Hotel Lancaster

Champs Elysees, Paris, France Book from Book from £298 per night

Grand hotel just off the Champs Elysées that effortlessly demonstrates the gracious art of living à la française
The Lancaster is steeped in history. Built in 1889 as a private mansion and converted to a hotel in 1930, it has seen royalty, movie stars, artists, politicians and society figures pass through its doors. Its 57 rooms and suites are magnificently opulent, and there’s a choice of no fewer than 3 salons, all of them stuffed with unusual antiques: precious porcelain, Baccarat chandeliers, rare wall clocks, Louis XV furniture, even some oil paintings donated by the émigré Boris Pastoukhoff to settle his bill. Yet, for all this, its atmosphere remains refreshingly unstuffy. Stay here and you'll feel enchanted, but not overawed.

In 2006 the hotel changed hands and whilst the essence of the palatial building has been totally respected, innovations and technologies have been added - such as complimentary WiFi, flat screen TV, DVD players, iPod desks and new mini bars in every room and suite. Ideally situated in Paris' Golden shopping Triangle, the Lancaster is one of life's delicious experiences.

Highs

  • Elegant rooms and suites, with tall ceilings, antique furniture and modern, marbled bathrooms
  • Superb and unhaughty service
  • Innovative restaurant with themed menu
  • Cool, Zen-like courtyard garden
  • Wonderful collection of fine art and antiques throughout the hotel

Lows

  • Can get booked up so secure your rooms in advance
  • Not on the prettiest of Parisian streets, but just 1 minute from shopping and people-watching on the Champs Elysées
  • Not for those seeking modern design or minimalist decor

Best time to go

Paris is wonderful all year round. A good time to come is August when the locals leave and the city is relatively empty; the sales are on in January. And if you're planning that romantic spring time break, this is the perfect destination.

Our top tips

Consider buying a museum-monument pass for 1, 3 or 5 days, which gets you into over 70 places. And if you want to avoid the crowds on the Seine, book a private "River Limousine" launch to whizz you past all the waterside attractions in style.

Great for...

City Style
Foodie
Honeymoon
  • Luxury Hotel
  • 57
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room: Marlene Dietrich Suite

Rooms

The 43 rooms and 14 suites are arranged over 8 floors, with a choice of over a dozen styles and sizes. All have fabulous antique furniture, luxurious fabrics in damask and silk, crisp cotton Frette sheets and the plumpest of pillows. But they're also very practical, with ample cupboard space for all those posh frocks (either in large antique armoires or built in wardrobes); and the turn-down service touchingly includes the next day's weather forecast. And there's no shortage of modern technology: 2 telephone lines, an i-pod dock, Nintendo Wii, complimentary WiFi, cable and satellite flatscreen TV/DVD...

Most bathrooms are dressed from top to toe in gleaming marble, with iroko-wood fittings, fluffy robes and towels, and bespoke toiletries from Contemporel.

For ancien regime grandeur, splash out on one of the vast Executive Suites. The Emile Wolf suite is named after the hotel’s creator, and features a vast living room, a grand piano, and a balcony. Overlooking the garden is Boris Pastpukhoff, with a spacious salon and (like the others) a kingsize bed which can divide into 2 singles. Felix Ziem has a walk-in dressing room and views towards the Sacré Coeur from its large balcony.

The Deluxe Suites have a more intimate feel. Some are upholstered in vivid red silk, while others are decorated in pastel-and-purple, yellow-and-gold or a subtler paprika shade. One of these suite looks towards the Eiffel Tower and Sacré Coeur.

The grandest suite of them all is the Presidential Suite Marlène Dietrich. It’s on the fourth floor where the legendary actress lived for 3 years, is festooned in lilac (her favourite colour) and boasts a fireplace, a grand piano, and views over the Parisian rooftops from the balconies.

If you're on a less regal budget, the Deluxe, Classic and Single Rooms feature the same luxurious touches as the suites (tall ceilings, plush fabrics, modern bathrooms), with kingsize or twin beds. They're smaller than the suites, of course, but only the Single Rooms could be considered small, at about 260 square feet (25 sq.m.). Most others can take an extra bed, and many rooms interconnect, which could be useful for families - though for some reason children are not allowed in Classic Rooms.

