When I first visited Paris, my trip largely consisted if an overpriced stay in a sub-standard hotel, a pastry-filled breakfast, queuing to get up the Eiffel Tower and coffee next to the Arc de Triomphe. However, the modern traveller is becoming increasingly difficult to please as their tastes for unique experiences evolve. Thankfully for us, Paris is always ahead of the game when it comes to ever-evolving trends, and they certainly don’t miss a beat when it comes to their extensive selection of quirky boutique hotels.
From instagram-worthy vintage décor to romantic boutique hideaways and those packed with buckets of elegant character and charm. Typically small and super-stylish, boutique hotels offer a remarkable experience for travellers that is far from the standard chains that we’re often used to. Swap copy-and-pasted room designs for individually decorated spaces, buffet-style breakfasts for lavish spreads on scenic balconies and off the beaten track for bang in the centre of the action. Once you go boutique, you will never go back!
Here is my pick of the very best Paris boutique hotels in 2021, specially handpicked for their unique style, stand-out facilities and charming character. Go ahead and take your pick…
For more hotel inspiration, be sure to go check out our recommendations for the 10 best romantic hotels in London.
What is a Boutique Hotel?
Boutique hotels make for a great stay when travelling. They have something to offer everyone – whether you ‘re looking for the height of luxury or something a little lower priced. A boutique hotel is the ideal compromise for those who prefer to have their own space, but who don’t have the budget to splurge on a luxury 5-star hotel.
While there are no strict guidelines that determine what makes a ’boutique hotel’, most do have a range of distinctive characteristics that stand out. Boutique hotels tend to be small, sophisticated and stylish and are usually located in a city’s fashionable urban districts. Relative to other hotels, boutique hotels are generally smaller, more intimate and tend to focus heavily on interior design. The main appeal of these unique hotels lies in their quality services, insta-ready backgrounds, eye-catching decor and superior location.
Some of the main features of a boutique hotel are:
- Smaller in size
- Unique in character
- Attention to design
- Situated in fashionable urban areas
- Personalised services
The Best Boutique Hotels in Paris 2021:
- Location: Place des Vosges
- Price: Doubles from £440
- Best for: Privacy seekers
The Cour Vosges is truly one of the most individual hotels in Paris. With just 12 rooms, all decorated for a contemporary stay anchored in its Parisian past, this boutique hotel successfully pays homage to its 17th-century history. Located on the oldest square in Paris, Place des Vosges, guests of this boutique hotel can gaze out of their stylishly decorated rooms onto its stunning Louis XIII architecture, blush-pink buildings and perfectly preened gardens. Subtly wedged between a traditional French brasserie and a modern patisserie, the home-away-from-home townhouse exterior of Cour des Vosges is much more intimate than your usual hotel in Paris.
On entering this historic mansion, the dim lighting, arched ceilings and art-filled walls will have you feeling as though you’ve time-travelled straight back to the medieval times. The unusual interplay of modern and ancient design doesn’t stop in the hotel lobby. Follow the spiralling stairways up to the rooms of this boutique hotel and feast your eyes on a inspiring blend of carved stone sculptures, antique mirrors and sharp angles. Somehow, this unique decor works, particularly against the backdrop of the pastel hues of Place des Vosges’ brick facades.
- Location: 2nd Arrondissement
- Price: Double rooms from £162
- Best for: Travellers with a smaller budget.
Neatly tucked away down an unassuming alley off bustling Boulevard Poissonnière, Hotel Des Grands Boulevards delivers luxury shops, brasseries and bars right on its fancy doorstep. The 2nd Arrondissement is fast becoming the place to stay in Paris thanks to its 19th-century covered passages, the busy vibe of a business district and close proximity to the big sights and attractions.
Inside this Paris boutique hotel, you will find true 18th-century Parisian elegance with a sprinkling of avant garde design, courtesy of renowned designer Dorothée Meilichzon. Stately furniture nods to the building’s history, including four-poster beds, red marble-topped tables and glazed wardrobes. But the hotel doesn’t stop there – putting their own unique twist on the building’s history, they have combined revolution-era styling with rustic design pieces, such as coated walls and word wooden furniture.
