“Delightful, classy, family-owned hotel in a quiet, tree-lined avenue just outside the bustle of the city centre”
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.
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.
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...
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
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.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
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.