This discreet, under-the-radar townhouse hotel combines traditional elegance, unusually generous volumes and all those little touches that let you know you're in good hands. It's no surprise the hotel attracts an upscale clientele and international celebrities who seek a private refuge just steps from the hustle and bustle of the Champs-Élysées.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This may come as bad or good news, but there are some smoking rooms in the hotel.
Plush rooms in rich tones are rather more spacious than the average, with deep carpets, luxe fabrics from prestigious Paris houses, marble fireplaces, and attractive lighting. The higher floors offer balconies and some stunning city views, some all the way to Sacré Coeur, others of a partial Eiffel Tower.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is some weekend street noise from nightclubs in the area for lower, street-facing rooms.
The luxe atmosphere extends to enormous bathrooms, many with windows, where you can soak away your aches in a claw foot tub or a large Jacuzzi in higher category rooms, or have a quick rinse in a separate shower. Fluffy towels and Hermès products round out the high-end feel.
The gleaming lobby has some comfortable lounge areas and a bar with seating around a small fireplace.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Because this is a restored townhouse, elevators are tiny but charming. Those up for the exercise can climb the elegant spiral staircase.
A single treatment room makes up the lower level spa, where you can book a massage or a range of Sothy skincare rituals before availing yourself of the hammam and sauna. Be sure to prebook your treatment, as there is no permanent spa staff.
A small fitness room offers the usual workout machines plus the promise of an après-workout steam and sauna.
An à la carte and buffet breakfast are served in the cozy restaurant. For lunch and dinner, Le Keller serves good nouveau-French cuisine, and around-the-clock room service is available.
The bar is cozy enough but often feels empty but could do with an experienced bar person, a bar menu, music, and other other incentives to draw a more convivial crowd. But you will enjoy your voucher for two free glasses of champagne.
A five-minute walk to the George V metro station, serving line no. 1, Paris fast central line. There are benefits to not being right on the Champs-Elysées, and this hotel is close enough to offer quick access to the Arc de Triomphe and shopping while benefitting from a more residential setting. If you don't know Paris well, this is an area to discover. Toward the northwestern edge of the elegant Faubourg St-Honoré (the President of the Republic lives on this street), you'll find some lovely Haussmannian vistas and excellent smaller museums well worth discovering, including the Musée Jacquemart-André, a great place for lunch or teatime, and the brand new Grand Musée de Parfum. You're also within walking distance of the Petit Palais and Grand Palais, and, of course, the Golden Triangle's elegant shopping.
For an excellent seafood plate, Helen, a small bistro within easy walking distance of the hotel, is one of the neighborhood's best spots for fresh aquatic delights with superb wines to match. Or, if you're looking for a blowout meal, many of Paris's great gastronomic restaurants are within a 10-15-minute walk of the hotel (many in other hotels), including Le George at the Four Seasons George V, La Scène at Prince des Galles, Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée, and their wonderful Art Deco bistro Le Relais Plaza, with Wednesday jazz nights, and Epicure at Le Bristol, to name a few. If these are beyond your budget, three-star chef Eric Frechon of the Bristol designed the menu at Drugstore Publicis, 10-minutes away by foot.
In this pricey neighborhood, picking out a café that appeals to you and settling in for a glass of wine to watch the world go by is not a bad option. But if it's a little nightlife and a good cocktail you're after there are a slew of elegant hotel bars to explore. We love the gorgeous bar at La Réserve and Les Heures at the Prince des Galles, both within a 10-minute walk—but Mini Palais, at the Grand Palais, is also a great place for a cocktail, especially out on the terrace in warm weather, and they stay open till 2 a.m.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Such universally spacious rooms are not easy to come by in Paris without paying a high premium, and its discrete location close enough to many attractions, but far enough from the tourist throng adds to this Old World hotels considerable attraction.