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Honeymoon in Paris: romantic hotels ideal for newlyweds

When I think about romance, memories of Paris immediately dance through my mind.

Strolling hand-in-hand down leafy boulevards, snuggling up in cosy wine bars, sharing cheese plates in intimate restaurants – the French capital is filled with opportunities for love. Since the Belle Époque, Paris has held an impressive reputation for romance and rightfully so. From the soaring Eiffel Tower to the cobbled streets of La Marais, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for a magical honeymoon.

If you’re planning a honeymoon in Paris, choosing the perfect place to stay is essential. So to help you decide, I’ve rounded up some of the dreamiest hotels in the city. Whether you’re looking for extravagant five-star luxury or whimsical boutique hotels, I hope you’ll find something that suits you here.

A decadent five-star townhouse hotel in Montmartre

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Located in vibrant Montmartre, Hotel Maison Souquet is all about escapism. And as one of the most lavishly romantic hotels in Paris, it’s a special place to celebrate your love. The historic building once housed a Parisian pleasure house and the current décor captures the hedonism and seduction of its past. Designed by Jacques Garcia, the interior is an eclectic combination of antique furniture, ornaments and artwork.

There’s a big focus on luxury fabrics at this hotel. Silk headboards, curtains and fringed lamps add to the decadent, cocoon-like feel of the guest rooms. If you book a Deluxe Room, you can expect your own love nest, complete with Hermés toiletries and perfume. There’s also 24-hour in-room dining, so you’ll have every excuse to stay snuggled up in your room. For even more indulgence, treat yourselves to a Junior Suite. Artwork and sumptuous fabrics amp up the romance in the suites, so you’ll feel like you have your own sanctuary to retreat to.

What makes a honeymoon stay here truly special is the private access to the Maison Souquet spa and pool. The ultimate indulgent treat, the spa is reserved exclusively for guest bookings. And under a ceiling painted with shimmering stars, you can relax in the 10-metre swimming pool. Book the Honeymoon Package for extra treats, like rose petals scattered across your bed, chocolates on arrival and 2 p.m. check out on departure day.

Hôtel Maison Souquet

Top rated
Paris, 2.4 km to 10th district Entrepôt
9.4 Excellent (422 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.5 / 10
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Five-star luxury overlooking the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine

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If your idea of romance involves next-level luxury, then the Shangri La Paris is for you. This historic hotel hogs one of the city’s best locations and was once the home of Napoleon Boneparte’s grandnephew. Elegant to its core and with views of the Eiffel Tower, it’s earned its reputation as one of the best honeymoon hotels in Paris. Expect to be stunned before you even check in, because the lobby rooms sparkle with gold leaf ceilings, neoclassical furnishings and huge fireplaces.

More than half of the 101 guest rooms look out over the Eiffel Tower, so idyllic views come as standard here. But to ensure you get the most romantic spot, book an Eiffel Tower Room. These French-style bedrooms have big windows – perfect for watching the sunset with your love. In the ensuite marble bathroom, the deep tubs were made for indulgent bubble baths and the heated floors are a luxurious touch. Alternatively, you could splash out on the Duplex Eiffel View Suite for a truly extravagant stay. With two-storey-high windows looking out over the River Seine, a spacious living room and a walk in closet, this suite is enchanting.

When you eventually venture out of your room, enjoy some time together in Chi, the hotel spa. Inspired by the peace and contentment of Shangri-La, this light-filled spa is a wonderful place to unwind. Try the nourishing Rose Renewal Body Ritual, before relaxing together in the column-lined pool.

Shangri La Hotel Paris

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Paris, 2.9 km to 10th district Entrepôt
9.0 Excellent (612 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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An elegant honeymoon hotel with a pool for private use

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Set on the leafy Left Bank, L’Hotel is a charming base for exploring Paris’ cultural treasures with your loved one. Designed by Jacques Garcia, the interior was created with intimacy and luxury in mind. So you can wander up the spiral staircase to your own personal hideaway, filled with original artwork and luxe fabrics.

For a glamorous stay, book a perfectly-formed Bijoux bedroom. Individually designed, these rooms come with views of the serene courtyard. The decorative themes include Baroque and IndoChinese, so you’re in for a treat when you lock the door and cuddle up in your cloud-like bed. Or take your honeymoon to the next level and splash out on a Grande Suite. Overlooking Rue de Beaux Arts, the suites have distinctive styles. For a whirlwind of romance, request the Belle Époque-inspired suite with its spacious living area and bedroom.

Even spa time is honeymoon-appropriate at L’Hotel. Guests can have private use of the underground hammam pool, steam room and treatment room for the duration of an appointment. And after you’ve had your fill of relaxation, head to the hotel’s atmospheric Le Bar. Spend the evening sipping the signature L’Hotel Spritz or make your way through the innovative cocktail menu. On the first Thursday of every month, the galleries along Rue Des Beaux-Arts collaborate with L’Hotel for ‘Les Jeudi Des Beaux Arts’ – a perfect date-night evening of cocktails, art and live Jazz.

L'Hotel

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Paris, 0.6 km to 10th district Entrepôt
8.8 Excellent (599 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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A charming hotel with views of the Eiffel Tower

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In terms of fairy-tale hotel locations, it doesn’t get much better than Arès Eiffel. Set on a quiet street in the bustling La Motte Picquet district, this hotel is just a 13-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower and a 16-minute stroll from the historic grandeur of Les Invalides. So if sight-seeing is part of your honeymoon plans, this four-star hotel is an ideal place to stay.

