Chic hotels in Paris with rooms big enough for families

The bustling capital of France is full of picturesque streets, grand boulevards, beautiful parks and fascinating museums. And, of course, there are plenty of wonderful hotels. But when it comes to visiting Paris with kids, finding the right hotel can be tricky.

In North America, many hotels offer rooms with two queen or double beds that can easily accommodate a family of four. (Connecting rooms, sofa beds, and the ability to request cribs are also not uncommon to make it easier for large families and groups to sleep.) But larger, family-friendly hotel rooms are much more. difficult to find in the heart of Paris. , where hotels are housed in century-old mansions or narrow townhouses with smaller footprints. (You’ll have an easier time finding great accommodations if you don’t mind staying at a chain hotel closer to the airport, but these won’t have the charm and convenience of boutique properties in the center of the city.)

Planning a recent trip to Paris with my husband, son, and teenage daughter, I scouted out several hotels — from over-the-top luxury properties to hip, cinematic boutique outposts — that offer plenty of character and space, whether you’re a couple traveling with one child or a clan of six. Here are five great hotels for families looking for a fun and stylish place in Paris to rest.

The relaxed and laid-back Hotel Babel offers family rooms for up to four people.

Hotel Babel

What to expect: A trendy hotel with a multicultural touch in its cuisine and decor

Piece: 20th

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Located in the trendy Belleville district and surrounded by artists’ studios, bars, patisseries, synagogues and halal butchers, this newly opened boutique property offers 31 rooms. Four of them can accommodate groups of four. Though small, Family Rooms are warm and cozy thanks to weathered walls in terracotta, azure, and ocher tones, plush linens, and flea market finds carved from wood, ceramic, and bronze . Inspired by the Tower of Babel, it’s a place that brings together different cultures and ideas, and these can be felt in the design (kids will delight in the textural aesthetics from Morocco meets Turkey to India ) and eaten in restaurant dishes, such as spanakopita or mezze. (The kids’ menu includes fish and chips and mini chocolate mousse.) The breakfast of homemade juices and flaky croissants is a must.

Hotel Paradiso Paris

After a long day of seeing the sights of Paris, the family can relax and unwind with a movie in their room at Hotel Paradiso.

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Hotel Paradiso

What to expect: A movie-themed hotel that encourages family movie nights

Piece: 11th

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Designed by cinephiles for cinephiles (the French cinema chain MK2 owns it), Hotel Paradiso offers 35 rooms equipped with laser projectors, screens and 3D surround sound systems. There is also a rooftop terrace with an open-air cinema and a private karaoke room for up to 10 people, for a fun night out with the whole family. For a family of four, the Grand Cinema Suite has two bedrooms (one of which converts into a screening room) that overlook a mural of Charlie Chaplin by French street artist JR. Meanwhile, The Loft is a room designed for up to six people and includes a living room, dining room, arcade games, PlayStation 5 and a giant movie screen. Located on a tree-lined boulevard near Place de la Nation, the hotel is a 16-minute walk from the Paris Zoo and an 18-minute metro ride from the Louvre.

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Family members with a sweet tooth can indulge in delicious pastries at the Mandarin Oriental Paris Cake Shop.

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Mandarin Oriental Paris

What to expect: Impeccable five-star service with decadent rooms to match

Piece: 1st district

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Located rue Saint-Honoré, the most expensive shopping street in Paris, this hotel with the status of “palace” (a coveted title awarded to only a handful of ultra-luxury hotels in the city) is the epitome of elegance . Family rooms connect a king bedroom to a twin bedroom, each with its own bathroom. Decor is modern with playful, retro touches — a reproduction of Man Ray’s photograph “The Kiss” is incorporated into the rooms’ velvet headboards. There’s a spa with an indoor pool open to guests of all ages, a gym, a cocktail bar, and various dining options, including Thierry Marx’s two-Michelin-star Sur Mesure restaurant. The hotel offers a children’s menu for in-room dining as well as babysitting services for an additional fee and with 24 hours notice. If your pockets are deep and you want to spread out, book the Parisian Apartment, a 4,628-square-foot single-level suite that offers four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a dining room, kitchen, two living rooms, and a bedroom. 754 foot private landscaped terrace furnished with lounge chairs, sofas and dining tables perfect for entertaining outside.

Off Paris Seine

A swimming pool in a floating hotel on the Seine? What don’t kids like?

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Outside Paris Seine

What to expect: A floating hotel moored on the banks of the Seine
Piece: 13e borough

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There are Parisian hotels that are near the Seine, then there is OFF, a hotel that is literally on the Seine. The city’s first hotel boat looks like an elegant cocoon of glass and steel, although it is a houseboat designed by a nautical architect. But don’t worry, you might be sleeping in a floating hotel, but that’s no cheesy cruise ship. Instead, the 54 rooms and four suites have comfortable beds and walls decorated with playful gold stenciled designs, and kids will love the novelty of sleeping on a boat. If you’re a family of three, book the Horizon Suite facing the river, or upgrade to connecting rooms for a bit more space. The highlight of your stay will be cocktails at the lounge bar right by the pool, where your child will most likely be relaxing on the inflatable golden swan.

Saint-James Paris

You can pretend you’re staying with your eccentric French aunt at the Hotel Saint James Paris.

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Saint-James Paris

What to expect: A magnificent castle where each room is unique

Piece: 16th district

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Imagine if you had a wealthy French aunt – with impeccable taste and an eye for detail – who lived in a magnificent chateau tucked away in an exclusive corner of Paris. The estate would be decorated with a modern yet timeless touch – velvety textiles, antiques objects, chinoiserie wallpapers, sofas and armchairs upholstered with whimsical geometric patterns. The bathrooms? Marble, of course. Friendly but efficient staff and service. This is exactly what awaits you at the Saint James, where you can savor your breakfast on the terrace, sip a cocktail surrounded by leather tomes in the library, or enjoy the spa pool (where children are also allowed). There are 22 rooms, but if you’re traveling with one or two kids, you’ll want to book one of the suites, which range from 450 to 850 square feet and offer separate living areas.

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