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100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.

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Romantic Places in France

Brittany, Normandy

Brittany is the wild, Celtic, northwestern part of France, known for its seafood and Breton-speaking natives. Normandy is the birthplace of William the Conqueror and home to cows, apple trees, green grass and Camembert.

Château de Saint Paterne

72610 Saint Paterne, Lower Normandy, France

This romantic French hotel sits in 25 acres of parkland and is located southwest of Paris, midway betweeen Normandy and the Loire Valley. Chef Charles-Henry de Valbray and his decorator wife have stylishly restored their family’s fifteenth century chateau. The guestrooms are a mixture of styles – some are traditional with antiques and others are strikingly modern.

Tél:+33 ) 33 27 54 71. 9 rooms. US$ 200-
www.chateau-saintpaterne.com

Burgundy

Rustic, quiet charm, medieval villages and world renown Grand Cru wineries.

Château de Vault-de-Lugny

11 Rue de Chateau Avallon, Burgundy, France

A luxuriously furnished country house hotel sitting on its own 40 acres. This romantic hotel is located in a rural Burgundian setting near the celebrated medieval village of Vézelay.

T: +33 386 34 0786. 12 rooms. US$ 230-
www.lugny.fr

Loire Valley

Chateau country, home of kings.

Domaine des Hauts de Loire

Route de Herbault, Loir-et-Cher, France

Magnificent 1860 hunting lodge set in tranquil parkland.

T: +33 33 254 207 257. 25 rooms. US$ 130-
www.relaischateaux.com/hauts-loire

Château de la Bourdaisière

25 rue de la Bourdaisière, Montlouis-sur-Loire

Built for the mistress of Francois I, the 15th century chateau is now owned by two princely brothers; they bought it as an organic nursery for their collection of 500 varieties of heirloom tomatoes.

T: +33 247 45 1631. 20 rooms. US$ 146-
www.chateaulabourdaisiere.com

Paris, France

The most elegant of cities and one of the most romantic places in the world.

Left Bank, Paris

The soul of Paris, intimate and vibrant. Includes Saint-Germain-des-Prés, home to Sorbonne students, artists and poets; birthplace of Existentialism.  Picasso, Baudelaire, Hemingway, Musset, Sarte and de Beauvoir lived here.

Hotel D’Aubusson

33 rue Dauphine, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris

Unusually spacious for a city mansion-hotel, this jewel has oak beamed ceilings and four tester beds.

T: +33 43 29 43 43. 50 rooms. US$ 320-
www.hoteldaubusson.com

Hotel Madison

Le Madison 143, bd St. Germain Paris, France

Softly colored l8th century style décor. Breakfast room overlooks a garden.

T: +33 140 51 60 00. 51 rooms. US$ 180-
www.hotel-madison.com

Au Manoir St. Germain des Pres

153, bd St. Germain Paris, France

Refined, calm and cozy.

T: +33 142 22 21 65. 32 rooms. US$ 190-
www.paris-hotels-charm.com

Relais Christine

3, Rue Christine, Saint-Germain-des-Prés , Paris

Set back off the street by an attractive courtyard, each room in the hotel is individually decorated by the owner.

T: +33 140 51 60 80. 51 rooms. US$ 300-
www.relais-christine.com

Right Bank, Paris

Haute couture shops and grand museums.

Hotel Le Notre Dame

quai Saint-Michel,  Paris, France

Quirky boutique hotel located in a house built over four centuries ago and which is now a listed building. Couturier Christian Lacroix designed each room individually in his trademark use of rich colors and patterns.  Some rooms have Notre Dame views.

T: +33 1 43 54 20 43.
www.hotelnotredameparis.com

Hotel de Vigny

9-11 Rue Balzac, Paris, France

Just off the Champs Elysees, the elegant Hotel de Vigny resembles a private townhouse more than a hotel. Has rich woods, antiques, tapestries and English-style décor.

