A prestigious address in the grand 19th-century Paris of imposing Haussmannian apartment blocks, with the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the street. It's a businessy district but also one where you can easily satisfy your desire for shopping on the Champs-Elysées or avenue Montaigne or art at the [node:168969] and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
The 55 rooms are uncluttered yet welcoming and keep up this clever mix of periods: high white beds with colourful Kenzo and Missoni throws, plenty of cupboard space and modern furniture under ceilings dramatically papered with black and white reproductions of Renaissance ceilings. Those on the first floor have imposing five metre high ceilings, top-floor suites have Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe views, and all are efficiently equipped with Nespresso machines, iPod docks, kettles, ironing boards and Hermès bath products.
A cobbled carriageway entrance invites you into the spacious reception and lounge area, where simple black sofas alternate with cult modern design chairs by Jakobsen and Paulin, blown-up drawings by Michelangelo along one side and a Picasso-esque painting by Raymond Moretti.
Eating and drinking
The M64 restaurant serves tempting modern cuisine produced in an open kitchen. It is frequented mainly by local workers at lunch and hotel guests by night.
An e-Solex electical moped available for guests and a high-tech fitness room.
Formal but helpful, and can lay on personal coaches, shoppers and museum guides should you wish or offer advice on what's going on around town.
Who stays there
US, British and Belgian top the list, the French tend to come for weekends and Middle Eastern visitors in summer.
It is often fully booked during the spring and autumn trade fair seasons when you can expect to pay full rates, but look for good deals at weekends and in August.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Attractive, well-equipped rooms
- Businessy district a bit dead at weekends.