My husband and I spent one night at the Lancaster hotel on the occasion of my mum’s birthday dinner party, which she held there (see my specific review on it). We just thought it was more convenient for us to meet up with her and the rest of the guests directly at the hotel. What a good idea it proved to be!
The internet website is the one of the Hostes hotel group and, in my view, it doesn’t do justice to this hotel at all. I did suspect it might be a good hotel as it was rated five stars, but I was far from imagining how good it would be!
We noticed how stylishly discreet and understated the entrance was. A porter was in attendance and he immediately welcomed us with a broad smile, asking for our names and opening the two sets of double doors leading to the reception, where he preceded us so he could announce our arrival.
The concierge reserved a warm reception to us as well, giving us useful information on the hotel and its surroundings. We checked in and were then led to the lounge to wait for our room, as we were early. A smiling waiter materialized at once and even if we didn’t need any drinks he still brought us some water, which was appreciated. We decided to go for a walk and a bite and when we came back we were taken to our room by Lucia, who told us everything we may need.
We had been assigned a dreamer’s room, one of their standard ones, but it turned out to be quite spacious, with high ceiling and an armchair, a chair and a desk in addition to the very comfortable bed and ample storage room. The bathroom had a bathtub and a separate “wet” shower and lots of useful toiletries. For once I needed a hairdryer and was very relieved to see that the one provided was professional and very powerful. I know, just a detail. But in a high-quality hotel details are of the essence. While the style of the room was traditional, as we like it, the lighting in both rooms was very modern, with various dimming settings to create different moods.
A tray of home-made chocolates with a welcoming message also made of chocolate was waiting for us (and didn’t last long!), courtesy of the hotel, to greet us as part of the dinner party.
What I did find unusual, and a pity, was the fact that no complimentary water was provided. We didn’t sample anything from the minibar or any food placed on an occasional table (which looked deceivingly free of charge, but wasn’t), just because we never do. However, out of interest we checked the prices and found them a bit too extravagant, to the point that we skipped our digestive pills rather than – as a matter of principle – spending nine Euros for a bottle of water.
The turn-down service was carried out properly: not only was the bed prepared for the night, but everything was cleaned, tidied up and replaced as appropriate.
The buffet breakfast was inspiring. The room was quite cosy, overlooking a pretty courtyard. The staff was attentive and smiling. We were led to the table of our choice and asked for orders of drinks and anything cooked we might wish for. My husband had some scrambled eggs, which took a while to cook because of a tiny communication issue between the members of staff, but were scrumptious. And I tested the quality of the hot chocolate, which, as was to be expected of a hotel with top chefs, was home-made and delicious. Unusually, a basket with pains au chocolat, croissants and baguette bread was brought to our table separately: the buffet didn’t offer much bread at all, apart from some excellent cranberry bread, but was otherwise very rich and imaginative: there were various cakes and tartlets, portions of crème brulée and crème caramel (all home-made and excellent), cookies, yogurt, fresh fruit including pineapple, dried fruit, berries, white ham, cheese or two sorts, fresh fruit juices, and so on. Presentation was excellent. Home-made jams and honey were also available, of course. No wonder that, despite my wise resolutions, I over-ate slightly…
The check-out went as smoothly s everything else and the concierge suggested some itineraries for the morning, while our baggage was stored for us. It was a bit too cold to walk around the Parc Monceau, so we took advantage of the few rays of sunshine on the Champs Elysées to warm up as much as possible and take in some Parisian air.
We left with a big smile… We definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for this location, luxury surroundings and top quality service and food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 57 Rooms & suites appointed with antique furniture surround a Zen-inspired patio that is a natural complement to the art that pervades the property and the cuisine at its Michelin-rated "La Table du Lancaster".The paintings at this century-old, boutique hotel located on the Champs Elysees are distinguishable from the acquired art lining many European hotels, as they were done by the hotel's artist-in-residence inthe 1930s, Russian painter Boris Pastoukhoff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lancaster Hotel Paris