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Hotel Francois 1er
Ranked #316 of 1,803 Hotels in Paris
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Having travelled to Paris numerous times for both work and pleasure, the Hotel Francois 1er will now be my preferred place to stay for all business trips.

The Room. Arriving jet lagged, I had such a sound sleep that I overslept my wake up call. The room was small but exceptionally well appointed with traditional French bedding and decor. While my room faced the small road, the black out curtains kept it dark and there were no noise issues.

The Bath. Bathroom was generous in size and filled with a high end selection for robes and slippers.

Food. A very fine (albeit pricey) breakfast buffet was served downstairs in a quaint and cozy breakfast room, which included ample fresh fruit, cheese, hard boiled and scrambled eggs, warm meats and cold cuts, breads, jams and fine coffee. I mistakenly assumed in my reservation the 25Euro buffet was included. But due to the misunderstanding and several challenges we had getting me a taxi for my train, they provided it to me for 12 Euro which was very fair and worth it.

Service. Highly professional and discreet.

The common areas. Very elegant - the ideal boutique hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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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.

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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 reviewResponded 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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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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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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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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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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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:
#156 Romantic Hotel in Paris
#191 Business Hotel in Paris
#213 Luxury Hotel in Paris
#296 Family Hotel in Paris
Price Range: $165 - $839 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Francois 1er 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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