In the city of love and lights, create your own magic by snuggling into the amorous corners of its most enchanting hotels
Gare de Lyon-Bercy
This charming, cosy Parisian property has 43 well-appointed guestrooms. It’s not in the tourist part of town, but makes up for that by sitting right next to the metro station. What it does have in the neighbourhood is Paris’s largest park—the beautiful Bois de Vincennes where you can enjoy long walks or take romantic boat rides. The hotel is located on a busy street, so make sure you get a room on a higher floor to escape the noise.
Located near Marais and Canal St Martin, Hotel Taylor is a perfect stay for lovers. Marais’ little streets are made for couples, and some of them host open markets with cafes spilling out onto the road–it’s easy to lose an entire weekend there. The hotel itself is incredibly charming in whitewashed and pastel colours, with fluffy bathrobes to welcome you. They also have a number of romantic packages, including champagne and accessories.
Rue de Rivoli
Located across the iconic Tuileries Garden between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, Le Meurice has hosted celebrities such as Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Salvador Dali and several heads of State in its 200-year history. All its rooms are opulent (and soundproof), but for sheer luxury, book the Belle Etoile Royal Suite, which offers sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Grand Palais and the Arc de Triomphe.
Which woman can forget the season finale of Sex and the City–when Carrie finally lands Mr Big against the grandest backdrop of them all. The Plaza Athénée offers more than just an opportunity for an epic recreation of the moment. The hotel has 145 rooms and 43 suites decorated with Art Deco motifs. Before slipping between the luxurious sheets, enjoy a round of drinks at the glamorous bar and savour some Michelin-star winning cuisine.
Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré
One of Hotel Le Bristol’s most striking features is the rooftop swimming pool that looks out onto the city. The other is the Fashion Saturday, a semi-formal setting where guests enjoy high tea even as models flit from table to table sporting the latest fashion collections. Bristol also offers great food, and has two Michelin-star restaurants for that truly memorable dinner.
Rue de Courcelles
This one resides in one of the city’s most fashionable addresses. With the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees in the neighbourhood, your tired legs will thank you when you return from your daily trips. The hotel itself boasts of a stylish Art Deco facade and interiors. For the indulgent, there is the chic Mosaic Spa, and there’s a well-equipped gym for those wanting to burn off the sweet sins of the day.
Place Vendôme, Paris
Sunning yourself in the pastel shaded Deluxe Suite, you will understand how the Ritz stimulated the world’s finest artists. It can take some credit for the soulful prose of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, as also for the iconic creations of Coco Chanel (the Ritz was almost her home!). It epitomises the romance that defines Paris, and the view of the Place Vendôme reminds you there are few cities that make such a big deal of love.