In the heart of Paris's ritzy Golden Triangle, just off the Champs-Élysées, uber-chic five-star Hôtel Marignan Champs-Élysees's black Art Deco facade projects a calculated cool that stands out among the stately 18th-century buildings and upscale boutiques lining this quiet street.
The hotel has some good weekend package deals, but for the most part the Marignan is an excellent value, considering its location and quality.
The hotel's 45 rooms are on the larger side for Paris, each with a warm, refined decor in neutral tones, featuring original artworks, sleek blond wood paneling, furniture, and flooring, as well as plush woolen carpets, velvet furniture, and raw-silk curtains. Spacious upper-floor suites--some duplex--offer chic sitting areas and huge terraces, some with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. Along with every other amenity, rooms are equipped with coffee machines.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Courtyard rooms assure calm but minimal views. Since this hotel is famous for its views, consider a splurge on a higher floor balcony.
Elegant, contemporary marble baths come with sizeable rain showers and/or chic bathtubs and all the amenities of a five-star, including lusciously scented bath products by Codage.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The bathrooms' only drawback is a lack of outlets.
The minimalist lobby offers a comfy lounge accented with touches of brilliant color in sculptural custom-made furniture and fixtures--undulating crimson sofas, console tables, black bubble lighting and chrome accent pieces. Books, newspapers, and complimentary coffee and croissants are available during the day.
The hotel's projection room screens private movies on request. A very cool addition for families.
The in-hotel restaurant Limon puts Latin American flavors--with a focus on citrus--at the forefront of the restaurant and bar, in a menu of seasonal dishes and drinks. Along with composed menus you can order à la carte, and there is a lighter bar menu, offering tapas plates and sandwiches, during off hours or for a snack with a drink.
The cozy bar and lounge attached to the restaurant--with some sidewalk seating on warmer days--is a plush spot for enjoying any kind of beverage throughout the day, teatime, or an apéro. At night, lighting is lowered and guests and locals enjoy the chic ambiance pre- or post-dinner.
A few minutes walk to the Franklin D. Roosevelt metro stop.
This is an ideal area if you want to be near the Champs-Élysées yet also close enough to transport and shopping. Though in a relatively peaceful upscale area, you're in the heart of the Golden Triangle, with some of the city's most glamorous shopping, and within easy walking distance of the rue Saint-Honoré, another shopping hotspot. You're also close to the Tuileries gardens and some of Paris's great museums, including the wonderful Grand Palais and Petit Palais, L'Orangerie (home of Monet's most famous Waterlilies), Jeu de Paume photography museum, the Louvre, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
Some of Paris's great gastronomic restaurants are just a quick walk away (many in other hotels), including Le George at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, La Scène at Prince des Galles, Le Gabriel at La Réserve, and Epicure at Le Bristol (all within a 5-15-minute walk). If Epicure is beyond your budget--and for most mortals it is--its three-star chef Eric Frechon designed the menu at the Mini Palais and its all-day and late-night hours and huge outdoor terrace make it a neighborhood favorite (5 minutes on foot, at the Grand Palais).
Your best bet for a good cocktail are the many exceptional hotel bars nearby: La Réserve's opulently stylish and cozy lounge, designed by interiors star Jacques Garcia, the chic Art Deco Les Heures at the Prince des Galles, and the newly opened Hôtel de Crillon's Les Ambassadeurs, the most gorgeous bar in Paris. But Mini Palais is also a great place for a less pricey cocktail, especially out on the sprawling terrace overlooking the Petit Palais (all a 5 to 10-minute walk from the hotel).
WHY WE LIKE IT
As boutique hotels in the area go, this is a standout for its exceptional service, chic décor, and outstanding views--if you book the right room. For high-end fashionistas on a binge, it's a dream, as you're in the heart of the Golden Triangle and within a quick walk of the boutique-studded Faubourg and Rue Saint-Honoré.