1920s

Paris might have come to a few standstills during the pandemic, but its hoteliers didn’t stop working, forging ahead with their visions for the city’s next generation of accommodation. Whether you like your hotels chic or charming, boutique or big, 1920s or 1970s in vibe … there’s something new you’ll love. And if you end up staying elsewhere, these eight addresses still merit a trip for their inspired food and drink experiences.

Madame Rêve

The 82 rooms and suites of this five-star hotel are located within the upper floors of the redeveloped Poste du Louvre development.

Ph: Madame Rêve

The location, for one, is superb: just up the road from the new Bourse de Commerce museum and Samaritaine complex. If you want to leave the hotel, that is.

Madame Rêve Paris
Ph: Madame Rêve

Thanks to some clever architectural ironwork additions, the cosy wood-panelled rooms ingeniously hover around the inner hanging garden, while the various suites, inspired by artist ateliers, float right up top, looking out to breathtaking views of the city’s rooftops and monuments.

Café Rêve Paris
Ph: Madame Rêve

The lobby bar (above) is the kind that will make you feel like you’re on a movie set from Hollywood’s Golden Age, while later this month there will also be a panoramic Japanese restaurant and lush rooftop bar.

Rates: From €450

Address: 48 Rue du Louvre, 75001

Cheval Blanc

If you remember the old La Samaritaine, you might recall popping up to the rooftop café to enjoy one of the best (and cheapest) views in town. Since its redevelopment, much of the old riverside department store is now the super-luxe Cheval Blanc, where the immaculately furnished suites come complete with dreamy views across Pont Neuf and along the Seine.

Cheval Blanc
Ph: Cheval Blanc

The price … well, let’s just say this hotel likely falls into the category of if-you-have-to-ask-you-probably-can’t-afford-it … but anyone can pop in for a meal or cocktail at, say, Le Tout Paris, a brasserie-bar up on the seventh floor featuring several areas such as a hanging garden with rooftop views.

Cheval Blanc
Ph: Cheval Blanc

The panoramic terrace (above) boasts some of the best seats in the city, particularly at golden hour, when the shimmering vista downstream towards the Eiffel Tower is particularly glorious.

Rates: From €1350

Address: 8 Quai du Louvre, 75001

Hôtel du Sentier

If you’ve wandered about the buzzing garment district known as Sentier, you’ve probably looked up in wonder at the Egyptian-inspired façade overlooking Place du Caire.

Hôtel du Sentier
Ph: Hôtel du Sentier

You can now look out from its prettily arched windows, by staying at the Hôtel du Sentier. The building, and the covered arcades behind it, date back to 1799 when Egyptomania was all the rage (thanks to Napoléon’s Egypt campaign and the popularity of neo-Classicism), but the rooms of this four-star hotel are totally modern in comfort.

Hôtel du Sentier
Ph: Hôtel du Sentier

Fortunately, the restaurant (which offers all-day breakfast) serves up classic French fare of the old style; think œuf mayo, croque-monsieur, tartare de bœuf and crème brûlée.

Rates: From around €300 per night

Address: 2 Place du Caire, 75002

Hôtel Saint André des Arts

Only in the history-loving city of Paris can a place be modernised by making it retro. Whereas many Parisian interiors hark back to a century or more ago, the reborn Hôtel Saint-André des Arts, now boasting four stars, decided to take aesthetic inspiration from the 1970s, and the musicians who then passed through the doors of this Left Bank hotel.

Hôtel Saint-André des Arts
Ph: Hôtel Saint-André des Arts

Cue pops of bright colours against the exposed beams, fabulously throwback furniture, and a green-tiled bar that will make you want to dress up in a maxi gown and order a piña colada.

Hôtel Saint-André des Arts
Ph: Hôtel Saint-André des Arts

Rates: From €143

Address: 66 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006

Château Voltaire

This ultra-chic five-star hotel, nestled behind the creamy walls of an old townhouse just off the Avenue de l’Opéra, is the creation of Thierry Gillier, founder of fashion label Zadig & Voltaire.

