Hiding behind a classic 19th-century facade, this fresh, contemporary five-star Marriot hotel adorned with subtle Art Deco touches has much to recommend it. Under a huge atrium skylight, the lobby's polished black-marble floors, hardwood furnishings, and urban-chic design set the tone for a truly Parisian experience, near great shopping and dining all in the beating heart of Paris.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel has been undergoing extensive renovations, while remaining open, slated to be completed sometime in late 2018.
Rooms have all the modern amenities, with warm wood accents, original artwork, and huge comfy beds, all designed to feel like a cozy living room--for now, anyways. The rooms will be undergoing renovations starting in Fall 2017.
Though there are 10 rooms with balconies, and views of the charming Paris rooftops and a corner of the Tuileries from the higher floors, four ground-floor patio suites have their own private terraces in an intimate courtyard.
Bathrooms are spacious and modern, with separate tubs, showers and toilets, and luxury bath products by Bulgari.
The newly refurbished lobby offers several comfortable seating arrangements, along with a "library," a hidden cocktail bar and a very good restaurant. Guests are welcome to lounge with a hot beverage and a newspaper.
One of the nicest features of the hotel, the pool, though subterranean, does have skylights and is large enough for laps. Relax in style on comfortable lounge chairs before heading to the sauna or steam room.
A small spa offers pretty much every face and body treatment you'd need, plus the usual manicures, waxing, etc.
The fitness room is quite small but still well-equipped, and personal training sessions can be booked by the hour.
One of Paris's standout Mediterranean-Middle Eastern restaurants, in a chic retro atmosphere designed by Paris interiors star Dorothée Meilichzon, made a splash when it opened in January 2017. The restaurant is so good that it's not only maintained a buzz but is attracting a local foodie crowd for scintillating dishes that focus on fresh and seasonal.
A two-minute walk to the Tuilerie metro stop, servicing the no. 1 line, Paris's fastest central line. You could hardly find a better location, tucked in on a quiet street between the Tuileries gardens and the famous rue Saint-Honoré, one of Paris's legendary shopping streets. A ten-minute walk from the Louvre, you're also quite close to the lovely Place Vendôme and the Palais Royal gardens.
On the rue Saint-Honoré, La Regalade Bistro (5-minute drive) is a Paris institution, be sure to reserve. Loulou Restaurant (7-minute walk), in the Musée d'Arts Décoratifs (7-minute walk), has a fresh, seasonal menu and fabulous outdoor seating in the Tuileries gardens. Pierre Hermé's sinful macaron shop on the rue Cambon is too close for comfort and Jean-Paul Hévin's tea salon, serving to-die-for hot chocolate and some of Paris's best pastries and chocolate shop is not-to-miss (both within a 4-minute walk).
A few minutes away, the ultra-hip Costes Hotel Lounge (3-minute walk) is a place to see and be seen. For something a little posher, the Ritz hotel's three bars, including the legendary Hemingway Bar, are all gorgeous, if pricey. Bar 228 at Le Meurice is also a Paris favorite, with live Piano music thrown in--and all of these are within a 3-minute walk.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A well-priced five-star hotel in the heart of Paris, with top-notch service, good drinking and dining, plus culture, nightlife, restaurants, and shopping at your fingertips is something to write home about.