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From the left Bank cafe habitué to the naughty Paris of Pigalle’s red-light bars, Paris is all things to all men. One of the great art repositories of the world, Paris harbours a pretty illustrious artistic pedigree, listing Renoir, Picasso, Monet, Rodin and Manet amongst it’s most prized. Despite its antiquities, the city’s cache of modern and contemporary art is no less fervent and can be found across of scores of smaller museums across the Marais and beyond.

With iconic postcard views and wicker-chair-lined terraces, Paris’s cuisine is second to none. Ranging from humble boulangeries, to cosy neighbourhood bistro to a triple-Michelin-starred flavour of the month, the city boasts a varied food scene of tradition and contemporaneity in equal parts.

Shopping is equally scintillating. Browse emerging and established designers in resplendent department stores, scour vintage shops and flea markets, and scan the bankside dark-green bouquiniste stalls for rare editions.

“To know Paris is to know a great deal.” – Henry Miller

Hotel Providence

Hotel Providence, crafted by Pierre Moussié, hot hotel and restaurant tycoon of the moment, is our top pick when it comes to design. The whole place just oozes sumptuousness, from the toasty fireplace that greets you upon entry to the rich dark wood floors and velour House of Hackney wallpaper. On top of being curated to a tee thanks to Moussié’s unbeatable attention to detail, it is located in the hip Haut Marais neighbourhood, a vibrant area studded with up-and-coming shops, galleries, and restaurants. With its cool surroundings and top-notch design standards, this exquisite boutique hotel is the place to be for a weekend tête-à-tête with your other half or a chic girls’ getaway.

Mama Shelter

Budget boutique at its best, this hotel has remained a reliable option in Paris since it opened in 2009. With its restaurant downstairs and rooftop terrace constantly sporting a uber-cool crew, it always promises an interesting stay. Designed by Philippe Starck, the large communal spaces are playful and inventive with chalk board ceilings covered in scribbled messages and a bar strung with children’s water floaties. Rooms are modern and urban in design and are kitted out with Apple gadgets and personalised products.

Hotel Molitor

If you haven’t seen the pool at Hotel Molitor, shame on you. You’re obviously not following enough design accounts on Instagram. Originally opened in 1929, the Molitor was one of the most fashionable swimming baths in Paris before closing in 1989. The site in the 16th arrondissement was converted into an urban art space before recently reopening as a hotel. The space strikes the perfect balance between the hotel’s art deco past and its modern renovations with original features such as the blue doors on cabins, green railings and the pool’s original glass enclosed ticket booth (which now frames the indoor bar) making the space extra special.

Hotel Amour

South Pigalle, otherwise known as SoPi, once home to pussy parlours and erotic nightlife, is now the talk of Paris for different reasons with new restaurants, cocktail bars and boutiques opening up every week. Hotel Amour is at the heart of this new activity, bridging the gap between the new and old South Pigalle. Set in a former brothel, its trendy bistro and bar with a large outdoor terrace is the place to be. Upstairs, a black-walled corridor leads to 20 rooms, each designed by a different artist and designer and each with their own nod to the erotic. Ironically however, spending all day in bed isn’t something you’d want to do at the Hotel Amour as the rooms are small and walls are thin – drink downstairs until you don’t care about the noise.

Hotel Thoumiex

This Thierry Costes hotel is a favourite with the fashion elite and buzzes with an exciting atmosphere. Although most famous for its Michelin-starred restaurant and cocktail list (Laura Bailey always has the caipirinha when she’s here) the 15 rooms here deserve the attention they demand. Flamboyant to say the least, leopard print throws clash wonderfully with bold wallpaper and patterned velvet carpets. Located in the 7th arrondissement with views of the Eiffel Tower and steps away from the Louvre, there’s no better location to see Paris’ highlights.

Hôtel du Temps

A night at Hôtel du Temps is like staying at your very trendy Parisian friend’s apartment. The friend in this case is in fact owner Yoan Marciano who teamed up with set designer and architect Laura Leonard and designer Alix Thompson to create a beautiful hotel in this former mansion house between the trendy 9th and 10th arrondissements. The hotel – made up of 23 rooms, a bar and small dining area and a hidden club in the basement – is quirky yet elegant and mixes bespoke furniture with tropical mismatched prints and art you will likely want to take home. The fact that it feels like a friend’s home could be a downside for some – walls are thin, spaces intimate and exterior facing rooms can be noisy.

Hotel Henriette

Stepping inside Hotel Henriette is like stepping into the perfect DIY Pinterest board – wooden desks are built into walls, filament lamps hang from rope and headboards are fashioned out of large slabs of leather. Formerly the Hotel Résidence les Gobelins, the new budget boutique hotel stands as proof of what a bit of paint, a keen eye for design (courtesy of Paris designer Vanessa Scoffier) and an abundance of flowers can do for an establishment. With just 32 rooms, a small dining room, an idyllic outdoor courtyard and prices starting at €89 for a single, this is one of the best budget hotels in Paris.

Generator Hostel

Trendy, urban and unbelievably affordable for Paris, this hostel attracts the next generation of travellers who would rather spend their money discovering a city than on a five-star hotel room. Shared rooms start at €25 per person and private rooms at €32.50 per person based on four person occupancy, but large communal spaces such as a rooftop terrace and basement club will keep you out of your quarters for the most part. It’s the amount of space you have in comparison to the low price point that will make a lasting impression here. It doesn’t feel like a hostel, but the barefoot teenagers in the lift will remind you that it is.

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Hotel Providence

Mama Shelter

Hotel Molitor

Hotel Amour

Hotel Thoumiex

Hôtel du Temps

Hotel Henriette

Generator Hostel

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