Castille Paris – Starhotels Collezione
What We Love
- Classic cocktails at the palazzo-inspired bar
- Frescoes in the courtyard
- Heliot, the resident Russian Blue cat
- Jean-Paul Hevin chocolate on your pillow—part of the hotel’s thoughtful turndown service
What To Know
- Guests are provided complimentary smartphones
- The hotel sits adjacent to Coco Chanel’s haute couture studio
- The 24/7 fitness center includes a Jacuzzi
- The property is a quick 8-minute walk from the Madeleine metro station
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A trio of Italian-accented 19th-century mansions tucked in Paris’s swish first arrondissement
If Coco Chanel’s designs took a Mediterranean detour, chances are, they would resemble the Florentine interiors at this refined metropolitan retreat. France and Italy happily co-mingle in each of the 108 guest rooms, divided between the older Rivoli wing—coffee-colored expanses with tweed carpeting and views of the neighboring Chanel workshop—and the less subdued Opera section, lined with Baroque-inspired dwellings, all Venetian mirrors, and sexy red velvet trimmings. It’s the Dolce Vita apartment, though—an ultra roomy two-bedroom affair furnished with convertible couches, a large living room, and Calacatta marble bathrooms—that truly distinguish this pied-à-terre. The staff’s can-do attitude also helps leave an indelible impression here. From a butler who can help unpack to a squad of at-the-ready valets, bellboys, and concierges, the service is delightfully Old World. Your Roman-Parisian holiday continues in the elegant common areas, which include a bar, lined with larger-than-life oil portraits, and L’Assagio, the hotel’s southern Italian restaurant where a Piedmontese weekend delicacy—sauce-less agnolotti, served in a cloth napkin— is just one of the many authentic menu offerings.
In the Area
The fashion set will appreciate the hotel’s accessibility to the boutiques and jewelry shops of Place Vendôme and Rue Saint-Honore (both nabes are just around the corner), while those on the tourist trail are just five minutes on foot from the Seine River and the Tuileries Garden, a popular public green space named for the tile factories that previously claimed the site. The concierge can help arrange a VIP visit to the unofficial fashion museum that is the neighboring Chanel Maison, complete with a champagne toast; true Coco-holics can opt for a walking downloadable digital audio tour curated by the late designer herself.
How to Get There
We stayed here for the third time, and as always we enjoyed the very stylish rooms, very comfortable beds (with hard mattresses), the good service and the view out onto Rue Cambon (right next to Coco Chanel's quarters). The rooms are clean and spacious. We especially liked the huge closet with plenty of space to store clothes and shoes. One drawback: The last night, there was no hot water, and the issue was not fixed until the morning - so no morning shower for us. We were quite astonished that at check-out the receptionist didn't mention the issue by herself, and when we mentioned it, we got an apology but not more. For a hotel from this standing, we would have expected to receive a discount. Hot water is essential in a hotel room these days!
This was far and away the best value for a 5 star hotel in Paris. The service was incredible and the rooms/ house keeping were nearly perfect. The staff was super attentive and the constant water refreshments were a nice touch. Location can not be beat regardless of price.
Warm and stylish hotel in the best area of Paris! Loved our 3rd stay there and brought friends this time who loved it as well! The staff is always so friendly, helpful, and eager to please. Elliott the Cat is always fun to see, as well!