Peppered with numerous swanky hotels, booking your stay in this gorgeous city can leave you feeling overwhelmed with choice. Besides the cost of staying at a well-known venue (let’s face it, Paris isn’t known for its cheapness), you will experience a more authentic, laid-back version of the city by seeking out alternative places to stay.
From hundred-year-old hotels to family-run B&Bs, the streets of Paris are filled with unique and quirky places to stay that you might not have heard of. Whether you’re travelling alone, enjoying a romantic city break or exploring Paris with your family, here are the best offbeat lodgings to enjoy during your visit to the City of Lights.
Unique and Cool Places to Stay in Paris
This quirky home in Paris' Montparnasse neighbourhood is full of interesting contemporary architectural features. We love the arched windows in the bedroom and the outdoor terrace is perfect for a spot of breakfast to kickstart your day.
What makes this home unique? We'd say the staircase speaks for itself...
This home is over-the-top in every sense of the word, and that's why we love it so much. If you're unsure whether you should love it or hate it, you should know it's located on none other than rue St Honoré. Was that exclusive location enough to sway you?
What makes this home unique? The way it brings every pattern, colour and texture imaginable into one home and somehow manages to pull it off.
Built on the only remaining wall of the 13th century Saint Germain-des-Prés Abbey, this three-bedroom apartment stretching across three storeys really is one of a kind.
What makes this home unique? Although the abbey walls remain an impressive feature of the home, thanks to its renovation, it now boasts a blend of medieval-meets-modern that we just can't get enough of.
Unique hotels in Paris
Hotel du Continent Paris
This superbly trendy hotel is one of the best places to immerse yourself. The Hotel du Continent Paris is located in the heart of the city and boasts a unique take on interior design; each of the hotel’s floors is inspired by a different part of the world. Take a tour across 5 continents, 2 poles and 22 different countries, brought to you from the wanderlust-inspired designer Christian Lacroix. The hotel’s interior is a masterpiece, the service impeccable and the food delicious, making this one of the best boutique hotels Paris has to offer. This hotel is particularly good for solo travellers.
Located in the hip Pigalle district, the magnificent Maison Souquet offers gorgeously plush rooms where you’ll feel at home immediately. Easily one of the most unique hotels in the city, it boasts quirky and utterly Parisian decor, a private spa, delicious fine dining and cocktails and a charming garden to enjoy the French sunshine. Swathes of red velvet aside, this hotel is famed for its friendly staff and impeccable service - few Paris hotels are on par with this delightful venue.
Hotel Les Bains Paris
This hotel is a favourite among couples and is located only 5 minutes from the charming Marais district. As one of the foremost hip hotels Paris visitors rave about, the unique lodgings blend chic, minimalist decor with luxurious amenities. There is an indoor pool and a concierge service to make your stay as tranquil and relaxed as possible. The hotel’s restaurant serves delicious local and international dishes cooked to perfection, and guests can enjoy easy access to some of the city’s many famous sights, including the Notre Dame and the Louvre Museum, the latter of which is less than 1 km away.
Hotel de Josephine de Bonaparte
This stunning hotel is nestled deep in the charming Marais district and used to be a convent in the 1600s. The breath-taking architecture and rich character has prevailed through the centuries, with many of the gorgeous rooms still retaining the original features of the building, such as exposed wooden beams and floorboards. This isn’t to say that the Hotel de Josephine de Bonaparte offers minimal comfort; the luxuriously decorated bedrooms, exquisitely chic vaulted stone cellar and airy patio all make this boutique hotel one of the most unique places to stay in the city.
Hotel Crayon Rouge
Discover the unmatchable beauty of the City of Lights from this superbly stylish hotel. The Hotel Crayon Rouge has a premium location close to the Louvre and the picturesque rue de Rivoli. Unwind at the hotel’s well-stocked bar or peruse the on-site library. The multilingual staff are friendly and welcoming, so you feel at home during your Paris getaway. The rooms are a fusion of modern chic design with unbeatable French comfort; the perfect destination for those seeking a stylish yet relaxing visit to the capital - it has both in spades.
Hotel Relais Saint Sulpice
Located behind the striking Saint Sulpice church, the Hotel Relais Saint Sulpice is a characterful hotel with a thoroughly Parisian ambience. This small, charming hotel offers an intimate and familiar atmosphere that is perfect for families to enjoy a quiet, laid-back stay in the French capital. The rooms are spacious yet cosy, and the delicious breakfast buffet offers both local delicacies and vibrant international favourites. The friendly service staff are on hand to give you insider tips and tricks about the city.
Le Citizen Hotel
Nestled on the bank of a canal on the 10th arrondissement, Le Citizen is a pleasantly removed from the hustle and bustle of Paris’ main tourist attractions. The cosy accommodation offers just 12 lovely rooms to choose from; perfect for an intimate lodging experience. Each room is decorated with fresh and cheery Scandi-inspired interiors - charming yet not too over-the-top. Each room has Wi-Fi and free snacks, and the morning breakfast buffet has something to please every guest.
Hotel Les Jardins de la Villa
This stunning boutique hotel offers 33 exquisite rooms that are spacious enough to accommodate large groups of friends and families. Located near the lush green woods of Bois de Boulogne, the Hotel Les Jardins de la Villa offers extensive kid-friendly options. All children under the age of 12 can stay at the hotel for free, and if you’re travelling with small children, the hotel will provide a cot, changing mat, nightlight and baby monitors to ensure you and your little ones have the best night’s sleep. If you’re looking for luxurious peace and quiet during a family trip to the capital, this is undoubtedly one of the best boutique hotels Paris has to offer.
More than just a place to rest your head, where you stay during your Paris stay can really transform your visit. By staying in one of these unique places, you’ll discover a different side to the City of Lights that will form lasting memories for years to come.