The coolest hotels in Paris if you want to do the City of Lights right

The coolest hotels in Paris if you want to do the City of Lights right

The City of Lights: it’s the place to stroll down boulevards, gaze at world-famous art and sample delicious food. Rest assured, when it comes to finding a place to lay your head in the French capital once it’s time for lights out, there’s choice a-plenty to suit your taste, budget and itinerary.

As the capital of the world’s most-visited country, the choice of where to stay in Paris is mind-boggling, with thousands of accommodation options, from budget hostels and boutique hotels to luxury stays, and from B&Bs to self-catering apartments.

As a France specialist, I’ve stayed in hundreds of hotels across l’Hexagone, but nothing quite compares to the je ne sais quoi of the kind of Parisian abodes that can, in themselves, become a highlight of any stay in the French capital.

But style doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank; there are plenty of superb hotels offering great service, exquisite decor and a peaceful night’s sleep without getting into debt. It’s what we at The Independent call “real-world luxury”. So, take a peek at these before your next trip to Paris.

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A rare treat: A city centre hotel that silences the noise outside (Grands Boulevards)

From London’s Experimental Cocktail Group comes Hotel des Grands Boulevards, a chic property located in a 300-year-old manor house close to some of Paris’s best shopping streets. Wonderfully discreet, it’s reached via a secret corridor and has its own quiet courtyard and terraces.

The 50 rooms have been created by Parisian designer Dorothée Meilichzon, and have handmade beds from Brittany with satiny, 300-threadcount sheets, while some rooms offer bathtubs big enough for two. There’s also a French-Italian restaurant and a terrace cocktail bar with views of Paris. The best bit? Despite its buzzing central location, the bedrooms promise complete silence.

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