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Paris’s most romantic boutique hotels

According to experts, these 12 hotels in the City of Light are big on romance and charm despite being smaller in size.

There’s no shortage of accomodations in Paris, but for those who desire a romantic getaway, our list of the best boutique hotels is the first step to planning a trip to remember. Keep in mind that properties of this nature typically have anywhere between 10 and 100 rooms, so you’re going to want to book as far in advance as possible — especially during the summer and holiday periods. But make no mistake: small doesn’t mean forgoing allure and modern-day conveniences. These properties are known for being unapologetically bewitching and accommodating. Despite being off-the-radar, the  boutique hotels on our list are strategically located within the best arrondissements in the city, so culture, shopping, and cafe hopping are all within reach.

While you’re not going to get the same classy, historic grandeur you’ll get at other properties on this list, you will get an experience like no other in the city. The hotel is the mastermind of Thierry Costes, graffiti street artist-turned nightlife aficionado who is also known for the world-renowned Hotel Costes. Even though Hotel Amour attracts a well-heeled crowd like its sister in the first arrondissement, it’s more risque in terms of decor. There are no phones in the room (for obvious reasons), so note it’s not a hotel chock-full of amenities. Regardless, Oyster says “those interested in an erotic hotel experience may appreciate it for its novelty and trendiness.”

While it’s not a hanky panky establishment, this hidden hedonistic retreat is best enjoyed without the company of children. Nestled in the hills of Montmartre amongst lush vegetation, this XIXth century residence-turned-hotel is filled with romance and mystery. Each room and suite is distinctly decorated with unique touches from various artists (think the poems of Olivier Saillard, printed on paper transformed into wood as seen on everything from lamps to bedposts.) Since it’s likely that you’ll become intoxicated by your surroundings, skip the tourist trap eateries that reside outside this eden and enjoy the intimate on-site restaurant, bar, and private garden instead.

Perfectly positioned near the Arc de Triomphe and Trocadéro, this bourgeois property feels more like you’re staying in the home of a well-to-do French family than a typical hotel. From the creative use of various fabrics to the opulent furnishings, the 49 rooms and suites are uniquely decorated with tasteful decor that pays homage to days gone by. The restaurant — nestled in a grand dining room space — caters to three meals a day and brunch on Sunday. During the warmer months, you can enjoy your meal out on the lush terrace that was previously the site where hot air balloons were launched in Paris. Wind down at the library bar (filled with over 12,000 books), or opt for a Guerlain treatment at the on-site spa.

For those looking for a more hip romantic getaway, this property is for you. What was previously one of Paris’s oldest boulangeries is now home to a 17-room hotel. Though unassuming when you’re walking by, Frommer’s notes that “Designer Christian Lacroix has gone behind the unpretentious facade and turned it into an idiosyncratic hotel with bold, daring designs in the bedrooms.” While there’s no restaurant on-site, the address is located within the fashionable area of the Marais, so dining options abound.

This charming property (and sister to Saint James) dates back to the 13th century when it was previously an abbey, so you’ll want to take advantage of the original courtyard and interior garden on a warm, sunny afternoon. According to BlackBook, “This left bank boutique hotel combines the romance of Paris past with the modern convenience of Manhattan present (or Brooklyn, at the very least).” Despite being open since 1979, the 48 rooms and suites and common areas have been recently renovated. Don’t miss the beautiful, 13th century vaulted spa where you can enjoy one of the many Guerlain treatments, take a soak in the jacuzzi, or detox with a trip to the sauna or fitness center.

Perfectly perched at the foot of the Musée d’Orsay and within walking distance to the Louvre, this unique hotel feels as though you’re walking through a vivid dream. Perhaps that’s because designer Christian Lacroix used theater seats, tarot and playing cards as his muses when decorating the 34 colorful rooms. With that in mind, Star Service says, “This is the perfect arena for a romantic weekend or week in Paris—for the right couple.” Since you’re in the heart of one of the most well-traveled arrondissements of the city, you won’t have a problem finding a good restaurant — just be sure to book in advance due to the popularity of the area.

This stunning property is secretly set back from Place des Vosges (previously home to Victor Hugo), one of the most beautiful gems in the Marais. Along with exuding romance, Oyster says “The elegant Pavillon de la Reine exudes a quintessentially Parisian elegance and charm.” The 56 bedrooms and suites have a mix of decor — some with antiques, exposed beams, and large mirrors, and others with a more contemporary appeal. If you prefer to stay holed up in your temporary chateau, there’s a new on-site restaurant serving traditional French fare, as well as a relaxing spa and fitness center.

Local textile designer Anne Gelbard is the mastermind behind the elegant late eighteenth-century decor of the 34 rooms and two suites. “Period prints and leather-bound books meet contemporary furnishings (such as an iMac in every room),” says the Telegraph. There’s a daily breakfast buffet, snack menu, and bar on-site, but if you’re looking for something more substantial, you’ll want to head out to one of the chic eateries in the 6th.

From floating beds to creative mood lighting to starry sky ceilings, it’s no surprise that Gayot and several other experts say, “This boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter is made just for lovebirds.” Since it’s likely that you won’t want to leave your room, ensuite massages and room service (breakfast) are available for your convenience. During the warmer months, take your coffee or aperitif on the well-appointed inner courtyard.

Known as a preferred sanctuary for artists and writers, Frommer’s says, “This is one of the district's most charming boutique hotels, built as a convent in the early 18th century.” While the hotel is a short walk to the Luxembourg Gardens, there is plenty of beautiful on-site greenery in the courtyard to enjoy as well. Each of the cozy guest rooms is elegantly decorated with woodworks, fabrics, and plush furniture. Book one of the four duplex suites so you can enjoy breakfast or a glass of wine on your private terrace amongst the rooftops of Paris. Take a drink in the on-site bar, a popular gathering place for locals.

BlackBook describes this chic property as “A dark, Gothic-Orientalist pastiche of leather, tassels, and rich textiles, it’s moody and modish, drawing a sexy clientele that delights in the dramatic interiors.” Think scented candles, mood lighting, the perfect playlist, and erotic interiors from celebrated interior designer Jacques Garcia who desired to make a small space feel grand. Thanks to its position within the Marais district, you can get lost on the narrow, winding streets; find a perfect spot to grab a romantic dinner; and shop amongst the trendy boutiques and antique shops in Le Village Saint-Paul.

Boasting 49 rooms, this prestigious left bank property boasts more of a modern-day decor while still celebrating its rich past. “With its grand carriageway entrance and tapestry-hung salon, Hôtel d'Aubusson is one of those places that brilliantly captures the history of St-Germain-des-Prés,” as The Telegraph describes. As an added bonus, you’ll find an on-site jazz bar that draws well-known pianists, singers, and musical ensembles Tuesday through Saturday. Keep a look out for the opening of the hotel’s new spa — complete with a 20 meter swimming pool, sauna, hammam, Scandinavian shower, ice fountain, and fitness room — opening early 2019.

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