This hotel was great. It's a little further out from the center of things, but it was never more than a quick cab ride or metro ride to anywhere you needed to go. There is a metro station on the same block so it's very convenient. If you want a ride, I highly suggest downloading the iphone app Uber and using their drivers. We did that all over the city, especially in crowded areas and it was fantastic. The hotel itself is in a quiet location for the most part, but you can walk down the street to the circle and there's lots of restaurants right in that immediate area.
The lobby wasn't anything special, IMO, but the staff was very friendly. When we checked in, the gentleman behind the desk gave us a map and pointed out all kinds of things for us and gave us travel advice. He was very friendly and helpful. The elevator is teeny tiny, but we never had a wait for it and it ran perfectly fine. The room service was extremely quick as well. Food was good and they always had it to us within 10-20 minutes.
If you're looking to impress the person you're with, I highly recommend what I was surprised with. Apparently when you book the hotel online, you can add in "extras" to be waiting for you. When we walked in our room, i had the most gorgeous bouquet of flowers and champagne waiting for us. It truly was a spectacular way to jump start the trip with romance.
We were fortunate enough to stay in Marie's Apartment for our room. I cannot say enough good things about this room. It was HUGE! Spacious walk in closet, great bedroom, great living room, separate toilet, etc. The best thing about this room was the Eiffel Tower view and the Arc de Triomphe view from the private balcony and the large picture window. The balcony is not very big...it fits just two chairs on it. But with a direct view of the Eiffel Tower you really can't complain. If you want a bigger balcony and smaller room, I will direct you to the Amelie room. That balcony has a table in addition to the two chairs. So it just depends on what is more important to you. My only complaint about the room is that there is no traditional shower. There is a tub with a shower handle, but it is not attached to a wall, so it makes taking a quick shower rather difficult. I think the idea is that you are supposed to take a bath and then just use the shower head to rinse, but we are not a bath taking couple. So that was the only issue we had with the room. Also, they gave shampoo but no conditioner, so just be mindful of that and bring your own if you need it.
There were tons of plugs all throughout the room and the best part is that there is free wireless internet. It is always a big perk that a hotel has free wireless. There is also a well-stocked mini bar. If you are with someone that can't walk up stairs, this is not the room for them. The elevator only goes up to the floor below. So you need to take one flight of stairs up to your room. This isn't a big deal, but if someone in your party can't take stairs, you probably don't want to stay on this top floor room.
When you leave the hotel can arrange a car for you that is 55 euro from the hotel to the airport. This was very helpful and we got there very quickly.
Overall, we had a great experience at this hotel and would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friend of Rimbaud, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Hugo Theodore de Banville, the Poet, gave his name to one of the most romantic hotel of the capital. Built in 1927 in the purest Art-Deco style by the architect Jere´me Bellat, it was acquired in 1967 by Marianne Moreau’s family, current owner and manager of the hotel. Since then, three generations have succeeded one another, transmitting with passion their love for beauty, genuineness and hospitality. Marianne, with the help of her husband, the architect Laurent Moreau, designed everything new in the building, opening a new chapter in the Banville Hotel's history. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Banville Hotel
- De Banville Paris