37 av. de la Motte Picquet, 7e, Paris, 75007, France
Its convenient location, almost at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and just minutes from Les Invalides, tasteful decor, and friendly, accommodating staff makes this art-themed boutique hotel in an upscale district a stand out, even before factoring in the Eiffel Tower views.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is on a busy street, but the hotel has taken every step to insure quiet.
Wood-floored rooms are cozy, filled with contemporary furnishings, oil-portrait headboards, and rich fabrics in chocolate and plum. Some upper floor rooms have small balconies.
Though enchanting views of the Eiffel Tower from sixth-floor rooms are nothing to scoff at, Executive suites offer more space and some nice perks, like the use of a complementary smartphone during your visit.
Spacious modern baths offer nice-sized walk-in showers, or bathtubs with a wall-mounted hand shower, and luscious Hermès bath products.
The small lobby, with a cozy sitting area and bar, opens onto a dining room and bar overlooking a charming private courtyard where breakfast is served in summer.
A full buffet breakfast with hot and cold choices is served in the downstairs breakfast room or on the patio.
A small bar offers a decent range of wine, champagne, and spirits for enjoying in the cozy lounge or on the terrace.
The hotel is just one minute from the École Militaire metro stop. This is a great location pretty much at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, in a neighborhood with plenty to do and see within easy walking distance. Les Invalides—Napoleon's tomb—is worth a visit and you're within a 10-minute walk of the wonderful Musée Rodin, with its rosebeds and garden café (a nice spot for lunch in the shade). You're also a quick jaunt to the upscale department store Le Bon Marché and Grande Epicerie, the city's largest gourmet grocery, with every food and drink under the sun. Don't miss the rue Cler market street, one of the best in Paris!
There's lots of good dining in this neighborhood, beginning with the rue Saint-Dominique, the empire of chef Christian Constant, whose Café Constant (where the chef himself likes to dine and hang out), Les Cocottes, and Le Violon d'Ingres are all worthy choices--and all about a 9-minue walk away. For a more intimate and unique experience, we love La Table d'Aki (5-minute drive), with only 16 places, deftly served by a Japanese chef whose specialty is fish. As you might guess, Argentine restaurant Unico (20-minute drive) excels at steak and other meaty delights and is a neighborhood favorite.
This is not a neighborhood for nightlife, and most locals take their glass of wine at the local café. That said, you can find some great tucked away places, like the hidden bar at hotel Cinq Codet (3-minute walk), on tiny rue Codet, a lovely spot for a drink on the terrace or inside in colder weather. And the bar at wonderful (and très cher) Brasserie Thoumieux (9-minute walk) is a lively spot for a drink and a gourmet snack.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This cozy, well-priced hotel goes out of its way to make you feel at home, plus you'll feel particularly Parisian in a neighborhood with so much to see and do yet is still outside the tourist crush.
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