When it comes to traveling, I want to be just as impressed with my hotel as I am with every other part of my trip. While hostels will always have a place in my heart, I have embraced the fact that I have grown up and with that change, I have realized just how important comfort is. Finding the right place to lay your head is just as important as packing the right pair of shoes. While, I am personally inclined to use up my travel budget on those special wardrobe pieces and exquisite meals, I am willing to forgo a new pair of shoes for the right hotel.
Paris has a way of enveloping you in its classy, timeless, luxurious air. Is it too much to ask the same from my hotel? I think not. But, Paris is Paris. It is not a city lacking in incredible pastries or beautiful hotels. That said there is nothing worse than booking your hotel months in advance and arriving to find that the photos were deceiving. At the end of the day, finding the right hotel can be tiring. So to help you with your decision by compiling a list of hotels for those that want to know “where to stay in Paris” when wanting a fabulous room that caters to the fashion minded.
So who made our list?
- The Ritz – This is your quintessential Paris hotel c’est magnifique. Coco Chanel once called this hotel home for many years. That statement alone should be reason enough to stay here, if it’s not, allow the posh interior take you back to an era when tea had a time. If you want to really kick up a notch why not splurge on the Coco Chanel Suite? This suite is the definition of elegance. Allow the gold chandeliers, large mirrors and rock crystals enchant you – after a few nights – you may find yourself wanting to make this permanent residence as well.
- If you are looking for a mix of the modern and antique, then look no further than Hotel Belle Juliette. Inspired by the famously mysterious Juliette Recamier and masterminded by designer Anne Gelbard. Every room is a representation of different parts of the life of the French icon. The goal behind this hotel is a refined comfort. You can expect soft feminine touches amidst restored antiques and modern comforts.
- If Paris is bringing out the bolder side of you why not give into it and book a room at the Hotel Du Petit Moulin. Swedish designer Christian Lacriox designed the interior of the hotel in 2005. Staying in this hotel makes as much of a statement as the bag you carry. This boutique hotel is a work of art and promises you surfaces that you won’t want to leave unexplored.
- Hotel Plaza Athenee has perfected the blending of Parisian style and Art Deco. This hotel has a bright interior with a perfect blend of bright and subtle tones. This is the hotel to stay at to fulfill all your shopping needs. Plaza Athenee is located within walking distance from all the high end shops and has private access to the Dior Institute. This is place to stay when you are feeling inclined to indulge.
- Looking for something a little nicer on the wallet but still a win when it comes to style? Look no further than Hotel Palm Opera. This hotel offers stunning views, won’t break the bank and embodies modern and minimalist design. This centrally located hotel is sure please and keep you sitting pretty.
- The last hotel on this list is another Christian Lacroix masterpiece, Le Bellechasse Saint Germain. This hotel is an attraction all its own. Centrally located this hotel is sure to make your time in Paris memorable. There is nothing shy about this hotel and while it may seem quite busy in regards to décor it manages to not be distracting. This hotel will feed your artistic soul and leave you feeling inspired.
Now that you have figured out where to stay, you need to find some things to do in Paris. One of the best ways to get your bearings in a new city is to take a Hop on Hop off tour. They are a great way to get a feel for your surrounds – see the highlights – and decide where you want to actually spend your time. Not interested in taking a bus tour? You can look into a walking tour. If it’s the large group that turns you off there are several small group alternatives, this one even includes lunch at the Eiffel Tower. Now that you have a few activities, and know where you are staying, all that’s left to do is work on your French and pack!