Bear in mind that streetside rooms can experience some noise in the mornings although their windows are double-glazed and few guests notice; garden-side rooms are quieter.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The Oriental-influenced dining salon leads off Le Grand Salon and overlooks the courtyard garden. Here, from 7 to 10.30am, you'll find a delicately presented breakfast buffet. Besides the usual pastries, cereal and cold cuts, you get homemade jams, seasonal fruit salads and delicious little pots of rice pudding with apple compote or fjord with crushed raspberries. If that all sounds too dainty, you can order a full petit dejeuner anglais of eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms and sausages.

The award-winning restaurant, La Table du Lancaster, offers lunch from 12.30 to 2 and dinner from 7.30 to 10pm. Three-star Michelin chef Michel Troisgros has invented a "creative, elegant and light menu" organised into six themes, such as zesty (eg tartare of john dory and celeriac), piquant (eg sautéed frogs legs with tamarind and cauliflower), sweet (eg hot lime souffle with honey sauce) or sour (eg conchiglioni stuffed with ricotta, spinach and basil). Don't be surprised if your waiter talks about 'the wit of the tomato' or the 'playfulness' of crayfish escabèche with smoked anchovies and aubergine. You can mix your themes if you wish, or opt for the notes acidulées, a six course menu for the entire table.

Two notes pratiques: the restaurant closes annually from 23 July to 22 August; and cocktails, hot chocolate, high tea, lights meals and tapas are served in Le Grand Salon.

If you fancy dining out, big-name eateries on your doorstep include the triple Michelin-starred Pierre Gagnaire, the famous wine list of Taillevent, and Lasserre which is decorated in the style of a 1930's liner. Booking ahead is essential at all three. For something more modest, ask for the list of bistros, brasseries and other recommended restaurants at the front desk.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

Paris has more world-famous sights than you can shake a stick at: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Sacré Coeur, Notre Dame, Jardins du Luxembourg, Montmartre, Les Tuileries, Pompidou Centre and the Place de la Concorde, to name but a few. The hotel's excellent reception staff know Paris by heart and will book tickets or give advice on almost any sight. some of the nearest are:

  • The glittering Champs-Elysées, Paris' Golden Triangle of shopping: all the brand names are here (Guerlain, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Hermes) as well as speciality shops for everything from perfumes and chocolates to hand-crafted shoes
  • Musée Jacquemart Andre, a dazzling collection of Italian Renaissance, French and Flemish masterpieces in a former private mansion, just a couple of blocks away.
  • Musée d'Art Moderne (MAM), in the 16th arrondissement, for some of the best contemporary art outside the Pompidou
  • Parc Monceau, a chic late 18th-century park with follies, grottoes, magnificent trees and shrubs
  • Le Point Ephémère in the 10th arrondissement, a former school showcasing cutting-edge art and music (plus a great restaurant and bar)
  • Cimetière du Pere Lachaise in the 20th arrondissement, where Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Colette, Balzac and Chopin are buried
  • The historic Marais in the 4th arrondissement, brimful with trendy boutiques, terrific bars and savvy fashionistas
  • The spooky catacombs in the 14th arrondissement, where 6 million skeletons, disinterred from cemeteries since the 18th century, now lie neatly - almost artistically - stacked

Activities on site or nearby include:

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

Kids

Children aged 0-6 stay for free on extra bed in parents' room (categories Deluxe or above); thereafter they are charged as adults. Some of the Lancaster suites have sofabeds and a second bathroom. Baby cots and babysitting are available.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Some Prestige and Deluxe rooms interconnect. A number of suites have a sofabed, while all suites have room for an extra bed and a baby cot. Children are not allowed in the Superior Rooms

Babysitting:

Babysitting available by arrangement

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

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

Kid Friendly: Children\\\'s welcome

Location

Hotel Lancaster is in the 8th arondissement of Paris, just off the Champs-Elysées, and about 1/3 of the way from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. It is 3 minutes' walk from George V metro station (line 1) and 5 minutes from Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (Line 9).

By Air
Charles de Galle (35km) is 45-60 minutes away, Orly Airport (40km) 30-45 minutes. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
The hotel can arrange taxi transfers (enquire when booking), or you can take the RER train into Châtelet Les Halles and change onto Metro line 1.

By Train
If you'd prefer to travel overland from the UK, check out Seat 61 for train links. The Eurostar whisks you from London or Ashford straight into Gare du Nord. From here it's a 15-minute taxi ride or a 30-minute underground ride (one stop on the RER to Châtelet les Halles, and then 7 stops on metro line 1 to George V).

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Paris and getting around

Airports:

  • Charles de Gaulle 35.0 km CDG
  • Orly 40.0 km ORY

Other:

  • Beach 150.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

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