The City of Lights is home to almost as many hotels as it is love stories. The fourth and sixth arrondissements are two of the more enticing spots to stay, but there are plenty of options if you want to make sure you're close to your favorite attraction. Channel the cultural spirit of the city at these art-inspired, high-design hotels.

 A La Villa des Artistes

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The peaceful boutique A La Villa des Artistes sits in the heart of the Left Bank, close to the Luxembourg Gardens and Saint Germain des Prés. The artistic credentials are well earned, with past guests including Beckett, Fitzgerald, Foujita, and Modigliani visiting its individually decorated rooms, and the hotel atmosphere harkens back to Montparnasse in the 1930s.

Today, each room is decorated in honor of a different art movement, such as cubism or surrealism. Start your day with the breakfast buffet on the veranda or in the garden before consulting the welcoming staff about the best agenda for your daily wander.

9 Rue de la Grande Chaumière (6th Arrondissement)

Hotel Villa Madame

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Feel like you're retiring to your private Left Bank mansion at the Hotel Villa Madame. Also tucked away in Saint Germain des Prés, this intimate hotel, decorated in contemporary pastels, welcomes travelers of all types. Couples can opt for a suite with a private terrace overlooking the city's rooftops, or families can choose interconnecting spaces for a blend of privacy and togetherness.

The friendly staff, cozy halls, and touches like a library, fireplace, and garden all contribute to the comfortable intimacy of the hotel. Stop in at the Cattleya Mademoiselle bar for a drink, then pay a visit to the secret garden in the courtyard. If your timing is right, the hotel hosts monthly artistic events with local musicians, actors, storytellers, and more.

44 Rue Madame (6th Arrondissement)

Hotel Monge

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Head to the Hotel Monge for French style in the heart of the Latin Quarter. The property was once the home of a family involved with the artistic community of the Left Bank, one of the bourgeois houses of the 19th century. A 2016 renovation displays interior design by Marie-Agnès Louboutin and Patrice Henry, with nods to the neighborhood's literary traditions and nearby Jardin des Plantes.

Take a break from sightseeing next to the fireplace in the tea room or at the honesty bar. Relax in the wellness area with a hammam and massage room. Once you're refreshed and ready to head out, the expert concierge staff can send you to the top spots in the city.

55 Rue Monge (Latin Quarter)

Hotel Atmospheres

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Hotel Atmospheres describes itself as "midway between a boutique design hotel and a contemporary photography gallery." Its 56 rooms include nine suites designed around four "atmospheres" of the city, such as "By Night" with muted, elegant colors or the pastel colors of the "Tea House" theme. The hotel was designed to architecturally harmonize with the photography on display.

There's a permanent display of photographer Thierry des Ouches's work on Paris in the lounge and honesty bar area, where afternoon tea is also served. Guests can relax on the patio or in the sauna. Meanwhile, spots like the Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre, Quai de la Tournelle, and the Sorbonne are all within walking distance.

31 Rue des Ecole (Latin Quarter)

Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa

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For a five-star stay in the Latin Quarter, visit Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa. The hotel is inspired by Cléo de Mérode, a dancer, actress, and artist who inspired the likes of Klimt, Lautrec, and Proust and was compared to the narcissus flower. Rooms are decorated to match the name, with whites and golds set off by pale pinks, greys, and other neutral tones.

The Cléo restaurant serves gourmet cuisine using carefully selected ingredients for all three meals. In between, stop at the Spa by Clarins, which includes a swimming pool paired with plush lounge beds, massage area, sauna, steam room, and fitness space.

19 Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg (Latin Quarter)

Hotel Bastille Speria

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Prefer the right bank of the Seine? If you want to get a bit closer to the Champs Élysée, head to Hotel Bastille Speria in Les Marais. You'll be within viewing distance of the Place de la Bastille as well as the other art and culture of the neighborhood.

The colors of the contemporary decor cover the whole hotel. Start with the breakfast buffet, or take a break to rest your feet in one of the two cozy sitting areas.

1 Rue de la Bastille (Les Marais)

Le Roch Hotel & Spa

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For culture-minded travelers looking for a five-star stay near Opéra and Le Louvre, a stay at Le Roch Hotel & Spa is in order. Tucked away on a quiet street away from the neighborhood bustle, between the Place de l'Opéra and the Place Vendôme, Le Roch is the ideal spot for couples or a friends' getaway.

Each aspect of the hotel was designed for sophisticated simplicity. Lounge in the courtyard garden and terrace, where you'll also find the restaurant and outdoor bar, or in the plush blue velvet lounges. A serene indoor swimming pool made of black lava rock sits alongside the fitness center, spa treatment rooms, and hammam hidden by a secret water passage.

28 Rue Saint Roch (1st Arrondissement)

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Map of The Best Boutique Hotels in Paris
Map of The Best Boutique Hotels in Paris