Hôtel Francois 1er
What We Love
- Golden Triangle location, a block from the Champs-Elysées
- Private residence feel
- Afternoon tea served in the bar overlooking the winter garden
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- Breakfast served daily and staff can recommend area restaurants for lunch and dinner
- Smoking is permitted in some rooms
- A city tax of approximately $2 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, this 19th-century Haussmanian building in a coveted “Golden Triangle” location just off the Champs-Elysées is as haute as the clothes and bags in the famous French fashion houses just down the street. The look is pure Paris chic and captures the artsy energy of the Left Bank and the aristocratic elegance of the Right. Gilded portraits hang on deep red walls in the sumptuous lounge, and the bar features a winter garden — a perfect spot for afternoon tea.
Bed and Bath
The 38 guestrooms and two suites are classic and stylish, done up in royal color schemes — intense poppy-red, lemondrop-yellow, deep spun gold — with striped silk wallpaper, plush bedspreads and thick brocade curtains. In the marble bathrooms, fuchsia orchids sit by oversize tubs. Robes and slippers, umbrellas and nightly turn-down service come standard.
From the impeccable service to the handmade cornices and luxe fabrics, the entire place exudes an air of intimacy that makes staying here feel a lot like staying in a private residence. Sip a cocktail in the colorful lounge bar by the cozy fireplace overlooking the winter garden, or enjoy breakfast in the intimate dining room decorated with floral prints. There’s no restaurant on-site, but you’re perfectly positioned to explore the bistros and bars of the 8th Arrondissement.
In the Area
When it comes to shopping, there is no better place to indulge than the “Golden Triangle” formed by the Champs-Elysées, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V. Here you’ll find all the famous French fashion houses, including Dior, Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. From the hotel it’s a delightful quarter-mile stroll down the beautiful, tree-lined Champs-Elysées to one of Paris’s most recognized landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe. A Paris institution, the Crazy Horse Cabaret has been a popular night spot since opening in 1951. One of the most eccentric bookstores you will ever visit, Shakespeare & Company has three rambling floors crammed with secondhand books. Thoumieux, the Old World brasserie, has a new lease on life thanks to Thierry Costes and star chef Jean-François Piège, who have transformed it into one of the hottest spots in town.
How to Get There
We stayed here for 3 nights and it was a great experience! As many reviews say its a two minute walk from Champs-Elysees...perfect! The room was very comfortable and well decorated. Loved the morning breakfast! That staff was terrific! On our last day, our transportation to the train station cancelled at the last minute. Michell saw that we were stuck in a bind and jumped in to call us a taxi for 5 that arrived 10 minutes later! Awesome! Will stay here again.
This is our 5th time staying here at Hotel Francois 1er and I’ve seen a change in the quality of the hotel. Little things are slipping by like the quality of service (like helping us with a taxi but told their normal provider was booked so we should walk up the street to find our own taxi) and attention to details (dirty blankets) the prior quality just isn’t there. Plus we never noticed the thin walls before and can basically hear our neighbors entire bathroom habits. We’ve never had a room this high up before (6th floor) so I guess there’s a trade off for the slight view. I’ve loved this hotel for many years but I’m thinking about trying something new.
Small boutique style hotel, with french style decor. We were greeted with cup of coffee, helped with every need . Small breakfast downstairs was tasty.
Beds are comfortable, clean. Rooms are smaller, but that was ok with us.
This hotel is in the perfect location. Champs-Elysées is a two minute walk. You can walk to all the beautiful monuments and museums from here. The hotel itself was beautiful and the staff was friendly, attentive and very helpful. We enjoyed our stay and will stay again next time we are in Paris.
Very conveniently located two blocks from the Champs Elysee. Everyone was so helpful and kind. I felt very safe in and around the hotel. Also it is on a very quiet street. Overall this is an exceptional place to stay. I will definitely stay here again next time I am in Paris.