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Grandiose gardens, tucked-away squares, and glowing monuments sitting along the Seine are just a few reasons Paris is a recipe for romance. French fare like croissants, macarons, and freshly baked baguettes don't hurt, either. Set off for the City of Light planning the honeymoon of your dreams that's packed with romance from start to finish, indulging in fine dining as well as the finest of wines, and staying in a suite so stunning, you may never even want to escape those four walls, except to step out on the balcony for sweeping views over the Eiffel Tower. From boutique beauties to magnificent manors, these five Parisian hotels have honeymoon written all over them and are sure to steal your heart away.
Photo: Courtesy of Pavillon de la Reine
After a day strolling through the chic boutiques lining the Marais' streets, head over to the Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris (and one-time home to writer Victor Hugo), and wander under the arches to the Pavillon de la Reine. With its beamed ceilings and perfectly manicured gardens, the vine-covered, 54-room hotel feels like you've stumbled upon your own private countryside manor. The 17th century residence is named after Queen Anne of Austria, who once stayed in the wing leading to the Place des Vosges, and the suites still feel every bit as regal. While you can order around-the-clock room service, it's worth indulging in the luxurious breakfast spread in the library-inspired lounge looking out to the private courtyard.
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Les Bains, the 1970s hotspot on the Parisian club scene frequented by Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger, went through a revival last year, reopening as a 39-room boutique hotel with a club that still pays homage to its past lives as a bathhouse and boîte de nuit. While the nightlife scene is one reason to sleep here post-party, the swanky suites are another. For the ultimate in romance, book the Les Bains Suite that's outfitted with a private terrace, "maxi bar" with vintage crystal, and hammam stocked with goodies from Le Labo.
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A fairytale honeymoon in Paris isn't hard to find if you know where to look. The iconic 90-year-old Le Bristol Paris brings romantic moments to life that seem only possible in movies. This is, after all, the first hotel in Paris to receive the prestigious title of Palace. Eighteenth century-style rooms are swathed in fine fabrics and Louis XV and XVI furniture, with windows overlooking the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Cozy up in the Honeymoon Suite that reigns supreme on the hotel's top floor, with private balconies and panoramic views over the Eiffel Tower. When it comes time for a romantic candlelit dinner, you won't even have to leave the comfort of your room. Chefs will come to your kitchen and prepare a gourmet meal designed by 3 Michelin Star chef Eric Frechon.
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Hidden behind the Champs-Élysées, the 40-room La Réserve is housed inside a 19th century Haussmannian-style mansion that blends Old World charm with modern amenities — think silk-lined walls and tablet-control technology. La Réserve's restaurant, Le Gabriel, just received two Michelin stars and offers a personalized menu designed with your dining preferences in mind. After indulging in a lavish French dinner spread, detox the next day at the hotel's super exclusive spa stocked with Nescens-Swiss products.
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At The Peninsula Paris, located on a side street behind the Arc de Triomphe, couples can cruise the town in style in the hotel's vintage 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. A stay in the opulent, five-star spot is about as decadent as you can get when it comes to honeymoon digs. Suites feature private terraces and rooftop gardens with views overlooking the Arc de Triomphe, while the rooftop restaurant, L'Oiseau Blanc, serves fresh French fare with a view over the most romantic monument of them all: the Eiffel Tower.