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Beautiful, authentic and cheap hotel
We have just spent two nights at the beautiful Hotel de Banville in Paris. The lobby is really lovely as are the bedrooms. We even had a small balcony out from our room from which we could see the top section of the eiffel tower (and we didnt have to up grade to get it). The rooms are small but have ample space considering the amount of time you spend in them. My only suggestion would be that is you are wanting a hotel which is closer to all the action, this may not be the hotel for you. It is nearest to the Arc du Triomph (easy walk) but the Lourve and the Notre Dam are miles away and unless you like walking (we do but it was still very far away) you may want to stay closer to the latin quarter.
The Beautiful Banville
Just back from a two day stay at hotel de banville, which I could not recommend more to anyone who wants to experence real Paris. A wonderfully intimate hotel, with extremely friendly staff and modern, romantic decor. But its the room that really got me! Chambre de AMELIE, simple, romantic, beautiful! Everything good that has already been mentioned about this room, is true. We found it very easy to access all of the major tourist attractions from this hotel, using a very efficient transport system. (just do some research before your trip!)
Overall, if your looking for a romantic, not overly touristy hotel with a personal feel, that's located in a true parisian part of town...this is the hotel for you!
Signed... 25 year old romantic!
Spendy, but worth it.
The Hotel de Banville recently earned its 4th star (why does Trip Advisor only show 2?) and it's easy to see why. Everything about this hotel is visually appealing and lovingly maintained -- even the hallways and stairwell are photogenic! Plus, there's an elevator, so you only need to look at the beautfiful stairways as you walk DOWN!
We stayed in Amelie's room which has a nice little balcony, complete with small round table and two chairs. From there we could look over the rooftops and get a great view of the Eiffel Tower. Better yet, at night we were treated to the fantastic Eiffel Tower light display. The room was very pretty, and very well kept-up. Amenities such as fluffy robes and an in-room safe were appreciated. The big, clawfoot tub is romantic - only wish there had been a shower, too. (If you hate doing the in-tub pseudo-shower, ask for another room.) The bathroom is well equipped (apart from the missing shower!), with 2 sinks and a separate WC, plus lots of towels, a magnified makeup mirror and so on. The room also had a small desk and chair, and a zoomy flat-screen TV.
Hotel de Banville staff are very professional and pleasant.
The location in the 17th arr. is quiet (at least by Parisian standards) and pretty. It's convenient to public transportation (which is cheap, clean and reliable...as long as there's no strike in progress!) and although it's not in the throbbing heart of Paris, it's within reasonable walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, etc. (Fun to do: Walk to the Batobus terminal near the Eiffel Tower and then use the Batobus - the city's floating bus on the Seine - to get around to other locations such as the Musee D'Orsay, the Pompidou, etc.) The lovely Parc Monceau is about a mile away. And here's another plus - go out the front door, turn left and across the street you'll find not only an excellent cheese shop, but a first-rate boulangerie. In fact, the baker recently took "best baguette" honors, no mean feat in a city which takes its baguettes so seriously!
There are only two downsides to the Hotel de Banville. First, the air conditioning is somewhat anemic, and although the neighborhood is pretty quiet, it's not quiet enough to sleep with windows wide open. (This mattered when we were there, as it was 85 to 90 degrees during the day and still too warm/muggy at night.) Also, when you open the window, it automatically shuts off the air. Energy efficient, but a bummer considering the 2nd downside - lots of hotel guests smoke, and the cigarette smell seems to circulate up through the beautiful stairwell and into the rooms.
Great location, gorgeous hotel!
I have just returned home after spending 3 glorious nights at Hotel de Banville with some friends.
We had booked two rooms, which turned out to be Pastourelle and Prelude. (You can see my pictures of Prelude in the photo section!) The rooms were very different in style, but both were very spacious and had the same feeling of comfort and quality, with the luxury bathrooms being the stand out features. The hotel has obviously undergone a major refurbishment, so the décor throughout is immaculate and very modern. (We especially loved the changing coloured lights on the exterior!)
Staff were very friendly and welcoming, all speaking very good English.
The hotel’s location was perfect for our needs. It is situated in a quiet, tree lined street, with hardly any traffic noise. There are dozens of quality (and very affordable) restaurants nearby, and just 2 minutes walk away is Porte de Champerret, a bus and metro terminus providing quick and frequent access to the main tourist spots. (Bus to Champs Elysees took approx 5 minutes.) If you intend to use public transport (which we found to be very efficient and safe) I would recommend buying a 3 day travel card which gives you unlimited transport across the city’s bus and metro network.
This hotel was an amazing find and I would not hesitate to stay there again on my next trip to Paris.
A Parisian Gem
Have just returned from 2 nights at the excellent Hotel de Banville, located in the quiet residential 17th District. We had booked this hotel after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor, and were certainly not disappointed.
We arrived late (after midnight)following a plane delay, but were greeted with a pleasant disposition, a feature of our holiday, as was the absolutely splendid assistance received from Reception, all conducted in perfect English, and with nothing too much trouble.
The area is extremely convenient for the transport network, Porte de Champeret (Metro) and Pereire (Metrop & RER) both less than 5 mins walk, from which you can easily acces the many sites of interest in Paris. Also the area is full of a variety of splendid restaraunts.
We have no doubt that when we return to Paris we will definitely use this hotel again.
The only slight disappointment, would be that having seen the superb rooms on the web site, we had not booked one of the "named" rooms, however the fact that we were on the inside overlooking the courtyard meant that we had virtually no noise.
Best Hotel Room in Paris
Recently returned from 4 nights at this hidden gem. From reviews on this website we stayed in La Chambre d'Amelie and were not disappointed. The room has wonderful views of the Eiffel Tower, even from the clawfoot bath, together with the Arc de Triomphe & Sacre Coeur. The hotel is beautifully kept and very clean. It was still very warm in Sept, and we were able to sit on the balcony at midnight and watch the amazing Eiffel Tower light display.
