With its stunning architecture, rich culture, exquisite food and delicate charm, it isn’t difficult to see why Paris is the world’s most visited city. One of the best ways you can approach your visit to the ‘City of Light’ is by immersing yourself in the Parisian culture. Though the city does have its fast food chains and large supermarkets, it is one of the rare cities in the Western world that has managed to retain its distinctive personality. Staying in one of the city’s hidden boutique hotels can be a great way of getting to know the Parisian culture.
In the same way that you would choose a quaint coffee shop over a global coffee chain, you may want to consider staying in a boutique hotel rather than a generic franchise hotel during your visit to Paris. When you stay in a large chain hotel room, it’s easy to feel like you could be in any city in the world. However, when you stay in one of Paris’ one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, you are surrounded by Parisian décor, served authentic Parisian food and given a genuinely Parisian experience.
There are several trendy boutique hotels in Paris, located across the city. If you’re a music fan, you may enjoy the Hotel du Triangle d’Or, which features funky, music-inspired décor. The hotel is located in the 9th arrondissement near the Olympia theatre.
Another boutique hotel that you can call home during your visit to Paris is the Hotel Crayon, which, as the name suggests, is splashed with colourful walls and a generally cheerful atmosphere. Situated in the city’s first district, the hotel has an ideally central location.
A romantic boutique hotel option is the lovely Hotel La Manufacture, located near the city’s Latin Quarter. With its classical décor, plush bedding and attentive service, this charming hotel is ideal for couples wanting to visit one of the most romantic cities in the world.
For a historic boutique hotel experience, the Hotel Fontaines Du Luxembourg is actually the former residence of King Louis XIV’s grooms. With its artistic wall paper, delicately patterned linens, large oil paintings and tasty breakfast buffet, this home-turned-hotel is the essence of Parisian elegance.
Thus, if you’re looking for an authentic Parisian experience, staying in one of the city’s hidden boutique hotels is a great way of doing so. Boutique or design hotels offer a bit more flare than generic chain hotels and can help make your visit truly memorable. If you think staying at one might be up your street, then why not seek one out, jump on a London to Paris train and see how you get on.