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Fodor's Expert Review Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe

39 av. de Wagram, 17e, Paris, 75017, France See on Map

This ultra-modern Marriot hotel catering to corporate executives but welcoming to all, is located in a mixed business and residential district between the Arc de Triomphe and Place des Ternes. Here you'll find all of the expected comforts and conveniences of a large chain hotel, such as 24-hour room service, ample rooms, and international cable channels, but with a level of service that distinguishes it from most chains.

This hotel goes the extra mile for families, making children feel welcome with games, toys, candies, and a foosball game in the lobby (usually commandeered by adults).


Generous floor-to-ceiling windows are the highlight of these spacious, contemporary rooms, bringing in plenty of light and views of the city that can be impressive from the upper floors. Sleek dark-wood paneling and contemporary furnishings bring a unfussy modern feeling, and colors were chosen for optimal calm. In-room Nespresso machines are a nice touch.

If you can swing it, you will not regret upgrading to an upper floor suite with a spacious terrace facing Avenue de Wagram. The views over Paris and the Arc de Triomphe are lovely and you'll enjoy the extra space.


Standard contemporary baths are roomy and clean, though some could do with a bit of updating, with large walk-in showers or tub and rain shower combos.


The small, contemporary lobby has some comfortable seating, but the main draw is the a foosball table, a hit with young and old alike.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Don't be put off by the nondescript recessed hotel entrance set behind two storefronts. Once inside, the hotel is much nicer.


The small gym is well equipped with several machines to choose from and more than one each, so you'll never wait.


Breakfast, served in the hotel bar-restaurant, is a lavish affair, with everything you could wish for: fresh fruit and veggies, pastries, pancakes, waffles, eggs, and much more.

The hotel's Makassar restaurant, with a sweeping outdoor terrace, also serves a decent French-style lunch and dinner, a convenient option in this neighborhood.


The Makassar Lounge serves the usual drinks as well as a short menu of signature cocktails with a live DJ from Tuesday to Friday until the shockingly late hour of 9 p.m. There's access to the terrace in warm weather.


Getting Around

Ternes metro station is a few minutes away by foot and Etoile, serving several metro lines and the RER, is a 10-minute walk in the other direction. This is not the most central neighborhood, but it is close to transport and there are some must-see attractions little known to tourists in the area, including Paris's beloved Parc Monceau and the beautiful Musée Jacquemart-André and its charming tearoom. That said, the hotel is only a ten-minute walk down elegant Avenue de Wagram to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées. You'll find a funny mix of residential and commercial here, meaning plenty of shopping, dining, a even pleasant covered neighborhood market close by.


Numerous serviceable cafés and brasseries flank the Place des Ternes and surrounding avenues, but for lunch or an elegant teatime, Mariage Frères—Paris's tea tsar—stands out for their fresh salads and alluring desserts, and an eye-popping list of over a hundred teas. If you want to get fancy, go all out at Taillevent, a household name in Paris and one of the city's truly great gourmet restaurants, where you will experience what fine French dining is all about. You can always pop down to Ladurée, on the Champs-Élysées, for lunch, teatime, or a sinful pastry and a glass of rosé champagne at any time of the day or early evening.


This is not the best area for bars to hunker down in for the evening, though the local cafés are fine for a glass of wine or an apéro. If you're looking for an experience, a pricey one at that, a street over, on Avenue Hoche, rub elbows with the fashionably hip at the Royal Monceau Raffles bar, the atmosphere is lush, the drinks are good, and it's open late.


The hotel's sleek, contemporary contours may stick out like a sore thumb in this corner of Haussmannian Paris, but once inside it's surprisingly comfortable. What really makes the hotel stand out is its unwavering insistence on top-notch service, and isn't that what it's all about?




Phones: -01–55–37–55–37

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