Paris brims with hotels, so making a choice for your next stay can be a daunting experience. It feels like a new hotel pops up everyday, but if you go with one of the five intimate pieds-à-terre we’ve selected, you can be sure of what you’re getting. Centrally located, from Saint Germain des Près to the Marais, our recommendations come with lavish touches and plenty of privacy.
1. A new Saint-Germain pied-à-terre at Hotel Da Vinci
The hotel where the infamous thief of the Mona Lisa hid the painting in 1911 when he stole it from the Louvre, is located in Saint Germain des Près, close to the picturesque River Seine, and the Louvre and Orsay museums. Inside, the quaint lobby has a real log fire burning in the winter months. Next door is an elegant tearoom inspired by the famous Florian Café of San Marco in Venice. In the basement is a large Jacuzzi set under arches and dotted with twinkling lights inspired by the colours Da Vinci used. The 24 rooms are decorated based on the work of Italian quattrocento artists including Botticelli, Michelangelo and Caterina de'Medici. The style is understated with touches of the period like a caqueteuse chair, narrow wardrobes and brass globe-shaped lanterns. Refined, neat and laid-back The Da Vinci is a perfect choice in a central Left-Bank spot.
2. Le Chavanel, a fashionista favourite in Madeleine
Designed by Anne Peyroux and Emmanuèle Thisy and tucked between two Haussmannien stone façades near Madeleine, is a family-owned boutique hotel that's a favourite with the fashion crowd. Peyroux and Thisy, who also designed Hôtel de Sèze and the slick five-star Dupond-Smith in this list, were inspired by the work of Sophie Hallette, who created the lacework for Kate Middleton's wedding dress, when fashioning the interior of Le Chavanel. Delicate lace hangs from the windows, echoing the boutique's backlit headboards and soft cashmere fabrics. Bright dashes of sea blues and burnt oranges bring warmth, while the lamps, adorned with multi-coloured silkworm cocoons, add a cheerful homemade edge to the interiors. It's a comfortable contemporary address to keep in mind when in need of somewhere central to stay.
3. Going incognito at the Dupond-Smith in the Marais
The incognito themed boutique hotel Dupond-Smith occupies a prime spot in the heart of the Marais. Another design by duo Anne Peyroux and Emmanuèle Thisy, the style varies throughout the eight bedrooms. The lemon yellow James Jewel suite features a laid-back retro style with an generous bed and soft cotton sheets as well as a huge smooth white oval freestanding bath whereas other rooms might be more compact but each has its highlight like the beamed ceiling in the Clara Gazul or the flowery swirls of the walls in the Mr Mojo Risin room. The Dupond-Smith is an understated affair with five-star touches like Maison Margiela bathrobes and Diptyque products in the bathrooms.
4. Hôtel de Sèze, a hushed haven in Madeleine
Along a side street that leads to Madeleine, this 22-room boutique hotel is one of the most comfortable in the city. With its soothing Art Deco influenced interiors including natural materials like pearl and velvet, the rooms offer a cosy pied-à-terre for travellers desiring proximity to the city centre and shopping areas. Our favourite is the junior suite, with its romantic beamed ceiling and separate living area. The luxurious deep blue and red graphic wallpaper adds a lavish touch that brings out the quintessential Parisian character of the building. All the rooms all have a very soothing, hushed atmosphere. And for aching muscles, there is also a romantic blue tiled steam room in the basement.
5. Le Petit Paris, a funky favourite in the Latin Quarter
Another winner, Le Petit Paris lies in the heart of the Latin Quarter only steps from the Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon, a particularly beautiful spot at night. Stop off here and have a beer at the Bombardier pub to experience the full ambiance. Dating back to the 18th century, the hotel building was formerly a coaching inn under Napoleon III before it served as a family home during the Belle Époque and a hub for the artists of Montparnasse.. Inside, the décor is signed Sybille de Margerie designer of the Hotel de Paris in Saint Tropez and Le Cheval Blanc Hotel in Courchevel. Each of the 20 rooms is individually designed with de Margerie's signature cheerful seventies patterns and bright hues that look like they were picked out from Austin Powers' lair. Each room is designed according to an era: Medieval, Louis XV, Napoleon III, the roaring 20s or the swinging 70s. Heavily patterned wallpapers and bright dashes of limegreen; red or orange mark the pleasant rooms that also come with bespoke lighting and furniture by the designer.