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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 was an older hotel but very well kept. The rooms were big and we had a king bed. The bathroom had a separate toilet room and there was a tub/shower combo. The concierge was nice but they only recommended upscale places to eat and we were looking for more casual places. We just wanted a bakery type/ quick breakfast before we went on our tour and they really couldn't come up with any suggestions. Overall, it was a nice clean hotel, but a bit pricey and stuffy.
We stayed here a few days ago. Property is clean, staff reasonable helpful and location is convenient.
However ... the breakfast is a significant rip off unless it is included in your stay. We were charged 72 Euro for breakfast for two. The pricing in the menu is confusing and part of the problem ... Example:
Tomato, spinach, cheese, mushrooms 3
What this means is that you will pay 24 for an omelette that includes 4 ingredients. 9 for coffee and tea ... downhill from there.
In addition, it is virtually impossible to control the water temperature for a shower. The water literally goes from freezing cold to scalding hot.
Avoid this hotel if you plan to take a shower or eat breakfast at the hotel.
Spent a week there in mid-august with my girlfriend in the Eiffel Tower Suite. Great hotel. The room was fabulous, the view from the terrace looking out over the Eiffel Tower was sublime, and the service and the hotel staff was on-point.
I'd definitely stay here again. A great hotel.