Hôtel de Banville
What We Love
- Nods to Parisian tradition like traditional wallpaper and gilded art paired with sleek, minimalist touches
- The polished lobby bar, which features a grand piano and hosts jazz nights on Thursdays
- Room service, flatscreen TVs and a warm welcome for small pets
What To Know
- The property is located in a predominantly residential neighborhood close to the Palais du Congres, Paris’s large convention center
- For a special occasion, book the spacious Marie’s Appartement suite or the Chambre d’Amelie, which offer Eiffel Tower views
- Some rooms offer more limited courtyard views; check in advance if you have a preference
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This hotel was built in 1927 as a private mansion for the poet Theodore de Banville, a friend of the poets Baudelaire and Victor Hugo. Since 1967 it has been in the singer Marianne Day’s family and was ultimately re-imagined as a 38-room boutique hotel with the help of her husband, architect Laurent Moreau. While it’s far from the madding tourist crowds, Paris veterans may appreciate the off-the-beaten track locale, while jazz lovers will relish the intimate Thursday night performances by Day and her musical contemporaries.
In the Area
The hotel is situated near the gentrifying northeastern part of the 17th arrondissement, known as Batignolles, where ethnic restaurants and colorful produce markets abound. A 15-minute walk takes guests to the Arc de Triomphe and the hustle and bustle of the Champs Elysees, while the more central parts of the district are known for serene boulevards lined with just-so Haussmann-era private mansions. While there are few tourist-magnets here, the petite, impeccably groomed Parc Monceau is a must-see.
How to Get There
I spent one night at the Hotel. The room was a Classic room which was spacious (by Paris standards) with a very comfortable bed; and towels; a large closet; large windows; a good desk to work at. The design of the room is a bit funky, with the bathtub and sinks in a kind of alcove, separated from the room by a heavy curtain. The toilet is in a room with a door. The front desk staff was helpful and pleasant.
While there is a Nespresso machine in the room for making coffee, and there is a mini-bar, I think that a few complementary bottles of water would be a nice touch.
Overall, great value for money for this clean, welcoming hotel which I highly recommend if you need to be in the 17th arrondissement.
On arrival we paid for our room in cash and proceeded to our room.
We specifically booked and paid for a room with an eiffel tower view, months and months in advance but ended up in a room on the floor below with no eiffel tower view.
The option we had was to move rooms 3 times during our 3 night stay, or just suck it up. It got to the point where we were speaking to reception in the morning before we went out and the evening before we went out again.
The person who was in our room before extended his stay, so they should have put him in a different room as we had that one booked, however they just put us in a cheaper room and let him extend his stay. They didn't even mention this to us and if we hadn't noticed then it would never have been mentioned.
We asked for a refund but in the end all they said is we can give you 30 € or a bottle of champagne.
We got engaged in this holiday, and we had purposely booked a room so far in advance so we expected a substantial refund, or to be moved to a more superior room.
Was awful. Dreadfully slow, extremely small (2-3 people max).
was really good. Excellent brie, decent choice of savoury or sweet or cooked. Good variety.
If we had booked this room and paid 200 euros less it would have been great. It was a beautiful room with a lovely bathroom and comfy bed/pillows.
Nice little. Balcony with a good view.
Great location, few minutes walk to underground, amazing views from our room, very clean, room was quite spacious, had all what’s needed, helpful and very friendly staff. Loved our stay and definitely recommend!