This spring promises to be an exciting time to visit Paris. After two years of lockdown and reopening, or what was known here as ‘confinement’ and ‘déconfinement’, there is a real buzz in the air, and plenty of culture to soak up, food to be eaten and wine to be drunk. Any one of these hotels will provide a brilliant base for your next trip, with something to suit everyone. From an upmarket hostel near one of the city’s most beautiful parks, to Paris’s latest ultra-luxury opening on the swish Avenue George V – and even a new boutique hotel that will let you live like a Parisian artist for a weekend.
Hotel des Academies et des Arts
Did you ever dream of moving to Paris and becoming a painter? This dinky boutique hotel in the historic and refined Montparnasse district gives you just that opportunity. Located opposite the Grande Chaumière art school, the hotel offers studios, easels and art supplies for hotel guests and visiting artists, as well as short courses. Artistic touches continue into the rooms, where whitewashed walls and pared-back furnishings contrast with bold artworks hung and sometimes painted straight onto the walls.
How to do it: Doubles from £150 (00 331 4326 6644; hoteldesacademies.fr).
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
Love it or loathe it, Netflix’s Emily in Paris has turned the world’s attention to theFrench capital, as it continues into its second season. Fans may recognise this elegant and refined five-star boutique as the neighbour of the office of Savoir, the fictional luxury agency on Place de Valois, where Emily works. It offers comfort, slick design courtesy of Pierre-Yves Rochon, and attentive service – as well as a modern take on French classics in Le Lulli restaurant. It’s located in the heart of Paris, next to the secluded splendour of the Palais Royal gardens.
How to do it: Doubles from £297 (00 331 4296 1535; grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com). Read the full review here.