For a long time I kept a secret guiltily. Not a guilty secret but a secret I felt guilty about keeping. The secret was the Hôtel Henri IV, overlooking the raked-gravel paradise that is the Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cité. It was cheap and shabby but inexpressibly glamorous – a remnant of an elegantly careworn Paris that has, in the course of my own lifetime, been either polished beyond recognition or dissolved in a fast-flowing, irresistible current of money. The Henri IV was sold some years ago. Maybe I shouldn’t feel guilty about having kept it a secret. Simply spreading the word wouldn’t have been enough to save it. And in truth it was probably never quite as squishily ripe with promise as I remember it to have been. Yet isn’t that the point about hotels in Paris? The good ones are more than the sum of their parts, even when the parts are heavenly. The really curious thing is that, however many Henri IVs the city loses, it always seems, year after year, to gain even more of them.
How we choose the best hotels in Paris
Every hotel on this list has been selected independently by our editors and written by a Condé Nast Traveller journalist who knows the destination and has stayed at that property. When choosing hotels, our editors consider both luxury properties and boutique and lesser-known boltholes that offer an authentic and insider experience of a destination. We’re always looking for beautiful design, a great location and warm service – as well as serious sustainability credentials. We update this list regularly as new hotels open and existing ones evolve.
Which hotels in Paris are good for families?
The glossy hotels of Paris might not all be the most child-friendly, but there are some addresses that welcome families with open-arms. At the top of the list is Hôtel de Crillon, where rooms are turned into miniature kids' wonderlands via balloons and toys, and every tiny guest is gifted with a stuffed Bernie the elephant – the hotel's mascot. If you're travelling via Eurostar for a weekend away, 25hours Hotel Terminus Nord hosts is ideally located and hosts a special Sunday brunch with a dedicated kid's area complete with ball pit and miniature kitchen. For more recommendations, see our pick of the best family friendly hotels in Paris.
Which hotels in Paris have a view of the Eiffel Tower?
For the quintessential Parisian view from your hotel room, you're going to need to book carefully. SO/ Paris is on the Seine has arguably some of the best views of the city, including the tower. Hotel Lutetia has a perfect vantage point from the 6th arrondissement, with a number of the top floor rooms boasting postcard-worthy tower views. At Hotel Grand Powers, you can spot the tower poking above the romantic rooftops of the 1st arrondissement from almost half of the rooms. At La Demeure Montaigne in 8th arrondissement, request apartment 605 or suite 608, where king-sized beds face balconies with views of the tower. For more options, see our edit of the best hotels with a view in Paris.