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What We Love

  • Lavish decor inspired by Empire style but infused with a postmodern sense of humor
  • Helpful and smiling staff
  • Cozy breakfast room with stone walls and marble fireplace
  • Central location just off the Champs-Elysées
  • Tranquility – despite the roaring traffic beneath the windows

What To Know

  • This is a good place to start if you want to explore Paris on foot — and if you want to venture underground: The metro stop (Étoile) is served by a multitude of lines
  • If you want a room with a bath rather than a shower, make sure you make the request upon booking
  • Each floor has its own color scheme, so if you’re allergic to blood-red carpets and curtains, you’ll have to go up or down for more moderate hues


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Restaurant
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The Review

This spanking new hotel still has the smell of fresh paint after a total renovation in late 2011 overseen by architect/interior designer Alexandre Danan, which has transformed the building from a run of the mill three star to a lux boutique. Its six stories offer sophisticated comfort and luxury on an intimate scale – there are just 35 rooms and five suites here.

The paintwork has been conceived to evoke the unbridled opulence of the French Empire style. The corridors are painted in shades of gold, silver and copper, while black marble and rich fabrics bring flamboyance to the bedrooms. However, the potential formality of tradition is offset by such postmodern touches as the oversize images from 19th-century paintings above the beds, where white paint leaves decorative drips down black walls. Heavily patterned carpets, velvet drapes, ceiling mirrors and colorful contemporary Murano chandeliers come together to create a lavish cocoon.

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In bathrooms without a bath, a spacious shower with both handheld and rainfall showerheads is adequate compensation. Along with a well-stocked minibar, you’ll find bathrobes, slippers, phones, laptop-compatible safes and windows that open. And if you make the request upon booking, you can even opt for a room with a balcony so you can step out onto the façade of this historic Haussmann building.

How to Get There

Maison Albar Hôtel Paris Champs Elysées – formerly Mac Mahon
3 Avenue Mac Mahon
Paris, 75017 France


4.5 Very Good 737 Reviews
Awfull food/kitchen/dinner/breakfast
Reviewed 3 days ago

From 8th to 9th of June,together with my husband,my sister and her boyfriend,we decided to do a weekend Paris because my sisters birthday was on the 9th of June. Everything was going good until dinner time...being in a rush we decided to take dinner in the hotel. We asked if is still posible(cause it was already around 9 in the evening),we got an yes answer. We all sit at the table and after ordering our drinks,it comes to food...everyone took a salad instead of a starter and we all ordered beef with mashed potatoes and red onions,exception making my husband that was ordering some kind of fish. I got my first salad and my husband,probably the other two people were not to be seen.Strange was that together with his starter salad,my husband was also getting his main course,while we specified that salads we take as starter. It was clear to us that something is going in a wrong direction and there is one or another strange cook in the kitchen. After an hour ordering our beef,nothing happened,no food anymore on the table after the salads...and in an extra half hour,so after an hour and a half,comes the waiter to tell us he hasn’t got any beef in the fridge. I am like getting annoyed and I asked him what did it took so long to say that,cause he was supposed to notice immediately after the order that he hasn’t got any beef. Don’t get an answer but he asked if we want anything else from the menu...I say “NO!”...funny is that after another 5 minutes he had beef again-and I was like where u get beef at half past 10 in the evening...I looked at him and I said “I hope u don’t get my beef with bacteria in it!”..he laughed and he said no...ok...ultimately we ended up eating a bunch of fries full of oil because the amazing beef camed after 23:00,extremely bad cooked,with no mashed potato or red onion..when asked why is different that what it writes in the menu,again we didn’t got an answer. Was extremely annoyed and I told him I am 100% sure that it doesn’t exist a cooker in the kitchen,a real cook cannot do this!he didn’t had any words for it.

Next day got into a discussion with the manager of the hotel that apologized,recognize that the cook wasn’t available(so actually probably our food was cooked by the very young waiter,a boy somewhere between 16/20 years old),he took out from the check our food,left the drinks and we didn’t had to pay our parking. Now,honestly,is not what I was expecting as a solution from a 5* hotel. Don’t have a problem with the fact that they don’t have anybody to cook,but they should be honest about it. Around Champs-Elysées,we would have been finding plenty of places. I didn’t had to starve and go to bed yet with a feeling of hunger,cause of course no one ate the complete beef.

From the bad experience,didn’t dare to go down to breakfasts,but my sister did. She and her boyfriend took some meat for sandwiches,that apparently it was smelling rotten and some pancakes that had fungus on them..the only thing that they could eat was the yoghurt. They told the people there that they should take away from that food because people will get sick.

My advice-watch our with what you eat there!

Other than that,hotel was nice,friendly staff but awfull kitchen!
From this reason,I will never go back!

Advice for the hotel-check better your fridge and don’t serve food if you have no cooker available.

Happy was not there for my breakfast,but I did took it with the room at the booking!