T: +33 142 99 80 80. 37 rooms. US$ 450-
www.hoteldevigny.com

Hotel Lancaster

Lancaster 7, rue de Beri, Champs Elysees, Paris, France

Stylish, luxurious and full of antiques, the hotel embodies Parisien chic. Originally the l9th century home of the Prince and Princess de Hennin.

T: +33 140 76 40 76. 60 Rooms. US$ 880-
www.hotel-lancaster.fr

Hotel San Regis

12 rue Jean-Goujon, Paris, France

A Right Bank classic, this former townhouse has an intimate wood paneled and book-lined restaurant, an English bar, and sumptuous fabrics and antiques.

T: +33 144 95 16 16. 44 rooms. US$ 450-
www.hotel-sanregis.fr

Hotel Daniel

8, rue Frédéric Bastiat, Paris, France

Stylish and magical with Chinoiserie wallpaper, colonial era toile fabrics and Asian furniture; all rooms different.

T: +33 142 56 17 00. 26 rooms. US$ 600-
www.hoteldanielparis.com

Champagne

Where kings were crowned, Joan of Arc was born, and the world’s most famous wine was created.

Le Domaine Les Crayeres

64, bd Henry-Vasnier, Reims, France

Elegant turn of the century manor house set in English style parkland.

T: +33 326 24 90 90. 19 rooms. US$ 278-
www.lescrayeres.com

Greater South West

Dense forests, ancient hillside villages and medieval castles

Moulin del’Abbaye

Brantome Perigueux, France

Wild and romantic setting in one of France’s prettiest villages. Some of the rooms overlook the Dordogne River.

T: +33 53 05 80 22. 19 rooms. US$ 210-
www.relaischateaux.com/moulin

Chateau du Clair de Lune

48, ave Alan Seeger 64200, Biarritz, France

Located two miles outside of Biarritz, the romantic hotel sits in a garden in sight of the Pyrenees.

T: +33 5 59 41 53 20. 17 rooms. US$ 75-
www.hotelclairlune.com

South East

The Rhone Valley, the city of Lyon and Beaujolais wine country. Vineyards, forests, green hills and golden stones.

Chateau de Bagnols

Bagnols-en-Beaujolais, France

Lovingly and meticulously restored by its owners, Lord and LadyHamlyn, Chateau de Bagnols is a magnificent Grade l listed chateau dating back to the medieval period. Set amidst the Beaujolais vineyards and surrounded by a moat.

T: +33 474 71 40 0.  20 rooms. US$ 390-
www.bagnols.com

French Alps, Savoy-Mont Blanc, Chamonix

Legendary Chamonix ski town & mountain attracts expert skiers.

Le Hameau Albert

Chamonix, Haute-Savoy, France

Known for its gourmet food, this 100 year old chalet is still owned by the family that built it.

T: +33 450 53 05 09. 35 rooms. US$ 170-
www.hameauaulbert.fr

Megeve

Picturesque ski village attracts the chic and well-to-do.

Hotel Mont Blanc

Megeve, Haute-Savoy, France

Historic turn-of-the-century hotel enjoyed a post-war boom as a favorite destination of artists and celebrities. Taken over by the uber stylish Sibuets, noted for their rustic-chic farmhouse hotels.

T: +33 450 930 310. US$ 200-
www.hotelmontblanc.com

Lodge Park

Megeve, Haute-Savoy, France

Hunting lodge elegance designed by the Sibuets.

T: +33 450 930 503. US$ 250-
www.lodgepark.com

Val Thorens

The highest ski resort in Europe, with views of Mont Blanc.

Altapura

Val Thorens, France

Interiors draped in white faux fur.

Provence, French Riviera

Sunshine, Roman ruins, lavender fields and sweeping Mediterranean views.

La Bastide de Moustiers

Moustiers-Ste-Marie, Provence, France

Parisian Michelin 3 star chef Alain Ducasse’s romantic farmhouse inn serves country cooking, US$ 42, prix fixes. Overlooks Plateau de St. Croix.