- Location: Marais
- Price: Double rooms from £496
- Best for: The dark and mysterious.
Situated on trendy boutique and bar strewn Rue de Temple in the popular Marais district, the Sinner boutique hotel is truly deserving of its 5 stars. Unlike any other regular or boutique hotel in Paris, Sinner takes inspiration for its unique decor from Catholicism with a rather seductive twist. Wooden panelling, stained-glass windows, dimly lit corridors and the scent of incense all add to the mysterious, rather provocative charm of this luxury Paris hotel. Take the lift up to your room for a slightly softer, airy vibe, but don’t expect the seduction to end there – the room decor continues to be more than a bit risque, with its evocative contemporary artwork, bespoke lube found among the delucxe toiletries in the bathroom and the riding crop in the wardrobe. If you’re really into it, you can even opt for the almost dungeon-like Justine Suite, coloured in black and red.
Although it isn’t difficult to happen across a romantic hotel in Paris, I would challenge you to find a more explicitly seductive place to stay. Suitably named, the Sinner boutique hotel immerses it guests in its sultry theatrics – staff in risque costumes with glowing red lanterns guide you through the incense-scented, candlelit lobby, past the confessional booth and crypt, down twisting corridors until you reach your room. This sexy little boutique even has a spa and, sure enough, it is unlike any other spa you have ever experienced. Offering treatments including a 50-minute blindfolded massage with hands and feet tied, along with more conventional facials, the alluring atmosphere doesn’t falter. And, while Sinner is the ideal stay for couples celebrating certain special occasions, those innocents of the world can still easily ignore the debauchery and enjoy its convenient location and stylish rooms.
- Location: South Pigalle
- Price: Double rooms from £302
- Best for: A seductive getaway.
The Maison Souquet Paris boutique hotel is ideally located in fashionable South Pigalle (SoPi), an edgy district of modern Paris, renowned for its progressive cocktail bars and ever-evolving on-trend dining. Signs of this area’s rather evocative history of cabarets and peep shows still remain – with the Moulin Rouge at the end of the street. For such a sultry location, Maison Souquet certainly doesn’t detract from the illustrious air that surrounds the streets outside. Pleasure house turned exuberant boutique hotel, the 20 rooms ooze glamour and romance.
From 1905 to 1907, Madame Souquet ran a maison close (posh bordello) in this very location (hence the two red lanterns above the entrance). Centuries later, in 2015, the alluring townhouse was transformed into a boutique hotel that couldn’t do a better job of paying homage to its suggestive past. French designer, Jacques Garcia, has worked his magic to create lavish, blood-red interiors, decorated with Venetian glass and wooden sculptures. With acute attention to detail, down to the original 19th-century furniture and rose-, tobacco- and jasmine-scented candles, the decor is truly exquisite. Each of the 20 bespoke rooms are named after one of the many celebrated belle époque courtesans that once filled them. Rich colour palettes of gold, black, red and green enhance the silk-lined walls, padded bedheads and delicately fringed lampshades.
- Location: Little India
- Price: Doubles from £109
- Best for: The weird and the wonderful.
Unlike the other options on this list of boutique hotels in Paris, the location of Les Deux Gares is a rather unconventional one. Situated in Paris’ vibrant Little India, guests are able to experience a different side to the city before heading off to the usual sights and attractions. Fizzing with mesmerising Art Deco style, courtesy of British designer Luke Edward Hall, prepare for the eye-widening, zany colour combinations that exude the positive spirit of the 60s and 70s.
As you enter the hotel lobby, you will be hit straight away by the electric green walls and tiled black and white floor. Continue through the hotel and feast your eyes on the vintage leopard print sofa set against a backdrop of pastel-striped curtains. With 40 great-value rooms to offer, each comes in a choice of three daring colour combinations, including pink and green. The candy-coloured headboards, geometric-patterned carpets and vintage pastel bathtubs, the rooms of Les Deux Gares are a true treat for the senses.
- Location: St-Germain
- Price: Double rooms from £239
- Best for: Literary history nerds.
