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Façade of the Hotel Plaza Athénée, one of the most famous hotels in Paris

Calm and refined lobby of the Hotel Meurice

Courtyard garden of the Hotel Plaza Athénée

Façade of the Hotel Meurice, seen from Les Tuileries

Guestroom at the elegant Hotel Plaza Athénée

Place des Vosges in the Marais has several charming small hotels

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A history of Paris in its rooms and accommodation


Because Paris was relatively untouched by the bombs of WWII, the city's architectural stock extends all the way back to the Renaissance and the late middle ages. Though there are some modern hotels scattered around the outskirts, the best Paris accommodations are found in buildings with a story to tell. Keep in mind that those older buildings often have smaller rooms and space is always at a premium. At the glamorous Hotel Meurice on the Rue de Rivoli, for example, you could spend an extra €100 for every five square meters of space.


The Grand Hotels

The city's most celebrated luxury hotels are concentrated in the 1st and 8th arrondissements. The chic heart of Paris positively rings with legendary names like the Plaza Athénée, Le Crillon - commissioned in the 18th century by King Louis XV, The Ritz and the Four Seasons George V - known by all as the George Cinq. These hotels deliver the highest levels of luxury to demanding clients.

Boutiques and Hotels de Charmes

Boutique hotels range from small but exquisite 5-star luxury hostelries like the Lancaster, once home to Marlene Dietrich to romantic hideaways like the Pavillion de la Reine facing the 17th century Place des Vosges in the Marais. The Left Bank, particularly the area around the Sorbonne and the St. Germain des Prés, as well as le Bastille, are particularly rich territories for smaller, 3 and 4-star boutique hotels of character. 


Modern and Trendy

French designer Philippe Starck made his mark on Paris before spreading it to New York and London. Find his influence at Le Royal Monceau, a hotel and spa on Avenue Hoche in the 8th arrondissement, and the edgy Mama Shelter in Menilmontant, a multicultural area of north-east Paris, not far from the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th arrondissement.

Hidden Gems

Some of the most interesting accommodations, from small hotels to holiday rental apartments, are tucked away in unexpected corners of residential areas. Amid the expensive residential buildings on Ile St. Louis, the Hotel Jeu de Paume is a converted "real tennis" court built for King Louis XIII in the early 1600s. Facing Les Invalides and the tomb of Napoleon in a quiet corner of the 7th arrondissement, the 3-star Hotel de la Tour Maubourg is a refurbished 18th century townhouse with a luxurious private hammam in the basement.


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