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Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadéro Hotel

55–57 av. Raymond-Poincaré, 16e, Paris, 75116, France

This historic urban retreat (part of the Marriott chain) in an upscale neighborhood was once the home of Alfred Nobel, the originator of the famous peace prize, but some incongruous decor choices have diminished its charm. A short stroll from the bustling Place du Trocadéro, just across from the Eiffel Tower, the hotel is in an off-the-beaten-path residential district, with a spacious garden courtyard that keeps it popular among business travelers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is actually an ensemble of four buildings, some historic, others newer but designed to harmonize with the surroundings. Though charming, La Residence has all the quirks of an older layout, while the large main building offers a more contemporary design.


The pleasant contemporary room decor is nothing out of the ordinary, but the large beds with plush comforters are a plus, and there's enough closet space to settle in comfortably.

Some rooms have Eiffel Tower views, a balcony, or both. If that suits your fancy, be sure to specify when booking.


Contemporary bathrooms hew to the usual chain design, with all the amenities plus the small extras, like heated towel racks and cosmetic mirrors, though some could do with an update.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Some tubs are elevated, meaning you must navigate a potentially slippery step up or down.


The small lobby offers comfortable seating for enjoying free Wi-Fi or a drink from the lobby bar.


The hotel's mini fitness center comes equipped with an elliptical machine, treadmill, and a stationary bike.


The American style breakfast, including such choices as waffles and pancakes, eggs, bacon, pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, is served in the restaurant or in the garden. Complimentary coffee is also available in the hotel lobby in the morning.

The in-hotel restaurant Le Relais du Parc serves a classic French lunch or dinner in the stylish dining room on in the garden. A good but pricey brunch is also available.


G'Bar (G for gin, as it specializes in that spirit) in the lobby, is a pleasant enough place to take a drink, but the terrace is even nicer.

Le Barisien, in the restaurant, serves up a menu of fairly good cocktails accompanied by small "planches" of cheese, charcuterie, olives and the like. Drinks are also served in the garden.


Getting Around

Five-minute walk to three metro stations: Boissière, Trocadèro, and Victor Hugo. Though many might consider this part of the residential 16th arrondissement an out-of-the-way location, being off the beaten tourist path in a quiet neighborhood is not without its advantages, and you're not as far from tourist attractions as you might think. For one, the Eiffel Tower is just a 10-minute jaunt across the river, and some of Paris's best 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 fascinating Musée de l'Homme and the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, not to mention the Théatre National de Chaillot, specializing in international dance, and Cineaqua, the city's main aquarium.


A neighborhood institution, 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. One of Paris's more gorgeous restaurants, Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo is an excellent place for Eiffel Tower viewing. The terrace at La Maison Blanch, a 10-minute walk from the hotel, is a great spot for a view with your gourmet meal on the splendid rooftop terrace.


A few minutes from the hotel, the Palais de Tokyo contemporary arts center houses two fabulous watering holes: Monsieur Bleu's sprawling outdoor terrace is a fabulous place for a cocktail at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, just across the river, and the chic new Les Grands Verres restaurant, newly opened by the same group responsible for some of Paris's most popular cocktails lounges, is a smashing success. For a more upscale experience, the Bar Botaniste, at the nearby Shangri-La hotel, is as atmospheric a place for a cocktail splurge as it gets.


The neighborhood is not an obvious choice, but at second glance it's a good one, especially for the culturally minded. The hotel, though not for everyone, has a certain quirky appeal and all the amenities you need for a satisfactory stay, and then some.


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