My spouse and I spent five nights at the Fouquet's Barriere in October and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our stay. We chose it because of its rating on Trip Advisor. Now we know why it is rated #1. Every single member of the staff we encountered, from front desk to concierge, to bellmen, housekeeping and restaurant servers, was unfailingly polite, courteous, welcoming and helpful. They will speak French to you if you start that way, but there is no hesitation to switch to English if one's French vocabulary is not deep. Most travellers have heard at least one story about stereotypically rude or indifferent staff at Parisian restaurants or hotels. If there really is such a person, you will not find him or her at the Barriere.
We stayed in a one-bedroom suite on the sixth floor. The room was among the nicest in which I or we have stayed in more than 30 years of traveling for business and pleasure. It was also incredibly quiet, especially given its location at the corner of two very busy streets in Paris. Looking our our bedroom windows to the right was the famous Champs Elysees, looking to the left was the top half of the Eiffel Tower. The separate living room had sliding doors to a very private terrace-like balcony looking down into the hotel's private courtyard.
If you are reading about hotels in Paris, you are likely already aware that this is a very expensive city. The Barriere is a very expensive hotel. Whether there is value for money here is difficult to quantify because everyone measures value differently. By Paris standards, our answer would be yes. I have stayed at several other hotels in Paris and there is simply no comparison. On the other hand, one can buy a house in some US cities for less than a five-night stay at the Barriere. If price is further down the list of considerations, behind things such as a spacious, spotless, well-appointed and quiet room, flawless service and perfect location 200 yards from the Arc de Triomphe, you will love this hotel. There is a Metro stop at the door and taxis are plentiful.
It so happens we did not have lunch or dinner in the hotel restaurants, and there is not much to choose from if your intent is to wander until you find something that looks good. The Champs is a bit of a tourist trap and not known for having fine dining. It is better to go to specific areas of Paris where restaurants are more abundant or taxi to a specific restaurant if you choose not to dine at the hotel. We did not make use of the Spa, so have no feedback on its amenities or service. But we will definitely stay at the Barriere again.
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How wonderful to read your detailed comments about your stay with us at the Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière ! It was such a pleasure to read that you enjoyed our hotel and services.
Thank you very much for your great appreciation of our staff! I will certainly not fail to share these comments with them; this will without doubt be an incredible source of motivation to them.
We truly hope to have the pleasure to welcome you back soon and to be able to show you our excellent restaurants, such as the Michelin starred restaurant Le Diane! As well the team of the Spa is waiting for you for relaxing treatments after your visit.
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