Hotel L'Empire Paris Hotel 4 star
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48, Rue de l'arbre sec - 75001 PARIS (Quartier : 01er Arrondissement) - France - Paris, France -
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Ideally located, a stone's throw from the Louvre Museum and the Comédie Française, the Empire Paris is quite a new hotel, with a contemporary style that is impeccable, light and welcoming.

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    Location 8.49 /10

    The Empire Paris is located near the former royal palace which now houses the Louvre Museum, on Rue de l'Arbre Sec, in a central and very elegant area. Staying in this street, you will be literally two steps away from one of the world's most famous museums. Across the street, you can see the Comédie Française, one of the major national theatres, where classical plays are shown. At the end of Avenue de l'Opéra, you will come to the palace of the Opéra Garnier, the temple of melodramas. As well as these cultural attractions, the hotel is surrounded by a host of highly-rated restaurants. Standing half-way down Rue de Rivoli, which is one of the longest streets in Paris, you will be able to see the Place de la Concorde on one side, and Châtelet on the other, which is the beating heart of the city with all sorts of shops for every budget. Then comes the Jewish and gay district, known as Le Marais, and finally, La Bastille, with cafés and bars teeming with youngsters. The area is conveniently situated for public transport, providing connections to every other monument in Paris. The nearest metro station is Louvre Rivoli, on line 1. Allow half an hour by taxi to get to the airports. If you would rather take the metro, go to Châtelet station and catch the RER, line B, northbound to Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, or southbound to Orly airport.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 42 guest rooms of the hotel are divided between two buildings, one of which is 4 storeys high and the other is 6 storeys high. The spacious size of the rooms means they are especially pleasant: they range from 20 m² for the standard rooms, and their bathrooms are lit with natural light, a detail valued by some. Whether they are categorised as classic (20 m²), superior (25 m²), deluxe (30 m²), suites (40 m²) or executive suites (45 m²), the guest rooms all sport a light contemporary style, stripped of any trivial element, in the form of a careful blend of shapes and primary colours. The result is a modern, young and comfortable setting. We liked the choice of parquet flooring, preserving the room's warm feeling, as old-fashioned carpeting would have weighed it down. Another excellent choice is the leather of the headboards: both comfortable and original. The black furniture and flat-screen television fixed on the wall blend in with the shades of beige, white and brown of the room. In every room, a functional sink was fitted beside the wardrobe, next to the peanut tins and other snacks. Guests can even be pampered at this hotel. For example, the hotel had the excellent idea of offering guests the treat of a massage in their guest room. Another privilege, which can be found in the executive suites, is the bathtub, with hydro-massage settings and changing lights making the water a thousand different colours, and another is the sofa bed. All other guests will have to settle for an ordinary bathtub, fitted in an impeccably designed bathroom whose style and colours match those of the bedroom.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Minimal, impeccable and contemporary, the Empire Paris opened its doors in 2007, in a building which used to be one of Paris' oldest printing houses. It was built in an 18th century private mansion, by the French hotel group Hôtels & Préférence, who own about 130 hotels. The hotel really stands out, with its bay windows framed with light blue wood, because the Empire is also a bar open to non-residents, who tend to be a young clientele meeting up for lunch or for 'aperitif' drinks.
    Inside, a few original objects stand out against the immaculate whiteness of the walls: vaguely vintage armchairs of a red-orange faded colour, parquet flooring, small glass tables standing on springy round rugs, and a gas fire covering a large part of the back wall. To sum up the little lobby lounge in a few words: in a relaxed atmosphere, comfortably seated in an armchair, guests can watch television (on an LCD screen) and read newspapers or a good book, although the mediocre best-sellers found there don't really fit in with the minimalist refinement of the hotel. Images of women are a repetitive design feature, also broken down into a series of elements painted in shaded tones, from white to grey, and from red to black, adding a sensual and seductive touch to the setting.

    Food and drink

    The lack of restaurant at the Empire Paris is made up for by its fashionable bar open to non-residents. The days are punctuated by the various meal times: breakfast first, served every day to guests seated on the suede sofas and armchairs, from 7:00am to 10:30am (11:00am at the weekend). Then comes lunch, with a menu which is neither gastronomic nor particularly original. The type of cuisine is rather traditional, with set meals available for around £18 at lunch time. At night, the bar starts to fill up for before-dinner drinks; cocktails and appetisers are served to the sound of jazz, or lounge and soul music. This is the 'Happy Live' at the Empire, livening up the evenings at the hotel bar.

    To know

    60% of the hotel's clientele is made up of business travellers, whilst tourists mainly stay here at the weekends. Guests are mainly European, in addition to a few South-American guests, but there haven't been any guests from Russia or Western Asia yet. The reason for the popularity of the Empire Paris, with its numerous and loyal guests, is first and foremost its location, but also the size of its guest rooms, which is a godsend in a city such as Paris, where there always seems to be a lack of space.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Spacious guest rooms
    • The contemporary decor

    disadvantages

    • The price

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