Chosing Banke due to the unavailability of our first choice, this upper-end 4 star hotel is located only moments from the Paris Opera house, the Galleries La Fayette & Printemps stores, hop-on-hop-off bus stops and plenty of eateries, cinemas and street shopping. Other attractions inc. the Louvre, Concorde, Sienne River, La Halles area are all within easy walking distance (less than 15m-20m, rembering most of Paris is very flat) for those who enjoy exploring cities on-foot. It features a flash bar and restaurant in the foyer, as well as an untried breakfast space.
Staff are very friendly and helpful (the language barrier being an only occasional problem) but the flaws in what is, on the surface, an elegant hotel lie in the unseen. Wi-Fi, an essential in today's world, was VERY VERY patchy in both rooms used (our stay was broken by tours) and water pressure in the (large) bathrooms was not strong enough. Further, great distress was experienced when a sizable room deposit ($3K+) was taken off my creditcard without warning, causing me to think my account had been compromised. Only after late night calls to my bank, and some investigation via uncertain front desk staff, did I find the Banke was the cause. This saw me without these funds for approx 3 days, until the deposit was refunded post stay (and 24hrs+ after my room charges had been paid). This needs to be clearer upon check-in or reduced, as the deposit seemed excessive. But the policy is BAD and needs to be reviewed or removed. Anything similar has not been experienced by me at the more expensive, top end hotels elsewhere (and reviewed by me on this site).
But, on the most part the stay was very comfortable and I would consider returning if the above appeared to be resolved. Paris has a reputation for small rooms and questionable staff service, but the Banke we experienced enjoyed large, quiet spaces (both rooms were of the Suite variety) to relax after a long day of site-seeing as well as friendly staff at the service level, all in a great central location.
AREA TIPS: Leave the hotel for breakfast and enjoy a cheap 'petit dejeuner' at any number of cafes within seconds of the hotel. Generally includes coffee, bread & jam plus a croissant. Yum!
Heading out the front door of the Banke usually sees you turn left - toward the Opera House - to site-see. By turning right and walking 4 very short blocks reveals a strip of inexpensive eateries including French brasseries, middle eastern food, asian food, Italian bistros and markets for fresh fruit, snacks and alcohol on the Rue du Faubourg Montmartre.
Monoprix, the supermarket, can also be found 2 blocks south/behind the Banke on the Rue Des Italiens - the second major street behind the hotel, after Rue Haussmann.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel in the centre of Paris, ideal for your stay whether you are on a business trip or vacationing with your partner, with friends or with your family.This superior four-star hotel is located in the Opera district, in the very heart of Paris and a stone's throw from Boulevard Haussmann and the Galeries Lafayette. Hotel Banke occupies a building from the beginning of the 20th century designed by architects Paul Friesse and Cassien Bernard, and the stately building sits at the junction of Rue La Fayette and Rue Pillet Will.Services:94 guest rooms in Paris: 15 single rooms, 40 superior rooms, 13 executive rooms, 9 deluxe rooms and 17 suitesJosefin RestaurantLolaBarBreakfast buffet24-hour room service and mini-barBusiness centreWi-Fi in all areasFunction rooms and related spaces: Eiffel room, La Fayette room, Alcove 1 room, Alcove 2 room, Banke RestaurantBanke Restaurant for events and conventions ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banke Hotel Paris