8. Mama Shelter Paris
Young, hip, funky, cool, wild and wacky, this uber-trendy hotel just east of Pere Lachaise cemetery is designed by Philippe Starck and must be the only hotel in Paris that features an in-room photobooth. Free movies, multimedia-heavy, industrial chic design – it’s bonkers but in a good way.
9. Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris
This is certainly one of the best looking hotels in Paris, with its signature red awnings and matching flowers on the balconies. Inside it’s all luxe and sophisticated glamour, its rooms and suites filled with damask, silk and embroidery. It also has an Alain Ducasse restaurant that, quite apart from the food, is a design masterpiece.
10. Ritz Paris
One of Paris’s most iconic hotels has just been reborn after a four-year, multi-million-dollar refurbishment. Started by hotelier César Ritz and chef Auguste Escoffier in 1898 this palatial hotel overlooking the Place Vendome now has 142 luxurious rooms and suites as well as a Turkish bath and indoor pool. The famous Bar Hemingway is again open for business.