Neoclassical Parisian style
56 Rooms / 13 Suites
A deluxe boutique hotel on a side street just off the Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Hotel Balzac pays tribute to the 19th-century French novelist Honoré de Balzac with neoclassical Parisian style.
Originally built in the early 19th century as an exotic palace on the vast property of the Paris Opera director, it later it became a popular Parisian salon for epicureans and champagne lovers. Balzac purchased the property in 1848 for his longtime lover and future wife, the Countess Ewelina Hanska, and lived his final years in the townhouse.
Nowadays it’s a top-tier boutique hotel with unmistakable French flavor — the décor is comfortable but opulent, the dining superb.
Fans of luxury shopping and fine dining will enjoy the location near the Golden Triangle, within steps of the major couture houses and international fashion brands, along with plenty of upscale dining options. You can easily walk to the Arc de Triomphe with its panoramic rooftop views, to the Grand Palais for the latest art exhibitions, or the bucolic Parc Monceau for a stroll in the gardens.
The metro George V is one block away, with direct access to the Louvre Museum and other central Paris sights such as Palais Royal, Le Marais, Notre Dame Cathedral and Place de la Bastille.
Outside, a small carved stone staircase leads to a covered porch, with the hotel entrance on the left and chef Pierre Gagnaire’s flagship restaurant to the right. The lobby sets the mood with marble floors covered in Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers, Louis XIV furnishings upholstered in floral fabrics, thick curtains with tasseled tie-backs, large floral arrangements, and classical music playing softly in the background. The atmosphere is intimate and opulent, and distinctly French.
The carpeted halls leading to the 56 rooms pay tribute to Balzac, with lithographs of the author, pages filled with handwriting and images from his many stories decorating the walls.
There are six room categories, decorated by Marie Sabatier, with plush carpeting, neoclassical furnishings in pale oak and crown bed canopies upholstered in luxurious fabrics — subtle floral prints and velour stripes — in cream, gold or chocolate with warm raspberry, turquoise, burgundy or burnt orange tones.
Most rooms have king beds, and some have extraordinary views of the Eiffel Tower. They are all equipped with a mini-bar, safe, personal climate control, flat-screen TV, CD and DVD players (on request), Wi-Fi access and an iHome docking station.
The spacious bathrooms are white and gray marble with a tub and separate shower with rainforest showerhead. Luxe toiletries are from The White Company in London.
The Hotel Balzac has Junior Suites with dressing rooms and sitting areas, while the larger Corner Suites include these plus a dining area, and can be connected to Superior Rooms to sleep five. The top floor of the Paris hotel has two signature suites that can be joined together, including the Royal Suite with a balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
One of the city’s finest French dining establishments, Pierre Gagnaire’s eponymous restaurant has been housed in the Hotel Balzac since 1996, serving lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. His French fusion cuisine is internationally renowned, so reservations are often made more than a month in advance, but guests of the luxury hotel can contact the Gold Key concierge for reservations (there’s also a direct entrance from the hotel lobby).
You also can enjoy drinks or meals throughout the day at the Lounge Bar, a cozy bar and lounge with plum velour sofas and lush greenery under a glass atrium.