Paris is endlessly alluring. How else do you think it earned the nickname the City of Love? Beyond that, this mesmerizing metropolis brims with fantastic five-star stays. But with some many splendid options, it can be overwhelming to choose just one. So, to help make this decision a bit easier, we’ve rounded up a collection of posh standouts that promise—and deliver—a major dose of romance.
Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg
Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg is all about fashion. It occupies the former offices of Marie Claire and is poised within feet of designer shops—notably Chanel, Gucci, and Lanvin—along with the legendary Place de la Concorde. Haute couture inspiration comes to life in every facet of the hotel. Rooms and suites exemplify Parisian chic with photographs of models and plush velvet pillows. Gilded accents enhance to the glamorous aesthetic. In keeping with the theme, you’ll also find Hermès toiletries.
InterContinental Paris Le Grand
The InterContinental Paris Le Grand is old school. No surprise, given that it opened during the reign of Napoleon III. With crystal chandeliers and rich textiles, it reads formal but not stuffy. Rooms that offer fantastic views of the legendary Opera Garnier up the allure. Cafe de la Paix is actually listed as a landmark. The bar is a great spot to grab an aperitif—especially a dirty martini (after all, this is where the cocktail was first created in 1907)—while listening to live piano music.
The Peninsula Paris
The Peninsula has an unparalleled reputation. The latest addition to the impressive portfolio opened in 2014. From the refined ambiance to the modern amenities, it’s nothing short of perfection. The attention to detail is exemplary as are the upscale perks, including TOTO toilets and high-tech iPads. It also boasts 200 spacious accommodations and the largest spa in Paris. While you’re there, head to the rooftop bar for sips and panoramic views. And did we mention all of this is steps from the Arc de Triomphe?
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
Classic luxury meets contemporary comfort. The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is the definition of understated elegance. Exceptional service and refined decor (i.e., signature sculptural fixtures and rotating art exhibitions) are also a hallmark of the hotel. And you can’t beat the location; near Place Vendôme and a 12-minute walk from the Louvre. Despite its perch on a bustling street, it feels like a true respite. From the moment you enter the doors, there’s a sense of serenity. No wonder it received the coveted Palace designation.
Hôtel Ritz Paris
Part of the fabric of the city since 1898, Hôtel Ritz Paris is an institution. Legends such as Coco Chanel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Marcel Proust considered it a second home. This French art de vivre paradise continues to exceeds expectations with impeccable service and gourmet cuisine. Far from a relic, it innovates with exciting events like trendy pop-up shops. Looking to unwind after sightseeing? Book a pampering spa treatment. Oenophiles won’t want to miss wine tasting with head sommelière Estelle Touzet.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Set on Avenue Montaigne, Hôtel Plaza Athénée sits at the intersection of history and high style. Equally enviable as its fashionable address is its red, geranium-clad façade and repute for excellence. This prestigious property captures the joie de vivre of Paris, past and present. Today, it treats guests to the same timeless opulence and undeniable romance that lured the likes of Marlon Dietrich. Sure, the price tag may be steep, but it’s worth it to stay at this 1913 icon.
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
There’s no question the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris is exquisite. The grand entrance with glorious flower displays make quite the first impression...and it doesn’t stop there. Beyond its obvious beauty, this Art Deco landmark delivers a one-of-a-kind experience with gracious hospitality and graceful finishes. Foodies can count their blessings for decadent dining options, including three Michelin-star eateries. And few things are more sublime than sipping champagne in the courtyard. Except, perhaps, hunkering down in a spectacular suite, replete with a sumptuous bed and eye-popping Eiffel Tower vistas.
Grandeur on the Left Bank. Housed in a century-old building in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Hôtel Lutetia epitomizes Parisian charm. Impeccable restoration efforts have resulted in a haven of quality craftsmanship with plenty of local flair and flavor. Gastronomic delights range from Bar Josephine, a swanky drinking den with artisanal bites, to Lutetia Brasserie, helmed by three-Michelin-starred chef Gerald Passedat. Another unique aspect of this stunner is Akasha, the 7,500-square-foot spa thats dedicated to holistic wellness and features a massive swimming pool.
Hôtel de Berri, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris
Since opening in August, Hôtel de Berri has established itself as a top-tier stay. Situated just two blocks off the world-renowned Champs Elysees, it’s easily accessible to everything—stores, restaurants, and monuments. It serves up cool factor with a boutique vibe. Rooms are large and well appointed. Splurge-worthy suites are set up like authentic Parisian apartments with living areas and marble baths. The staff is warm, welcoming, and professional. And the attentive concierge is always on hand to make dinner reservations, coordinate tours, and more.