Europe, Hotels and resorts

Paris is one of the greatest, most romantic cities in the world, steeped in history and culture, making it the perfect destination for a luxury break. There are so many things to see and do here that you’ll be truly spoilt for choice. From the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre to the Bohemian atmosphere of the Left Bank, Notre Dame and more museums and galleries than you can shake a stick at; Paris has it all in spades. Here are a few suggestions for luxury places to stay that will add that exclusive finishing touch to your quality break in this incomparable city.

Luxury apartments

If you prefer a different sort of break, try luxury apartment rentals when you visit Paris. Here, there’ll be no distractions and you can use the apartment as a base for exploring the city. Come and go as you please and don’t worry about set mealtimes or maid service, though the latter is available on request in most cases. You don’t have to look far to find great apartments in Paris and discover the total freedom of self-catering or simply dining out at some of the best restaurants in Europe.

Hotel Recamier

This stylish hotel is located in the sophisticated and exclusive Saint-Germain district of Paris. Its cosy rooms are dressed rather decadently with exotic furniture and trimmings, and the six-storey building overlooks the trendy Place Saint-Sulpice, making it ideal for sightseeing and strolling in one of the city’s most fashionable areas. This exclusive little hotel has six floors and 24 rooms, with free Wi-Fi throughout and an on-site gym. A lavish Continental breakfast in the restaurant will set you up for the day and a room service menu of risotto, cheese platter and omelettes is available up to 11pm.

Hotel Daniel

Step back to the aristocratic 18th century world of pre-revolutionary dangerous liaisons when you book into this exotic establishment awash oriental carpets and hand-painted wallpapers, tinkling chandeliers and Chinoiserie-inspired interior decor. Despite the sumptuous old-world style this fabulously decadent hotel is located right in the heart of Paris, sandwiched between chic boutiques and with the Champs-Elysees and its Michelin-starred eateries just around the corner. The hotel has a fine restaurant offering a gourmet French-Mediterranean menu, with recessed tables for intimate dining.

Montalembert

Choose the exquisite Montalembert for a taste of elegance in the classic Parisian style. This is a top boutique hotel that has the air of a private apartment block with its barely noticeable lobby and intimate discreet staff. Located right alongside the central and busy Rive Gauche but quiet enough to make you think you were in the suburbs, this hotel is ideally situated for a luxury Paris break. The chic and elegant Montalembert has Wi-Fi connectivity throughout and offers great Modern European dishes served up by an award-winning chef in its stylish modern restaurant, with a buzzing bar on the ground floor and room menus available until 10.30pm.

Hotel Sezz

This is an arty, trendy and discreet little boutique hotel overlooking the Seine, decorated with contemporary furniture specially designed by Christophe Pillet. The hotel features a hammam and spa, making it a fabulous place to chill out between sightseeing bouts. There’s also a treatment room and Jacuzzi, and Wi-Fi throughout for keeping on top of business and personal matters. Although there is no restaurant the Hotel Sezz is bang in the heart of gastronomic Paris and several gourmet restaurants are literally just a few steps away.