An insider's guide to the most fashionable hotels in Paris, featuring the top places to stay for parties, cool cocktail bars, chic rooms, pretty courtyards and excellent retaurants, in locations including Rue Saint-Honoré, Avenue Montaigne, the Left Bank and the Marais
Les Bains, Paris
Mythical nightclub Les Bains Douches was reborn in spring 2015 as an arty hotel. It was built in 1885 as a public bath house frequented by Marcel Proust and market workers from Les Halles. An eclectic crowd also marked its heyday as a club in the 1980s and 90s, where local hipsters mixed with top models, rock musicians and film stars, in a décor by a then little-known Philippe Starck. The restaurant and bar have quickly become a fashion-world rendez-vous, already hosting aftershow parties for both Dior and Louis Vuitton Homme. Raf Simons, Nicolas Ghesquiére and Olivier Rousteing are among the names that have danced, dined or slept at the hotel.
Hôtel du Petit-Moulin, Paris
The first hotel designed by Christian Lacroix is a gorgeous intimate hotel amid the contemporary art galleries and fashion shops of the northern Marais. In two linked 17th-century buildings, the reception occupies a bakery frequented by Victor Hugo, still with its painted glass façade. Lush fabrics meet winding corridors and an ancient staircase. The 17 rooms, all different, are inspired by voyages, from star ceiling, 60s tables or Venetian mirrors to catwalk sketches.
Plaza Athénée, Paris
A chic hotel on the Avenue Montaigne, one of the most prestigious haute couture addresses with big name stores (Armani, Dior, Chanel, Vuitton) in close proximity. The grand reception, with brushed oak desks, has showy flower arrangements in silver cones mounted on pillars circling a mosaic marble floor, while the ground-floor Alain Ducasse restaurant has silver banquettes, a wall cabinet of the chef’s culinary equipment and shimmering crystal-drop chandeliers. Rooms have warm yellow, peony and silver colour schemes, others are in more masculine purples set off by cream or soft grey walls with shiny black lacquer furniture and modern art on walls. There's also a Dior spa.
Hôtel Raffles Royal Monceau, Paris
On the avenue between the Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau, grand Royal Monceau was reborn after a Philippe Starck makeover as self-proclaimed luxury art hotel, complete with gallery, art concierge, concept store and cinema. The 149 bedrooms with island beds are a cheerful clutter of eclectic lamps, TVs hidden in mirrors, original artworks and a guitar propped against the wall. Downstairs works particularly well, with an illuminated cocktail bar, seating corners, courtyard garden and French and Tuscan restaurants.
Mandarin Oriental, Paris
On exclusive rue Saint-Honoré, one of the city’s most prestigious shopping streets, flanked by designer boutiques including Emporio Armani, Ballenciaga, Hermes and Dior. The verdant courtyard garden and its wall of cascading foliage provide a soothing sight on arrival in the marble-clad lobby. The look throughout the hotel is cool and contemporary, served up with a slice of the Orient in the form of cherry wood panelling and fine silks. In the rooms, soft rugs, silk throws, warm colours and wonderfully comfy, over-sized beds lend a cosy and homely feel.
Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg, Paris
On a calm street between Concorde and Faubourg St-Honoré, Sofitel Le Faubourg is a magnet for the fashion crowd. Two connected 18th-century mansions just off place de la Concorde house one of the most discreet of Paris’s luxury hotels. The flagship of the Accor group has been recently redesigned in a clever update of classical style with a superb new restaurant. A flock of fashion photos recall its distinctive fashion link as former home of Marie-Claire magazine and round the corner from the Faubourg-St-Honoré fashion boutiques.
Hôtel Bel Ami, Paris
The hotel couldn't be better placed for exploring the bohemian Rive Gauche (Left Bank): the renowned Café de Flore is two minutes' away and the chic boutiques for which the area is increasingly known. The lobby combines neutral black, grey and white with 1960s-style pendant chairs and green velvet furnishings. Cool, but not too cool - as a member of the Design Hotels group, this is how it should be. The rooms are Mad Men meets 1990s acid house, combining clean white lines with furnishings in neon shades.
Hôtel Ekta, Paris
One of the most enjoyable hotels I've discovered recently and very different from what you might expect in Paris. It's a return to the 1960s and 1970s in this converted modern office building just off the Champs-Elysées, which pays homage to the black and white fashion world of Courrèges. After a mirrored staircase à la Chanel, you enter an environment of graphic design, framed photos, back to the future lounge and hidden terrace, and the friendly intimacy of a hotel with just 25 rooms that is fun, comfortable yet unpretentious.
Le Bristol, Paris
The hotel's grand limestone facade overlooks the super-chic rue du Faubourg St-Honoré and close to outlets for some of the world’s best fashion houses and art dealers, this hotel has long attracted a following of celebrities, politicians and diplomats. Opened in 1925, Le Bristol is one of six hotels in Paris awarded official “Palace” status (a notch up from five stars). The jewel in the hotel’s crown is Epicure, the triple Michelin-starred restaurant overseen by chef, Eric Frechon and is one of the best restaurants in Paris.
Hôtel Costes, Paris
Twenty years after it opened, the Costes brothers' first foray into hotelry is still a magnet for the international jetset and a place to spot famous faces. Behind its discreet black entrance is a Jacques Garcia-designed setting with flouncy luxurious rooms, sultry restaurant and chandelier-hung boudoir-style bar. Expect staff with attitude and put on your designer togs if you're here for an afternoon drink in the outdoor courtyard.
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