We stayed at the Hotel Raphael in Paris in October 2011 on a beautiful weekend in Paris.
Even before we arrived, I was very impressed by the incredibly helpful concierge desk, who (due to my changing my mind about restaurants) changed my bookings three times without a single complaint and managed to secure a last minute reservation at Les ambassadeurs at the Hotel Crillon (no mean feat!)
From the moment you walk in and climb into the old-fashioned lift with it's cage door, it's like stepping back into the victorian era, but with modern bits. Our suite was lovely, a huge bathroom and a bedroom in a curtained alcove with a large living room with lovely antique furniture. A fruit bowl and chocolates were a nice touch. The breakfast buffet was really good with yummy extra additions if you wanted. It's also right by 2 major metro stations, so easy to get around.
The staff couldn't have been more helpful for the entire stay.
My only niggles were that you had to pay for wi-fi (not what i expect at E400 plus a night) and that the prices in the downstairs bar (which is lovely) were extortionate - E25 for a cocktail, E20 for a glass of champagne and E8 for a soft drink. It was cheaper to drink at the hotel Crillon (which we duly did). The mini-bar was not much better!
All in all though, we had a delighful stay and would happily go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated a 2-minute walk from the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, this 5-star hotel offers luxury accommodation in the heart of Paris. It offers a panoramic terrace and a gastronomic restaurant. Decorated in a Louis 15th and 16th style, guest rooms feature wooden furnishings and elaborate wall hangings. They include a flat-screen TV and a minibar. Some of the suites feature a balcony, views of the Eiffel Tower and lounge area. Award-winning chef, Amandine Chaignot, proposes gastronomic French cuisine at the sophisticated Raphael Restaurant. Guests can relax and have a snack, tea, drink or just a breath at the cosy English Bar's red velvet arm chairs. Other facilities at the hotel include free Wi-Fi access and a fitness room. Charles de Gaulle - Etoile Metro Station is just 400 metres away, providing direct access to the Louvre Museum and the Grand Palais. Trocadero is a 15-minute walk away, which offers one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Raphael Hotel Paris
- Hotel Raphael Paris