The City of Lights, or Love, depending on who you ask. Paris is undoubtedly one of the chicest honeymoon destinations of all time. And it’s not hard to see how it got its reputation as the most romantic city in the world. From the grand architecture and breathtaking art to the delectable patisseries that will leave you wanting to consume nothing but croissants for the rest of your life. Everything about Paris is dusted with a glittering of je ne sais quoi making it the perfect trip to start your newlywed life in style.
We caught up with the experts at Mr & Mrs Smith for their round-up of the best hotels you will l’amour. The best part is, they are all available to add to your gift list so you can plan your dream Paris honeymoon and your guests can give you something truly memorable.
Steps from the Champs Elysées, hotel Monsieur George captures the globetrotting glamour of Paris with interiors that borrow from East and West alike. From the pavement of Rue Washington, the hotel’s Haussmanian exterior gives little away – bar a good dose of 18th-century splendour. But step inside and you’re in a world fashioned by designer Anouska Hempel, who has used marble, mirrors and sumptuous fabrics to create rooms reminiscent of Paris’ finest homes. Orient and Occident overlap in quintessential Parisian style, with the interiors influenced as much by Asian palaces as English gardens. The worldly theme continues into the restaurant, Galanga, where the dishes flaunt the flavours of Japan and Indochina.
A woody spicy fragrance that’ll make you as chic as the locals - and transport you to the jungles of Indochina.
Former washing machine factory Maison Breguet spins off its retro-industrial roots and the creativity of Paris’ 11th arrondissement. London-based design studio Sagrada were behind the transformation, introducing bespoke furniture, Pierre Frey wallpaper and chevron-patterned Carrara marble to the upper floors. Downstairs, the workshop floor has become a light-flooded restaurant with a vaulted ceiling, greenery-girdled patio and a cocktail list created by globe-trotting mixologist Nicolas de Soto. Faithful to the spirit of Le Marais, the Maison hosts talks and workshops with Parisian artists, designers, writers and tastemakers, too.
Pare your wash kit down to the essentials - the Maison Margiela bath products will more than satisfy.
Hôtel Adèle & Jules
As sweet as mille-feuille, with almost as many layers: each level of Hôtel Adèle & Jules is bedecked with a different gem-bright colour scheme; rooms are set across two identical 19th-century buildings (one is ‘Adèle’, the other is ‘Jules’). French interior-design maven Stéphane Poux is responsible for the chocolate-box-pretty patterns and prints, the eclectic artworks and the covetable flea-market finds. The hotel’s setting is equally tasty: a peaceful patch of the ninth arrondissement, a short stroll away from the Grand Boulevards.
Come armed with an empty case if you can - then fill it with Marais-and-Montmartre finds.
Hotel Monte Cristo
A glorious boutique hotel, Monte Cristo is nestled in Paris's Left Bank, here you can find adventurous decor inspired by Alexandre Dumas's legendary novel form where the hotel takes its name. Expect scenes from 19th-century literature come to life in the most decadent of ways, with dark woods contrasting with rich velvet furniture, old books, custom tapestries and lush greenery. There's a beautiful indoor pool to escape to for a tropical-styled dip, and the hotel bar boasts Paris's largest selection of rum.
Bring along plenty of books to fit in with the inspiring literary theme.
La Belle Juliette
Named after an 18th-century socialite, hotel La Belle Juliette leaves a sweet taste in your mouth, thanks to its confectionery-coloured interiors, hideaway spa and fresh-from-the oven Parisian breakfasts. Perched over the rue du Cherche Midi, its boudoir rooms have long been Smith favourites, but the new garden wing is just as charming, primped with bold colours, scorched-wood floors and sensuous mid-century furniture in a nod to Juliette’s daring, art-loving side. We're also partial to the champagne bar, too…
Candy-pink beach shorts/bikini for the spa; something dramatic for descending the ornate spiral staircase in style. Leave plenty of space in your suitcase – Rue du Cherche-Midi is dotted with discerning boutiques.
Having taken over two 19th-century buildings in the heart of the bustling 9th arrondissement, retro-inspired Hôtel Panache is a quintessential Parisian stay. A bold use of pattern and texture puts this boutique bolthole firmly on the map. Expect spacious rooms, a gourmet neighbourhood restaurant and the sort of indulgent Sunday brunch that will send you right back to your oh-so-comfy bed.
Leave bulky adaptors at home: the hotel has some to borrow and you’ll save space for a jar or two of something delicious from Lafayette Gourmet.
Upgrade your honeymoon
A taste of Paris at home 🥐
Parisians certainly know how to do things in style and breakfast is no exception. Bring a touch of luxury to the most important meal of the day by recreating French chic at home. Add some striped cushions, beautiful flutes and a pop of red, et voila, the perfect set up for champagne and croissants.