T: +33 492 704 747. US$ 148-
www.bastide-moustiers.com

Le Vieux Castillon

Castillon-du-Gard, Nr. Nimes, Provence, France

A series of medieval buildings with authentically tiny medieval windows in small but charming rooms. Spectacular pool overlooks valley far below.

T: +33 4 66 37 61 6. US$ 195-
www.vieuxcastillon.fr/

Chateau de la Chevre d’0r

Moyenne corniche, rue du Barri, Eze, France

Posh hotel 1,300 feet above the Mediterranean on the French Riviera, with panoramic views.

T: +33 492 10 66 66. 30 rooms. US$ 300-
www.chevredor.com

La Villa Mauresque

1792 route de la Corniche Boulouris, Saint Raphael, France

Two luxury villas on a private stretch of seafront, enchantingly located between Cannes and St. Tropez. Amenities include palatial-sized rooms, two swimming pools and a 88 foot yacht.

T: +33 (0)4 94 83 02 42. 16 rooms in 2 villas. US$ 245-
www.hotelsfrench-riviera.com

Auberge La Regalido

Fontvieille Provence, France

Rustic chic at its most extravagant, it is light and airy and its upper rooms have views over rooftops towards Les Alpilles. The dining room occupies the barrel vaulted cellar of an early-17th century olive mill mentioned by Daudet.

T: +33 4 90 54 60 22.. US$ 180-
www.laregalido-provence.com

Le Mas de Peint

Camargue Arles, France

Camargue horsebreeder stylishly transformed the stable and pigeonnier adjoining her l7th century farmhouse into a romantic hotel.

T: +33 490 972 062. US$ 210-
www.masdepeint.com

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

Blvd. du General de Gaulle, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

This romantic place is a luxurious living legend overlooking the Mediterranean sea on the French Riviera.

T: +33 493 76 50 50. 59 rooms, US$ 500-
www.grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com

Royal Riviera

Baie des Fourmis, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

Pink Belle Epoque palace ecletically decorated with neo-Etruscan furnishings, Hellenistic wall friezes and lots of marble. Has a private beach on the sea.

T: +33 4 93 76 31 00. 77 rooms. US$ 220-
www.royal-riviera.com

Hotel La Mirande

4, place de la mirande, Avignon, France

Originally a 14th century cardinal’s home, this pretty honey-colored stone building is located in the heart of Avignon. You can practically lean out your window and touch the medieval walls of the Palais des Papes.

T: +33 4 90859393. US$ 320-
www.la-mirande.fr

La Bastide de Marie

Route de Bonnieux, Quartier de la Verrerie, Ménerbes, France

18th century stone farmhouse, stylishly decorated, and surrounded by 15 hectares of vineyards.

T: +33 4 90 72 3020. 14 rooms. $US 440- includes half-board.
www.labastidedemarie.com

Chateau des Alpilles

Route D31, 13210 Saint Remy de Provence, France

Elegant and comfortable, this early-19th century French romantic getaway has high ceilings, tall windows and pretty gardens. It is approached through a long allee of lime trees.

T: +33 4 90 92 03 33. 19 rooms. US$ 180-
www.chateaudesalpilles.com

French Islands, Corsica

With sandy beaches, hidden bays, cascading waterfalls and snowcapped mountain peaks, it’s easy to see why Corsica became known as the “Isle of Beauty”. Napoleon was born here.

La Signoria

Nr. Calvi, Corsica

17th century stone house set among pine, eucalyptus and olive groves on the island of Corsica. Sophisticated cuisine.

T: +33 4 95 65 93 00. US$ 250-
www.hotel-la-signoria.com

Le Maquis

Corsica, France

Set on a secluded beach, its rooms have pretty bay views. The romantic luxury hotel includes an heated indoor pool.

T: +33 4 9525-0555. 25 rooms. US$ 250-
www.lemaquis.com