Best Small Hotels in Paris

Courtesy Royal Monceau Raffles

Departures checks in at small Paris hotels that offer elegance and charm on an intimate scale.

For years, Paris hotels came in roughly two categories: historic palaces and offbeat neighborhood charmers. Which was all fine and good until, suddenly, it wasn’t. In a matter of months, a slew of new properties launched, dramatically enhancing the Paris hotel scene. Just last year, the Shangri-La and Raffles’ Royal Monceau opened their doors, soon joined by the Mandarin Oriental and the Peninsula. And in the cozier category, a number of elegant, privately owned hotels popped up all over the city, offering a terrific alternative to super-luxury. Here, ten of our favorites.