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 had chosen this hotel mainly for its central location close to Champs-Elysées in the 8th arrondisement which made it an easy walk to Arc de Triomphe (10mins) or Eiffel Tower (25mins) or Musée de Picasso (29mins). When we arrived we also found that it was close to several high end stores such as Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Balmain, and Gucci.
The hotel itself is on a quiet side street that is literally less than 5 mins from busy Champs-Elysées. It was also close to the Number 1 line on Metro - George V.
The hotel is a converted townhouse and hearkens back to a era of personal elegance and opulence. From the marble covered floors, chinoiserie covered walls, silver cutlery and china tea sets at breakfast - you feel transported into another time that is still relevant today. Check in was a pleasure with staff exuding pleasant professionalism. Their is a small elevator which is always good when returning from a day of purchases and walking. The room (standard) was wonderful, with an entry way that was lined on one side by a mirrored closet system with a small safe, a queen size bed with enough space for 2 well sized night stands, a writing desk and chair and a mini bar in the corner. The bathroom was small but well laid out tight tub, rain shower combo. Mirrors helped the space to feel larger. Also we had a large window which opened into a small garden space.
The room had a/c which could be adjusted to your liking. Breakfast was delightful- buffet style but requests such as simple omelette can be made. Items included pastry basket with croissants, baguette, chocolate du pain, Apple pies, eggs, pancakes or crepes, cold meats, olives, figs, jams, fresh fruit, fruit salad, cheeses. Quite substantial
A few quirks: the hotel has 3 irons so request early and smoothen your entire travel wardrobe if you have the time.
Chocolates are left daily in your room- they check minibar daily - even if you have a “No service” sign.
This stay was a pleasure, with staff who were polite and unobtrusive, a quiet hotel where other guests were hardly encountered, beautiful old world luxury which made you feel like European royalty, and easy access to and from all of the various sight seeing you will be doing.
I’ll stay here again in a heartbeat.
Thanks for a lovely stay. Very comfortable bed in a quiet room. The rooms are small. However they are beautifully appointed in classic french style with a very nice bathroom, strong shower. The hotel is quiet. Soft closing doors, and I was facing the internal courtyard so no noise at all. A very good breakfast, with great pastries, hot food, fruit, etc etc.
Wonderful Staff, beautiful rooms. Excellent service. Feels like your own apartment in Paris with a full time staff at your service.Very friendly and helpful staff. Great breakfast and perfect location. Within walking distance to everything off of Avenue George V.