The Renaissance Arc de Triomphe is located on the Avenue Wagram close to L'Etoile and its metro/RER stop. The location itself is convenient since it is in the center of the rive droite, but the reasons for staying there only begin with the location. The exterior of the hotel is modern and the interior even more so. The decorative lights extend all through the hotel with elevators that are a different color every time you step into them. The staff is helpful, thoughtful and truly eager to please--so forget your stereotypes of French service.
Our room was large (although I would not have called it a junior suite as they did) and tastefully decorated. It overlooked the Avenue Wagram, but nevertheless, was quite, both in the daytime and at night. The large windows (floor to ceiling) were curtained in such a way that you could see everything when you wanted and close out everything when you did not. Not the largest bathroom--but certainly adequate.
There is a large fitness room. They also provide towels and bottle water in the lobby for runners. I don't remember a pool.
The service for the room was excellent with frequent clean-ups. The turndown service at night featured a variety of interesting sweet tidbits from various locales in France. My husband especially adored the box of chocolates that looked like small pebbles (the box said that this was a specialty of Provence).
The breakfast in the restaurant was only so-so, and I would suggest that you frequent another local restaurant if breakfast is not included and you are expected to pay the full 28 euro price. (There is a Starbuck's and a McDonald's within a short walk as well as other typical French sidewalk cafes.) The dinner we had there was delightful, if a little pricey. The restaurant features a combination of Indonesian and French foods. My husband was very pleased with his plat which included skewers of swordfish, shrimp and chicken on a bed of noodles. Our bill, without wine, was 75 euros and that was for 1 appetizer, 2 main courses and 1 dessert. There are certainly better (and lots that are worse) restaurants in Paris at this price. But, we were certainly not unhappy with this meal which we ate the first night we arrived in France. It reminded us again of why we love France and Paris.
In all, I thought that this hotel as every right to share in the name Arc de Triomphe. It has risen to the top of our favorite hotels in Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe designed by Christian de Portzamparc, is just a few steps away from the famous landmark and Champs-Elysées Avenue. A breathtaking contemporary design, this Arc de Triomphe, Paris hotel’s upscale guest rooms and suites are spacious and tastefully decorated and boast the latest in-room technology, including wireless Internet. After a long day of meetings or sightseeing, rejuvenate with a workout in the fitness center. Outstanding among hotels in Arc de Triomphe, Paris, guests can indulge in delightful dining at the Makassar Lounge Restaurant . ... more less
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