Paris’s hôtels particuliers (former private mansion houses) are veritable little palaces set in magnificent gardens, and contribute to the city’s unique charm. Although some of them have been turned into museums, like the Hôtel Salé, which houses the Musée Picasso, others have been transformed into luxuryHotels.
In the 16th arrondissement, the Hôtel Saint-James offers 48 chic guest rooms and suites with the atmosphere of a private family residence.
On Chaillot hill, the Asian luxury hotel brand Shangri-La is housed in the Palais d’Iéna, the former residence of Prince Roland Bonaparte. Its guest rooms offer wonderful views of the Eiffel Tower. More low-key, a large Directoire-style mansion on the heights of Montmartre houses the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, which has five suites, a large garden and a cocktail bar titled the Très Particulier.