I've stayed in about 10 or so 4 star hotels within 750 metres of the California. I have to say it's the best one so far.
Price: Ok, not cheap, but book in advance and get better prices.
Location: Next to the Champs Elysees, reasonably quiet side st. No problems.
Room: Recently done up, last year or two. Spacious, good facilities, safe etc. Cleaner and more modern that the other local hotels I've used. Good aircon, but the bed a bit hard.
Bar: I like the bar (but the cheesy piano player can be a bit loud). Most of the other local hotels I've used "sort of" have a bar, but the California has a good sized bar with good selection, plus food.
Breakfast: Unusually decent by local standards, but the staff ahve a habit of running around with their heads down and you have to positively wave your hands to get a coffee.
Front desk staff are always smiling, helpful and polite - three most unparisian attributes!
This hotel also has proper lifts, not the jerky rolling cages common in the area.
Many Parisian hotels (especially near the champs-elysees) are a disappointment unless you have low expectations or are a big spender.
This is now my hotel of choice for business trips to Paris, but would happily go there for leisure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1925, this Haussmanian style building has been the favourite luxury hotel of the American press and Hollywood Stars. More than just a hotel, this is an authentic art gallery for all art lovers with its private collection of over 3000 oils and lithographs. With its fine sense of luxury, this 4 star hotel has been turned into a fine family mansion just a step away from the Champs Elysees and belongs to Les Hotels du Roy group. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel California Paris