Audrey Hepburn famously said, ‘Paris is always a good idea’, and I’m sure there are many of us who agree. As the city of love, naturally its hotels reflect that too. The most romantic hotels in Paris are also some of the most romantic ones in the world. Of course, different couples have different ideas of what makes a romantic stay. While some on this list will check off traditional romantic boxes, others get creative with it with unexpected settings. Whatever you’re looking for, here’s our pick of the most romantic hotels in Paris to sweep your loved one’s feet away.
1. Le Pavillon de la Reine
Le Pavillon de la Reine is a romantic hideaway in the heart of Le Marais. Built in 1612 by King Henry IV of France, the hotel’s name is a nod to the building’s history, in honour of Queen Anne of Austria who once stayed here. You have to enter the hotel through a peaceful courtyard garden, and the property offers the understated sophistication of a private home with all the service, charm and elegance of a grand palace. The interiors have been updated, equipped with a spa and a bar, but many of the romantic charms remain the same as Anne’s time.
2. Shangri-La Paris
The one-time mansion of Prince Roland Bonaparte, great nephew of Napoleon, Shangri-La Paris is undoubtedly one of the most romantic hotels in Paris today. Especially if you get the rooms with the most enviable Eiffel Tower views in the city. Other endless possibilities for romance include long walks along the Seine, which is right alongside the hotel. Or a couple’s massage in the Chi Spa, before ending the day with an Eiffel-view dinner on the summer terrace.
3. The Saint James Paris
What can be more romantic than staying at a country-style château? Set in a 19th-century château mansion, The Saint James invites guests on an amazing journey through time. It exudes a modern and timeless Parisian chic but also the soul of a real home. On the inside, the hotel is individually decorated. Think tartan wallpaper to a black and white grand staircase with whimsical hot air balloon prints. The bedrooms are also cheerfully eccentric, each with their own decor and shape. You’ll love the huge windows overlooking the garden, as well as being walking distance away from most key sights.
4. Déclic Hotel
For something romantic with a touch of outer space, look no further than Déclic Hotel. This unique establishment is designed by Sandrine Alouf, an ‘atmospherist’ who combines decor and stories to take guests on a motionless journey. The rooms are truly magical with a telescope that is within reach of the bed, luminous plexiglass furniture, and a moving, glowing night sky which covers every surface. Déclic also has its own photo studio, the best way to make your romantic stay last far into the future.
5. Maison Souquet
Maison Souquet offers a different take on romance. A former pleasure house, celebrity French designer Jacques Garcia has since used his magic to create bewitching, blood-red interiors from the finest silks, satins and velvets. There are just 20 rooms each named after a different courtesan. The interiors are plush and dark, emanating a sensual and erotic vibe. Outside of your room, enjoy a walk in the glass-roofed conservatory with lots of mirrors. Or sip on drinks at the library-like bar by the fireplace. For an extra touch of decadence, you can also reserve the hotel’s spa and pool for private use!
6. Le Royal Monceau Raffles
Creative and art-loving couples will no doubt enjoy a stay at Le Royal Monceau Raffles. The property hosts headline-grabbing art exhibitions and boasts a scintillating art collection. Josephine Baker, Ray Charles and Coco Chanel were all fans of the hotel. With a striped optical-illusion wallpaper in the corridors and a maze-like mirrored spa, there is also a little bit of an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ vibe here. Besides the art, make sure to also devour some designer sushi at the Nobu-helmed Matsuhisa restaurant.