InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau
What We Love
- The playful, eclectic decor throughout the hotel, care of French interior designer Bruno Borrione
- Nespresso coffee machines and Agraria bath products in the guestrooms
- Le M64, the hotel’s hip restaurant, helmed by Edward Uchiyama
What To Know
- The hotel is just steps from the Arc de Triomphe
- Some suites have private terraces overlooking the Paris rooftops
- There’s a small fitness center on-site
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
Forget everything you thought you knew about the InterContinental brand. With just 55 guestrooms, this boutique property features a playful design by Bruno Borrione, with funky wall murals, Pop Art–inspired throw pillows and wallpapered ceilings. At night locals gather at the low-lit restaurant, Le M64, which serves contemporary European dishes out of an open kitchen. There’s also a small fitness room where guests can request spa services, including deep tissue massages. And while the property doesn’t have grand public spaces or soaring views, its setting in a restored private mansion is quintessentially Parisian.
In the Area
Situated near the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées, the InterContinental is a wonderful jumping-off point for exploring the gems of Paris. It’s a short metro ride to the backstreets of the Marais, known for its one-off boutiques and restaurants as well as the newly refurbished Picasso Museum. Stroll the banks of the Seine in the early evening, watching the locals quaffing wine and eating bread and cheese. Or devote a day to take in the Louvre, then stare up in wonder at the Eiffel Tower, a charming cliché if ever there was one.
How to Get There
Hard to believe this hotel is just off the Champs de Elysee as is so quiet, I recently stayed for two nights, and as an Ambassador member used my one free weekend night plus got an upgrade, so I was very pleased! Our room had a view of both the L'Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. Service was impeccable, room spotless and the bathroom fantastic. I really felt like I was in a 5 star property.
The pros : nice location close to Champs Élysées, generally good service, nice contemporary decoration of the rooms. Breakfast was good.
The cons : small hotel not offering the usual facilities expected from InterContinental (no lounge, fitness room
is tiny and doesn’t have a treadmill, business center is also reduced to a computer and printer in a corner). Room was quite small despite the “triple upgrade” as a Royal Ambassador. Shower was not working properly and had to be changed once I mentioned it. Telephone wasn’t working either. Lastly access to internet wasn’t easy and no indication of the user name and password was provided at check in.
I stayed here for 2 nights with my boss, which happened to be Royal Ambassador status. From the moment we arrived the service throughout was so professional. Check in was so painless and was given the bonus of a Royal Ambassador upgrade on my room too. Totally unexpected and fully appreciated. The hotel is not very big. I have been told it is the smallest Intercontinental in the group. This did make it feel a lot less like a chain hotel. The decoration is luxurious.
My room was on the 2nd floor above the main entrance. It faces onto Avenue Marceau, which is a particularly noisy road due to the cobble stones that the cars drive over. The room is well insulated from the noise so no issues sleeping. Not the biggest room that I have stayed in but it was well presented and had many complimentary features like the telephone and complimentary bar (Royal Ambassador benefits). The ceiling had a stunning decoration (see photos to go with the review). The bathroom was light and clean. The shower refreshing and hot which was to my liking. Free internet was a good speed and stable. The room has a small balconette from which you can see the top of the Arc de Triomphe. From the entrance you can see it clearly (again see my photos).
Breakfast was a mix of hot food (the bacon was proper rashers, not the crispy stuff that is common in Europe, sausage, potatoes, mushrooms etc. There is also a selection of continental pastries, fruit, cereals and juices which are all self serve. Coffee and tea is brought to your table. Service was good.
We consulted the concierge for a dinner recommendation. His suggestion for a hearty meal was good and his directions were great. There will be separate review for the restaurant as it was a great steak.
The hotel booked a taxi for us the night before as we had a morning flight. Taxi arrived ahead of time. Checkout was very smooth and reception were kind enough to print our boarding passes.
This place is not cheap. However considering the location, a five minute walk to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees it is ideal. Definitely a special place to stay.
We stayed for two nights at the Intercontinental Paris Avenue Marceau. It's in a heritage building just off the Champs Elysees. The rooms are small but very tastefully done and the bathrooms are surprisingly big by Paris standards.
What however sets the hotel apart is the warmth and professionalism of the staff. The check-in staff was extremely friendly and the concierge Helena is the best we have ever seen in any hotel around the world. Her passion, energy and desire to help guests is unbelievable. All her recommendations were great - from the Italian restaurant to the coffee shops to the areas to visit. An absolutely fabulous stay.
We stayed here for 2 nights before joining a tour. I used reward points to stay the 1st night and paid for the 2nd via the IHG app. We arrived before noon because of the flight’s timing. The desk manager held our bags for us and while waiting to talk to the concierge he had coffee and croissant bought to us in the lobby. He was excellent in his demeanor with everyone I saw him interact with. We were into our room as soon as possible. While we were waiting Helene, the concierge, talked to us and gave us information and directions. She was the best ever: always with a smile on her face, eager to be helpful-she even stood out front to flag a taxi down for us when the one she called for was delayed! She was so interesting to talk with. The rooms were small as mentioned in other reviews. but really we were out and about so much, we didn’t mind. So much is within walking distance that this location is so convenient. The bed was comfortable, the place very quiet-no noise from neighbors above or below. The amenities in the room were great: Nespresso machine which I didn’t use because I used the electric teapot to make coffee and tea, plenty of glasses and spoons, nice toiletries in the bathroom. It was just a wonderful atmosphere of pleasantness. I would definitely try to stay here again.