Luxury hotels I choose in Paris reflect the city’s culture, architecture, and history. When I lay my head down at night I want to feel like I’m in the City of Lights. The iconic Hotel Regina fit the criteria in addition to a perfect location right across the street from the Louvre.
A recent renovation bumped the Paris boutique hotel into the five star category, a distinction that is well-deserved. To preserve its over-100-year history, a decision was made to retain original stained glass and multiple tiles scattered throughout the hotel. We loved the seamless combination of old and new.
While not a large hotel, we found it great value for money (despite our high season visit) and truly excellent for a family vacation in Paris.
Perfect 1st Arrondissement Location
I’d walked by Hotel Regina many times before checking in so knew exactly where it was in the 1st arrondissement. It is literally across the street from the Louvre. In fact, some rooms look right at the famous museum. This also means that kids can blow off steam in the Tuileries Garden on a whim—what an amazing privilege.
For our family, there could not be a better place to kick-off our stay since an awesome Louvre scavenger hunt was first on our itinerary. Plus, my shopping haunts on rue Saint-Honoré are just steps away. We even walked from the hotel to Ile de la Cité.
A Family Room
Hotel Regina is home to 99 rooms including 32 suites. As our first stop after flying over the Atlantic, I had to make sure we slept in separate bedrooms so that my daughter would not be woken up if jet lag decided to kick in. Hotel Regina offers a number of suites but it’s an old building and not all of them are configured so that the bedroom is fully walled off from a living area. I felt that booking a family room—basically, two rooms that adjoin—was a safer option and it worked out very well for us. Both rooms were also well-insulated so that we did not hear much exterior noise at all.
Complimentary WiFi worked very well. The showers were fitted with luxurious bath amenities (though we did need to ask for conditioner) and had been renovated with what looked like newer marble and fixtures. The beds were quite comfortable, storage plentiful and coffee provided in-room.
Do check available packages on the Hotel Regina website. I purchased a Louvre package which included breakfast and skip-the-line tickets to the Louvre for the three of us which wound up being less than paying for everything separately.
Dining at Hotel Regina
I regret that we didn’t have time to take advantage of the hotel’s dining outside of breakfast. There is something about hotel breakfast in Paris that gives me warm fuzzies. The scrambled eggs clearly have cream or butter or something that makes them amazing, the croissants are baked to a perfection and the coffee is always perfect. Plus, I never seem to over-stuff myself. The three of us agreed that the buffet of cold and hot items here was quite good.
I did mean to stop into the English Bar for a drink. Look at how gorgeous it is.
Room service is available around the clock which was also one of my main reasons for booking Hotel Regina after a long haul flight. I find that I never know when everyone is going to wake up or who is going to need something to eat at off hours as we adjust to the time change. There is also a lovely outdoor for dining and sipping champagne.
The lobby is quite beautiful and intimate. You do feel like you’re in a special place. The peonies on top of the grand piano in the lobby were stunning.
The front desk and concierge are adjacent to one another. Upon check-in we asked for a brasserie recommendation and the concierge referred us to Chez Flottes, a perfect brasserie with excellent food within walking distance of the hotel. Logistics and other things we asked about were addressed perfectly. I give big props to the concierge and basically the entire team at Hotel Regina. I thought service overall was fantastic.
Good to Know
Our stay overlapped peak season in Paris (a series of large events like Men’s Fashion week were happening) where hotels were charging rates much higher than normal because most of them sold out. At the time I booked, Hotel Regina was a fantastic deal relative to other four and five star properties in Paris for a similarly-sized suite. At times, it’s available in the mid- €300s for a standard room which is fantastic for Paris in this location. I booked it through the Preferred Family website.
The bottom line is that we enjoyed our stay and have been recommending it as a luxury hotel in Paris.
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