Château Voltaire
Ph: Château Voltaire

If the rooms are beyond your budget, you’ll still love Brasserie Emil, the kind of old-school Parisian eatery you’ll want to keep going back to, and La Coquille d’Or, the elegantly cosy bar.

Château Voltaire
Ph: Château Voltaire

Rates: From €500 per night

Address: 55-57 Rue Saint-Roch, Paris 75001

Hôtel Paradiso

The 34 rooms of this four-star hotel range from intimate nooks to a terrace-graced suite, but all come with a three-metre-wide screen and laser projector that transform your space into a private cinema theatre.

Hôtel Paradiso
Ph: Hôtel Paradiso

You’ll have access to a selection of on-demand services, such as Netflix and Prime, and if you prefer to go more old-school, the hotel has a DVD library boasting over 2000 films from classic and cult genres.

Hôtel Paradiso
Ph: Hôtel Paradiso

Popcorn is part of the package, of course, and you can order in cocktails or meals from local eateries. In warmer weather the rooftop bar doubles as an open-air cinema.

Rates: From €149

Address: 135 Boulevard Diderot, 75012

Monsieur George

All black lacquer, gilded touches and jewel-toned velvet, this haven of a five-star boutique hotel, in a classic Haussmannian building just off the Champs-Élysées, is as luxurious as many of that avenue’s high-fashion stores. Its interiors were designed, after all, by the celebrated Anouska Hempel.

Monsieur George Paris
Ph: Monsieur George

Even if you can’t justify the room prices, visit for the bar, a glossy, seductive space that serves up cocktails laced with herbs freshly picked from the aromatic patio garden.

Monsieur George Paris
Ph: Monsieur George

Rates: From around €500

Address: 17 Rue Washington, 75008

Hôtel Rochechouart

Situated at the base of Montmartre, the Hôtel Rochechouart is perfectly placed for an exploration of this mythical district.

Hôtel Rochechouart
Ph: Hôtel Rochechouart

Its recent renovation only heightens the sense of adventure. First unveiled in 1929, the dusty Hôtel Carlton’s has not only been reborn, but upgraded to four-star chic, without losing its sense of history. The interiors retain their Art Déco glow, and the 106-room hotel is the perfect example of how they used to do hotels back in the days of burgeoning international travel: large and lavish, but also with an intimate feel, thanks to moody lighting and a variety of spaces. Think a spacious lobby, and glamorous restaurant and bar.

Hôtel Rochechouart
Ph: Hôtel Rochechouart

You can alternatively enjoy a drink in the library, or head up to the rooftop bar (via the marble stairs — or the old-school cast-iron elevator they swirl around). Open in the summer months, the bar’s Sacré-Cœur vista is stunning.

Hôtel Rochechouart
Ph: Hôtel Rochechouart

Rates: From around €200

Address: 55 Boulevard du Rochechouart, 75009

Chouchou

A delight of a hôtel, the four-star Chouchou (a French term of endearment, like ‘pet’ or ‘sweetie’) plays with colour as much as your senses.

Chouchou Hotel Paris
Ph: Chouchou

Brightly lit (with a generous sprinkling of festoon lights), and popping with yellows and blues, the hotel has a festive vibe that is fabulously enhanced by its guinguette-style bar (below). There’s also a fun food market-inspired eatery.

Chouchou Hotel Paris
Ph: Chouchou

Its 63 rooms look down over the courtyard or out to the ninth arrondissement; it’s located just east of the Palais Garnier and department stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.

Chouchou Hotel Paris
Ph: Chouchou

Rates: From around €215

Address: 11 Rue du Helder, 75009

Paris in the 1920s is such a glamorously evocative concept … You can’t help but think Ernest Hemingway and highballs, Josephine Baker and dances of wild abandon, Coco Chanel and beaded black party frocks, avant-garde artists and smouldering muses … And, most of all, fun — crazy-mad fun. Paris didn’t call these years les années […]

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