5 of the Coolest Hotels in Paris
Winter is one of the most magical times of year to visit Paris. There's a crispness in the air; the snowy grounds contrast beautifully with the city's rich, ornate architecture; and the chilly weather is the perfect excuse to hole up in one of Paris's many stellar cafés or have a leisurely meal at one of the City of Light's top restaurants. It's no wonder many Americans plan a trip there over the holidays. If you're planning a trip there for the winter—or are tempted to do so!—read on below for a few Parisian hotels that have redefined cool.
From Belgian fashion house Maison Margiela and architect Danièle Damon comes La Maison Champs Elysées, an inspired hotel that is at once modern and whimsical, in the heart of Paris’s Gold Triangle in a Haussmann-era building. We love its dramatic trompe-l'œil wallpaper and other visual trickery like mirage-like hallways, as well as its moody color palettes and artful accents.
8 Rue Jean Goujon, 5008 Paris
Located in a 17th-century mansion in Le Marais, Hôtel Dupont-Smith is discreet from the exterior, but from the moment you step inside, it feels fanciful and Alice in Wonderland–esque, thanks to its Mathieu Challières birdcage lampshades and Jean Paul Gaultier wall hangings. We love the simple, modern styling of its bedrooms, and a balcony overlooking the streets of Paris is always a score.
2 Rue des Guillemites, 75004 Paris
The neon-lit Pigalle neighborhood was once a seedy red-light district, but these days, creatives have given it a new brand of cool, and Le Pigalle is perhaps one of the area’s hippest new spots. To capture the neighborhood’s artistic spirit, architects Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay and hotelier Valéry Grégo incorporated works by local artists, music by neighborhood DJs, and treats from a nearby bakery. The result is a space that feels like home—if you were the most stylish hipster in town.
9 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris
No trip to Paris is complete without a glimpse at the work of famed French designer Philippe Starck, and Le Royal Monceau, his decadent, glimmering hotel design off the Champs-Élysées, is a fine place to start. Expect to be inundated by mirrors, chandeliers, and other luxe materials, and don’t miss its elegant Michelin-star restaurant, Il Carpaccio.
37 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris
Just a stone’s throw away from Paris’s iconic Arc de Triomphe, the newly renovated—and reimagined—Hôtel Vernet was recently dramatically transformed by Parisian architect François Champsaur. With traditional architectural details juxtaposed with modernist French furnishings and contemporary colors, it’s a stellar example of Paris in 2015. Don’t miss its avant-garde restaurant, which sits under an ornate dome designed by Gustave Eiffel.
25 Rue Vernet, 75008 Paris
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