The Top 4 Hotels In Paris

by Travelling Peach

1. Hotel Le 123 Élysées **** TP FAVOURITE

Room:
Spacious and beautifully designed room. The design is elegant, modern and benefits from full-length windows, which offer natural light and views of Paris. It also has a lovely artist-style handmade wooden table and stool, which are gorgeous. The bathroom wasn’t enormous but it was spacious and offered a flattering mirror, bath and shower, and a lovely selection of Algotherm toiletries which were re-stocked daily.

Ambiance:
Friendly, vibrant and welcoming. 

Location:
A great location. Ten minutes walk from the iconic Pont Alexandre III Bridge, La Seine and La Tour Eiffel. Five minutes walk from Place de la Concorde where you can enjoy a variety of seasonal fairs and stalls, and enjoy the warm and happy atmosphere. Plus, if you go there at night and stand in the centre of the crossing in the long road, you can enjoy one of the most stunning ‘secret’ views that Paris has to offer - a perfectly undisturbed view of both the wheel and L'Arc de Triomphe, all lit up in their spectactular glory. All you have to do is turn your head to the left and then to the right. It really is a fantastic view. 

Facilities:

  • Modern, friendly, spacious.
  • Very helpful staff who will offer you advice, special maps and directions around Paris. Not under your feet but the perfect balance.
  • Free Wi-Fi – good signal. 
  • Complementary snacks and beverages in the dining/lounge area between 2pm and 11pm, and a complementary mini-bar and fresh coffee machine facilities in the room, both of which are re-stocked daily.
  • Breakfast includes a continental selection of pastries, freshly made coffee and juices; and a selection of hot foods, fresh smoked salmon and salamis. 

Overall:
We really enjoyed our stay here. The room was spacious and stylish, with a lovely large window that offered great views of Paris and made the room feel light, bright and welcoming. Plus, it’s in a great location – central but not too noisy – and has a lovely, welcoming atmosphere. Fantastic value for money. 

Prices for a Deluxe Double Room start at £160 /night.

 

2. Hotel R De Paris ****

Room: 
The design is clean, modern and stylish, with beautiful parquet flooring and a very comfortable bed. The bathroom is extremely small but has everything you need, including a very good rainfall shower with a LED chromotherapy system. It’s very powerful and there is always hot water so it’s perfect for relaxing muscles after a busy day of shopping and sightseeing. The only thing we would say is that, because the bathroom is approximately the width of 2 arm spans, with arms fully outstretched, it might not be suitable for all body types or abilities so, for example, if you are bringing an elderly guest with you who needs room to move around and has trouble bending down or are pregnant, we wouldn’t recommend this room for you.

Interestingly, although the room was tiny, it came with a huge decked private balcony area and patio doors accessible from the room, decorated with trees and a view of a terrace area below, where guests can enjoy drinks in the summer. Not all rooms came with this balcony and, although we couldn’t use it because of the cold winter weather and perhaps would have preferred extra space in the room instead, in the summer it could provide the perfect location to spend the evening with friends.

Ambiance: 
Clinical design in the lobby but the staff are friendly and helpful, and the building is well decorated with a gym, sauna and steam room for guests to enjoy.

Location:
The hotel is situated in a perfect location. Exit the hotel and walk to the left and, within 15 minutes, you can be at the iconic dance show Moulin Rouge; and, within 20-25 minutes, you can experience the stunning view of Sacré Coeur in all it’s glory. Walk to the right and within 10 minutes you’ll be in the heart of Paris’s shopping district, with Galeries Lafayette, Le Palais Garnier and delicious restaurants like Café De La Paix. Within 20 minutes, you can experience the stunning views of La Seine and marvel at the architecture of Le Musée Du Louvre. Walking through the Jardin Des Tuileries there is particularly spectacular so don’t forget to grab a coffee and enjoy the views.

Visiting La Basilique du Sacré Coeur at night.
Not only will it be beautifully lit up in angelic white against the night sky but, having walked up all of the steps to get there, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the whole of Paris, lit up in the darkness, from above. You’ll also experience a beautiful walk through the Parisian streets of Montmartre and see some fantastic local eateries and bars; not the typical ‘tourist’ ones but a really vibrant and welcoming local atmosphere. Peaceful, breathtaking… unmissable!

