I usually stay at the larger Intercontinental Grand near the Opera House but they were full, and since I am a Platinum Ambassador with Intercontinental I searched around and to my surprise found there was another property in Paris on Avenue Marceau in the Golden Triangle - which was close to my business meetings and they did have a room available. How fortunate I was that the Grand was booked because I discovered a hidden gem from the moment I checked in at Avenue Marceau, and will always stay there whenever I visit Paris - usually twice a year at least. The desk staff were fabulous and handled my early morning arrival professionally. Being a small boutique hotel means that rooms don't turn over as fast so early arrivals do have to wait for check out. My room wasn't ready but they took care of my luggage and took down my cellphone to call me as soon as it was. Virginia Persol, the Operations Manager, introduced herself and encouraged me to explore the hotel and contact her should I need anything. I appreciated the personal touch,and Virginia was there too when I checked out some 6 days later to make sure everything was good with my stay. As a Platinum Ambassador I travel a lot and have stayed in many Intercontinentals (and other hotels from the mainstream chains to the, cool, hip boutiques) around the world and the personal attention is what turns a normal hotel experience into something special. As a smaller, more boutique-like hotel, Avenue Marceau doesn't have the extra features of the larger ones such as the Grand. The most noticeable difference for me was the lack of a Club Lounge, but on the plus side this got me out of the hotel to walk around the fabulous Parisian streets and enjoy my coffee, pain au chocolats, and early evening champagne out amongst the lovely locals.
That said, the restaurant at the Avenue Marceau is superb. This is not a hotel dining room added as an after-though but a full-fledged modern restaurant with a seasonal, sustainable menu cheffed by a fabulous chef who used to be at the Georges Cinq, I believe. From the moment I arrived (Somewhat tired, disheveled and not exactly dressed for a nice dining room) I was welcomed by the staff and treated likely royalty to an exquisite lunch such that I returned of the evening for dinner - and that I usually don't do; when on travel I never like to go to the same place because I want variety - but I was spoiled and enjoyed going back. The young lady who managed lunch and dinner service on that Friday (September 17) was truly brilliant in every regard; she made perfect suggestions and was attentive without being intrusive. Truly a joy to a tired traveler! I also had breakfast once there and the lunch and evening service experience I enjoyed carried over into the early morning hours. Well done!
After lunch my room was ready and I was escorted to the room and given a tour of all of its features. The decor is stunning with ceiling murals and Hermes bath amenities. The hotel has a Phillipe Starck feel to it. My room was on the first floor and looked out over the quiet gardens. It was extremely quiet - more like the French countryside than the center of the Golden Triangle amidst all the hustle and bustle of high class shopping.
The exercise room is tiny and I used it every day - sometimes twice. I only once found the machine I wanted busy with another guest so I just used the other one. Not a problem, although there isn't much space in there. One thing I didn't get to try but had read about was the use of the electric bikes the hotel makes available to guests. I think that is a fabulous idea as it is so difficult to rent the bicycles that are all over Paris.
The concierge staff were great in securing me reservations and making sure I knew where to go. The decor of the hotel from the murals downstairs to the lobby furniture and artwork is fabulous and simply puts you in a joyful, Parisian mood. All in all, Avenue Marceau is a fabulous property, in a great location and I can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NEW HOTEL... A stroll from the Champs ElysÃ©es and the Arc de Triomphe, close to trendy french restaurants and to the Avenue Montaigne's couturiers, not far from Place Vendome's jewellers, the newly opened Crowne Plaza Paris Champs ElysÃ©es is the ideal adress for your stay in Paris.It is also the place for business travelers and corporate meetings with its 300m2 of meeting facilities. Located with easy access to Porte Maillot, La DÃ©fense, Le Palais des CongrÃ¨s, and Orly and Roissy Airports.Harmony of modernity, comfort, design, a jewel box of unique objects, the Crowne Plaza Paris-Champs ElysÃ©es is the new place of the capital that you must not miss.This former private mansion once owned by the Comte de Breteuil, displays a Haussmannian faÃ§ade which hides from glances two other buildings of surprising architectural style. Once the porch has been passed through, decorated with a work of art by Raymond Moretti,a Picasso follower,a garden patio and a Renaissance inspiration turret appear.In such an environment the visitor feels immersed in a universe mingling warm colours, immaculate white, works of art and noble materials. Designed by Bruno Borrione,a member of Philippe Starck s staff for 20 years,the decoration of this luxurious hotel plunges the guests into a warm and comfortable atmosphere. ... more less
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