Visitors to Paris are sure to have the Champs Elysees on their list of must see sights, but staying on the world’s most famous shopping street is a whole different experience. Imagine just stepping foot outside of your hotel and having everything at your fingertips – high end designer boutiques within footsteps and Paris’ main attractions such as the Louvre and Eiffel tower just a short stroll away. On my recent visit to Paris such a dream came true. Staying on the Champs Elysees is one the most quintessential ways to see and experience Paris.
Fouquet’s Barriere Hotel Review
Fouquet’s Barriere Hotel is renowned for welcoming global celebrities through its’ glass revolving doors. The likes of Audrey Hepburn have stayed here, as well as countless notable actors, directors, producers, all of whose names and portraits are proudly displayed inside the hotel’s entrance lobby. To this day the Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere remains a favourite for film industry types, whom often frequent the hotel to make and break contracts, mingle over brunch or retreat for a weekend in one of the world’s most celebrated romantic cities.
The décor remains true to its surrounds and is extremely Parisian – think gold and bold mahogany to give interiors a distinct Paris flair. But there’s also a slightly grungy appeal to the hotel – contemporary but somehow still representative of the old Paris time refuses to forget. Indeed, when I entered my suite on the second floor a French tune was playing in the background and the room was dusted lightly with a French perfume.
One of the highlights of my two night stay was the personal butler service, which is made available to all guests of the hotel. Any request you have during your visit, simply dial ‘butler’ on your telephone and yours will either magically appear or make sure your request is catered to. There was even a glass of champagne on arrival matched with a wholesome bowl of nuts, as well as complimentary mini bar throughout the stay.
My suite was incredibly spacious – with twin bedding, a large sofa, desk space, and enough room to swing a cat. The only noticeable missing feature which would have been warmly welcomed was an espresso machine or indeed any tea/coffee making facilities, but with Fouqet’s cafe on the Champs Elysees it is difficult to complain of missing out on the luxury of having these facilities in the room.
Be sure to make time for the spa and sauna facilities, as well as one of Paris’ most stunning indoor pools located within the spa area. If time allows, the nearby Crazy Horse show is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel and will make for the perfect night out to experience one of Paris’ more artsy cabaret shows.
World of Wanderlust was welcomed to the Fouquet’s Barriere as a guest, howver my opinion is as always, my own.