Facilities:

  • Rainfall shower and a selection of Hermès toiletries. 
  • Free Wi-Fi – good signal.
  • Breakfast is included and offers a good selection of freshly made coffee and juices, hot food, fresh smoked salmon and cold meats, and fresh pastries. The only thing we would say is that, sometimes, the hot food was cold by the time we got there – even if it was early – so this area could be improved.
  • The room service was extremely disappointing. It included extremely overpriced food (€19 for a sandwich!) that took forever to arrive and, when it did, it was cold, lacked flavour and the ingredients were sparse. 

Overall:
This hotel is in a brilliant location and the rooms are well designed, with a chic, warm vibe; however they’re very small and the bathroom is even smaller so, as much as we loved almost everything else about the hotel, that would probably put us off staying there again.

Prices for a Deluxe Double Bedroom start at £187 / night.

 


3. Hotel Balmoral ****

Room:
Spacious room and bathroom, with a very comfortable bed. The room was clean and elegantly decorated; however we found that the design was a little bland for our liking. Nearly everything in the room and bathroom were decorated in shades of cream, beige and taupe. 

Ambiance:
Friendly but everything runs at a very slow pace.

Location:
The hotel is less than 3 minutes walk away from L'Arc de Triomphe and is also very close to the Champs-Élysées. This hotel is perfect for older couples looking to experience the quieter side of Paris. There are lots of traditional French bistros and award-winning patisseries to enjoy nearby but if you’re looking for more vibrant area with lots of variety, this probably isn’t the area for you.

Facilities:

  • The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, however the signal is often poor and the staff don’t seem to prioritize fixing it so we recommend buying a French sim card at the airport so that you can manage roaming costs on a pay-as-you go basis. This is the easiest and most cost-effective way to do it and will save any worries later.
  • There’s a great fresh coffee machine in the room. 

Overall:
There’s nothing wrong with the hotel but, at the same time, there’s something about it that just doesn’t feel right. The rooms are comfortable but there are a few too many areas that need working on (e.g. service, Wi-Fi, helpfulness and breakfast, among others) that meant we preferred our stay at the other hotels more. Nonetheless, we’re sure that with a few tweaks and some attention to detail this would make a fantastic place to stay.

Prices for a Double Prestige Room start at £196 / night.
 

 


4. Four Seasons George V Hotel ***** TP FAVOURITE

Ambiance:
Warm, welcoming, friendly and relaxing. Staff are helpful and approachable. There’s certainly something special about this hotel; perhaps it’s the staff selection, the mood, the attention to detail…. We can’t put our finger on it because many 5* hotels have these things but, trust us, they don’t all have this atmosphere or energy. There’s something special about this hotel that just makes you feel ‘happy.’ If you can afford it – whether for dinner, cocktails or to stay in - it’s money well spent.

Location:
The hotel is in a prime location, less than 5 minutes walk from a host of designer stores and the iconic Champs-Élysées.

Facilities:

  • Breakfast. The hotel definitely offers the best breakfast we’ve experienced. Breakfast is served in La Galerie, with a buffet of freshly baked breads and pastries, beautifully arranged fresh fruit pots, with deliciously ripe strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and more. There’s also a wide selection of delicatessen meats and salamis, half a side of fresh smoked salmon and, if you do prefer hot food, waitresses are available to offer a variety of eggs and hot dishes, along with fresh coffee and juices, all served on beautiful china. 
  • Dining. The hotel houses 3 fantastic restaurants: Le Cinq, L’Orangerie and Le George; each of which offers guests a completely different ambiance, décor and style of cuisine. All 3 restaurants are award-winning and it’s easy to see why. The food is fresh, delicious and designed to be enjoyed by both the eyes and the palate equally.
  • Spa. The hotel’s spa is currently under renovation but that hasn’t stopped them. Instead, they’ve worked closely with their Artistic Director, Jeff Leatham, to create a pop-up version with spa facilities, a state of the art gym, relaxation room, hair and beauty salon and massage rooms. They’ve spared no expense on the elegant design and facilities, and the finished effect is stunning. We particularly loved the massage rooms, all of which have been transformed from what were originally guest suites and feature their own exquisitely designed individual bathrooms, with a shower, bath and more.

Overall:
We love, love, love this hotel. Everything about it is perfect, from the service to the food, the experience and ‘magic hands’ of the spa therapists to the attention to detail by everyone from the chefs to the receptionists, the publicists to the artistic director Jeff Leatham, who can regularly be seen around the hotel arranging his fabulous new floral designs. The whole place is beautifully decorated and, wherever you go or whatever you do in the hotel, you’re certain to have an enjoyable time and feel at home. It just feels ‘happy.’

Room prices are available on request.

 




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