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La Maison Champs Elysées

8 rue Jean Goujon, 8e, Paris, 75008, France

This hotel in the heart of the Golden Triangle lures an art-minded crowd with its eclectic twist on a historical Haussmannian belle demeure. Imagine Alice in Wonderland meets Marie-Antoinette and you'll get the avant-garde trompe-l'oeil entrance, skewed angles, and light sconces in the all-white reception room illuminating blank walls. The quirky minimalist interior style is the calling card of enigmatic Belgian designer Martin Margiela, who converted the 1866 building that once belonged to the Duchess of Rivoli.


"Boutique" rooms, while small, aim to please with luxurious linens, goose-feather duvets, and Apple entertainment systems. Suites tend to be much larger, even by Paris standards, but all of the rooms are minimalist, with neutral accent "colors" that run from white on white to grey, brown or black, maybe a splash of red.

Some rooms have Eiffel Tower views. If this is important to you, be sure to inquire.


The minimalist ethos extends to spacious, smartly designed white-tiled baths.


The white-on-white lobby (Salon Blanc), and its ghostly slip-covered chairs, may inspire some, confound others, but it does have plenty of comfortable spaces to relax, work or enjoy a drink.


Breakfast is a delicious affair, with plenty of healthy options, hot dishes, plus the usual French pastries and non-gluten choices. La Table du Huit serves a gourmet lunch and dinner menu of light, healthful dishes with the French touch. In summer, you can dine on a lovely garden terrace shaded by trees, palms, and a green wall. On Sunday, a copious brunch stands in for lunch and dinner.

Breakfast is included if you book on the hotel site.


The bLind Bar is a chic spot and cozy enough to settle in for a few drinks—especially in winter with the bar-side fireplace. Cigar aficionados will enjoy the all-black cigar lounge, where you can also order drinks. A sparse teatime (a hot drink and madeleines) is served from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day in the bar.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Drinks are pricey, as to be expected at a five-star.


Getting Around

Champs-Elysées Clémenceau serves lines 1 and 13, Charles de Gaulle Etoile (RER A). A 5-minute walk from the city's most famous avenue and the elegant Golden Triangle (the triangle between Avenues Montaigne, George V and Champs-Élysées), where your platinum card will come in handy indeed. It's also a stone's throw from the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, two of the city's great art museums, as well as the Théatre de Champs-Élysées, a beloved classical music venue. This is a great neighborhood for walking, especially along the Seine, which you can do at the Berges de Seine, just across nearby Pont Alexandre III.


Some of Paris's top gastronomic restaurants are an easy walk away (many in other hotels), including Le George, at the George V hotel, La Scène, at Prince des Galles, Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée, and Epicure at Le Bristol. If Epicure is beyond your budget, three-star chef Eric Frechon designed the menu at the Mini Palais (at the Grand Palais), and its all-day and late-night hours and huge terrace make it a neighborhood favorite.


Your best bet for a good cocktail are the hotel bars, we love La Réserve and Les Heures at the Prince des Galles, but Mini Palais is a great place for a cocktail, especially on the sprawling terrace.


A luxury hotel that breaks the mold is always welcome in our book, though we do understand why some travelers prefer the more familiar comforts of a classic five-star, including a fitness room and spa, which are lacking here. That said, there is nothing to get in the way of your comfort at this fun and imaginative lodging.




Phones: -01–40–74–64–65

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