First of all, let me explain that the Lancaster has not been our first choice hotel in Paris for some years. That was the small but beautiful Relais Saint-Germain on the Rive Gauche. However, the combination of wanting a change and the RSG's uncompromising stance to a very regular guest of not refunding a cancelled room (cancelled well in advance and then resold - it was full when I checked nearer the time) made us decide to return to the Lancaster, where we had not stayed for 17 years.
The facade of the Lancaster is being cleaned. This is a legal obligation every 15 years, but it presents absolutely no problem nor any noise. Inside, all is well with this beautiful, elegant mansion, an 'hôtel particulier' of the most discreet and welcoming charm. In fact, "all is well" is an understatement - last time, it was all beauty but fading glory, almost an inadvertent shabby chic style, but now, in 2014, it is glorious.
The staff. OK, the doormen are the finest, most attentive in Paris. Better than the Crillon, The Lutetia, The Bristol, The Plaza Athenee, The Ritz... or anywhere else I've stayed in Paris. The reception staff are uber-efficient, welcoming and charming. And this feeling extends to the bar staff, the housekeeping and everyone else with whom you have any contact. I simply couldn't mark them down.
We were very fortunate in getting an upgrade, which means a lot. The suite was extraordinarily good. No bling, just sheer good taste. It was very large, and for once the separate room was used, as it was so very lovely. Our daughter and her partner (who is French) joined us in the room for breakfast, and the room lent an air of a wonderful, intimate family togetherness.
Everything about the Lancaster is right, but nothing is in your face. It's all understated excellence - Chanel, not Versace - and utterly charming. If you want to be in that part of Paris, near the Champs Elysées, then look no further. You will not be disappointed.
- 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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