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The best boutique hotels in Paris, from Belle Époque rooms to pretty courtyards

Hannah Meltzer
The Saint James is as close to a château hotel as you get in Paris

In the past, a visit to the French capital meant a gawp at the Eiffel Tower and a soupe à l'oignon in a tourist café off the Champs-Elysées, but as travel habits change, visitors are increasingly looking for a more original experience – and the Paris hotel scene has evolved to reflect that. Those after a more characterful stay have plenty of options – from the naughty-but-chic stylings of one-off boltholes in Pigalle, a hidden country-style lodge in Montmartre to the dinky former guesthouse (now luxury hotel) where Oscar Wilde spent his last night.

Hotel Providence, Paris, France

Hôtel Providence

Paris, France

9Telegraph expert rating

Bejewelled in lavish fabrics, unique objets d’art and superbly crafted bespoke details, this is a luxury lifestyle hotel that lives up to its promise. Every last art piece, light switch and fabric in the 1854 townhouse, which neighbours the Italianate Théâtre de la Renaissance on boulevard Saint-Martin, has been individually chosen with impeccable taste by Pierre Moussié, his wife Elodie and their friend Sophie Richard. The result is nothing short of superb. All 18 rooms are utterly gorgeous – think velvet armchairs, vintage curiosities and House of Hackney velvet wallpaper emblazoned with Art Deco banana palms and other exotic foliage. Read expert review From £138 per night Check availability Rates provided by Mr & Mrs Smith

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Le Roch Hotel and Spa, Paris

Le Roch Hotel & Spa

Paris, France

9Telegraph expert rating

One probably sees the intention to create a home-from-home far too often, but at this stylish property, located between the Louvre and Opéra, the concept does seem to work, with relaxed living spaces (designed by Sarah Lavoine) sporting art and design books, great squashy sofas and patterned rugs. Of the 37 rooms and suites even the smallest Cosy bedrooms are a pretty good-size for Paris, while the four Indulgence suites each feature a beautifully tiled private hammam steam bath. Some rooms come in crisp white; others with dark blue or black walls, with large round mirrors or ceramic rice-grain reliefs over the bed. Rare for Paris, there's a small pool. Read expert review From £284 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hôtel Bourg Tibourg, Paris, France

Hôtel Bourg-Tibourg

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

The plain frontage of this fashionable Marais district hotel belies the veritable jewellery box of tasteful opulence that awaits inside. Bold colours and oriental design motifs are juxtaposed with neo-gothic décor, combined with kitsch details from Légion d'honneur-decorated designer Jacques Garcia. The attention to detail extends to the rooms, which are decorated in rich colours and furnished with fine patterned fabrics and retro light fixtures. The double bed is indulgently large and extremely comfortable. The bathrooms are the pièce de résistance of each room, with deep luxurious tubs and black granite flooring. Read expert review From £257 per night

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Le Pigalle, Paris

Le Pigalle

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

Le Pigalle, named after the buzzy neighbourhood in which it sits, blends retro and modern to achingly cool effect, courtesy of design duo Charlotte De Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay. Each of the 40 rooms is a little different – staying in them is like staying in the room of a hip Parisian friend with exceptionally good taste: a Seventies drinks cabinet here, a Sixties velvet armchair there, but with thoroughly modern comforts and amenities, such as television and USB sockets. Charmingly hotchpotch paintings, photos and prints (from local artists, naturally) decorate the walls and surfaces, plus a small selection of Paris-themed books. Read expert review From £96 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Grand Pigalle Hotel, Paris, France

Grand Pigalle Hotel

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

Le Grand Pigalle was one of the first creations of Parisian cocktail mavens Experimental Group and set the tone for a clutch of hip boutique hotels to follow. The décor of the property, located on a corner located Haussmann-style building, uses chic retro pieces (panelling, plush banquette, patterned tiling) to create a space that is stylish, without being overly edgy. The long bar/restaurant offers buzzy atmosphere in the evenings with a mix of local creative types and visitors. Some rooms on the second and fifth floor have elegant wrought-iron balconies with a view over the surrounding narrow streets. Read expert review From £122 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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The Hoxton, Paris, France

The Hoxton, Paris

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

Instagram satisfaction is guaranteed at The Hoxton, with period details of the original 18th-century hôtel particulier mixing with on-point décor from the Soho House creatives. The building, an 18th-century affair – once residence of Etienne Rivié, adviser to Louis XV – adds a distinctly French flavour, with original spiral staircases and mosaic marble floors. Room categories are based purely on size: Shoebox (pretty dinky); Cosy; Roomy; Biggy (large and with high Parisian ceilings). Guests are greeted with music, courtesy of a vintage Roberts radio and each room has a small selection of books curated by a “Hoxton Friend” (creative types living or working in the local area). Read expert review From £197 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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L'Hotel, Paris, France

