Paris Design Hotels – A Guide To Luxury In The City Of Luxe

Prepare to be pampered — in fact, you may not want to go outside. If you're like us and love a touch of art & decoration in your hotel, then staying at a design hotel will make your visit to Paris even more memorable.

We were impressed by these hotels, and every design hotel we review tells a story. The story that was in the eye of the visionary designer or hotelier. These hotels are much more than just pretty faces; they are also known for genuine hospitality, great locations, historic buildings, and groundbreaking architecture. Each hotel here is an original, featuring a unique design. Often, each room sports its own individual style. The photos of the hotels tell their stories better than we can!


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Hotel Bel-Ami

Hotel Bel-Ami Paris

Part lounge, part spa, part art exhibition space and all hotel, L'Hotel Bel-Ami is right in the heart of the life of the Left Bank, the perfect place for a design hotel.

An 18-century abbey has been transformed into a modern hotel masterpiece by a team of leading French designers and architects. The design theme seems to be ice cream and you'll find colors like chocolate, pistachio and vanilla throughout the hotel. There are also rooms inspired by Kubrick's Clockwork Orange using orange, olive green and azure blue with simple white marble bathrooms.

The location couldn't be better for a visit to Paris — in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and equidistant from the Seine, Île Saint Louis, Jardin du Luxembourg, and Le Bon Marché.

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Our Rating — Highly-Rated-Plus!
• 11 Rue Saint Benoit, 6th Arrondissement

La Maison Champs Élysées

La Maison Champs Élysées

La Maison Champs Élysées is so named because it was designed by fashion house Maison Margiela. It's a minimal, offbeat design that combines classical styles with the avant-garde. Surprisingly, the result is both elegant and relaxing.

This design hotel was once the townhouse of the Princess of Essling. The location is amazing — just off Champs-Élysées in the most luxe part of the 8th Arrondissement. Easy access to Metro stations and within walking distance of a ton of Paris landmarks and museums.

Even though it's in the heart of things, La Maison Champs Élysées also sports a secluded, leafy patio lounge.

Our Rating — Highly Rated
• 18 Rue Jean Goujon, 8th Arrondissement

La Réserve Paris – Luxury Supreme

La Reserve Paris

When we had a chance to visit the Presidential Suite we knew we had to include La Réserve in any list of design hotels. This high-design luxury hotel is sublimely modernist.

Filled with soft lighting, monochromatic schemes, and plenty of natural wood, every room effuses elegance and simplicity. Every detail is attended to, and we felt good simply stepping into the bathroom! In addition to the usual services, if you happen to opt for the Presidential Suite you can ask for your own butler. (We would… if we were staying in the Presidential Suite, although that's a big if!)

The location is hard to beat, in the parkland just off Champs Elysées — on a street so quiet you hardly realize that you're in the dead-center of Paris! So sit in the guests-only library and enjoy a glass of champagne from the hotel's own vineyards.

Our Rating — Superb-Plus!
• 42 avenue Gabriel, 8th Arrondissement

Hotel Sezz

Hotel Sezz Paris

In a late-19th century Art Nouveau building is this classically moderne example of Paris design hotels; showcasing the colors and textures of the City of Love – beige stone, grey slate and blue-grey sky – mixed with a generous portion of red and chrome.

Reception desk? Forget that old-fashioned notion! Instead, you are greeted by your personal assistant, who welcomes you with a drink. After you're signed in, retire to your room for a soak in the bathtub for two.

There are 26 rooms, including 12 suites and the ultra-special Eiffel Suite. Hotel Sezz is found in the exclusive residential 16th Arrondissement, only a 12 minute walk from both Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower, and just around the corner from the Musée du Vin. The fabulous restaurant, L'Astrance, is only a couple of streets away. By the way, "sezz" is how "16" is pronounced in French.

Our Rating — Highly Rated
• 6 Avenue Frémiet, 16th Arrondissement

Hotel Gabriel

Hotel Gabriel Paris

Art Deco and minimalism come together in this gorgeous design hotel. Clean, relaxing lines and colors throughout make staying at one of Hotel Gabriel's 41 rooms a pleasure.

The hotel is located just at the outskirts of the Marais, near Boulevard Jules Ferry. This is a good location for calm and quiet, and it's an easy walk to the Marais and its trendy shops and restaurants. It's easy to get to other areas of Paris as well, using the nearby Metro.

Our Rating — Highly-Rated-Plus!
• 25 Rue du Grand Prieuréé, 11th Arrondissement

Hotel du Petit Moulin

Hotel Gabriel Paris

In our favorite scene from Absolutely Fabulous, Patsy arrives and finds Eddie wearing a gaudy tank top:

Patsy (in a disgusted tone): "Darling, WHAT are you wearing?!"

Eddie: "It's Lacroix, darling. Lacroix!"

Patsy: "It's FABULOUS!"

The Christian Lacroix designed Hotel du Petit Moulin is also rated Fabulous (or the star equivalent) by travelers, calling it "the quintessential Parisian experience". And they're not just raving about the design and comfort of the hotel, for the location is equally fabulous — in the heart of the vibrant and trendy Marais with its museums, shops and restaurants. You're only five minutes from the Metro and ten minutes from Centre Pompidou.

Our Rating — Superb
• 31 rue de Poitou, 3rd Arrondissement

Hotel Le Bellechasse

Hotel le Bellechasse

You're in the 7th Arrondissement, which bridges Saint-Germain to the Eiffel Tower. Stay here and your next door neighbor is the Musée D'Orsay! You're within easy walking distance to Boulevard Saint-Germain, Jardin des Tuileries, and, through the jardin, the Louvre.

Bellechasse is another beautifully designed hotel by Christian Lacroix, so expect a feast of color and contemporary design.

Our Rating — Highly Rated
• 8 Rue De Bellechasse, 7th Arrondissement

Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter

This ultra-sleek hotel was designed by multi-talented Phillippe Starck. He's one of our favorite modernist French designers, and he doesn't disappoint here.

Sensual and elegant, the rooms at Mama Shelter are modern-simple. There's a brasserie on site and you can have a cocktail at the Chic-Chic bar. There's a buffet breakfast every morning.

Our Rating — Highly Rated
• 109, Rue De Bagnolet, 20th Arrondissement

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