Excellent hotel, amazing staff!
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here the first week of June 2018. We thought the hotel was outstanding in every way. The staff were very professional and extremely helpful. We booked 6 months in advance so we got a fantastic rate for 4 nights in a deluxe room. The hotel is a short walk to l' Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysee, and a Metro station. There are many great cafes within a short walk from the hotel. We would definitely stay here again. Hint: book early for the best rates/ dates we paid substantially less than listed rates. Also, we had a bottle Grand Cru Bordeaux in the lounge which was fantastic and very reasonably priced for this location in Paris.

Don’t bother - stay in one of Paris’ many, many nicer hotels.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for 2 nights over the late May bank holiday. The room resembled nothing like the advertised pictures (less beautiful light panelled bedrooms, more badly decorated prostitute’s boudoir - see pics). The decor was cheap and nasty with mirrors on the ceiling, portraying a fundamental misunderstanding of the meaning of ‘boutique’.

The room itself was small with no real amenities - the coffee machine we were meant to have was not there as it was apparently broken and reception did not offer to replace it, or give us instant coffee instead. There was no water in the room, only available at €7 per 500ml from the mini-bar. The guestbook gave no information about services offered by the hotel or how to connect to the Wi-Fi. We also did not have an iron. Our room was adjoined to a staircase, and we could hear every step other guests took in our room. When this was raised, the staff (whose English was very poor - good English is expected at a 5* hotel) were indifferent. By way of example, we requested some hair conditioner as this was not included in the basic bathroom toiletries. We asked for this 3 times before somebody finally brought us shampoo instead. When it was pointed out that this was wrong, the porter laughed and left. I am unsure if this was ignorance or poor language skills.

The bathroom was tiny with rotten sealant around the tiles. There was no working extractor, meaning that an already small room was humid/damp and very hot. The toiletries selection was poor and cheap; the shampoo was like paint stripper on the hair and the hairdryer was extremely weak/not warm at all. The shower head was also coming apart. The toilet had a curious seat that allowed you to fire jets of water or spray perfume etc. It was most uncomfortable, and an entirely unnecessary/strange addition given that the basics were not done well in this hotel.

To add insult to injury, the staff let themselves into the room without knocking or alerting us at least twice during our stay. Once in the afternoon of our second day and once in the morning of the third day. The do not disturb sign was displayed at all times. Neither staff member knocked. On the first occasion a member of housekeeping let himself in without knocking, and on the second occasion a service porter let himself into the room at 9am and turned the light on while we were sleeping before calling to us that he was there - we had not ordered any services and no explanation or apology was offered for this.

On our last day we had left two small cases at the hotel while we went into the city before going for our flight. When we came to collect the cases we were told it would take 10 minutes for a porter to come and fetch them from the luggage store. The receptionist was untroubled by our waiting taxi, and while there were 3 members of staff at the reception desk at this time, I instead had to go to the store myself to retrieve our luggage.

Overall this was a hugely disappointing stay. Had I not pre-paid (£220 per night for this hotel), I would have taken issue with the bill there and then, but this was not possible. If we had not pre-paid, we would have checked into one of Paris’ many better hotels. I have stayed in 3* hotels with better staff and nicer facilities. A hugely disappointing stay that wasn’t worth a penny.

Jewel in the heart of Paris
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I were lucky enough to stumble across this hotel whilst searching Tripadvisor for something unique for our first joint trip together to Paris; the Maison Albar appeared to be exactly what we were looking for; a funky, well positioned boutique hotel and when we arrived we were not disappointed.

We were warmly greeted on our arrival (and every subsequent time we returned back after a day's adventuring) and made to feel incredibly welcomed and valued as first-time customers. We were delighted to learn we had been upgraded to an executive room on the 5th floor, replete with mirrored ceilings and a Juliet balcony that gave a view of the top of the Champs Elysees and Arc de Trimophe less than 100ft away.

Prior to getting up to our room Stephanie on the front desk helped us arrange various trips and shows, none of which we had been able to book directly prior to departing, securing us the best seats/options for each activity. Within half an hour on the phone (whilst we relaxed with a glass of wine) she had our entire weekend's worth of activities secured - such brilliant service.

The rooms were clean, air conditioned, quiet (despite being so close to the traffic madness of the Arc de Triomphe!) and very tastefully decorated (a wild mix of gothic, funk, modernity and classic) and the hotel simply couldn't be in a better location.

We probably didn't make best use of the hotel's facilities (except the bar!) as we had only a short time in the city and wanting to see of much as it as possible, but heartily recommend the Maison Albar to anyone wanting personal, dedicated service in a beautiful hotel, ideally located for the city centre.

Amazing Concierge Service
Reviewed 1 month ago

I stayed at the Maison Albar with my sister and Mom in April and had a lovely stay. The highlight of our stay was the amazing concierge serviceman, Guillermo. Our trip truly wouldn't have been what it was without him. He made us reservations every night at some of Paris' best restaurants and gems we would not have been able to find on our own. He went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience.The rooms were much more spacious than we thought they would be, and nicely appointed with state of the art upgrades. A few downsides, some of our plugs didn't work, and construction at the front of the hotel wasn't ideal. Not an entirely big deal but would've been great to know beforehand. I would recommend a stay here.