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
My friend and I stayed here for 2 nights, got a twin room and it was a decent size but not sure it had been cleaned. On arrival, I lifted the toilet seat and there was a big fat dump in there that looked like it’d been there for days! If the room had been cleaned after the previous guest, surely the cleaner would have seen and flushed the toilet? On the day of checkout, whilst taking a shower I saw a cockroach on the bathroom wall! Stay here at your own peril! I don’t expect this level of uncleanliness given how much it costs to stay at this hotel.
The Hotel de Banville was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t really know how it would be based on pictures and comments, especially as metro stops were concerned. However, it turned out very well and would highly recommend the hotel.
The Banville is a relatively small boutique style hotel with probably no more than 45 rooms. Our room was excellent --- spacious, well appointed, very nice bed, and nice bathroom. We were on the second floor (which I would recommend), and so I figured that there would have been a lot of street noise and light; neither was true, and we slept very well. I would suggest to the owners though that darker, light blocking curtains would be a nice touch. I would also suggest adding a shower curtain since the European style half shower doors leaves a lot of water splashing around on the floor.
Breakfast is served in the main lobby and was very nice.
One bit of advice if you are getting to the hotel via metro. You should take any line you can to the Saint- Lazare station/metro stop. You should then seek out the army green line going to Pont de Levallois and get off at the Pereire stop. When you make it above ground you see a rose garden circle/roundabout. You should walk around the circle in a clockwise direction until you see Rue de Courcelles. Take this street and walk approximately 150m , then bear to your left, walking in a clockwise direction for approximately 75m until you see the Boulevard Berthier. The hotel will be within sight on the right side.
We will absolutely plan to stay here again on our next trip to Paris.
Gorgeous hotel. Clean, bright, comfortable room. (Maybe bring eye mask for sleeping if light curtains are an issue)
Breakfast was perfect. Some hot food, breads, jams, fruit, pastries.
Check in and check out straightforward. Staff all pleasant. Location was perfect. Short walk to underground station. Short walk to Arc de Triomphe.
Will definitely stay again if we are lucky enough to return to Paris
The hotel is modern and the staff is very friendly. It is not cheap but you get a good service. The rooms are a good size and the beds and pillows are good. This is a quite good hotel, specially if you like smaller hotels.
Wonderful service and property. Clean and secure. Walking distance to arc de triomphe and nearby sites. Great breakfast and attentive staff. Many nearby shops, bakeries and restaurants. Very nice neighborhood with a good mix of business and residential. Free wifi