It is located in French Paris - away from the tourists. We ate several times at Le Bistro du 17th (a 5 min walk away at 108 Avenue de Villiers) - even on week nights it was full of French people - got to be a good sign. Fabulous food and atmosphere for 32 euros each inc a bottle of wine. There are plenty of good restaurants in the area.
Although away from the tourists, all the sites are quick and easy to get to. A 5 min walk away is the Pereire-Levallois RER stop (the RER trains were spacious and uncrowded) which gives a direct 10 min hop to the Eiffel Tower, and other stops along the river - Invalides, Musee D'Orsay, and Notre Dame. The Porte de Champerret metro stop is a 2 min walk away which gives a 10 min direct line to Opera - from here you can walk to the Louvre & Place Vendome. You can buy 2/3 day passes which cover the metro/RER. The hop on/hop off Batobus boat is a good way of travelling up and down the river. The Champs Elysee is a 15 min walk.
A great hotel and place to stay if you want to experience real Paris. However, I would recommend booking direct with the hotel by email to ensure you get the room & views that you want. I believe the top three floors give city views.
Judging by the international clientle when we stayed there recently this hotel has already been discovered,nonetheless its well worthy of mention,a little bit away from the centre its worth making the effort for.
The big attraction in what is a relatively small establishment (38 rooms) is the rooms themselves better than many 5* hotels all are different in decor and style are beautifully finished with very good bathrooms and all other facilities,they really are special,the downside to this place is ,no restaurant,a small breakfast area and restricted public areas,but if its the accomadation that matters in a less busy (relatively) area of Paris then this takes some beating,plus being that little bit out of the centre means the prices for what you get are good.
An un-touristy Paris experience. Clean and quiet with character.
I stayed here 5 nights at the end of January on Trip Advisor's recommendations and was not disappointed. This is in an affluent, well-kept residential neighborhood with plenty of restaurants from respectable brasseries to middle eastern and oriental spots. On the weekend, I made us of a huge indoor swimming pool (2 Euros - Piscine Champeret ---) just around the corner and caught some sunshine in a nearby pocket parks. Central Paris is a hike though a walk to the Champs Elysees is doable in about 30 minutes. Fortunately, the metro is just a few steps. I felt like I was a resident of Paris not a tourist and enjoyed the feeling of returning home" to the Blvd Bertha
The hotel is very well maintained and nicely decorated. The bathroom was large. The usual European hand-held shower had no curtain. The WC was indeed a closet – on the opposite side of the room. It really needed some heat. The bed was comfortable – just the right firmness and there were good size pillows. My window looked out at the Eiffel Tower. The street was quiet at night. So was the hotel. Only once did an hour of wild love-making in the next room keep me awake. It could have been the sound of Channel 18 (the XXX channel) on the nice big LCD TV. As a businessman, I really appreciate the free Internet access. The service went down on Saturday afternoon and the apologetic manager arrived Sunday at 8:30 AM to repair a faulty router. Advice: I never got the WIFI working in the room. I had to use the data port which was located in an inconvenient location at the baseboard. Bring a 2-meter data cable or you'll be surfing while sitting on the floor or you'll have to sit in the lobby for the WIFI.
Breakfast seemed a little over priced at 11 Euro. But they served just about everything. I preferred the croissants and coffee in the smoky café down the street.
Guests during my stay included a few Japanese and British tourists, some youngish couples and some male and female business people who had meetings over breakfast in the lobby.
There are other hotels in the neighborhood but this seemed to be the most substantial. I'll return.
the jack hammer hotel
this has to be one of the worst hotels I have ever had the misfortune to stay at, I booked this hotel because it looked so nice on the website and I fell in love you it , I booked my suite 4 months in advance , when we arrived from Australia after a very long flight ,we arrived at the de banville at 800am wanting a rest after our long flight, of which I had already informed the staff of our arrival time a week in advance ,only be be told we could not check in to the room until 1500hrs so ,already tired we walked around Paris until 300pm ,when we got into our room the shower did not work so we had to have baths , we got into bed ready for a much needed sleep only to be kept up by the sound of jackhammers and drilling for hours on end , we dressed and asked could we have a quite room to sleep ,and were informed that they had no vacant rooms ,when I asked why I was not informed of this when I phoned and talked to them a week before my arrival.They just shrugged and did not care less , since then I have stayed in a number of fantastic hotels in Paris and have been very impressed with each and every one which included the hotel dokhans.,hotel le Vignon ,hotel st paul,the brighton and many others ,but unfortunately this is the sort of thing that can spoil a trip to Paris. I travel to europe every few months at the moment ,but for some people it might be their once in a lifetime trip and, that is the sort of thing that gives Paris a bad reputation.People running hotels with the rude uncaring attitude towards their guests , so my tip is there are so many brilliant and interesting places to stay in wonderful Paris without staying in this 1star whole in the wall ,If they spent as much care on the hotel and clientele as they do with their website the hotel would be much better off also interesting to note in Australia they featured in many travel brochures and now have been taken out of all ,obviously they have had a lot of other unhappy guests
pathetic excuse for service
My wife and I disliked this hotel so much that I don;t want to waste too much time writing about it. Outwardly nice rooms, but actually very cheaply put together. Our toilet overflowed twice!!!! Incredibly rude service on multiple occassions. Terrible restaurant recomendations. Ridiculously expensive breakfast and drinks. 10 Euro for a beer, seriously this place is not the 4 Seasons. In general highly recommended against staying there.
If you do stay there, there is a wonderful bakery and pastry shop down the street. The eclairs were.......mmmmm eclairs!!!!