Footsteps in the Champs-Élysées, at the buzzing 8e arrondissement. The Arc de Triomphe, Palais Garnier opera house and Grand Palais (fabulous art displays) are all close by. Champs-Élysées Clémenceau (line 1) and Franklin D Roosevelt (traces 1 and 9) would be the closest metro stations.
Design & character
The HB Collection hotel team took the legendary Mathis at July 2015 and revived it with utmost respect for original features dating from 1930. Chintzy gold eyeglasses, heavy drapery and too-dark furnishings moved outside with all the older to make a wider, more harmonious space with bags of modern zest and classic panache.
Service & facilities
Service is perfect and superbly private in this romantic, four-star abode made to feel as a personal mansion — personnel clarify their personalised, attentive service as ‘support haute-couture’. There’s not any room service, but that wouldn’t wish to dine and drink at the resort’s renowned 1930s pub and restaurant? A concierge service is available also.
All the 23 rooms differs, with color scheme and disposition determined by one unique feature impishly maintained by the interior designer — Art Deco wall lights over the bed possibly, a swathe of stunning 1930s printed background covered in greenfinches or Oriental ships. Free soft drinks fill the minibar (alongside bottles of champagne and so on, bien sûr) and there is ample bedside reading material to amuse.
Food & drink
Buffet breakfast costs $20 (#15.50), served at the hotel restaurant, an elegant and fabulously retro area evocative of the 1930s. In contrast to original look, the original walls aren’t pink and cream marble — instead hand-painted. Starched white tablecloths and silverware increase the vintage elegance of lunching or dining here in the day: the restaurant is conducted by the hugely successful Experimental Cocktail Group. Think complex French classics such as magret de canard, only meuniére, lobster, or sweetbreads with black truffles.
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