Arrival at the hotel
The Intercontinental Paris Marceau hotel location could hardly be better for someone looking to be next to the Champs Elysées while still being in a quiet area. The contrast between the avenue Marceau and the Champs Elysées is really surprising. By just walking 100 meters out of the hotel, you will be switching from the quiet area made of offices in the Avenue Marceau and surrounding streets to the crowded Champs Elysées. So this hotel is really perfect for someone who wants to be on the Champs Elysées in 2 minutes while still being able to stay in a quiet place.
It is easy to park near the hotel. You will always find a place for your car and there is a public parking 50 meters away if you don’t want to stay in the street. On a Sunday evening, it took us 5 minutes to find a place, so pretty easy. Also, there a taxi station in front of the hotel.
We entered into the hotel, the lobby is next to the restaurant and the courtyard. The staff made the check-in pretty smooth and friendly. And then we were accompanied to our room on the second floor and so we were in our room in less than 5 minutes.
The Executive Room
We had an executive room on the second floor, with a view on the Marceau avenue. From the room, we could see the Arc de Triomphe and the third floor of the Eiffel Tower (so really little part of it but still an Eiffel Tower view).
The room size is not really huge but larger than what you can find in a lot of hotels in this area. The room is well organized so that no space is lost. The bathroom has a large bathtub. The bathroom sliding doors are opening on the room thus allowing to not lose space with a regular door and also to have daylight in the bathroom. Amenities are from the brand Agraria.
The room decoration is modern and clear. The bed is decorated with Kenzo plaid and pillows. There is a desk next to the window where you can work. There are two cupboards where you can store clothes. The room also has an ironing board (with an iron), an iPod dock station, a flat TV screen on the wall, a Nespresso machine, a kettle for tea (and chocolate!), a power converter and a minibar.
The queen bed was comfortable. It includes a mattress overlay. The pillows were soft enough.
The double glazed window allows having a good soundproofing from the Marceau Avenue. You can easily hear the difference by opening the window. You can still hear a bit the avenue when the window is closed but the sound level is so low that it hadn’t troubled our sleep and this has to be specified as I am a light sleeper. And then you won’t hear a lot of noise from inside the hotel. We were next to the elevator and couldn’t hear it at all.
The hotel hosts the M64 restaurant next to the lobby. It features a nice courtyard. This is also the location for the bar and the breakfast.
The breakfast buffet has enough choice to meet all the requirements : cereals, fresh fruit juices (kiwi, orange), French Viennese pastries, pancakes, donuts, fresh fruits, cheese, cold meat, sausages, cooked tomatoes and potatoes. Tea is from the Frères Dammann brand, finest one in Paris. Nespresso coffee is available and prepared on request. Also included into the breakfast are some options prepared on demand. Tried the brioche bread pain perdu, was a revisited recipe, really good. You could have scrambled eggs and things like that. If the weather allows it, the breakfast can also be taken in the courtyard.
Having a drink or a lunch in the courtyard gives you the feeling that you are alone in a private mansion courtyard, very exclusive situation, especially in this area. The restaurant offers a very good value for money. Tried the Crab meat in Granny apples jelly, baby lettuce leaves, avocado sorbet, it was very fresh and refined with nice presentation. And then the Farmer Challans Duckling, verbena peach, was really really good, really nice flavor and well cooked! So overall, the M64 is a good address, really good food in nice environment.
The room service offers a part of the M64 menu except on the Sunday evening where it is a bit more restricted. But still, had an assortment of cold meat and cheeses, was nice, with very good bread. Then for the dessert, the panacotta with grapefruit sorbet was outstanding!
There is a small fitness room next to the courtyard. The concierge is also there to assist to organize something in Paris.
Then, most of the activities you can enjoy around the hotel are related to all the shops in the Champs Elysées area like Ladurée, Pierre Hermé, Louis Vuitton, Guerlain, Sephora, Fnac, etc…
The Intercontinental Paris Marceau hotel is the right choice for someone looking for a 5 star hotel in the Champs Elysées area while not being directly on the crowded Champs Elysées.
The hotel makes the difference with the quality of service. The staff will really make sure that you enjoy your stay. They will go the extra mile for you. The restaurant with the courtyard is also a key point, the Chef talent is obvious.