The City of Lights: it’s the place to stroll down boulevards, gaze at world-famous art and eat like a king – but where should you bed down when it’s time for lights out? As the capital city of the world’s most-visited country, the choice of where to stay in Paris is mindboggling, with thousands of accommodation options, from budget hostels to luxury hotels, and B&Bs to self-catering apartments.
As a France specialist, I’ve stayed in hundreds of hotels across l’Hexagone, but nothing quite compares to the je ne sais quoi of the kind of Parisian abodes which can, in themselves, become a highlight of any stay in the French capital.
But style doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank; there are plenty of superb hotels offering great service, exquisite decor and a peaceful night’s sleep without getting into debt. It’s what we at The Independent call “real-world luxury”. So take a peek at these before your next trip to Paris.
Hotel des Grands Boulevards opened in December 2017 (Hotel des Grands Boulevards)
From London’s Experimental Cocktail Group comes Hotel des Grands Boulevards, a chic new property located in a 300-year-old manor house close to some of Paris’ best shopping streets, which opened in December 2017. Wonderfully discreet, it’s reached via a secret corridor and has its own quiet courtyard and terraces.
The 50 rooms have been created by Parisian designer Dorothée Meilichzon, and have handmade beds from Brittany with satiny, 300-threadcount sheets, while some rooms offer bathtubs big enough for two. There’s also an Italian restaurant and a terrace cocktail bar with views of Paris. The best bit? Despite its buzzing central location, the bedrooms promise complete silence.
Doubles from €200, room only
Hoxton Paris is popular for its Moroccan-inspired cocktails (Hoxton Paris)
The newest addition to Paris’ design hotel scene is a British export. The Hoxton Paris, which opened in summer…