The countdown is on for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games, and the Paris Organizing Committee is promising an event like no other—starting with the first-ever opening ceremony not held in a stadium. (The River Seine will have the honor.) The Games are accelerating infrastructure investment: makeovers of monuments, the extension of metro lines, and a bumper crop of new hotels—a mix of stylish neighborhood hangouts and destination addresses years in the making.
If you’re heading to the Summer Olympics, now’s the time to reserve your stay while there are still rooms available. But no matter when you head to the City of Light, we’ve scouted the Paris hotel scene to bring you eight of the newest and most noteworthy hotel openings.
1. 1 Place Vendôme
- Neighborhood: Central Paris/1st arrondissement
- Why we love it: Elegance befitting its prestigious location
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The Place Vendôme in Paris is more monument than square, its palace-like arcade housing luxury shops and the Ritz—all lorded over by the statue of Napoleon atop the Vendôme Column. It’s here that the 15-room 1 Place Vendôme quietly opened above the Chopard flagship in an 18th-century mansion. The Scheufele family of Germany has led the Swiss jewelry and watch brand since the 1960s; this is their first hospitality project, requiring four years of restoration to create a hotel with the feel of a private home. The family enlisted Pierre-Yves Rochon—designer for such luxury hotel groups as Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. There are nods to the Chopard brand in coffee-table books and artwork. From the cashmere bed throws to the unique marbles chosen for each bathroom, the attention to detail is painstaking. The family even chose the books for the library (a lively debate ensued on their WhatsApp group).
Made for lingering, the antiques-filled salons are for the exclusive use of hotel guests and Chopard VIPs. A secret wall panel opens to reveal a hidden cigar lounge, and a glass-capped winter garden harbors a wall mosaic depicting the colorful Animal World jewelry collection created for Chopard’s 150th anniversary. The rooms and suites showcase French craftsmanship: wood paneling by Les Ateliers de la Chapelle, crystal chandeliers by Maison Baguès, and decorative painting by L’Atelier Mériguet Carrère. The crème de la crème is the Apartment Chopard: With gold accents, a balcony overlooking Place Vendôme, and its very own “Hall of Mirrors,” the suite exudes Versailles-style grandeur. From $1,420
2. Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay
- Neighborhood: Rambouillet forest
- Why we love it: A historic abbey turned countryside escape
- Loyalty program: Accor Live Limitless
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From the driveway, the 12th-century abbey housing the Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay looms into view, its soaring stonework often wrapped in mist, set against a lake-and-forest backdrop in Chevreuse Regional Natural Park. The estate—badly in need of TLC in recent years— has been carefully restored and reborn as an English-style countryside retreat under the auspices of Paris Society, a hospitality group known for its stylish restaurants. Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay is the group’s first hotel, and it’s the pet project of founder Laurent de Gourcuff, who embarked on a years-long property quest on the outskirts of Paris.
Once overseen by Cistercian monks, then acquired and expanded by Charlotte de Rothschild in the 19th century, the building is now a handsome retreat for Parisians to unwind on weekends. Cordélia de Castellane, artistic director of Maison Dior and Baby Dior, decorated the interiors with Anglo-French panache. Historic touches abound: a centuries-old organ, massive ornamental fireplaces, wood paneling, and now-defunct buzzers used for summoning servants in the Rothschild era. Spread between the former abbey and stables, the 102 guest rooms are done up with antiques, Bernardaud porcelain with abbey motifs, and custom Pierre Frey fabrics. (There are also three pavilions, akin to private villas, and more lodgings will be added later in 2024.) Breakfast is served in the former monks’ refectory by candlelight under vaulted ceilings.
