Hôtel Gavarni

5 rue Gavarni, 16e, Paris, 75116, France

Jennifer Ladonne

Considering the traditional decor, you may be surprised to learn that this small hotel, located in a quiet, upscale residential neighborhood, was the city's first certified eco-friendly hotel. The dedication to the environment is more than skin deep, the staff uses energy- and water-saving measures and serves fair-trade foods at breakfast.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The elevator, which holds two medium-sized people, just, stops between floors, so this is not a good choice for reduced-mobility travelers.


Lower-category rooms are extremely small, though the (somewhat dated) traditional style—including some rooms with miniature marble fireplaces and mantel mirrors—does lend a quaint sort of coziness. Amenities include a minibar and safe, but no coffee- or tea-making facilities. You can snag a partial Eiffel Tower view from some upper-floor rooms, but it isn't until the suite category that you get more breathing space, so definitely consider an upgrade if the price is right.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Walls are thin, so noise from in-hotel neighbors can be an issue here.


Some bathrooms have been recently upgraded, but most are quite small with a walk-in shower. Suites offer marble baths with jet tubs.


The small reception area and lobby have a comfy, lived-in vibe where you can enjoy a coffee or glass of wine from the tiny bar.

The Wi-Fi signal is much more reliable in the lobby than in rooms, unfortunately.


A standard cafeteria-style breakfast is served in a small daylit breakfast room.


The minuscule bar serves wine by the glass or bottle, which you're more than welcome to take to your room if you feel like toasting your lovely Eiffel Tower view.


Getting Around

A few minutes from the Passy metro station and a few minutes more to Trocadéro. You can also easily catch the bus on the Avenue de New York, and the RER direct to Versailles just across the Pont de Bir-Hakeim.

Though some might consider this residential area of the 16e a bit out-of-the-way, being off the beaten tourist path in a quiet neighborhood is not without its charms, and you're not far from many great attractions, starting with the Eiffel Tower, less than 10 minutes away by foot. Some of Paris's stellar museums, including the Musée Guiment, the Palais de Tokyo and its mirror image, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, as well as the wonderful Palais Galliera, Paris's fashion museum, just across the street, are an easy walk away. As are all the pleasures of the Trocadèro, including the newly reopened and fascinating Musée de l'Homme and the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, not to mention the Théatre National de Chaillot, specializing in dance, and Cineaqua, the city's main aquarium.


You can grab a cheap bite at one of the many nearby cafés or a crêperie, or for something a little more elegant, Le Tournesol has a more elaborate fixed-menu lunch or dinner with Eiffel Tower views. La Table Lauriston is always dependable for the kind of classic French fare that goes down so easily with a delicious glass of Bordeaux. Be sure to reserve, as it's small and popular for locals.


A five-minute walk from the hotel, the Palais de Tokyo contemporary arts center is home to two fabulous watering holes: Monsieur Bleu's sprawling outdoor terrace puts you at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, just across the river, and the chic new Les Grands Verres restaurant, newly opened by the group responsible for Paris's cocktail revival, is a smashing success. For a more rarified experience, Le Bar Botaniste, at the nearby Shangri-La hotel, is as gorgeous a place for a cocktail splurge as it gets.


Rooms are small but clean, quaint and environmentally sound, a nice touch and rare in Paris hotels.


Green, Romantic
Residential Area
Local Flavor


Phones: -01–45–24–52–82

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