Hotel de Banville

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Reviewed by Nadine Mellor
Delightful, classy, family-owned hotel in a quiet, tree-lined avenue just outside the bustle of the city centre
Arrive late (like us) and you'll be welcomed with a changing illumination of the beautiful art deco facade. The 1926 building, named after a Romantic poet, has had a classy makeover at the hands of architect Laurent Moreau, who has also highlighted the original lift and decorative iron bannisters, and smartened up the rooms no end. The shiny lobby now serves as bar, lounge and breakfast room, with a modern fireplace, old oil paintings and a baby grand. This is transformed into a table for wonderful buffet breakfasts, but comes tinkling back to life on Tuesday evenings when Marianne Moreau, whose family have owned the hotel for 40 years, takes to the microphone for some sultry jazz.

An impressive cameo, but it's the 38 bedrooms and suites which really make the guests sing with joie de vivre: clean, contemporary and highly comfy, they manage to feel both cosy and spacious. You get modern facilities: air-con, wi-fi connectivity, luxurious bathrooms, lots of storage space. Off the beaten track it may be, but it's peaceful, welcoming and richly deserving of its fourth star.


  • Immaculate art-deco exterior and lovingly-designed interiors
  • Easy access for those coming by car, with inexpensive on-street parking nearby
  • Friendly family management, and courteous service from English-speaking staff


  • The out-of-centre location means public transport to all the sites, but bus and metro connections are good
  • No restaurant or proper dining room, but rich breakfasts in the lobby (and, if you want, takeaway meals brought to your room)
  • The rooms aren't large but they're carefully put together

Best time to go

Paris is charming and cultural all year round but it is even more delightful when the Parisians desert the city in droves in August. January and June are the best shopping months because the sales are on.

Our top tips

Indulge yourself wine tasting at La Derniere Goute where they speak excellent English and have a wonderful selection of unusual French wine - in St Germain in the 6th.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 38
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Classic Room


The 38 rooms and suites are all lovely. Default colours are natural creams and neutral greys with warm red accents; superior rooms and suites (each named) have individual themes, some modern, others vintage. Attractive details include stylish lighting, matching fabrics and drapes, ample storage - our room had a walk-in wardrobe - and original art work throughout.

Elegant ensuite bathrooms have fluffy bathrobes and monogrammed towels; most have double-ended bathtubs.

All front-facing rooms have miniscule balconies, just enough for two stools and a table where you can enjoy morning coffee looking out over the city. The top three floors boast views over the rooftops of Paris towards the Eiffel Tower.

Of the Deluxe rooms, Theodore Banville has a clever 3/4 height partition which hides the double basins from the bed; its bath is ingeniously sandwiched between cupboard and window. Pastourelle is grand, with country-style fabrics and claw-footed bathtubs opposite the beds; Prelude is dreamy and romantic: white drapes over the bed and designer red-leather headboards.

Since our visit, a few rooms have have been refurbed. The Standards have been given a sophisticated facelift, with shades of Prussian blue and grey and contemporary detail. And up on the 8th floor, the Deluxe Terrace Room Amelie and the Suite L'Appartement de Marie are now decked out in calming shades of dove grey and white, with decorative mirrors. Marie has its bathroom in the middle of the suite, with drapes that can be pulled across for privacy if required, and a light-filled living area. Both have small terraces with great views.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • Wifi internet


The smart entrance hallway serves as a one stop shop for breakfast, bar, lounge and reception. Breakfast did feel a little draughty with arrivals and departures when we were there in late autumn. But a delicious and imaginative buffet, beautifully displayed on top of the baby grand piano, sets you up beautifully for the day: charcuterie, cereals, fruit compotes, proper French yoghurts and cheeses, lovely fresh breads and rolls, preserves and juices ... enough to make you pass on hot dishes like scrambled eggs. Comfortable armchairs and little tables create a very civilized environment.

There is no in-house dining, but they have a room service menu: soup, smoked salmon, foie gras, dish of the day and that hotel standby, the club sandwich. Cheese plates and desserts are also available, as well as a long and exotic list of teas.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu


Paris has more world famous sights than you can shake a stick at - Tour Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Sacré Coeur, Notre Dame, Jardin du Luxembourg, Montmartre, Tuileries, Champs-Elysées, Pompidou Centre, Place de la Concorde, Versailles and the Seine to name but a few. And there are some less familiar pleasures too...

  • Join Marianne Moreau at the piano bar on Tuesday evenings

  • Browse and bargain hunt in the extensive and colourful flea markets (Marche aux Puces) open from dawn on Saturdays until sunset on Mondays - found near the Porte de Clignancourt

  • Check out the best contemporary art collection in Paris outside the Pompidou in the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - in the 16th

  • Explore the labyrinthine Catacombs where 6 million skeletons are said to reside - in the 14th

  • Become a movie star for an afternoon by taking an entertaining interactive trip through the history of the famous Rex Cinema - in the 2nd

  • Cutting edge culture vultures head for Le Point Ephemere, a former school, now a showcase for contemporary art and music with restaurant and bar - in the 10th

  • Meander through over the top Cimetière du Père Lachaise, 44 hectares in size and where Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Colette, Balzac and Chopin are buried - in the 20th

  • Fashionistas in the know hang out in historic Marais brimful with trendy boutiques and terrific bars - in the 4th

  • Take the kids to the Musée de la Curiosité et de la Magie where you can take a guided tour through the history of magic finishing with excellent conjuring - in the 4th

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wine tasting


What's the secret to enjoying Paris with children in tow? Cut your sightseeing agenda by half if not more, and go with the flow. They'll love everything from the Venus de Milo to vedettes on the Seine, and nothing is too clichéd to enjoy.

Children are welcome at Hotel de Banville. Those under 12 are free if sharing a parent's room and there's a small fee for an extra bed for those 12+. All the superior rooms have bathtubs and small dogs are welcome too.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

For parents with one child, you have plenty of choice and can add an extra bed to the Pastourelle room or use the sofa bed on offer in Préludes, Sophie or apartment-suite Marie.
If you've got 2 children and want more space, try connecting rooms Préludes and the classic room next to it (sleeping 4 in total).


English-speaking babysitter on request, see rates.

Baby equipment:

  • 2 cots
  • High chair
  • Baby bedding

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Food is available all day and there are cafés catering happily for children within walking distance. You can also order half portions for children in the restaurant. There is also a takeaway nearby and a shop where you can buy baby food.

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Children's playground under 2 minutes' walk away
  • The Jardin d'Acclimatation, a mini children's theme park, is 15 minutes' drive away
  • The Musée de la Curiosité et de la Magie offers a guided tour through the history of magic


  • Airport: 40 minutes
  • Medical facilities: 5 minutes
  • Nearest shop: 5 minutes
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