Paris boutique hotels we love

Of course, there are the palaces that the capital is so fond of. They are surrounded by boutique hotels, chic cocoons of charm, with a strong character and polite service, whose sometimes hidden addresses are just waiting to be discovered.

Paris is full of hotel nuggets: mansions steeped in history, exquisite decor, tasty details, a gourmet restaurant or a discreet spa. The editors of and Travellers-society have selected 5 Paris boutique hotels for you to discover.


La Maison Favart | A romantic setting

The pitch? Does the name of this Paris boutique hotel ring a bell? It's the name of the founder of the Opéra Comique, Charles-Simone Favart, who lived here with his wife, dancer and actress Justine du Ronceray. The Grands Boulevards are just a stone's throw away, and the view opens naturally onto the famous theater. The lobby immediately gives an impression of intimacy: panelling, cosy furniture, upholstered armchairs, old-fashioned portraits in gilded frames, and a fireplace corner that assumes its modernity.

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The rooms? Each of the 39 rooms - the classics are the smallest - has its own universe, like so many boudoirs: toile de Jouy, velvets and silks, palettes of red and pink, bold stripes and drapes softened by the brown of a sofa, the caning of a seat. The mixes are undeniably daring for successful juxtapositions; each décor is theatrical, of course, but conforms to the requirements of a 4-star hotel: Iphone station, television offering a veritable film library, attractive courtesy tray.

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Gastronomy? No restaurant, but a breakfast room that's like a sour candy: the style is baroque, the buffet particularly well-stocked with a wide choice of viennoiseries, salmon as well as charcuterie, dairy products and cheese. You can also have them served in your room, and the tray will be just as gourmet.

Wellness? A small swimming pool reflected in the mirrors, subdued lighting, a waterfall and water jets, a sauna and this water bed: the charming space dedicated to relaxation does not exclude state-of-the-art equipment in the fitness room. With free access, it can also be privatized for an hour: ideal for a romantic getaway.

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La Maison Favart
39 keys
5, rue de Marivaux, 75002 Paris

Le Grand Mazarin | The new boutique hotel everyone's talking about

The inauguration of this new boutique hotel was attended by the Parisian elite, who came to swoon over this new baby from Maisons Pariente, already known for its portfolio of iconic addresses: Crillon-le-Brave in Provence, Le Coucou in Méribel and Lou Pinet in Saint-Tropez. The 5-star Rue de la Verrerie is the family group's first Parisian establishment. At the helm: archduke Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki, with a dandy look as wise as his projects pulverize hotel codes. The original inspiration is that of the literary salons of yesteryear, revisited in Brudnizki's style: the result is a mix and match of materials, prints and styles that, on paper, are rather clumsy. But in real life , is a delight. The 61 intimate boudoir-style rooms and suites feature the finest French craftsmanship, some with the luxury of a terrace overlooking the late BHV-Marais. At the Le Boubalé restaurant ("little darling" in Yiddish), starred Israeli chef Assaf Granit takes Ashkenazi cuisine to new heights, and his mixed dishes are all delicious. The highlight? In the basement, a swimming pool nestled under vaulted ceilings adorned with a fresco by artist Jacques Merle.

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Le Grand Mazarin
61 keys
17 rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris

Hôtel Monsieur Aristide | Le passé retrouvé

An address of old-fashioned charm in the heart of Montmartre, a stone's throw from the funicular up the Butte, yet in a quiet street. A simple storefront that doesn't hint at this leap back in time to the Belle Époque. A dark wooden counter, a genuine Wurlitzer jukebox - in working order - and this carefully selected furniture. just 25 rooms, often admittedly small: 13m2 for the classics, but 36m2 for the apartment opening onto the garden. Wood and rattan, old telephones and radios - reconverted into Bluetooth speakers - the spirit of recuperation of this patinated decor is totally sought-after.

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In the bar-restaurant, the terrazzo floor is made from the former hotel's rubble, the woodwork is from certified sources, and even the fabrics have been recycled. And here again, we plunge into a forgotten Paris. Barely thirty covers inside, but a terrace in summer. The menu is short, the dishes have a Mediterranean flavour and, as an aperitif, you can share a mezze while sipping an Italian cocktail on the charming patio.

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Hôtel Monsieur Aristide
25 keys
3, rue Aristide Bruant, 75018 Paris

Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa | Romanticism on every floor

Nestled in a Haussmann building on the Left Bank, Le Narcisse Blanc is a charming sanctuary, the flagship of the French group Lignée Hôtels et Domaine, which also owns Maison Favart in Paris and Yndo Hôtel in Bordeaux. Its wildly romantic design is inspired by ballet dancer Cléo de Mérode, a Belle Époque muse who turned many heads: Klimt, Nadar, Lautrec, Degas... Once past the lobby of this Parisian boutique hotel dressed in black and white marble and fresh flowers, you enter a world where elegance is evident in every detail, such as the scent of the signature perfume specially designed for the hotel. In the 37 rooms and suites with their pearly hues and silky fabrics, cocoons bathed in light with, for the most highly-rated, an unbeatable view of the Eiffel Tower. Then there's the spa, with its heated counter-current pool, whirlpools and Clarins treatments. The excellent Cléo gourmet restaurant, orchestrated by Canadian chef Zachary Gaviller, is an address to consider for intimate dining.

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Le Narcisse Blanc
37 keys
19 boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg, 75007 Paris

Maison Albar Hotels - Le Vendome | Comme à la maison

This 5-star hotel in the Opéra district has the feel ofhome . An address for couples and families alike. Its two late 19th-century buildings house 51 rooms, sublimated by decorator Fabien Roque with white marble and parquet flooring, thick carpets and emerald green accents. It's easy to fall in love with the Opéra suite, which seems to admire the dome of the Palais Garnier from its terrace. For a cocktail, linger at the Yakuza by Olivier bar, where contemporary copper frescoes and duck-blue velvet blend harmoniously. You can also indulge in its Japanese garden, with its hushed atmosphere, yet just a stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of the Grands Boulevards. There's definitely something exotic about Yakuza by Olivier.

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But it goes far beyond the Japanese classics you might expect to find in the names of the dishes; here, the bold fusion with the Mediterranean really overwhelms the senses: a must-try, a must-adopt. Just like the Carita Spa, intimate with its sleek indoor pool, eclectic in its feminine and masculine treatments, invigorating with its experiential showers.

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Maison Albar Hotels Le Vendome
51 keys
7 rue du Helder, 75009 Paris, France

All locations are independently selected by our specialist journalists. If you make a reservation, we may receive an affiliate commission.


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