Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.


Hotel Bel Ami

Hotel Bel-Ami is a boutique hotel whose luxury lies in its location, right in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés on Paris' Left Bank. It is swanky but not fancy, and sophisticated yet modest. The rooms are cleverly designed to provide functional comfort and maximise the minimalist space. In the city of romance, Hotel Bel Ami is another thing to be passionate about.

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 View Map ... 7, Rue Saint-Benoît, Paris, France
Hotel Bourg Tibourg

The Hotel Bourg Tibourg is nestled in the hub of the Marais district, one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods in Paris. Rich in style, colours and subtle lighting, the hotel is décorated in romantic Parisian style with a touch of the Orient. As you walk through the warren of narrow corridors lined with red velvet and scented candles to your dim-lit room with crisp white linen, the secret of Bourg Tibourg really begins to appeal. Each Napoleon III style room is quirky, richly upholstered and boasts an enviable Hotel Costes touch.

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 View Map ... 19, Rue Bourg Tibourg, Paris, France
Hotel Costes

The eponymous Hotel Costes is timeless elegance. It is no wonder the rich and famous are magnets to this temple of stylish notoriety with red-velvet Jacques Garcia designed décor. But there is more to this real life magazine than its front glossy cover. Try an Eastern inspired pool with an underwater music system, opulent Napoleon style rooms, a large central Italian-style courtyard and let’s not forget the legendary bar. And if you actually bother to leave, it’s perfectly positioned on one of Paris’ chicest shopping streets.

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 View Map ... 239 Rue St-Honoré, Louvre, 1er , Paris, France
Hotel Montalembert

A historic landmark of the Left Bank for many years, Hotel Montalembert has reinvented itself as one of the first design-led boutique hotels in Paris. A refurbishment has introduced 2 styles of rooms – classic or contemporary, both of which are exquisite but not ostentatious. Fashionistas flock to its ideal location just off Boulevard Saint Germain, to check in to the hotel or to chill in the lounge and bar. It is worth noting for those so inclined that the hotel offers a petit love box containing coloured condoms and an assortment of massage oils … c’est la vie!

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 View Map ... 2 Rue de Montalembert, Paris, France
Murano Urban

Their motto, “When sleeping is not enough” says it all. If you want to feel like a rock star on your weekend in Paris, stay at Murano Urban resort on the northern fringes of the Marais. The rooms are designer chic and very comfortable, with everything from a digital door to a personal lighting system. For absolute indulgence, the pool suite has two bathrooms with a freestanding bath and black toilet paper. The rooms have a classy and sometimes naughty edge with psychedelic shag-pile rugs and an “adult” guest kit for midnight treats. Once you have made your way through your quota of the 150 vodka test tubes at the vodka bar, retreat to your private room accessed via fingerprint readers and continue the party.

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 View Map ... 12 Boulevard du Temple, Paris, France

what we think

The capital of France and the world’s capital of romance, Paris is stylishly breathtaking and utterly charming. With inspiring landmarks, manicured gardens and artsy institutions, the “City of Lights” is a million different things to a million different people. The Eiffel Tower boasts grandeur, the Champs Elysées buzzes, and the Seine River flows elegantly, but it’s the city’s inner romance which is so alluring. Shop at the chicest boutiques on the Left Bank, savour a crepe from a sidewalk stand and watch the world go by seated at a sun-kissed Saint Germain cafe. You will absolutely and positively fall in love with Paris.