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Above The Plaza Tour Eiffels
lobby lounge with art books.
EIFFEL, located just off Trocadero
in the tony 16th, is the perfect business hotel. It is in excellent
repair, with cool lobby lounge furnishings (Philippe Starck lighting,
van der Rohe chairs), compact bar serving drinks and coffees, and
a library of supersize art books. The welcome received from this
property is truly a warm one. Its close to embassies, the
OECD, fashion house offices, and features
only 41 rooms, all non-smoking. The black key card and dark wood
tones appeal to business travellers, who make up 60 per cent of
the hotels guests. Youll love the list of complimentary
items: newspapers (The International HeraldTribune, The
Guardian, Le Figaro), wifi, lobby computer, bottled water, plus
a state-of-the-art fitness centre just off the breakfast room. Kudos
for the white tile bathrooms, big towels, robes, lOccitane
amenities. Breakfast is also served in-room, with room service from
to 2 A.M.
A superior lodging is junior suite 605 with its petite balcony and
Eiffel Tower view.
Plaza Tour Eiffel
32, rue Greuze
Telephone 33 1 47-27-10-00
Above A literary headboard at the Hôtel
A SMALL HOTEL, steps away from the
Jardins de Luxembourg, Hôtel Le Sénat beautifully captures
the spirit of the bohemian rive gauche. Still looking good after
its 2003 renovation, the propertys cursive headboards recollect
the legacy of the famous Left Bank denizens whose photos decorate
the spare lobby. This three-star has an optimal location and a young,
friendly attitude; its colour scheme basic black. Tourists favour
the 41-room hostel with its small accommodations, Hermès
amenities, and existential style. Theres the usual subterranean
dining room, bar, lounge, tiny business centre, and a photogenic
garden. If you need a comfortable garret in which to ponder Sartre
and the meaning of life, room 403 is highly recommended.
Hôtel Le Sénat
10, rue de Vaugirard
Telephone 33 1 43-54-54-54
Above A bread basket and coffee cups at the Hôtel Powers
WHERE TO GO for a taste of the retro
glory of Regency France with a luxury twist at a mid-range price?
Look no further than Hôtel Powers, a 50 rooms-and-suites hotel
housed in a heritage building, on a quiet street near Metro Georges
V. The optimal location means only two minutes walk to the
Champs-Élysées, diagonally across from Cartier. You
might expect to see Audrey Hepburn walking through the reception
area. Her millionaire playboy friend would like to haunt the neighbourhood
and inspect its every couture shop.
A deceptively quiet entry masks a time-warp,
where rooms have high ceilings and pale walls, classical wood details
and heroic marble fireplacesthey are suitable to receive Mme
Pompadour. You will appreciate the modern and airy white tile baths,
bathrooms stocked with Bulgari amenities, thick robes, and big towels.
This is a setting made for room service, especially breakfast in
bed. Your option is a charming breakfast room: small, sweet, with
pastel green designs, and a very kind lady in attendance.
Two noteworthy rooms: no. 35, spacious with an
enormous bath lit by glowing natural light; and no. 58, which has
a wraparound terrace. Full room service menu, free wifi and bottled
water. Definitely a recommended experience.
52, rue Francois 1er
Telephone 33 1 47-23-91-05
Top The breakfast room at the Hôtel
Cristal. Above One of Le Cristals funky suites.
FANS OF THE ASTOUNDING Mattia Bonetti
will appreciate his new wild interiors at the recently opened Hôtel
Cristal Champs-Élysées. Bonetti, who surpasses the
title of designerhe is more of an historian, a repository,
a polymath, an encyclopædia of classicismhas created
a catalytic cocktail of colour and concept, half-Dr Seuss and half-Etruscan,
with a breakfast room from a parallel universe. The inventive use
of the repeat crystal motif, weird-shaped reflections, and the one-way
mirror from the shower into the bedroom in rooms 2 and 4 make this
property a must-stay-in. The décor might look strange but
Mattia Bonetti makes comfortable furniture, and these are liveable
spaces. Perfect lodging for a young couple on the go in Paris, a
Bonetti collector, or people looking to recapture their sense of
style and fun.
Hôtel Cristal Champs-Élysées
9, rue Washington
Telephone 33 1 45-63-27-33
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Top A view of the Eiffel Tower from the balcony at the Plaza
Tour Eiffel. Above The breakfast room.
Top A perfect room for contemplating the meaning of life
at the Sénat. Above The breakfast room at le Sénat.
Below Hôtel Powers breakfast
room. A typical mantle clock and fireplace. A shiny, white bathroom
à la Kubrick.
Above A light fixture at Hôtel
Stanley Moss is travel editor of Lucire.