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From Cheerful Charmers to Elegant Classics: Ten Memorable Paris Hotels for Your Next Trip

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Hôtel Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Photo courtesy of Dorchester Collection.

Have Paris on the brain? Smart thinking. Book a hotel stay as elegant, tantalizing, charming, and fun as the City of Lights itself. Here are our top ten selections for just about any occasion, selected by Fathom editors for Paisly by JetBlue.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée

It's a Classic

The grand dame Paris hotel — its signature tomato-red geraniums on every windowsill and balcony — has all but defined contemporary and luxurious French hospitality for more than a century. Elegantly walking that fine line between tradition and innovation, the hotel's 154 rooms and 54 suites are decorated in handsome Art Deco or classic Parisian style, with amenities like Guerlain toiletries and Beltrami embroidered linens, and views of the interior Le Cour Jardin courtyard, Avenue Montaigne, or the Eiffel Tower. The Michelin-starred restaurant is overseen by rising star chef Jean Imbert, while the high-design Le Bar makes for a striking location for an expert cocktail.

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Grand Pigalle

Party Vibes

When the team behind the boutique hotel is the very one responsible for the best mixology in Paris, the results are bound to be smooth, well-balanced, bright, and a little bold. The South Pigalle charmer is imbued with the neighborhood's stylish, hedonistic attitude (night owls, rejoice). The classically Parisian building has Deco-inspired layouts, metallic wallpaper, martini-glass motif carpets, festive brass light fixtures, and sumptuous patterned fabrics. Rooms are chic, cozy, and warm, with bar carts for in-house mixing. The restaurant is a lively hub and bar — of course! — serving fun Frenchie bites and top-shelf cocktails.

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Photo courtesy of Cheval Blanc Paris.

Cheval Blanc Paris

It's a Splurge

It's a coin toss what's most impressive at the grand newcomer that occupies the former Samaritaine department store at the base of Pont Neuf. Is it the indoor swimming pool (the largest of all European hotels) with video displays that make you feel like you're swimming in the Seine? The collection of restaurants — Langosteria, for fine-dining Italian seafood, colorful Le Tour-Paris brasserie with its horseshoe bar, or elegant, three-Michelin-starred Pléntitude? The attention to detail in the 72 rooms and suites and the public spaces designed by Peter Marino — the textured walls, the artwork by Sonia Delauney and Vik Muniz (among others), the sculptural furnishings, the assorted toiletries, and the spacious closets? No need to choose. You can bask in it all.

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Hotel Bienvenue

Cheap & Cheerful

The pretty hotel on a tiny, one-lane street in the bustling and trendy ninth arrondissement is both a destination and a haven — and a remarkably affordable charmer. (Save your euros to spend at nearby Galleries Lafayette or in neighboring boutiques.) The look is warm and soft, with vintage seating reupholstered in poppy florals and 38 rooms, configured as singles, doubles, or quads, in pastel shades of robin's egg, sea foam, or rose. A garden covered in striking frescoes on the floor divides the two buildings that house the guest rooms, and is itself a sweet oasis for working, eating, or just chilling.

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Photo courtesy of Hôtel Madame Rêve.

Hôtel Madame Rêve


The iconic 19th-century Louvre post office building in the chic 1st arrondissement is one of the most recognizable in the city, and it took nearly a decade to transform the space into an 82-room stunner with jaw-dropping views of the Eiffel Tower, Sacré-Coeur, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Bordered by cafe- and gallery-lined streets, the creative energy seeps into the lobby and up to the fourth floor roof terrace and sky garden. Spare yet luxurious spaces and a location near the Tuileries, La Samarataine, and the Bourse du Commerce make this an unexpected five-star addition to the Right Bank.

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Love Is in the Air

Tucked away on a quiet street in St. Germain is a romantic, decadent, 20-room hotel loaded with atmosphere. Make a reservation at the private underground hammam pool the moment you check in. After a long day taking in the sights, tuck into a cozy seat at the bar (leopard prints, Italian marble) with cocktails and jazz. Be sure to spend plenty of time in the jewel box room, dreamed up by designer Jacques Garcia with lavish wallpaper and window dressings. Better yet, try and snag the spacious Oscar Wilde suite (the famous author was once a resident), and scheme ways to live the rest of your days on the Left Bank.

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Photo courtesy of Kimpton St. Honoré.

Kimpton St. Honoré

Here on Business

For a blend of Parisian hospitality and American-level service, a stay in a converted department store in the elegant Opéra neighborhood will do you right. Each of the 123 rooms and 26 suites are stylish, streamlined, and feel like a pied-à-terre — with pops of blush pink and red. An indoor heated swimming pool and Cali-inspired restaurant keeps the kids happy. A light-filled library and business lounge keeps those on a 9-5 in a Parisian mindset even when their in boxes are taking them elsewhere. Everyone can celebrate a job well done at the rooftop bar, which offers 360-degree views of the twinkling city.

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Hôtel Bourg Tibourg

Cozy & Cool

The small, chic boutique is the choice when you want your Paris stay to feel like a sexy French movie. Cue opulent, decadent decor by designer Jacques Garcia, with pieces and spaces at turns Orientalist, Neo Gothic, and Baroque. Cue rooms so bijoux you simply must get thatclose to your travel companion. (Request one of the newer junior suites if your prefer a sleeker styles.) Add a picturesque set — the Marais neighborhood — of narrow streets, galleries, and dark cafes. While hotel services may be minimal (breakfast, a small garden, and some room service are the only amenities available), the surroundings will be decidedly dramatic.

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Photo courtesy of Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel.

Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel


A dazzling Neoclassical palace overlooking Place de la Concorde has been extensively renovated to suit the needs of modern travelers (swimming pool, spa) while maintaining the decorative craftsmanship of the finest French artisans of the 18th-century. Rooms and suites are sophisticated and spacious. The dining rooms, bars, patisserie, and all-day cafe are lively and glamorous. They’ve thought of everything for traveling families — which is truly a luxury. Kids can try Polaroid camera adventures, escape games, movies, board games, and toys, and parents can request safety kits, high chairs, baby bath products, bottle warmers, and menus for minis. The entrance to Tuileries Garden is just outside, and a joyful stroll along its manicured paths lead to the Louvre without resistance.

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J.K. Place Paris


Italian glamour meets French savoir faire at the first J.K. Hotel outside Italy, situated on a quiet street in the 7th arrondissement. Its 29 spacious rooms and suites, all with king-sized beds and thoughtful amenities and sumptuous fittings, are divided among three buildings, one of them the former Norwegian embassy. It's all sounding very chic and discreet, isn't it? Owner Ori Kafri and designer Michel Bönan shopped Paris's best flea markets for the enviable trove of fireplaces, lamps, and objets that complement rich velvet furnishings and striking sculptures and paintings. Other top-line touches are an outpost of Casa Tua restaurant, a Dr. Barbara Strum spa, a Technogym-filled fitness area, and an indoor pool.

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