I chose to stay at this hotel based upon its location in Paris and multiple positive Tripadvisor reviews. I am a frequent visitor to Paris and have stayed in multiple 5 star-rated hotels in the 1st Arrondissement in the past, and this was my first time here.
The Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris is as strikingly beautiful as the photos on the web. The rooms are large by Parisian standards, decorated in rich dark colours with multiple Asian accents. Most importantly for me, the rooms are absolutely quiet, with high quality bedding. Even the very effective air conditioning is noiseless. The hotel has a quiet enclosed interior courtyard where one can dine - in the evening it becomes a romantic setting, ideal for a quiet conversation over supper. The hotel is nestled on a quiet street in the Saint Honore district, where there are multiple internationally known designer stores and art dealers. It is an easy 5-10 minute walk to Metro Concorde and, as others have mentioned, well-located for joggers like me who enjoy running in the Jardin des Tulieries. There are many restaurants in the area - a mixture of tourist traps and local Parisian favourites as one would expect for such a popular tourist area. The hotel staff do not hesitate to go out of their way to accommodate guests and I would say that, in addition to the decor, the staff were for me the highlight of my hotel stay. They were very good at discovering my particular tastes in food and suggesting good restaurants for me in the neighbourhood.
The hotel advertises a gym, important for a lifelong exerciser like me. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing the gym is closed and undergoing renovation. There are gyms in the neighbourhood of the hotel but they all charge 50 Euros for a day pass, outrageously expensive by my North American standards. This hotel ought to consider buying year long passes to one of these gyms nearby - the Club Mediterranee - and giving hotel guests this pass as needed.
The hotel restaurant serves good suppers. Avoid the French continental breakfast which consists of orange juice, coffee, yogurt, one small piece of baguette and 2 small viennoiseries of - frankly - disappointing quality and freshness - for 30 Euros. I greatly enjoyed the fresh nut and raisin bread served once with my supper one evening - the breakfast staff actually found some more for me in the morning and served that to me with my omelette. Yum!
In summary, this hotel is clearly better than many other similarly-located and priced properties overall. I greatly enjoyed my stay here and would not hesitate to return in the future. With some adjustments in breakfast and some kind of gym arrangement this hotel would get global 5 star ratings and a rave from me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris A new character Boutique hotel on the corner of Faubourg Saint-Honore with its prestigious designer brands and the Place de la Concorde, which breaks boldly from traditional Parisian hotel codes. An exclusive lifestyle destination in its own right in a 18th century historic residence with its trademark unique ambiance. It offers guests triple relaxation in the form of stylish French living. Asian refinement and all the elegance of the capital. - 56 Guestrooms including 19 suites La Suite de Gagny 182 m2 is an exceptional and unique "Pied-a-terre" -Rates : from 350 euros - Restaurant Le Vraymonde ( 85 seats) led by Chef Rougui Dia, opens onto a large, lush Parisian courtyard. -Brunch every Saturdays and Sundays, 49 euros per person - Lounge Bar Le Qu4tre serves up original cocktails based on the 4 elements ( water, earth, wind and fire). Live DJ music from Tuesday to Saturday nights from 8pm. - Activities : Wellness & Fitness studio with hammam and Buddha-Bar signature treatments. Shopping. Banqueting salon for up to 35 guests ... more less
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