I am not one to write big grand hotel reviews as something about hotels hardly excite me. Maybe it’s because I live in them Monday-Thursday and find a hotel to not be anything more than just a place for me to sleep at night. But upon planning a recent trip to Paris I ended up booking the only 5 star hotel on the Champs Elysees after reading a number of reviews on the Marriott Champs Elysees and being convinced that it was the best Marriott branded hotel in Paris. I booked this hotel on points (45k/night) and unlike many properties in Paris it did not require a cash upgrade.
The hotel was centrally located within walking distance to hundreds of tourists attractions in Paris and made for a good jumping off point. Although I wasn’t planning on visiting the Louvre or the Eiffel tower, I was still able to visit most places I wanted within a 15 minute walk from the hotel and get away from the tourist ghetto and enjoy more of Paris.
The hotel itself was great, but as normal, I didn’t use any of the amenities. The rooms were small, but adequate and my room had a nice little view of the central courtyard and the very tip of the Eiffel tower. The room included a queen bed, a large bathroom with a full-size tub, two small closets, a mini fridge, and a desk.
The hotel does not have a concierge lounge, therefore as a Marriott Platinum rewards member I was able to choose the buffet breakfast or bonus points. I took part in the full breakfast buffet and was very satisfied. The buffet offered selections of foods from North America, Europe, and the Middle East! There was also a reduced price menu for a la cart items for elite members, but the buffet was more than adequate for me each morning! Sorry but I failed to take photos. Although I did take a photo of my welcome gift. I was able to choose form Wine, water, or housemade macroons, I chose the latter! And damn they were good!
To me, the highlight of this entire stay, was not the hotel itself, but the food I ate and the off the beaten path sites I visited. Like this cemetery built just off the Moulin Rouge in an old quarry. It is in such a busy part of town, they even built a bridge over it!!
Overall this hotel is great, but expensive! At 45,000 points per night its not a bad booking, but I would not be caught dead paying the €370-€450+ rate they typically charge!
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