The perfect Paris boutique hotel for anyone who likes to mix their penchant for literary history with their love for luxury. Today, the incredibly swish L’Hotel is Paris’ smallest five-star hotel, but it was once the much more modest Hôtel d’Alsace, where an indigent Oscar Wilde counted down his days. Although this address is famous for being the hotel where Oscar Wilde died (Room 16) – you can even choose to stay in the room where the author spent his last days in 1900 – it offers so much more than history, including Michelin-starred dining, eccentric decor and a prime location in the heart of St-Germain.
This boutique hotel in Paris has been completely renovated in the lavish style of renowned designer Jacques Garcia – think stately chandeliers and contrasting leopard print carpets. The 20 hotel rooms are arranged around an elaborate gallery staircase and blend Empire style with Baroque design pieces. The wooden panels, carved wood features, striking patterned wallpaper and antique adornments all add to the busy but sophisticated feel. And the grandeur doesn’t end there – the bathrooms continue the indulgent vibe with elaborately patterned marble floors and rich wood panelling, surrounding enclosed bathtubs.
- Location: rue de Rivoli
- Price: Double rooms from £753
- Best for: A complete blow out weekend.
Le Meurice, located on one of the most famous thoroughfares in Paris and on the doorstep of the Tuileries Gardens, has been welcoming distinguished guests for nearly 200 years. Since its opening in 1835, this luxury boutique hotel has served as a true representation of Parisian history – Queen Victoria stayed here in 1855, Salvador Dali lived here and Picasso got married here. And its not difficult to see how this Paris hotel continues to attract some of the most illustrious and well-respected glitterati.
The grand revolving door at the entrance of Le Meurice acts as a portal between the hustle and bustle of ultra-central Paris and a polished space of pure luxury and splendour. The elegant floor-to-ceiling windows, ornate glass panels and intricate cornicing of this 19th-century mansion seamlessly mix with 18th-century decor – think wall mouldings, a gallery of portraits and grand chandeliers. This boutique hotel offers 160 rooms and suites of every size, all echoing the 18th-century essence of the lobby, with Louis XVI-style armchairs and draping silk curtains. The bathrooms don’t fail to enhance the Versailles styling, fully decked out in Italian Arabesscato marble, featuring deep bathtubs and elegantly placed showers. If you’re really looking to splash the cash, book out the Belle Etoile suite on the seventh floor, with its private elevator and terrace with 360-degree views of the city.
- Location: 1st Arrondissement
- Price: Double rooms from £309
- Best for: Pure Paris Luxury.
Situated in the upmarket 1st Arrondissement, with the original 1920s haute couture studio, apartment and Coco Chanel boutique right next door, the location of Castille Paris could not be more luxurious. Surrounded by the first-class jewellery and fashion designer shops of Place Vendôme and Rue Saint-Honoré, this boutique hotel truly immerses guests in the heritage style of a bourgeois Parisian home.
Enter this Paris boutique hotel to see an intoxicatingly perfect blend of French panache and Italian flair. Offering 108 rooms and suites that deliver elegance and homely comfort all in one, you will be spoilt for choice. Opt for a double room in the older Rivoli wing which display the most traditional decor, with Chanel tweed carpets against a backdrop of a mellow cream colour palette. Alternatively, stay in the Opera wing for a Moulin Rouge feel, with darker red accents. Not only does the hotel’s grand decor impress, but the service guests receive is just a polished. Leave your shoes outside your door for an overnight polishing or ask for help from a butler to unpack your luggage. In the summer you can soak up some sun in the fountain-clad courtyard or chatter over a coffee and Italianate frescoes in the inviting lounge or bar area. Guests even have access to a complimentary smartphone with unlimited data and international calls for the duration of their stay.
- Location: 10th Arrondessement
- Price: Double rooms from £163
- Best for: A relaxing weekend in luxury boho surroundings.
Situated on a side street of the once slightly seedy 10th Arrondessement and housed in a 19th-century townhouse, Hotel Providence is most notable for being just around the corner from Gare du Nord and Gare d’Est and neighbouring the Italiante Théâtre de la Renaissance on boulevard Saint-Martin. Set in this alternative part of town, this bohemium-style boutique hotel in Paris is certainly in the running for coolest design on the block.
