Paris hotels: The ten top places to stay

Paris has recently been named the most popular tourist destination in the world - and it's easy to see why. Beautiful, elegant and oozing culture and history, taking the decision to visit this beautiful city is the easy bit - but choosing the right Paris hotel is a little more tricky.

Which is why we've rounded up the ten best hotels in the French capital, with a little help from our friends at Tripadvisor.

While some of these are luxury hotels of the highest order (yes, you can expect prices to match), there are some welcome inclusions in this list for anyone on a budget hoping to find comfort, style and value for money.

And one thing's for sure: all of those listed are steeped in style and offer impeccable service, regardless of price. These gems are pretty much guaranteed to provide an unforgettable stay in the City of Love, whether you're looking for romance, a family holiday, are travelling on business, with friends or alone.

Click on the slideshow below and let us know if you've stayed in any of these hotels. And don't forget to share your favourite Paris hotel in the comments below.

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Hotel Le Bristol, on the elegant rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, is decorated in pure XVIIIth century style. It has won a vast array of awards for its impeccable service: in September 2014 it was named top Parisian hotel by Conde Nast Traveller and in July it was voted France's leading hotel at the World Travel Awards. "Every aspect of our time at Le Bristol was perfect," says one Tripadvisor reviewer. From 1,000 Euros per night.

Services at the luxurious Hôtel Plaza Athénée include lots of over-the-top goodies, including a collection of Plaza Athénée Red Line gifts, an exclusive door knob from the Plaza Athénée collection, a menu from which you can choose the pillow best suited to your sleeping style, a takeaway cake and pastry service and a gym with your own personal trainer. From 1,095 Euros.
A welcome green oasis in a buzzing city, the Saint James Paris is part of Paris' most upscale neighbourhood and prides itself on being the only chateau-hotel in the capital. This place gets rave reviews, including one which simply says: 'Beyond belief!!" The residence is surrounded by private gardens and offers tailored services to each guest. From 445 Euros per night.
Poised, polished, sumptuous and welcoming, this is a real favourite with its regulars: it welcomes everyone from A listers to families (it has a particularly good reputation for catering for its younger guests). The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris is a magnificent eight-storey building with an exquisite art collection, decadent fine dining and personal service. "My only wish is that my budget would allow me to move in," says one reviewer. From 1,350 Euros per night.
Hotel de l'Abbaye Saint-Germain, in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, is a peaceful hotel which offers a pleasant contrast to this famously lively part of Paris. This three-star comfortable, private lounges where you can relax in peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Many reviewers comment on its outstanding service and amenities. From 270 Euros per night.
Hotel Fouquet's Barriere, right by the Champs Elysees, has 81 bedrooms, including 33 suites and a dedicated butler service. It has won awards as Europe's leading city hotel for two years running at the World Travel Awards. The hotel also features five restaurants and 3 bars for varying experiences. Reviewers single it out for its location and high levels of personal service. From 1,140 Euros per night.
This contemporary hotel draws decorative and ornamental inspiration from the industrial past of the Oberkampf district. The design features brick-built walls, unconcealed supporting structures and immense windows allowing plenty of natural light in. The hotel boasts 33 "ultra-comfortable" rooms in a modern setting and is singled out for its great service and value for money. From 184 Euros per night.
La Maison Favart is steeped in history and showcases a new angle on a classic 18th century style. Quirky, opulent and truly individual, this place is a feast for the eyes and is conveniently situated opposite the Opera Comic, with which it shares a fascinating past. From 180 Euros per night.
Le Six is a small boutique hotel conveniently located in the heart of the Left Bank Paris and within easy walking distance from the Jardins de Luxembourg. Reviewers rave about the helpful staff here, as well as the convenient but quiet location. From 284 Euros per night.
The elegant Shangri-La Hotel is the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. You are guaranteed to receive the royal treatment at this luxurious hotel with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine and a lovely rooftop bar.  From 1,150 Euros per night.

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The second loftiest viewpoint in Paris after the Eiffel Tower, this magnificent landmark, with its bright white stone and great dome, sits on the highest point of the city, the sacred hill of Montmartre...
When you've admired the view of the cathedral, take your loved one up to the top of its central dome to look out over the city.
Which is more beautiful – the view of the Notre Dame on the Île de la Cité from one or other bank of the Seine, or the view west from its Galerie des Chimères, close up to grisly gargoyles? You choose, because whichever way you look, this ancient cathedral, which was built between the 4th and 7th centuries, offers and is itself a spectacular view.
Another unmissable classic. From street level, this colossal monument to those who fell in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars impresses, but the view is marred by the constant flow of traffic that uses its base for a roundabout. Instead, ascend to its roof terrace to get your bearings at what is the central point for Paris's Axe Historique – it connects a number of monuments, from the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense, and 12 avenues radiate out from the structure, including the Champs Elysée.
Don't miss any of the city's iconic sights. How? Head to The Panoramic Floor on the 56th level of this Seventies skyscraper to look out over the city and its monuments, including a prime view of the Eiffel Tower. Situated in the 15th arrondissement, the modern office block puts Paris at your feet courtesy of weatherproofed views through plate-glass windows with handy information points.
Haven't got a head for heights? No worries, there are plenty of great views at ground level – especially among Paris's pretty galleries and passages. These 19th-century covered arcades offer a retail experience that couldn't be further from the soulless kind offered by today's shopping centres. Take a walk through the Galerie Vivienne, between the Palais Royal, the Bourse and the Grands Boulevards, to admire its mosaic tiled floors, fanlight windows and rotunda decorated with nymphs and goddesses.
If you're beloved has a taste for the gothic - or a quirky sense of humour – take them for a stroll around the sombre yet beautiful grounds of the Père Lachaise cemetery (Boulevard de Ménilmontant, nearest Metro Philippe Auguste) in the 20th arrondissement. Take in the views of the exquisite stonework on the tombs, framed by flowers and shaded by trees. Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin and Edith Piaf are among the famous faces to have been buried here and whose headstones you can seek out.
Go off the beaten track in search of a view of the Belvedere of Sybil on an island in the lake at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont (Rue Manin, nearest Metro Buttes-Chaumont), a public garden in the 19th arrondissement commissioned by Baron Haussmann as part of his remodelling of the city. This isn't the only captivating view the park has to offer – there are also cliffs and bridges, a grotto with a waterfall, and English and Chinese gardens to see.
Nothing symbolises Paris and all its romantic associations more than Gustav Eiffel's iconic tower. Visitors can climb to the top of the elegant 19th-century iron lattice structure – still the tallest building in the French capital at 324 metres – to take in the panoramic views of the city. Visit in the winter and you can take a turn around the ice-skating rink on the first floor, too.
Extend your offbeat route to Place de Stalingrad in the 19th arrondissement, where you'll find the double lock that marks the start of the Canal Saint-Martin, which ultimately leads to the Seine. Walk along its banks – lined with cafes and restaurants – passing under graceful iron bridges along the way, and watch the barges go by. Or slow it right down and take your honey on a cruise along its waters.
Until recently, The Penthouse at the Hotel Plaza Athénée wasn't just known as one of the city's premier hotel rooms, the glorious views to the Eiffel Tower from its terrace also gained romantic kudos when the room starred in a scene from hit TV series Sex and the City. Now the hotel claims to have trumped that view with the one it offers through a window in its new Eiffel Tower Suite. Book this luxurious pad for the night and you can snuggle up with a front-row view of the famous tower, which is captured within a specially commissioned architrave styled to look like a silver frame.

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