Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées
What We Love
- The lighting, with unique Calderesque mobiles that float over diners in the restaurant, lobby and bar
- Outstanding room service menu that for once offers the same creative dishes served in the restaurant
What To Know
- A city tax of $2 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Rooms at the back overlook a bare inner courtyard
- Not for fitness fanatics; there's no gym, pool or spa
- Espresso machines and tea-making facilities in all rooms
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Despite its proximity to major Paris sights, staying at Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées is like discovering a secret address in the heart of Paris. In vogue interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch has transformed rather than renovated this five-star property, while retaining its original Art Deco features, such as the wonderful colonnaded terraces in the rooftop suites. His custom-designed furniture pieces (à la Philippe Starck) use three key elements: wood, metal and marble; his red “serpent” sofa, the minimalist wooden desks and the stylish bookshelves perfectly complement the cool ’50s vintage decor and artworks collected by the hotel’s owner, Nathalie Richard.
Bed and Bath
Nearly all the 50 guestrooms are unique in some way, ranging from the compact Premiere Rooms (215 square feet) to the Deluxe Rooms, which have ceilings that soar up to 15 feet. Some of Deluxe Rooms come with a balcony that offers romantic glimpses of the Eiffel Tower. The sleek black marble bathrooms are equipped with a fun high-tech Japanese toilet (with a heated seat and built-in bidet), and although the Premiere and Deluxe Rooms may not have bathtubs, the walk-in showers are vast. Free WiFi, an espresso machine and tea selection come standard in all rooms.
The hip restaurant offers casual all-day dining, and talented chef, Felipe da Assunção, contrasts homey comfort food, like the tasty Chicken & Chips Marignan, with inventive takes on tuna tartare with spicy red curry, and chunky cod steak with chorizo and creamy white beans. At the buzzy bar, sip a made-to-order cocktail (designed to reflect your favorite city and color), or try one of the dozen kinds of mojito on offer. There’s a private cinema in the basement that seats up to 25 for private screenings.
In the Area
Close to the Champs-Elysées, Avenue George V and the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, the Marignan is at the center of a sartorial golden triangle. Just opposite the hotel you’ll find the new Azzedine Alaïa boutique, housed in a 19th-century mansion. Join the fashionistas by sipping a “coupe de champagne” on the exclusive terrace of L’Avenue, and for a light lunch check out Café Blanc, a hip new eatery that combines Courrèges style and Alain Ducasse cuisine. For a culture fix, the Grand Palais is a 10-minute walk away, for blockbuster art shows.