It's arguably the most romantic city in the world, but where do you stay if you want a truly seductive experience of Paris? Here's my personal pick of the six best hotels for couples in love.
One by the Five
One by the Five (pictured above) is a luxurious and hedonistic single-suite hotel where a "floating" bed is suspended amid clouds and fiber-optic stars. There is a video camera for -- ahem -- your private use, and a cocktail station with all the ingredients for a "love elixir." Walls are hung with red velvet and mirrors.
The hotel is located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, a heartbeat from the Latin Quarter, filled with bars and brasseries, and within walking distance of Rue Mouffetard, the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Pantheon. From €500 per night.
Pavillon de la Reine
Set in the heart of the Marais on the Place des Vosges -- regarded by many as the most beautiful square in the world -- this quiet, family-owned boutique hotel is the perfect hideaway for couples looking for a relaxed setting that's only a short walk from the trendiest bars and restaurants and fashionable boutiques of the Marais.
The hotel has 54 rooms and suites, including the Victor Hugo suite, which hints at the history of the Marais, where the romantic novelist once lived. The suite has a sleek contemporary feel, with original features such as exposed original timber beams and antique, iron-bound trunks. Pavillon de la Reine has a secluded, flower-filled courtyard perfect for enjoying a morning coffee, as well as its own spa. Rooms from €380 per night with breakfast.
Hotel Pont Royal
Hotel Pont Royal is located in the heart of the elegant Saint-Germain-des-Prés and has a long literary and artistic heritage. It's the place where many American greats such as Hemingway, Miller and Fitzgerald tasted intellectual Paris -- perfect for culture-loving couples. All 65 rooms and 10 suites have high ceilings and romantic city views. The panoramic suite (pictured above) overlooks the rooftops of Paris. Classic rooms start at €225 per night.
If you really want a taste of the Paris high life and have the cash to indulge, you can't get more prestigious (and romantic) than Le Meurice. Ideally located near the Louvres on rue de Rivoli, it's one of the oldest Palace hotels and has a marvelous history -- its décor, by Philippe Starck, was inspired by loyal guest Salvador Dali's surrealistic vision. Big spenders can book La Belle Etoile suite on the seventh floor, with 360-degree views of the city, including Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Sacré-Coeur. All F&B operations are now managed by Alain Ducasse, who is rated as one of the top chefs in the world. Classic rooms from €670.
Hotel du Collectionneur
The Hotel du Collectionneur (pictured above) is close to the Arc de Triomphe (less than a 10-minute walk from the Champs-Elysées). Its 52 suites have views over an Andalucian patio, tropical gardens and/or a private terrace. All of the suites are furnished in 1930s art-deco style and are equipped with elegant fixtures and fittings as well as in-room technology. Couples can indulge in haute cuisine at the gourmet restaurant Le Safran and massages at Spa Mosaic. Junior suites start at €529 per night.
Hotel Particulier Montmartre
If you're looking for a hidden escape in the atmospheric streets of Montmartre, this mansion hotel is tucked down a secret passage. Once you're past the black iron gates, you're inside a world of lush gardens and opulent suites, all five designed by a different artist. It is contemporary and enchanting, and you can even buy some of the classic furniture on sale in the Salon Prive -- how about an Arne Jacobsen egg chair as a keepsake? Junior suites from €390 per night.
Jane Anderson is Editor of 101 Honeymoons.
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