What We Love
- The hotel’s impressive art collection, which includes an original Turner painting
- The 16th arrondissement location, close to the Champs-Elysées and Avenue Montaigne
- A rooftop terrace restaurant with Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysées views
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- The Raphael Restaurant is a splurge
- Breakfast isn’t included in the rate
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This grand family-run gem was built in 1925 and still maintains an allure that has made it a perpetual VIP magnet. Located two blocks from the Arc de Triomphe, the 83-room palace is filled with Renaissance-style artworks and artifacts from the family’s collections, along with Old World splendor in the form of Oriental rugs, wood paneling, hand-painted tiles, and trompe l’oeil walls. Don’t miss the rooftop garden terrace and restaurant, which offers tasting menus with wine pairings and knockout views.
In the Area
Skip the standard tourist monuments for a taste of contemporary Paris at the intriguing Palais de Tokyo, an “anti-museum” in the 16th arrondissement dedicated to avante garde modern art: there’s also a garden, bookstore and café. Stock up on some of Paris’s hautest labels on ritzy Avenue Montaigne, lined with every big name from Nina Ricci to Gucci, then sip tea and eat eclairs at the old school Café Carette, with its gilded mirrors, classic rattan chairs and superior views of the Eiffel Tower.
How to Get There
Hotel Raphael - just two blocks from the l’Arc de Triumph...is a massive disappointment. We paid dearly for a two room suite at the hotel. Our room overlooks the recently renovated Peninsula Hotel on the next block, and I stare longingly at it.
While authentic, the floors above me squeak when the guestsGh move. The walls are paper thin as I could distinctly hear the guests next door deep in conversation. The windows, also authentic, do little to hold back external noise. Every Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Ferrari owned by the rich and famous of Europe pulls in as if they are on the last lap of the race. And, the drivers are getting out at 2am drunk and unable to remember that they no longer need to yell since the car is turned off. The streets echo like caverns. The relatively unused street in front of the hotel, Avenue de Kleber becomes a drag strip for every wannabe Mazda and Ford drive who seems to have lost their tail pipe. This is an unfortunate mix of bad location with poor execution...and we are two blocks from the Arc de Triumph. Definitely not worth it.
While the hotel brags about their impeccable 18th and 19th century style, the carpets on the stairs are bare, the cushions on the chairs are worn in spots, yet there is a person assigned to fluffing the pillows on the couches in the main hall. The furniture with doors and handles squeak such that you can hear them two doors away.
The breakfast is fundamentally broken. They have four waiters and two kitchen helpers in a small room with the ability to hold fifty people. Everything is half-done. The waiters only complete half of the table set up. Sometimes forgetting 2 knives, 4 forks, and 1 glass. Then their socialist ADD has them all shift to another time-wasting task, because it too has only been half completed. They could not keep bread on the table going down the middle of the room because they were so slow on the placement of fresh pastries that the guest got restless and shifted to the stumps of bread. The mild would run out just as somebody would have taken, and the effort to fill three milk decanters absorbed 15 minutes of their time. To cap it off, one waiter put fresh pastries (bought elsewhere) in the table, and another waiter scooped four of six chocolate croissants in a napkin and took it behind the kitchen door where I am saw take on bit after each partially completed task for a guest was not completed.
Everybody be warned this place is completely horrible, and definitely not worth the money. This is not just one bad day, it has been every day of the week long visit.
We loved everything about this hotel.
We had a nice size executive room with huge bathroom of beautiful marble. Amazingly tasty 100% organic breakfast buffet that was included in the room rate.
Kindest and most professional front desk staff who were also our concierges for perfect suggestions for restaurants, museums and best directions to get us there.
Location of hotel is perfect, perfect perfect. Right next to Piazza Navona but on a very quiet street so we were never bothered by any noise. Easy walking to Vatican, Colesseum, Spanish Setps, Trevi Fountain and surrounded by amazing restaurants.
My daughter and I stayed 3 nights at the Hotel Raphael. Its location cannot be faulted- the metro was just outside the Hotel and the Champs Elysee just a couple minutes walk up the road.
The hotel spoke of old style gracious charm. The rooms were large by Parisienne standards with beautiful toiletries. Staff were generally friendly but of particular note was Freddie ( he worked in the front area) who was just so lovely and helpful and tried to ensure we had all we needed. Thanks also to the doorman Alan for his warmth!
You can rarely find nowadays a place like Raphael. Had the occasion to confirm it, once more, just 2 days ago, during a reception with 200 guests. Renovated but all at the same preserving the sheer charm of the past, this place is simply outstanding. The location, the decor, the enchanting view from the top floor veranda, the delicious food and, last but not least, the service! Classe, discret, efficace. All under the impeccable guidance of Joël Coochin.
Our family of 3 stayed in an Eiffel Tower Suite in January. The room and views were incredible. The hotel is in a great location with lots of good restaurants in walking distance. Would thoroughly recommend.