Where to stay in a city is always my greatest dilemma, and recommendations for people is even harder. I believe there’s a right hotel for every person and every occasion. Location, decor, amenities, and agenda all come into play when you’re choosing where to make your home away from home. A lot of what and where I book depends on who I travel with, and what the purpose of my trip is. I’d never chose the same place for a family trip to Paris with small children as I would for a romantic weekend away with a lover. A trip with my sisters presents different needs than a solo self-care splurge.
So here are five recommendations for different occasions and budgets for your next trip to Paris.
Honeymooning: La Reserve
I walked into my suite at La Reserve and pinched myself. Light flooded through a wall of French doors that opened onto a long, wrought-iron balcony. A gold, silk settee sat up against the wall, that I was just dying to go faint on. I eyed a stack of coffee table books so beautiful I knew I had to devour as I broke into the Maison Fouquet chocolate bar that I pulled from the all-inclusive mini bar.
I ran my hand along the sheets, knowing the thread-count was higher than any I’d ever slept on before. King-sized bed sat royally against the wall and a television appeared magically out of the of top of the dresser at the touch of a button.
This hotel is what everyone dreams of when they dream of Paris. In a beautiful townhouse off the Champs Elysee is La Reserve, the epitome of a French luxury. You step into what feels more like a room in a beautiful apartment than in a hotel, complete with wrought-iron terraces, silk settees, and too-high-a-thread-count-to-count sheets. The marble bathrooms have claw-foot tubs and rain showers, a fantastic collection of coffee-table books will entice you sit and read, and glass-jars of candy are yours to eat as much as you want of!
Downstairs, a gym, spa, and swimming pool are open 24 hours, and the courtyard at day or night is a twinkle-lit fairytale where you can sit and enjoy a cocktail, meal, or homemade ice cream. La Reserve goes the extra mile with details; the offer a service where they will unpack your bags for you, and ask you your desired room temperate before you arrive. But the best details here are the truly unique ones: like their own signature red nail polish available as a tres chic souvenir.
42 Avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris
Phone: 01 58 36 60 60
Paris Staycation: Hotel Saint James
Arriving at the Hotel Saint James feels like escaping to your own personal chateau outside Paris. Though you are close enough to l’etoile to go shopping on the Champs Elysee, you feel more like you’ve retreated the country for a romantic weekend. The historic hotel in the 16eme is one that should be checked into, and then never left until the moment you check out. They have everything you need for a romantic weekend as a couple; a dimly lit bar with an extensive list of cocktails, a Hamman spa, ridiculously comfortable King-sized beds, and inarguably the best brunch spread in all of Paris. The hotel is just next to the Bois de Bologne, so if you do want to take a morning walk or run in the park, you’re perfectly situated.
Hotel Saint James
5 Place du Chancelier Adenauer, 75116 Paris
Phone: 01 44 05 81 81
City Break: Hotel des Grands Boulevards
If you’re coming to Paris as a couple or solo trip, this boutique hotel in one of Paris’ coolest neighborhoods is the spot for you. Part of the Experimental Group, the hotel feels old and new at the same time. The decor is emerald and rose, and features a sexy little bar, Wes-Anderson esque rooms, and white and green tile bathrooms. The suites are understated hip, with vintage telephones, radios, and do-not-disturb signs. Upstairs, there’s a rooftop bar with great views of Paris to enjoy on a warm summer evening.
Hotel Des Grands Boulevards
17 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris
Phone: 01 85 73 33 33
Bougie Backpacker: Citadines Tour Eiffel
For a view of the Eiffel Tower that won’t break the bank, check out this apart-hotel right near Invalides. The rooms are simple, but spotlessly clean and stocked with the essentials, including a mini kitchen. Downstairs there is free coffee all day, and a Monoprix just outside the door in case you forgot anything, or need to pick something up. The hotel is truly steps from the Champs de Mars, making an evening viewing of the Eiffel Tower sparkling a breeze! Some rooms have balcony and incredible views of the Eiffel Tower right from the window!
Citadines Tour Eiffel
132 Boulevard de Grenelle, 75015 Paris
Phone 01 53 95 60 00
Long Stay: Venture2Paris
When I arrived at our apartment, I let out a genuine “Oh mon DIEU!”
I used to live around the corner, and I passed this little street everyday, wondering who got to live there. I do – for this week!
The tiny elevator fit just me and my three sisters, but thankfully family never minds being close. We opened the door and I felt tempted the lick the floor the place was so spotless. It looked like a Warhol Museum.
For a longer stay, or if you really want o feel like a local, a little apartment in Paris is definitely something to consider. The perks of having a full apartment at your disposal are evident: laundry, living room, kitchen. For a longer trip to Paris, it’s nice to be able to get some groceries, wash that nutella stain out of your shirt, and relax on a couch.
Unlike hotels, apartments come with funky details, and in Paris can date back centuries, so you may have ancient beams and cobblestone walls as a part of your room decor. With standards possibly being different than your home country or hotels, make sure to check if the apartment has the amenities you need to be happy. Air conditioning, showers, and elevators are never a guarantee in Paris! I loved the newly renovated, modern apartments in the Marais so much, I’ll never look further.
While I adore truly ever corner of the city, this particular neighborhood has a special place in my heart. And so when I return on holiday, I have to stay nearby; for this is MY Paris.
Venture2Paris has three lovely units on Rue Tresor; what is possibly the cutest little street in all of the Marais. Apartment Degas is a fully renovated two bedroom, one bath flooded with light, color, and charm that can easily sleep 4 adults .
Phone: 1 800 955 2994