L'Hotel

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

This hotel has welcomed many celebrity guests throughout the years of which, of course, Oscar Wilde is the most famous. The writer rented a furnished apartment here, then the Hôtel D'Alsace, before his death in 1900. Throughout the 20th century, the address continued to attract famous figures including Ava Gardener, Frank Sinatra and the Aga Kahn. Rooms are arranged around an ornate galleried staircase, while Le Restaurant is housed under a grand glass roof. The property has been entirely renovated by Jacques Garcia and is decorated in the sumptuous and eclectic style for which the designer is known: think elaborate wall mouldings and grand chandeliers contrasting with leopard print carpets. Read expert review From £251 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hotel Particulier Montmartre, Paris

Hotel Particulier Montmartre

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

Hidden from the outside world, down an enchanting old-world alley in the fabled artist quartier of Montmartre, this hidden 19th-century mansion is the last word in Parisian chic. It was previously home to members of the Hermès and Rothschild families, and the house has lost none of its bourgeois-home charm. The five suites are spacious and eclectic, and the fashionable cocktail bar and restaurant, with dreamy summer seating, is in the little black book of every Parisian A-lister. The real darling with Parisian fashionistas is Le Très Particulier, the back-door cocktail bar with tasty tapas, tropical Garden of Eden décor and a bewitching summer garden. Read expert review From £261 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hôtel Saint James, Paris, France

Saint James Paris

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

This treasure of a hotel boasts a rich history, exuberant design and spacious rooms richly adorned with sumptuous fabrics and chandeliers. Built at the beginning of the 19th century, the neoclassical building was inspired by the homes of France’s former royalty to create a grand château-style home within the limits of Paris. Original features have been retained while more than a dash of bourgeois eccentricity has been added. An antique-style brass key opens the doors of the hotel’s 48 rooms and suites, but no two are the same (think Toile de Jouy wallpaper, chandeliers, heavy drapes). A Michelin-starred restaurant, exclusive bar, and indulgent Guerlain spa treatments add to the appeal. Read expert review From £337 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hôtel Adèle & Jules, Paris, France

Hôtel Adèle & Jules

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

The hotel comprises two identical properties, 'Adele' and 'Jules', two doors apart, which adds a touch of idiosyncratic character and a dose of Parisian architectural atypicality. The hotel has a low-key contemporary look, with an emphasis on comfort and homeliness in the form of warm colours, comfortable furnishings and soft lighting. The lobby/dining area (identical in both buildings) features a well-stocked bookshelf and comfortable sofa and Paris-themed contemporary artwork. It feels homely and livable, and even in the dinkier standard doubles, space is used judiciously. Some rooms feature terraces that back onto the courtyard, and there are pretty balconies on the second and fifth floors. Read expert review From £159 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hôtel Square Louvois, Paris

Hôtel Square Louvois

Paris, France

8Telegraph expert rating

This low key but stylish hotel enjoys a central location, with easy access to the Louvre and Palais Garnier opera. Décor mixes the French features of the Haussmanian building with contemporary furnishings. Standout features include the dark Hungarian parquet in the lobby and a vintage chrome stove in the breakfast area. There is a subtle literary theme, with French novels decorating the attractive bookshelf in the lobby, and a small selection in the rooms. Décor is crisp and contemporary, with touches of a retro aesthetic – think copper lamps and Deco-style patterns on the fabrics. There are some attractive period features too, such as wall mouldings and exposed wood beams in some rooms. Read expert review From £178 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Maison Souquet hotel, Paris, France

Maison Souquet

Paris, France

9Telegraph expert rating

Maison Souquet was a pleasure house during the belle époque – today it's an extraordinary boutique address with a Jacques Garcia décor as indulgent and spirited as the illustrious courtesans it once housed. It makes the heart sing: an extraordinary cocktail of belle époque glamour, five-star luxury and creative exuberance. Highly personalised service is akin to having your own butler and, quite frankly, once checked-in, you should have no desire to leave. An afternoon simply playing chess or backgammon over drinks in the beautiful trio of salons is rare entertainment enough. Guests can reserve complimentary exclusive use of the Salon d’Eau, an intimate and sensual basement spa with toasty-warm pool and mosaic steam room. Read expert review From £305 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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