For an elegant retreat, book a Classic Double. Velvet drapes and jewel-toned colours amp up the romance, while thoughtful touches include welcome chocolates and Hermes toiletries. If you’re in the mood for extravagance, treat yourself to a Junior Suite. Located on the top floor of the hotel, the suites are look out over the Eiffel Tower. A round bed takes pride of place in one suite, while the other features a king-sized bed. So for the perfect lazy morning, pick up croissants from a local bakery, lie back and look out over Paris’ most iconic sights.

The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, giving you the perfect excuse to dine out. Treat yourselves to dinner at the cosy Le Casse Noix and enjoy beautifully-prepared seasonal food and a tempting wine list. Dishes are innovative and flavourful, ranging from delicate scallops to hearty Pork Filet Mignon. It’s worth noting that this tiny restaurant is popular, so you’ll need to book ahead.

Arès Eiffel

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Paris, 2.8 km to 10th district Entrepôt
8.9 Excellent (2707 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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A luxurious historic hotel near the Champs-Élysées

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Located around the corner from the Champs-Élysées, the luxurious Hotel de Crillon oozes five-star romance. So if an unforgettable honeymoon is what you’re after, this is the place to stay. This historic hotel opened its doors over 100 years ago and after a lavish renovation, it’s still a gorgeous blend sophistication and style.

Book an elegant Deluxe Room for views out over the hotel’s grand courtyard. Spacious marble bathrooms, custom art and sumptuous Italian linens are all part of the deal. There’s also a butler service assigned to every room, so if you don’t feel like leaving your room, you won’t have to. For even more luxury, splash out on a romantic Premier Suite. Elegantly furnished, these suites come with a separate living room, spacious bedroom and marble bathroom. Or for a really special honeymoon experience, go for the luxurious Suite Jardin. This signature suite features an enclosed terrace, as well as views of the courtyard.

Dining is a big part of any Hotel de Crillon stay. Reserve a table in L’Ecrin, the hotel’s contemporary restaurant, and savour innovative dishes by Chef Boris Campanella. Go all out and try the Signature Menu for a delicious couple’s treat. Meanwhile, the glamorous Jardin d’Hiver lounge is the perfect place to sip hot chocolate and eat sweet treats, while gazing at each other all starry-eyed. Or if sipping fine wines is your kind of date night, book wine tasting with Xavier Thuizat, the hotel’s head sommelier.

The relaxation doesn’t end there, because the hotel’s Sense Spa is one of the best in Paris. With its bespoke approach to personal wellbeing, visiting Sense is a magical experience. Book the massage and spa session for two and enjoy a couples’ massage, followed by a glass of champagne.

Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

Top rated
Paris, 98.9 km to 10th district Entrepôt
8.7 Excellent (118 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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A boutique design hotel in Marais with romantic suites

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If you like eccentric design, then you’ll love Hotel du Petit Moulin. Located in Le Marais, my favourite neighbourhood in Paris, this hotel was designed by Christian Lacroix. But although it’s packed with whimsical design features, the romantic atmosphere is ideal for a French honeymoon. The building that houses the hotel was originally Paris’ first bakery, where Victor Hugo was known to buy his baguettes. The original shop frontage is still there, adding to the hotel’s quirky Parisian vibe. Inside, the mix of colours, textures, styles makes it a fun place to enjoy your honeymoon trip to Paris.

Book a Superior Room for an intimate stay. No two rooms are the same and intricate headboards, Venetian mirrors, and bold furniture amp of the individuality of each one. You’ll even get a brass key to open your door, whisking you back in time to a more romantic era. Or book the Junior Suite to take the glamour up a notch. With its exposed beams, wall murals and a king-size bed to stretch out in, you might not want to leave. But if you do, there’s a cosy honest bar downstairs, where you can relax with glasses of champagne or wine.

Guests also have complimentary access to the tranquil spa at Le Pavilion de la Reine hotel, located off the iconic Place des Vosges. So after a morning of exploring the quiet streets of Le Marais, you can both get massages and relax in the steam bath or jacuzzi.

Hôtel du Petit Moulin

Top rated
Paris, 2.1 km to 10th district Entrepôt
8.7 Excellent (507 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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A boutique budget hotel with a bohemian feel

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A romantic break in Paris doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you’re planning a Paris honeymoon on a budget, Henriette Rive Gauche is an ideal spot to consider. Located on a cobbled street near historic Rue Mouffetard, staying in this hotel is an intimate experience. And if extravagance isn’t your thing, you’ll love the quiet romance it offers.

The Deluxe Double Rooms have a Scandi feel with lots of wood and a fresh colour palette. The comfy beds are big enough to relax in and the Nuxe toiletries and welcome gift are thoughtful touches. Or for more space, upgrade to a Junior Suite. Room service is available until 11 pm each day, so you can relax with platters of French cheese and organic terrines, alongside wine or champagne. Outside, the hotel’s vintage-themed patio is a cosy place to relax after a day of sight-seeing.

Just steps from the hotel, medieval Rue Mouffetard is a wonderful place to stroll hand-in-hand. The local market is heaving with fresh produce and the street is lined with cheese shops, bakeries, and trendy boutiques. Also, the Henriette staff take their recommendations seriously, so make the most of their local knowledge during your stay.

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Henriette Rive Gauche

Top rated
Paris, 3.2 km to 10th district Entrepôt
9.0 Excellent (2459 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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