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Hotel Banke Hôtel Hotel 4 star
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The Eiffel-style Banke Hôtel, designed by architects Paul Friesse and Cassien Bernard, opened in April 2009 and is housed in a wonderful building dating back to the early 20th century and which was once home to the headquarters of the CCF bank.

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      Banke Hôtel   -   © Adolfo Gosálvez Photography / Banke Paris

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      Banke Hôtel   -   © Adolfo Gosálvez Photography / Banke Paris

       
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    Location 8.99 /10

    The hotel is located at the heart of the 9th arrondissement, close to the city's major department stores and is therefore ideal for shoppers, and the perfect base from which to explore Parisian life. There are many bars and restaurants in the vicinity and the hotel is also well-located for seeing the city and its attractions, with the Opéra, St Augustin and Montmartre districts all within walking distance. The closest metro stations are Le Peletier (line 7) and Chaussée d'Antin La Fayette (lines 7 and 9).

    Accommodation 8.70 /10

    The corridors of the hotel make for a truly unique exhibition space where the personal collection of jewellery from around the world belonging to the owner of the hotel, a former archaeologist, is displayed. The hotel's 95 guest rooms are done out in the same revisited Neo-Baroque style as the rest of the hotel so the surroundings are quite flashy in some places, stylish in others. These 95 rooms include 20 Singles, 27 Doubles, 20 Executive rooms, 9 Deluxe rooms and 18 Suites, with floor areas ranging from 18 to 55m². The Deluxe Suite is in fact the former office of the hotel's Managing Director, which explains the golden leaves in the corridor leading up to it. In-room amenities include a flat-screen television, individual air-conditioning, a mini-bar and a safe, whilst the particularly impressive bathrooms come with a range of The White Collection hospitality products, a hair-dryer, bathrobes and slippers.

    Overview 9.20 /10

    As you walk along the Rue La Fayette, you really cannot miss this imposing building which actually once housed a bank. As soon as you set foot inside the door you'll find yourself in a huge, impressive lobby with a very high, glass-topped ceiling. They have even preserved the original counters here where customers used to come to change money. The revisited Neo-Baroque-style decor incorporates a few more stylish touches giving the place a more flashy, vibrant and imposing yet nevertheless original feel. The red colour used, for example, is not a standard Pantone colour but was in fact created exclusively for the hotel, and the mosaic floor is also original. The floor below houses the spa, which includes a sauna, a hammam and a gym with 3 cardio machines, a bike and showers. Make sure you take a peek at the toilets, too - the imitation python skin and green marble are well worth a look! Free Wi-Fi and an internet corner are also available.

    Food and drink 7.75 /10

    The Lolabar in the lobby, which is furnished with Starckian ghost tables, serves a selection of traditional tapas and all sorts of cocktails and is open from 9:00am to 9:00pm There is also an Afterwork event held on Thursday and Friday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm with a different DJ every time and an entrance fee of around £18 which includes 3 tapas and 2 glasses of champagne. The Josefin restaurant, just opposite, is open from 12:00pm to 3:00pm and from 7:30pm to 11:00pm and serves Mediterranean cuisine incorporating fine Spanish produce but with a French twist. The breakfast room is located on the basement level and is perfectly pleasant, though it does seem a little small given the number of rooms at the hotel.

    To know

    The hotel has 5 conference rooms which can accommodate up to 250 people.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Limousine service
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The unusual style
    • The neighbourhood

    disadvantages

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