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Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière
At a Glance
- many rooms overlook the Champs-Élysées
- métro very close
- beautiful U Spa and fitness center
- very expensive room and dining prices
- bar can get overcrowded
- many corporate group events held throughout the year can make rooms feel "soul-less."
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Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière Review
Steps away from one of the world's most famous streets, the luxury hotel adjacent to the legendary Fouquet's Brasserie at the corner of the Champs-Élysées and Avenue George V is recognizable with its uniformed valets, parked sports cars, and elegant Haussmanien entryway. The design, by Jacques Garcia, is more refined retro than opulent, with a rich neutral palette in silk, mahogany, velvet, and leather. French-owned by casino magnet Lucien Barrière, the hotel competes with Parisian palaces by offering 24-hour butler service, plasma TV screens hidden behind mirrors, spacious marble bathrooms, and access to fine dining. Le Diane restaurant offers a more feminine atmosphere than the sophisticated brasserie, and the teak- and red-walled spa claims to have the largest indoor pool in Paris. Head upstairs to the ultra-trendy bar with a view on a modern interior courtyard and summertime terrace. It's the perfect place to meet for an apéro before heading to the historic eatery next door. An international well-heeled crowd, suited business people, trendy wanna-bes, and the occasional celebrity comprise the guestlist. Service is young, friendly, and relatively unpretentious.
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