La Maison Champs-Élysées, Design Hotel, Paris: Very good experience

As part of one of my business trips to Paris, I chose to stay at one of the hotels I had not yet tried in the Marriott galaxy, in this case at Design Hotels, the Maison Champs-Élysées.

Booking

I proceeded to book this hotel a few days before my arrival, using the Marriott app.

I hesitated for a long time before booking in this property, and for good reason… My two experiences at Design Hotels were disastrous, both in Lisbon and in Iceland.

The price being reasonable considering the general increase in the price of the rooms in the French capital, I proceeded to the reservation of one of the suites of the property, the Suite Moûlures, for 450 € the night. Affordable, knowing that most standard rooms at Marriott hotels are often around this price range during the week.

Arrival

A few hours after my reservation, I received an email inviting me to check in for my stay.

Since Design Hotels don’t use Marriott’s check-in systems, I had to re-enter my banking information, but the process was fairly straightforward.

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I arrived at the hotel shortly before 3pm, walking from the nearby Champs-Élysées-Clémenceau metro station.

The reception was correct without being warm, the check-in formalities were done with professionalism but without much interaction.

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The receptionist escorted me to my suite, located on the first floor of the hotel.

Room

My suite located on the first floor of the hotel, was big.

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The entrance led to a long hallway, which led to the living room of the suite. The latter was equipped with a small sofa, a coffee table, and a large desk with an iMac on it.

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A welcome amenity was provided, and a Nespresso machine was available.

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The bedroom was separated from the living room by a sliding door. It was a nice size, with a very comfortable king bed.

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The bathroom, adjoining the bedroom, was accessible via a sliding door and is also a nice size. The bathtub was spacious and the shower had a strong pressure which I particularly like.

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In short, a very solid suite. Finally, here is the video tour:

Hotel facilities

The hotel has a gym, which I did not use during my stay.

Catering

The hotel had a main restaurant, as well as a smoking bar near the lobby.

Blind Bar

The Blind Bar, the hotel’s cigar bar, is located near the lobby. Although a bartender is not permanently present, it is possible to call him via the receptionist or directly with a phone in the bar.

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The cigar and liquor menu is wide, and the bartender was perfectly knowledgeable on the cigar-liqueur association. I made two associations during my visit, both excellent.

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Breakfast service

The morning of my departure, I had breakfast in the main restaurant of the hotel. The buffet was very good, the eggs could be ordered and prepared on demand, and the service was attentive. The price, on the other hand, is steep, 32€ per person.

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Departure

The departure formalities were a bit laborious, but I was quickly on my way to the airport.

Bottom line

A very solid stay, which might start to reconcile me with Design Hotels. Some hotels are making efforts and it’s pleasant to see.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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