Adorned in lavish fabrics and bursting with unique, perfectly crafted bespoke details, this luxury lifestyle hotel combines a boho-chic feel with elegantly rich details that you can be sure won’t disappoint. The hotel’s 18 rooms are swathed in bold colours, patterns and textures – think palm tree prints, gold leaves on black backgrounds and intricate needle-work designs taken from Morocco. Furnished with velvet sofas in deep emerald greens and sapphire blues, and with balconies overlooking the surprisingly peaceful street below, these idyllic rooms are perfect for collapsing in after a day of exploring Paris. The main attraction, however, is the made-to-measure marble-topped cocktail bar, in each room. Follow the step-by-step guide to shake up your very own White Tiger or Margarita using the equipment provided – you will even find ice, lemons and limes in the fridge.
- Location: Rue Washington
- Price: Double rooms from £265
- Best for: A magical fantasy stay.
Located on Rue Washington, which runs directly from the Champs-Élysée, the Monsieur George Hotel is right in the midst of Paris’ designer boutiques and just around the corner from many of the city’s favourite historic and cultural sights. Housed in a delicate Haussman-style corner house, decorated with leafy green terraces, this Paris boutique hotel shows off the trademark opulence of Anouska Hempel, providing an air of mystery and intrigue throughout.
With walls of antiqued mirrors and deeply rich velvet curtains and chairs illuminated by Indian lanterns and rustic candles, this boutique hotel creates a romantic fairy-tale experience for an enticing escape from busy 21st-century life. The 43 rooms and 3 suites span over 6 uniquely styled floors. Stay at the very top of the hotel for the all-white Benjamin Franklin rooms, inspired by the fluffy white clouds seen from the gabled windows. Continue down the stairs and find the Windsor rooms, named after the Duke of Windsor and superbly decorated with heavy velvets and gilded mirrors. Next, you will find the Chequers rooms, inspired by the 16th-century country residence used by British Prime Ministers and styled with eye-catching chequerboard wooden floors and bespoke rattan chairs against a background of mirrored squares. Move on to find the Marly rooms, influenced by the French gardens of Marly which were created for Louis XIV at the Palace of Versailles. These rooms are draped with deep green velvet textiles, leading out onto a stone terrace looking out over the city.
- Location: Saint-Germain
- Price: Double rooms from £758
- Best for: A taste of 20th-century Parisian history.
The Lutetia is the most famous historic hotel on Paris’ Left Bank, surrounded by literary Saint-Germain’s swanky bistros and boutiques. Originally open as a pied-à-terre in 1910 to serve the wealthy clientele of the Bon Marché department store, this address is stooped in 20th-century Parisian history. Foremost a popular visit for le tout Paris in the city’s Années folles heyday, The Lutetia later became a place for the reunion of French Jewish Holocaust survivors.
This luxury hotel miraculously preserves its années folles spirit through the display of restored and renovated Art Nouveau and Deco features, while seamlessly adding contemporary elements to cater to all tastes, including a marble-clad space designated to well-being. Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has restored and reinstated many of the original Deco features, including while tiling in the interior courtyard, the lavish revolving door at the entrance, and even scrupulously recovered the 1910 fresco in Bar Joséphine. The four-year revamp has brought a flood of natural light into a formerly dim space, having cleverly revealed an old glass roof that now retracts and covers the Saint-Germain restaurant. These period finishes are given a modern twist with details including humorous artwork by Fabrice Hyber, light Italian marble throughout the communal spaces and vases of bright hydrangeas. When booking at the hotel, you have the choice of a room facing the road, featuring a deep navy palette, or a room facing the courtyard, dominated by more subtle ‘greige’ hues.
- Location: 9th Arrondessement
- Price: Double rooms from £153
- Best for: Reserved romantics.
Peacefully tucked away in a gated cul-de-sac behind the bustling Grands Boulevards, this unique Paris boutique hotel is housed in two separate but identical buildings, two doors apart. Although this built-up district is not Paris’ most atmospheric, this address, located between the Louvre, Tuileries Gardens and vibrant Pigalle, this hotel makes for an ideal base from which to explore the city.
