Interior designer and blogger Danielle shares her top picks for an artsy design hotel break in the cultural capital of Paris….
Charming and enchanting, full of life and splendour, Paris is surely one of the most beautiful cities in the world for a weekend trip.
As an interiors lover and designer I am obsessed with Parisian interiors. In the mix of French traditional and modern, I envisage bright airy rooms with high ceilings and plenty of light flooding in, reflecting on the polished parquet floors and marble fireplaces with floor-to-ceiling flowy curtains.
Whether it’s your first trip or your tenth, here you can find my personal favourite design focused hotels in Paris for the most instagrammable stay to date. From 5-star luxury to chic and affordable, each hotel has something unique that will elevate your experience through art and design, whatever your budget.
An affordable colourful art and design hotel away from the hustle and bustle of Paris
Don’t be fooled by the quiet surroundings, this tourist-friendly and upmarket location is great for shopping with lots of prestigious shops and luxury brands around. You can walk to the Champs-Elysees in under fifteen minutes.
A stylish hotel to spend a couple of nights in while discovering Paris, Hotel Haussmann Saint-Augustin offers great room amenities including a Nespresso coffee maker and Nuxe toiletries in every room. My favourite part of this hotel is the décor. You can give me a pink wall any day and I will be in my happy place, and here they don’t just stop there. They layer it with geometric monochrome carpets, beautiful materials and bespoke furniture and décor pieces to create a distinctive colour experience. A practical advantage for the international traveller is that each room has integrated USB ports and an international plug.
Haussmann Saint-Augustin offers free coffee and hot drinks all day, and if you need an afternoon break to recharge they serve free snacks every afternoon in their dazzling lounge.
Industrial design hotel in a Parisian artisan district
This hotel couldn’t be more interesting. A former textile factory in the middle of the artisan district of Oberkampf, most of the industrial characteristics of the building have been maintained throughout the renovations to work with the beautiful concept that is the Fabric Hotel.
Bold décor, metallic accents, brick walls and locally sourced accessories make the design of this hotel truly unique. And with plenty of amenities, you will have to make time in your day to use the hammam and their fitness facilities, and in the evenings relax in their honesty bar. The guest areas of the hotel are also stunning, so make sure you leave some time to enjoy these too!
Before heading to the bars in Oberkampf, make a stop for dinner at Canteen Al Taglio, who serves pizza by the weight. The potato and truffle pizza is incredible!
Cinematic design hotel in Paris close to the Louvre
Fantastically located close to the Louvre, and just five minutes away from superb shopping at Les Halles, Le 123 Sebastopol couldn’t be better located for an art and design driven weekend.
The décor of the hotel is inspired by cinema; you will see lightboxes and illuminated letters that transport you straight to the bright lights of Hollywood. The cinema-style seating at the breakfast room in particular is a wonderfully quirky feature. And the theme continues throughout the rooms, with each one being centred around a specific blockbuster film. My favourite amenity by far is the cinema room, which offers private viewings to top off your cinematic weekend in Paris.
The breakfast is delicious, and it is absolutely worth having it included in your room charge. The mini bar is restocked daily free of charge and they also offer afternoon pastries and cakes as a treat for the guests.
When staying at Le 123 Sebastopol you can visit any of its sister hotels throughout the city for refreshments, so make a note of those before you leave for the day.
Grand design hotel in a Parisian Chateaux
If you have ever wondered if you could one day stay in a genuine Chateaux in Paris, only steps away from the Champs-Elysees, I am here to tell you that you can! Enter: Hotel Saint James Paris.
As you arrive at the striking grounds and imposing building you are taken to a world far removed from the bustling Parisian city centre that you just left behind. The hotel offers fine dining in abundance, with a Michelin star restaurant and an eclectic terraced café. Within the cafe the hot air balloon theme harks to the hotel’s rich history, as hot air balloons used to be launched from these grounds during the 19th century. The beautiful gardens are private to hotel guests during the day and you can relax in the Guerlain Spa, which offers exclusive signature treatments.
The décor throughout the hotel is dramatic, elegant and traditional with whimsical modern details. Delightfully eccentric, it was designed by Franco-American Interior Designer Bambi Sloan.
You can borrow bikes free of charge from the hotel; a special way to check out the nearby attractions and landmarks.
Modern geometric design in a centrally located Parisian hotel
Neighbouring Palais Royal, Louvre and Jardins des Tuileries, this centrally located hotel makes it on my top list of hotels in Europe. Everything from the location, amenities, service and food is designed and delivered to spoil you rotten!
Expect to see wood and brushed brass, black and white tiles and colour accents that will uplift and transform each room. Layered with stunning rugs and vintage furniture, potentially the best beds in the world, and dramatic curtains for elegant finishing touches.
La Colline Spa within Nolinski brings you a sanctuary with Swiss influences in the middle of sleepless Paris city centre, and what a haven that is. Taking half a day out of your trip to enjoy the Spa facilities is a must. If a work out is on the list, they can even provide a personal trainer to assist.
And for those who cannot bear to leave their treasured pets behind for this luxury experience, pets are also welcome and will look receive true VIP treatment.
Nolinski offers a complimentary smartphone for guests complete with a guide to visiting the city as well as the best restaurants and cafes. It even comes with unlimited local and international calls.
Contemporary art and design hotel for food-lovers
A building dating back to the 1930’s which has been updated with contemporary décor and art deco influences. Each one of the 67 rooms are designed to create an exclusive experience with the best of the Parisian elegance, and the décor of in-house Brasserie Rejane is a must visit for lovers of good food and equally good interiors. There is no other hotel like it in Paris.
Complete with floor to ceiling windows to make the most of the views, the rooms are compact compared to the other hotels, but the privileged location close to the Eiffel Tower and The Invalides Museum more than compensates for it. There are duplex rooms with soaking tubs, and a rooftop jacuzzi, a great spot to relax with a glass of wine after a day exploring Paris.
You’ll be spoiled for choices when it comes to dining. Le Florimond and Pasco nearby are great choices for a great French dining experience once you’ve tried the in-house Brasserie.
Design hotel in Paris with in-house cinema
Having opened its doors for the first time in 1928 just before artists from around the world flocked to Paris, Le Royal Monceur Raffles is a new generation Palace hotel with art in it’s soul, with designs by interior and furniture designer royalty Philippe Starck.
For the ultimate luxury experience in Paris, just a few steps from the Champs-Elysees and with views of the Arc de Triomphe, Le Royal Monceau certainly exceeds expectations. From Michelin starred restaurant to the longest swimming pool to have ever been built in a Parisian hotel, the best breakfast in Paris, an art gallery and an in-house cinema. If you weren’t in the charming city of lights you would want to retreat to the hotel all day long.
There is also an in-house modern Japanese restaurant, Matsuhisa by Nobu himself, as well an incredible weekend brunch at La Cuisine. And to end your meals in style, all desserts are created by award-winning pastry chef Pierre Herme.
The My Blend Spa by Clarins, also known as ‘white paradise’ has everything you need for an invigorating afternoon during your trip. Standards are high with exclusive treatments, relaxation spaces, fitness coaches, and a wide range of yoga and Pilates classes.
Danielle is a proud mum and home interiors guru. Her site, The Room Alive, is a blend of practical family living and home inspiration. Stylish both home and away, she has a great eye for beautiful hotels and knows all the tips and tricks in travelling with the little ones!
Main image courtesy of Hotel Saint James Paris.