Outdoor pursuits include tennis, boating on the property’s small lake, and hiking the 185-acre expanse of woodlands, gardens, and meadows. There’s a Tartine et Chocolat kids club, cinema, karaoke room, multiple restaurants, and games arcade, equipped with de Gourcuff’s personal collection of giant Playmobil figures. The spa—housed in the former stables—offers Tata Harper treatments and a heated outdoor pool ideal for winter swims under the stars. From $310
3. Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs
- Neighborhood: Saint Placide/6th arrondissement/Left Bank
- Why we love it: A local neighborhood vibe with friendly service
- Loyalty program: I Prefer (Preferred Hotels and Resorts)
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The Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs is a new nexus on the Left Bank’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood that’s buzzing with locals and travelers. The open-plan public spaces, with their marble bar counters and busy brasserie, conjure a transatlantic ocean liner, kitted out with mahogany paneling and brass fittings. Designer Fabrizio Casiraghi’s “golden age of travel” nautical theme extends into the hallways, which reference ships with ropes as decorative elements. The stylish 138 guest rooms have framed bas-relief sculptures by François Gilles above the beds. Some rooms, like Executive No. 706 on the top floor, feature vinyl record players, while the eight Junior Suites have complimentary mini bars with products from the nearby Grande Épicerie gourmet emporium.
Considering the hotel’s location near popular Saint-Germain-des-Prés, you’d think this residential quarter would have a touristy feel. Yet this corner of the sixth arrondissement retains a local vibe, with beloved haunts like Colorova and Maison Verot charcuterie within a cobblestone’s throw of the hotel. When it’s apéro hour, snag a seat at the bar and order the bestselling cocktail: the Lemon Drop, made with Citadelle gin, banana liqueur, Skinos, lemon and yuzu liqueur. Then feast at the Paris-meets-New York restaurant, where diners can’t get enough of the grilled cheese and lobster roll. From $233
4. Domaine Reine Margot Paris Issey – MGallery Collection
- Neighborhood: Issy-les-Moulineaux
- Why we love it: A magnificent garden, historic roots, and city views
- Loyalty program: Accor Live Limitless
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What if you could gaze on the Eiffel Tower and other Parisian monuments from a distance, while ensconced in a garden refuge? Such is the scene at the Domaine Reine Margot, a 17th-century monument reborn as a luxury hotel at the southwestern gates of Paris (accessible via metro). This is where princess Marguerite de Valois, aka the Reine Margot, escaped from the plague in Paris in 1606—it later served as a place of retirement for Saint-Sulpice priests. The hideaway is a local treasure, with the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux deeply invested in its safeguarding. (The restoration stretched to four years because specialist carpenters were in short supply because of work on Notre-Dame.) As part of MGallery Collection, Accor’s luxury label honoring historic properties, the domain exudes a deep sense of place.
Key to the metamorphosis was architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, renowned for hotels including the Maybourne Riviera and Hotel Lutetia. The 83 guest rooms were designed as contemporary retreats with nods to the past in the artwork. (Tip: The Paris views are sublime from the terrace of suite no. 326.) Attractions include an Anne Semonin spa, yoga room, a library stocked with botany books, and a neo-Gothic chapel restored as a rum tasting room. The focal point is the large garden, where herbs, fruits, and vegetables are picked for dishes and cocktails at the onsite restaurant, Le Marguerite 1606. Here you can sit on the terrace among the flowers and birdhouses and toast the Eiffel Tower at sunset. From $288
5. Le Grand Mazarin
- Neighborhood: Marais
- Why we love it: Daring design and a coveted location
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French entrepreneur Patrick Pariente cofounded the Naf Naf clothing brand with his brother in 1973, before branching out into hospitality with his daughters. A true family affair, Maisons Pariente comprises such beloved hotels as Crillon le Brave (Provence) and Lou Pinet (Saint-Tropez). The group’s Paris debut is an invitation to the French art de vivre: joyful, maximalist design by Martin Brudnizki (the 61 rooms have bed canopies resembling Aubusson tapestries), a show-stopping pool, and a restaurant that was an instant hit upon opening. Israeli chef Assaf Granit oversees Paris dining hot spots Shabour and Tekés, and his take on Eastern European Ashkenazi cuisine at the hotel’s Boubalé restaurant is fresh and inventive. Even if you indulged in chocolate mousse for dessert (it’s drizzled with olive oil), don’t skip breakfast the next day—this is one of the best spreads in town.
