An exquisite Parisian hideaway
This 1889 mansion, secluded on a quaint side street off the Champs-Elysees, became a hotel in the 1930’s under the careful tutelage of Emile Wolf, hotelier and bon vivant. This stylish small hotel, with a charming hidden garden in its courtyard, soon became a favorite of celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward and Grace Kelly. They found elegance and impeccable service within a very private setting, qualities maintained till today.
The 60 rooms (which includes 11 suites) are range in size from intimate or very spacious, but all feature a very French touch to the decor with rare antique furniture, paintings and rich textures and opulent fabrics. All rooms are very 21-st century with multiple phones, DVD, cable/satellite, internet access through free wifi and voice mail. The bath is another font of luxury with marble and rare wood fittings and bathroom fixtures with a retro feel. The towels, bathrobes and slippers are all custom-designed for the Lancaster, as are the bath amenities.
The suites could allow the traveler to imageine their own salon in Paris. Each one is unique, but all feature antiques, comfortable fauteuils and pleasing sophisticated color palettes. In particular, the Suite Emile Wolf (after the hotel’s founder) comes with an immense living room, a grand piano, armchairs and large sofa.
At La Table du Lancaster, master chef Michel Troisgros has created a menu which emphasizes fresh intense flavors. The atmosphere is understated, intimate and congenial.
Hospes Hotel Lancaster
Location: 7 rue de Berri, Paris, France 75008; 40 minutes from airport
Luxury style: An intimate space that is perfect for a romantic weekend. Also ideal for the urbanite who prefers their city excitement cushioned by a layer of tranquility.
What we’ve heard: Live out all your diva dreams by staying in the Marlene Dietrich suite, decorated in her favorite shade of lilac.