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The August bank holiday (sorry non-UK readers, you may look away now) creeps up on you sometimes, suddenly popping onto the horizon the week before it strikes, and reminding you that it’s the last bona fide long-weekend opportunity before Christmas. Not got a getaway arranged yet? Oh well, never mind, you’ll never find anywhere with availability now; may as well give up.

Not really. Just joshing with you there.

We’ve been keeping an eye on which hotels still have rooms free next weekend, and can safely report that there are still a plenty of last-minute options out there. We’ve also got a travel-insider secret to share: on August bank holidays, make a beeline for Paris.

Yes, yes, I know we’ve been going on about France for a while now (how can we not, when our tres, tres belle new France hotel guide is sat somewhere in a bookshop near you, winking coquettishly, right this moment?), but with an array of enticing Parisians available (some of which are offering free nights to Smith members on August’s final weekend), permittez-nous another Gallic blogdulgence.

If you haven’t booked your break yet, all of the following Paris hotels still have availability (at time of typing, of course).



Style Classic Parisian elegance
Stylish St Germain des Prés

With its semi-hidden reception, art-filled rooms and open feel, the elegant Montalembert in Paris feels more like a private apartment building than a boutique hotel.


Rates From £189 a night.



Style Lavish Left Bank boudoir
Sexy Saint-Germain

It may be the place where Oscar Wilde quipped his last, but opulent L’Hôtel, on the arty Left Bank, is so much more than a fin-de-siècle relic.

Rates From £180 a night.

Check out our exclusive four nights for the price of three offer.



Style Ice-cool retro-modern
Backstreets of the 18th

A handy five minutes from the Eurostar terminal is an achingly hip temple to all things futuristic. Kube is on a mission to turn you into one of its  tribe of fun-loving, tech-savvy design aficionados.


Rates From £173 a night.

Hotel Sezz

Style Discreet, sexy, arty
Seine-set tranquillity

This artful hotel in the 16th arrondissement has a spectacular classical façade concealing incroyable contemporary cool, with Christophe Pillet-designed furniture.

Rates From £329 a night.

Hotel Duo


Style Bon chic, bon marché
Merveilleux le Marais

Currently being run by its fourth generation of women,Duo is a super-stylish, very feminine retreat in the lively Marais. Its Jean-Christophe Nuel-designed interior exudes modern luxury.

Rates From £144 a night.

Hôtel Le A

Style All-white and arty

Setting Chi-chi Champs-Elysées

All-white Hôtel Le A in Paris is not really a boutique hotel but rather a work of art with bedrooms and a buzzing lounge bar attached: a great base on the Right Bank.

Rates From £180 a night.


Hôtel Le Bellechasse


Style Luxuriously Lacroix
Lively Left Bank


Styled by Christian Lacroix, Hôtel le Bellechasse has all the flamboyance of a Moulin Rouge showgirl, its bold boudoirs awash with colour.



Rates From £166 a night.

Hôtel Notre Dame


Style Cathedral-inspired couture
Next to Notre Dame

Christian Lacroix-designed Hôtel Notre Dame is an elegantly eccentric boutique hotel with views of the cathedral from almost every window.


Rates From £158 a night.


Murano Resort Paris


Style Flamboyant funhouse
Bohemian Marais


Murano is bold, fabulous and hi-tech. Stepping into the white and silver lobby is like landing on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Rates From £199 a night.
Pershing Hall


Style Luxe à la mode
Setting Eighth arondissement


Pershing Hall is a designer hotel and spa between the Champs-Elysées, the Avenue Montaigne and the Avenue George and is chic enough to make you swoon.


Rates From £205 a night.


Le Placide


Style Minimalism central
Left Bank Latin quarter


Light-soaked minimalist interiors by Starck-collaborator Bruno Borrione and a central location in Saint-Germain make Le Placide a chic base for a whirlwind city break.


Rates From £181 a night.


La Réserve Paris


Style Millionaire pied-à-terre
Eiffel-view Right Bank


Sleekly neutral and extravagantly roomy, La Réserve Paris is a top-drawer set of serviced apartments facing the Eiffel Tower, perfect for groups of family or friends.


Rates From £1,721 a night.


To book any of these hotels, either click the pics above, or give our ever-so-helpful Smith24 team a call on 0845 034 0700 – they’ll be happy to find you a last-minute escape anywhere you fancy*.

* Within reason. They’re not magic.


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