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From the neighborhood to budget, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing where to stay in Paris. We often recommend staying in apartments, however, sometimes one needs (or prefers) the comforts, vibe, and social ambiance of a hotel. To help you sift through the myriad of options, we’ll be sharing some of the best boutique hotels in Paris in a mini-series on the topic. Our first showcases some wonderful “hidden” boutique hotels—unique, cool, or chic bases tucked away in discreet spots around the capital.

Left: a long white outdoor table and chairs in front of Hotel Particulier in Montmartre. Right: the facade and garden of Hotel Particulier in Montmartre.
Top and above: Hôtel Particulier Montmartre. Above right: Jefferson Lellouche

Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

One of the top hidden hotels in Paris, this former mansion turned exclusive hotel, restaurant, and bar is nestled within a private garden in a secret spot in Montmartre. It has five suites, all supremely stylish and luxurious. Plus, you have the pleasure of hanging out on its pretty garden terrace whenever you like.

Left: a turquoise-hued room at Hotel Particulier. Right: the pink-hued dining area of Hotel Particulier.
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre – right: Yannick Labrousse

Hôtel du Petit Moulin

Walking around the quiet side streets of the Upper Marais, you would hardly guess there was a hotel behind the facade of a defunct boulangerie. As discreet as its entrance is, its interiors, designed by none other than fashion icon Christian Lacroix, are hardly humble.

Left: the sign on the facade of Hotel du Petit Moulin. Right: a bed head above white pillows at Hotel du Petit Moulin featuring stars and the earth on a black background.
Hôtel du Petit Moulin

Each category of room has a different spirit, but expect leopard print next to Belle Époque dames, with an exotic bird or two thrown into the mix. In addition to its eclectic decor, the best shops, bars, and restaurants of this trendy area are right at its doorstep.

Left: the retro honesty bar at Hotel du Petit Moulin. Right: one of the lavishly decorated deluxe rooms at Hotel du Petit Moulin.
Hôtel du Petit Moulin

Hôtel Jules & Jim

If you prefer a crisp modern look for your Marais stay, then book a room at this cool hotel located on the up-and-coming rue des Gravilliers. Named after François Truffaut’s cult 1962 film, the 23 rooms are spread between the main building and two smaller courtyard-side outposts. The hotel’s minimalist decor is accentuated by the works of regularly changing contemporary artists, which you can also admire from the hotel’s central terrace bar, home to a vertical garden and fireplace in winter.

Left: a breakfast tray on a table surrounded by greenery in the courtyard at Hotel Jules and Jim. Right: a brunette woman in a white shirt sitting on a white bed with a breakfast tray and a newspaper at Hotel Jules and Jim.
Hôtel Jules & Jim

Hôtel Adèle & Jules

This intimate hotel is found within twin low-rise buildings located on a private lane just north of the very central Grands Boulevards.

Left: a green and yellow decorated room at Hotel Adele and Jules. Right: the retro bar at Adele and Jules with wood roof panelling and parquet.
Hôtel Adèle & Jules

Its rooms have a stylish yet cozy feel thanks to a modern color palette, beautiful textiles, and designer wallpaper. You’ll also find Parisian subway tile on the walls of the luxurious bathrooms and private balconies in some rooms.

Left: a purple and grey sitting area at Hotel Adele and Jules. Right: a blue-hued room at Hotel Adele and Jules with open windows and a balcony next to the bed looking out onto a Parisian building.
Hôtel Adèle & Jules

Hôtel Bel Ami

Tucked away on a side street in the heart of Saint-Germain, and steps from its legendary cafés and chic boutiques, is this art-inspired five-star hotel.

Left: a beige and red decorated room at Hotel Bel Ami. Right: a beige and brown-hued sitting area at Hotel Recamier.
Hôtel Bel Ami / Hôtel Récamier

Occupying a former 19th-century printing house that published Guy de Maupassant’s novel “Bel-Ami,” the hotel beautifully combines the modern-day sophistication of the neighborhood with its bohemian heritage, a welcoming and stylish look created by today’s top Parisian designers and contemporary artists. Some rooms have views over the Place Saint-Germain whereas new apartment rooms have living rooms with kitchenettes, ideal for an apéro of gourmet delicacies acquired in the quality food shops of the area.

Hôtel Récamier

Left: a beige-hued room at Hotel Recamier. Right: an open door to a terrasse with a breakfast tray on a table next to a chair at Hotel Recamier.
Hôtel Récamier

Another Left Bank gem, this hotel is hidden down a pedestrian cul-de-sac, a stone’s throw from Le Bon Marché department store. The decor is contemporary chic with unique design touches, like cool mirrors and modern photos, and some rooms have glimpses of the Eiffel Tower.

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Lily Heise

Lily Heise has been living in Paris for more than 10 years. When she’s not getting into romantic mischief, she writes on dating, travel, and culture. Her writing has been featured in Frommer’s Guides, the Huffington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, City Secrets, DK Eyewitness Guides, and other local and international publications. She is the author of Je T’Aime, Me Neither, and Je T’Aime… Maybe? lively novelized memoirs on her romantic misadventures, and continues to share dating tips, stories and travel features on her blog


  1. Hi Susan, really liked your comment. Love finding interesting places to stay, small boutique hotels, are you willing to share “my hotel” with me. Kind regards

  2. I am thankful that “ my hotel” was not listed! 45 years ago my favorite was listed in The New York Times. Many of my family and friends have enjoyed my hotel over the years.

  3. LOVE HiP Paris, and especially the tips on darling spots like these! Thank you! I stayed at the Hotel Monte Cristo on Rue Pascal in the 5th on my last visit, and it was fabulous. Their branding is impeccably carried throughout this boutique hotel and their rum bar – down to the special tea blends, serving ware, and toiletries. It’s definitely a spot worth checking out for boutique hotel lovers!

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