The hotel has an enviable address in the Marais, around the corner from Paris City Hall and the Seine. Clef d’or concierge Victor Reno, who has more than 30 years of experience in Paris, including at hotels like the Crillon, describes the neighborhood as a village packed with hidden treasures, from museums in historic townhouses to independent boutiques and secret gardens. Check out AFAR’s full review of the hotel. From $570
6. Hotel Pilgrim
- Neighborhood: Latin Quarter/ 5th arrondissement
- Why we love it: A vibrant hub in a historic neighborhood
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Opened in November 2023, the Hotel Pilgrim is injecting 1970s flair to the historic fifth arrondissement. The hotel embraces its brutalist roots (the premises were once a garage) with a sense of fun. Pops of color bring warmth to the industrial-style lobby and restaurant, where—in warm weather—sliding walls of glass open directly onto the terrace courtyard, decorated with a large mural by artists Redfield & Dattner. The cocktail menu also channels the 1970s, with twists on such drinks as the Bloody Mary, made here with mezcal instead of vodka.
Indeed, this hotel embraces the unexpected—for example, suite no. 507 has a double walk-in shower with a separate bathroom door leading directly to its wrap-around terrace. Hardwood floors and neutral-colored walls create warmth in the 53 contemporary-feeling rooms, some with sofas and footstools in rich burgundies and mustards. Every room comes with organic bath products by the Swedish line L:A Bruket. Crowning it all is a seventh-floor roof terrace with panoramic views over the historic Latin Quarter: the Pontoise swimming pool (where Jacques Cousteau first tried scuba diving), Notre-Dame cathedral, and the Collège des Bernardins, the former Cistercian abbey across the street. From $200
- Neighborhood: Saint-Germain-des-Prés/ 6th arrondissement
- Why we love it: An art-rich hotel on the Left Bank
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Opened in December 2023 on Rue de Buci—the beating heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés—Villa-des-Prés lies within an easy stroll of the district’s storied cafés and newer hot spots like Cravan cocktail bar. This is the luxe younger sister of the much-loved Hôtel d’Aubusson, also nearby in the sixth arrondissement, and it’s decorated with works by contemporary French artists from the Amélie Maison d’Art, a nearby gallery. (The district has the world’s biggest concentration of art galleries.)
The decor in the 34 guest rooms and suites is just as eye-catching— designer Bruno Borrione customized such pieces as the leather headboards and multi-shelved side tables. The largest accommodations are the two top-floor apartments, with panoramic city views. The red-accented bathrooms in all the rooms feature intricate mosaic tiles, marble sinks, and Diptyque bath products. (The brand’s flagship is nearby at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain.) Note the stained glass windows decorating the original staircase—to restore them, the hotel enlisted Ateliers Duchemin, one of the specialist teams working on the restoration of Notre-Dame’s windows. From $830
8. Bloom House Hotel & Spa
- Neighborhood: 10th arrondissement, between two major train stations
- Why we love it: Trendy, energetic, and full of joie de vivre
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Opened in September between the Gare de l’Est and the Gare du Nord, Bloom House is a welcome addition to this densely urban pocket of the city between two train stations. It’s an unexpected oasis filled with greenery, where the playful design by the Wunder architecture firm matches the effervescent mood: eclectic pottery, baskets, and carpets sourced from all over the world.
This sense of fun continues in the 91 guest rooms, where the walls above the beds are decorated with neon lights in the shape of flowers. Some rooms on the sixth floor even have views of the gleaming white Basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre. This is the fourth property for Brittany-based Forstyle Hotels, which also includes the Parisiter in the ninth and two thalasso spa resorts on the French coast. The spa is not an afterthought here: The 60-foot swimming pool and sauna are decorated with a tile mosaic of palm fronds and birds. Spa treatments feature floral scents from French skincare brand Fleur’s. From $200