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Hotel Francois 1er
Ranked #179 of 1,797 Hotels in Paris
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Fort Worth, Texas
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114 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Good choice”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stayed here in August 2012.

I book through the website "I Prefer" because of the special "perks" you get. However, we did not receive the "perks" and it appeared they didn't even know what the "I Prefer" was all about.

The hotel is in a very good location, quick walk to both the Champs Elysees, metro stop and the Seine.

The rooms are very nice and the toiletries very adequate. The Bose sound system adds a lot to the room. The photos are true to how the rooms actually are.

We are very appreciative of "Danielle" and "Thomas" they both took very good care of us.

The hotel has a small bar area that is nice to sit in and relax with a drink after a long day of touring around Paris.

It is expensive to eat out in this area. But we were able to find a few reasonable dinners. I think my most enjoyable one was when we got sandwiches from a local shop, took them back to the hotel and ate them in the hotel bar where Thomas was very helpful.

The hotel has a very good breakfast and breakfast area.

All in all we were pleased with our stay. The hotel just oozes romance and old Paris.

Room Tip: The rooms are small. If you are picky, know the rooms so when you ask for an upgrade you will know...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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KepplerManager, Directeur général at Hotel Francois 1er, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Dear Guests,

Thank you so much for your comments on TripAdvisor and of course for having chosen our hotel for your stay in Paris.
We sincerely apologize for the ignorance of the "I Prefer" advantages of our reception.
Our regular reception staff knows what is given for the IPrefer guests but during holiday month of August we had replacement staff, like Daniel and they didn't remember or simply know about IPrefer.
Again I am very sorry for this and for sure we'll remember next time to inform the replacement persons.
We are glad that you liked your stay and appreciated the great service that Thomas, our regular barman gives.
We all wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

kind regards
Alain Lagarrigue
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Lexington, KY
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Located just a block or so off the Champs-Elysees, the Hotel Francois 1er lives up to its neighborhood. From the moment the host invites you to sit in a comfy chair at his desk to fill out your reservation information, you know that you have found someplace special. The bellhops are quick to help, eager and friendly. We had an executive room, number 103, a very large (the size made me forget for a moment that we were in Paris) room with a king-size bed draped by a wall canopy. It was beautiful, elegant, well-appointed with comfortable furniture and a modern bathroom where bathrobes awaited your use. Though it is very close to all the crowds on the Champs-Elysees, the upscale shopping venues, and several excellent restaurants, it sits on a narrow street which is very quiet. An added delight to my wife was that the windows open for fresh air and the quietness of the location allows one to take advantage of that. It will definitely be our choice of hotels on the Right Bank on future visits to Paris.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

What a location for this charming boutique hotel.
We wanted to be next to the Champs Elysees and
get the best value for our money. We certainly did!
You are literally 2 minutes from the Champs Elysees
on a calm side street. We walked everywhere and
at the end of the day we took a taxi to come back.
The staff , including the maids, was very helpful in all the situations
The concierge booked for us great restaurants and a tour of Paris.
We had breakfast every morning and it was excellent
for our scandinavian taste so not only croissants and coffee.
During our next Paris trip, we will come back here.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

We just got back from ou trip to Paris and we absolutely LOVED our stay in the hotel Francois 1er.
From the moment we checked in the staff was adorable and extremely helpful.
Breakfast buffet was excellent, much more choice than normally in the other Parisian hotels.
Our room size was fine since we don't expect to have US sized rooms. Also the refined decoration makes up for the size issue. This hotel has the best location. You can walk in 1 minute to the Champs Elysees and 5 minutes to the Arc, and yet the street is calm, which is important to get a good night sleep.
We warmly recommend this hotel to everyone, go there and you won't be disappointed...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Just returned from a 3 day trip to Paris for my wifes birthday and we stayed at the Francois. Having been disappointed at all French hotels we have stayed in previously we approached with some trepidation. We need not have worried. Everything about the Francois was excellent, from the pleasant reception, to the lovely room, which for Paris surprisingly spacious. Breakfast was delicious and again the service was good. The very friendly and helpful staff arranged restaurants for dinner and various tourist trips for us, all of which worked extremely well. Will definitely return to this very comfortable and conveniently located hotel.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This hotel is located near the Champs Elysees and an easy walk to the Eiffel Tower and metro. I am still a "left bank" girl, but it is always fun to stay and explore a new area. The hotel has a dignified and luxurious feel. The staff is very helpful and the breakfast was very nicely presented.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Let me preface this review by saying it is well understood that Parisian hotels for the most part do not have large hotel rooms so I take that into account. Overall this hotel is excellent. The concierge service was very helpful and accommodating. Second, the location is fantastic- close and within walking distance to many, many landmarks, museums, etc. It was right off The Avenue des Champs-Élysées! The lobby was high quality boutique style. The room was small but very tasteful decorating and the bed was large and comfortable. The bathroom was very nice but the shower temperature fluctuated constantly from hot to cold- this happened every day. Also, the walls had little to no soundproofing in my opinion. We could hear everything on both sides of the room. Granted the hotel is likely historical with older construction but for this price point, not OK. Lastly, the boiler system is basically one zone so temperature cannot be controlled very well in the room, the temp is set on a central location. Small picky item, there was no iron but that's hardly a major issue. The housekeepers were also friendly and had great turn-down service. Overall I recommend but would consider another hotel on our next visit. We want to thank the staff again for their exceptional service.

Room Tip: Possibly not staying on the street side might be more quiet?
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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KepplerManager, General Manager at Hotel Francois 1er, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Dear Guests,

First of all thank you for having chosen our hotel for your stay in Paris and
for your comments in TripAdvisor.
We sincerely apologize for the hot-cold water problem. We are already looking in to it
because we have recently changed all the hot water machinery and this should not happen.
Our rooms do have individual heating and air-conditioning system so that our
guest can choose themselves the temperature that they prefer but
unfortunately for the safety reasons we don’t have any iron&board in the rooms.
Instead we have many irons&boards at the hotel for our guests to use free of charge.
We are very pleased that the turndown service was to your taste.
Again we thank you for your comments and for your kind attention towards our team.
We all wish you a wonderful autumn.

Alain Lagarrigue
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Property: Hotel Francois 1er
Address: 7 rue Magellan | 08 Arr., 75008 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Champs-Elysees
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#125 Luxury Hotel in Paris
#157 Romantic Hotel in Paris
#192 Business Hotel in Paris
#297 Family Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Francois 1er 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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Intimate boutique hotel with beautiful appointments set in restored townhouse dating from 1900 - 3 blocks to Arc de Triomphe. ... more   less 
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