This boutique hotel in Paris offers an understated contemporary look, which focuses on real homeliness through its palette of warm colours, comfy furnishings and cosy lighting. Both lobbies (identical in both properties) feature a snug sofa, a stocked-up bookshelf and modern Parisian-themed artwork on the walls. Make your way up to the rooms where the emphasis on comfort continues. With a tasteful mix of bright white walls and sheets, alongside highlights of patterned carpets, curtains and bedspreads, the rooms on each floor feature a specific colour theme. Rooms look onto views of either the quiet, pretty road below or an elegant interior courtyard. Choose a room on the second or firth floors for a delicate balcony decorated with Paris-style furniture where you can enjoy a fresh breakfast of eggs, sausages and mini viennoiseries or the daily pick-me-up of Dammann Frères tea, cakes, pastries and fruit between 4pm and 6pm.
- Location: Marais
- Price: Double rooms from £168
- Best for: A fun-filled romantic weekend.
If you’re looking for lively Parisian atmosphere and convenient proximity to the main sights, there is no better address than Hotel De Jobo. Located in the vibrant and bustling Marais, you won’t be stuck for things to do during your stay, with plenty of quaint, narrow streets and historic mansions to explore. The hotel itself is completely outrageous and yet somehow doesn’t feel excessive, taking its design inspiration from the opulent tastes of Empress Joséphine Bonaparte.
On entering this boutique hotel, it is clear to see that designer Bambi Sloan certainly knows her way around a bold print. Once a 17th-century convent, very little remains of what it was – from it hand-painted beams and floral wallpaper to the leopard print carpets and hot pink curtains. Even in the smallest of rooms, despite the daring patterns and colour combinations, they manage to remain boudoir-like and cosy. Each room is uniquely decorated according to one of the hotel’s design themes – leopard print, florals or black and white.
- Location: South Pigalle
- Price: Double rooms from £140
- Best for: The trendy traveller.
Ideally located for night owls in the heart of happening ‘SoPi’, with its trendy dive bars, chic cocktail bars and plenty of cute little vintage shops to explore. Just a short climb up the hill you will stumble across Montmartre where you can get lost amongst the maze of romantic cobbled streets.
Step inside the corner Haussmann-style building and find a refreshing scene of chic retro accents that invite you in, including wood panelling, plush banquette and patterned tiles. They succeed perfectly at creating a stylish space that isn’t too edgy – with its neutral stone facade and slate-grey bar and restaurant, this recently restored boutique hotel certainly stands out among its older neighbours. The bar/restaurant is the life and soul of the hotel, offering a buzzy atmosphere as the sun goes down and a mix of local creatives and visitors flock in to sip on the premium cocktails. The small but thoughtfully laid-out rooms provide a trendy space to relax after a day of sightseeing – from the original fireplaces and elegant windows to the Art Deco-style brass light fixtures and vintage telephones and radios, as well as the more modern leopard print carpets and geometric wallpaper. Pick a room on the second or fifth floors to benefit from an elegant wrought-iron balcony with a view over the surrounding streets.
- Location: South Pigalle
- Best for:
Located just off a small side street in the bustling SoPi, this boutique hotel really does have it all: upmarket design, true Parisian charm, an idyllic location, yet with budget-friendly prices. Just a short walk away from the Gare du Nord, this stylish boutique hotel in Paris is a very affordable Art Deco-style option. The designer behind the suave interiors is Chloé Nègre, known for her carefully manicured touches and colourful but elegant designs.
While the hotel rooms are on the smaller size, Nègre has made intelligent use of the abundant natural light and combined it with a contemporary pastel palette, keeping it light and airy. Choose from ‘Town’ rooms, decorated with pastels in an eye-catching monochromatic style, or ‘Country’ rooms, which incorporate floral patterns that create a fresh and vibrant feel. Meanwhile, the plant-filled courtyard is set against a colourfully patterned floor that heavily features on social media. The impressive attention to detail becomes truly apparent through the many thoughtful details dotted throughout the hotel, including wrought-iron accents on the doors and windows, as well as pedestal sinks in the bathrooms.