Booked a weekend (via Eurostar, the only way to visit Paris from London - very smooth) at the Lancaster for our wedding anniversary. The hotel is lovely, and as central as anyone could want, being less than 4 minutes from the Arc de Triomphe, but the "dreamer" room which came with the package was so disappointingly small. Room 110 is tiny, and the internet connection didn't work despite the claim of wi-fi everywhere, probably because 110 is tucked away at the end of a long and winding corridor which was, to be honest, offered almost apologetically. I think the staff member could see our disappointment. The cost of £624 (in the Eurostar package) for 2 nights included a 20% discount on the rack rate. There was no hanger pole from which to hang our overcoats and it all just felt a bit shabby. It would have been damn near impossible to have breakfast a deux in the room.
We asked for another room and the only one available (after a brief suggestion that there was nothing) was a deluxe room at another €120 per night. This was very good although, again, little things were slightly awry. No plugs in the 2 sinks and couldn't get the air con to work properly, but the room and bathroom size was perfect, and perfectly lovely.
I can't believe that room 110 is typical of the "dreamer" standard room. I'm pretty sure 25sq metres is larger than this, but if you can afford the deluxe variety then this is a terrific place to stay, and the Sunday lunch was absolutely exquisite although, again, you would be looking at at least €100 / €120 per person even with a relatively inexpensive bottle of wine. It's a great hotel and we intended to enjoy ourselves in Paris so we did.
But next time, if we consider the Lancaster, we will try to get a better room at the outset.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 57 Rooms & suites appointed with antique furniture surround a Zen-inspired patio that is a natural complement to the art that pervades the property and the cuisine at its Michelin-rated "La Table du Lancaster".The paintings at this century-old, boutique hotel located on the Champs Elysees are distinguishable from the acquired art lining many European hotels, as they were done by the hotel's artist-in-residence inthe 1930s, Russian painter Boris Pastoukhoff. ... more less
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