Gilded elegance near the Champs-Élysées
46 Rooms / 11 Suites
Discreet, luxurious Hotel Lancaster has a long history of glamorous guests and a high-profile location to match — it’s located just steps from Champs-Élysées on the right bank of the River Seine. Built as a townhouse in 1889, it was converted into an elegant hotel that is markedly Parisian through and through. Hundreds of antiques, paintings, gleaming parquet floors and Baccarat crystal chandeliers practically define glamorous, traditional French style.
Its private home origin can be seen from the grand galley, wide enough to allow a horse and carriage to enter the home and into the courtyard for parking. Today this passage is where a spacious bar and restaurant reside, the latter a celebrated spot for French gastronomical dishes. The updated Art Deco-clad rooms have modern comforts and surround a gorgeous courtyard where you can grab a drink, dinner or some tea in the afternoon. It’s all very posh and polished, but never flashy.
Rooms feel more like a guest quarters in a private home than in a Paris hotel in the Eighth Arrondissement. Each has unique furnishings, mostly French antiques, and a romantic Art Deco vibe with soft color palettes. Contemporary amenities include marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and Clarins bath products.
Suites up the glamour factor with Louis XVI-style accents and views of the courtyard or the roofs of Paris. The most notable is the largest suite, which was home to German-American actress Marlene Dietrich for three years. The suite, named after her, holds a collection of her private things, including a pair of gloves, her portrait, a feather hat and silver hand mirror displayed within a glass coffee table.
Dietrich’s love of the color purple is paramount here — a chaise lounge in lavender velvet is located next to the fireplace, and touches of lavender are found throughout. But it’s the grand piano that takes center stage in the living room and is a tribute to her love of music. In the bedroom, more than ample closet space and a spectacular armoire with a hand-painted floral design will accommodate plenty of shopping sprees in Paris.
La Table du Lancaster chef Julian Roucheteau is acclaimed for his technical skills and innovative seasonal French menu. Notably, the restaurant is closed on Saturday and Sunday, but lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday and reservations are suggested two weeks in advance.
The food features delectable French dishes such as lobster and lovage, Burgundy snails with wild herbs, and a veal chop with sweet clover flavors. Order à la carte or spring for a six- or nine-course tasting menu at dinner, and a prix fixe lunch menu that includes an amuse bouche, a starter such as foie gras, choice of fish or beef, dessert and mignardises, or tiny pastries and sweets.
Separate from this gastronomic gem, The Bar of Hotel Lancaster serves a lighter lunch and dinner menu (olives, cheeses, charcuterie) as well as bespoke cocktails crafted by knowledgeable barmen.
An elevator with walls covered in leather leads to the sixth floor, where you then take a separate lift to the eighth-floor galley-sized fitness room laden with cardiovascular equipment and a sauna. Time spent working out in the gym means you also get to take in some breathtaking Parisian views through a ceiling of skylights with a vista of Montmartre and the hilltop where Sacré-Coeur is perched.