26 trusted hotels in Paris

The best hotels in Paris, chosen by Condé Nast Traveller editors, from the coolest new boutique hotels to affordable stays, the city’s first palace-status hotel and the grandest grand dames

For those picking a hotel in Paris, there are more options than one person could ever check into. But which are the very best stays in the city? Our editors have narrowed down the list to the smartest Parisian hotels for the ultimate weekender.

Four Seasons George V, 8th arrondissement

Situated off the Champs Elysées, this landmark hotel is a swish experience from the outset – staff in winter coats greet you by name every time you come and go, and the lobby is a flutter of pink ferns and white marble. The bedrooms are a sea of gold – thick curtains with cream tassles, swirly carpets and gold-trimmed frames. The Four Seasons are renowned for being brilliant with families, and there’s nowhere in the hotel little ones aren’t welcome, including all three of the Michelin-starred restaurants. Le Cinq is the hottest table to secure with three Michelin stars – Parisians book months in advance to taste chef Christian Le Squer’s ‘foie gras like a pebble’, a truly beautiful trio of pebble-like pate poached in iodised vinegar broth. But there are two more stars to choose from – one at Italian Le George which serves fluffy focaccia and crispy saffron arancini, and another at L’Orangerie for the fish and plant-based tasting menu. Downstairs, the basement spa is an instantly tranquil escape that feels a long way from the hussle at the foot of the Eiffel tower just a short walk away. A dream Parisian pied-a-terre. Tabitha Joyce

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Chouchou Hotel, 9th arrondissement

This central spot in the middle of the Asian quarter (in the equivalent of London’s West End) is just a 10-minute walk south to the Tuileries. And with the Marais and trendy 11th both very walkable, it’s hard to fault the location. Inside, there’s energy too – the striped-awning-filled food court is strung with festoon lighting and bustling every evening (yes, even on a Monday), throwing out plates of cheese and charcuterie as well as oysters for a euro a go. Upstairs things are considered too, bedrooms are bigger than most in Paris with deep green velvet sofas backed by walls of bookshelves and lit by gold-winged pendant lights. The best rooms have views across copper chimney pots to le Palais Garnier. Breakfast is good but simple so for elevenses we recommend joining the queue at Cedric Groilet down the road for your second croissant of the day. This is a well-priced well-placed Parisian hotel with an excess of good ramen and bubble tea options on the doorstep. Tabitha Joyce

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Brach Hotel, 16th arrondissement

The staid 16th arrondissement hasn’t exactly drawn visitors over the years. So it’s a testament to the cool factor of Evok Hotels that it can take a former mail-sorting facility in this bourgeois, residential district and make it le talk of Paris. After a four-year renovation overseen by designer Philippe Starck, the resulting hotel is as much about a lifestyle as a place to crash. For one thing, the buzzing restaurant draws fashionable locals starting at breakfast and continuing until the early hours with its patisserie, plates-to-share and potent drinks. A terrace bar lures the pretty people. The subterranean fitness club channels a Thirties boxing club and had a waiting list the minute it opened. Even the swimming pool has a killer sound system. The party continues in the rooms, each with its own mini concept store (the mini-bar is so 2018), stocked with pre-made cocktails by the Avantgarde Spirits Company. The design smacks of Starck’s typical sassy eclecticism: walls covered in rich rosewood and leather, African masks and Masai-style beadwork, and in the bathrooms there are potted cacti next to sinks hewn from unfinished blocks of marble. Who knew that the 16th of all places would become the city’s next hip address?

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La Réserve, 8th arrondissement

Designed by Jaques Garcia, colours at La Réserve are largely limited to black, red and green, blue-grey, Champagne and chocolate, with here and there some vivid flashes of gold and pools of burgundy so deep you could drown in them. Facing the Grand Palais and, at a slightly greater distance, the Eiffel Tower, overlooking the Champs-Elysées, a few doors down from the presidential palace – the location couldn’t be much better.

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