The Parisian Hotel Renaissance: Five Hot New Openings

Whether you’re seeking whimsical wonders, 70s-inspired sci-fi or seductive luxury, you’ll find it in the latest hotel openings in the City of Lights

The City of Lights is in the midst of a hotel shake-up, with a glittering array of new stays bedazzling visitors in the French capital. Call it the Olympics effect; as Paris gears up to host the global games in 2024, a bevy of ultra-stylish digs have spring up between the boulevards in anticipation of the feverish crowds set to throng city streets, from Belleville to Montmartre.

Paris' hotel scene once had a reputation for stamp-sized rooms and dodgy plumbing - unless you were staying at Le Bristol (and who has the money?). But today, happily, the hotel scene is switching gears; now, boutique sleeps, fun-loving rooftop terrace bars and spacious suites abound. We've bookmarked five for your next city break.

Ooh la la: five new Paris hotels to book now

Hotel Dame Des Arts, Paris

Hôtel Dame des Arts

This Left Bank beauty started life as a Holiday Inn with only two redeeming features: a sparkling location on the Rive Gauche, and a rooftop terrace space that most hoteliers would throw their life's savings into the Seine for. Now, under the guiding hand of Imshan Jamal, it's become a cool, sophisticated stay. The property's 109 rooms are small but sleek - a collage of bamboo, bouclé, glass and curving corners, with Diptyque in the bathrooms and Alessi kettles on the counter. A Mexican kitchen (perhaps riffing on the hotel's Latin Quarter location) serves chilli-spiked Breton oysters, sea bream aguachile and red tuna tostadas throughout the day. Downstairs, in the basement, a small gym is sequestered into a curved, wooden cocoon. And the rooftop? Long gone is the fug of Holiday Inn frumpiness; it's now the place-to-be-seen for Paris' PYTs.


4 Rue Danton, 75006

La Fantaisie, Paris, France

La Fantaisie

This is the second Paris hotel to open this summer designed by Swedish interiors architect Martin Brudnizki. Where the first, the Hôtel Le Grand Mazarin, is decadent, La Fantaisie is whimsical - a hotel for bon viveurs and society butterflies. Paying homage to the street it sits on, Rue Cadet, which is named after the famous gardening brothers Jacques and Jean, Brudnizki's design is an explosion of floral frivolity with a lush, blousy courtyard garden at its heart. Case in point? The pool is a sage green-tiled fairy piscine hemmed in by curving walls splashed with pixelated impressions of plantlife. All 73 rooms and suites are dreamily colourful and kitsch, with botanical wallpaper covering ceilings and walls, woodwork painted a pleasing pale green and real plants pressed up against bathroom windows. The rooftop Bar sur le Toit is equally rambunctious, while downstairs, a streetside café and Dominique Crenn's Golden Poppy restaurant offer all-day dining choices to diners deposited between blooming marigolds.


24 Rue Cadet, 75009

TOO Hôtel, Paris

TOO Hôtel

A swish urban eyrie taking up floors 17 to 24 in Paris' third-tallest tower, Laurent Taïeb's 13th arrondissement TOO Hôtel offers an accommodation experience as far away from typical Parisian tropes as you can get. Located in the glassy twists of architect Jean Nouvel's Tours Duo, TOO swaps French linens and Louis XVI chairs for polished Philippe Starck interiors and far-reaching skyline views, with all the mod cons a savvy traveller could hope for. Amenities include a nature-inspired spa, glass-walled gym and 135m-high cocktail bar equipped with a whizzing digital art installation as entrancing as the views. Dinner is either at the decadent Benjamin Six restaurant or ordered, via Uber Eats, from one of four fabulous local restaurants.


65 Rue Bruneseau, 75013

Hôtel Madame Rêve

Located in the former offices of Paris' postal service, in the well-connected 1st arrondissement, this 82-key hotel is a masterclass in respectful renovation, with nods throughout the beautiful Haussmannian building to its letter-delivering past, including street signs in the corridors and over 800 pieces of old mail adapted into clever artwork. Two restaurants and a sunlounger-equipped rooftop terrace open until 6pm, plus a small spa, complete the offering. The best feature here, though, is the location - you're practically on the doorstep of Les Halles and the Louvre.


48 Rue du Louvre, Paris, 75001

So/ Paris, France

SO/ Paris

Here's another hotel that has sidestepped the chintz chic so typical of Parisian hospitality, and focused instead on offering slick, clean-lined living in the French capital. And, like the sky-tickling TOO Hôtel, SO/ Paris offers wraparound views, from floors seven to 14 of a glass-cubed, mirror-wrapped tower, this time, just minutes from Le Marais. The vibe? Something like a sci-fi hotel dreamed up in the 70s. Opened in 2022, the jaw-dropping views of Paris are the stay's USP, with floor-to-ceiling windows making the most of the surrounding city scenery in all 162 rooms. Paris' far-ranging cultural kudos has been put to use in perfecting the interiors, with maestros from the worlds of art, design and technology all called in to sculpt the vision. Warm, futuristic, burnt orange furnishings are the handwork of RDAI, an architecture firm that also designs Hermès stores. Staff uniforms - Breton stripes in hot summer hues - were created by Patou's Guillaume Henry. Those flickering images in the elevators? NFT art by Parisian creatives.


10 Rue Agrippa d'Aubigné, 75004

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