My wife and I booked this hotel for our first wedding anniversary trip to Paris and it was the highlight of our trip! I chose La Maison Favart because it was, at the time, the #1 hotel in Paris (this was for the 2012 hotel rankings). I'll admit that we were initially hesitant to book this hotel, because it was the most expensive hotel we have stayed in so far (there are of course more expensive hotels in Paris). I'm glad that we did go with La Maison Favart and feel that it was worth every penny. We can now say that this hotel absolutely earned every bit of its acclaim. The location is quiet, which makes for a nice respite after exploring the busy streets of Paris all day. Plus, it's very close to the RoissyBus stop, which is one of the more affordable ways to reach the city center from Charles de Gaulle airport. All in all the location was excellent. We were able to walk to the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Orsay museum, and many great restaurants and shops. The 2nd Arrondisement also has some cool galleries (sort of like early mall prototypes), the Bourse, and of course the Opera Comique right across the street from La Maison Favart.
What I liked most about this hotel is that it maintained a perfect balance between historical charm and modern amenities. I found this impressive because we also stayed at a "historic" hotel in Avignon that seemed rundown and used the fact that the hotel was "historical" as an excuse for its dilapidated state. There was a Nespresso machine in our room and two in the breakfast room. The decor was modern and updated while still maintaining elements of the hotel's operatic past. When we arrived, we were quite sleepy and jet-lagged. We were greeted by the friendly staff, check-in was very quick (they even upgraded us from a classic room to a deluxe room), and our bags were escorted to our room. We were able to enjoy a much-needed nap upon first arriving and found the bed very comfortable.
We stayed in room 12 and noticed that every room seemed to have its own theme. Our room was "Les 4 parties du monde" ("The four parts of the world"). The room itself had many lovely offerings such as the iPhone/iPod clock radio, a refrigerator that actually kept foods cold, a wine key, a safe, a hair dryer, high quality lotions and toiletries, and the aforementioned Nespresso machine (including an assortment of Nespresso pods and teas). The room was a decent size for a Parisian hotel, though we didn't spend too much time in the room since this was our first trip to Paris. The bathroom was large enough to allow both my wife and I to perform our morning preparations at the same time. The shower/bath had options for an overhead shower, a shower wand, or a waterfall bath. The water pressure was excellent and we never ran out of hot water.
We booked the hotel directly through their website and used a TripAdvisor offer that included free breakfast. The breakfast was excellent. The only downside was that we tended to eat too much. There was a nice variety of baked goods (the croissants and pain au chocolat were excellent), cheeses, meats, juices, tarts, and hot foods such as eggs, bacon, and sausage.In fact, their croissants were as good as, if not better than, Regis Colin, which is supposed to be the best artisan boulangerie in Paris. I will have to honestly say though that if breakfast had not been included we would not have paid €24 a person for breakfast. But since it was included we thoroughly enjoyed it. There were usually leftover items from breakfast such as cheese cake or tarts that were available in the afternoon to all guests. The cheese cake was literally the best I've ever had.
The one thing you don't want to miss if you stay here is their relaxation pool, which is located in the basement (floor -1 in France). It has a very relaxing ambience and is a great way to end a hectic day of sightseeing. The sauna was great too.
To summarize, we absolutely loved everything about La Maison Favart. This four-star hotel completely blew away the supposedly five-star hotel we stayed at in Avignon. The decor, staff, amenities, and location were all top notch. This was our first trip to Paris and it was an unforgettable experience to enjoy a luxurious hotel in the center of the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Maison Favart will open on the 13th april 2012 after 1 year and a half of renovation. 31 Bedrooms, 4 suites and 2 duplex will be proposed to you. It will be a 4 star hotel, serving a very nice buffet breakfast. A honesty bar, a sauna, a relaxing pool, a fitness room will be at the disposal of our guests. In every room, you will find air conditionning, king size bed, minibar, safetybox, tv with free moovies, coffee and tea facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Favart Hotel Paris