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Hotel Highlights

  • Monochrome and modern-art filled
  • Champs Elysees and Fauburg Saint Honore locale
  • Hip, young vibe

Overview

Around the corner from the Champs-Elysées and Arc de Triomphe, Paris' Hôtel Le A is a chapel to bold lines and modern art. Reminiscent of a downtown Soho gallery in the Seventies, this sophisticated sanctuary with Warhol-worthy style, a cosy library and intimate café makes for a chic escape from the Parisian hustle and bustle.

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Here's what you get for booking Hôtel Le A with us:

An Aphrodite - Le A's special champagne cocktail - for each of you

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hôtel Le A

Advance purchase offer: 10% off

Junior Suite offer

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

26: nine junior suites, one classic room, seven superior rooms, eight deluxe rooms and one apartment.

Check–out

Noon. Check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $189.81 (€145), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out and an additional government tax of 2% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates are room only. Continental breakfast is €16; buffet, €24.

At the hotel

Library, laptop and computer for guest use. In-room: CD/DVD player, satellite TV, free WiFi, pillow menu and laundry.

Our favourite rooms

The rooms all have the same facilities; only the size changes with price. From the Apartment (room 606), you can see the Eiffel Tower.

Also

The lift to the rooms has different-coloured lights on every floor, helpful after a few of Le A’s champagne cocktails. The hotel also allows smoking on floors one, five and six.

Children

Not recommended for toddlers (too white for little fingers), but small babies are welcome. Superior and Deluxe rooms, and the Apartment and Deluxe rooms can be connected to sleep the whole Smith clan.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There’s no restaurant as such, but a Continental or hot buffet breakfast is served each morning, and, in the afternoon, a free tea-time buffet of Kusmi tea, juices and pastries is offered to all guests.

Hotel Bar

The cool black and white lounge bar is open to the public, and makes a pleasantly quiet spot for a cocktail.

 

Last orders

Breakfast is served in the chic monochrome lounge from 7am to 10:30am and the bar shakes mojitos until 11pm, sometimes midnight.

Room service

Breakfast is available in-room until 12 noon, and a room service menu with classic French dishes – salads, duck confit, steak, cheese plates and divine desserts – runs from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Style-savvy.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Accessible by a little boat, the Chalet des Iles is on the lake of the Bois de Boulogne in Porte de la Muette, on Chemin Ceinture (+33 1 42 88 04 69). Eat on the terraces in the summer; in winter, a piano and open fireplace make it cosy indoors. If you feel like an Arabian night, head to 404 Restaurant on Rue des Gravilliers (+33 1 42 74 57 81), where you can enjoy belly-dancing with your spiced Moroccan tagine. Toi on Rue du Colisée (+33 1 42 56 56 58) is bright red, fun and very chic. A delicious array of French and Italian dishes are available; it opens for dinner until late, and you can keep on drinking until 02h.

Local bars

Head to the ‘real pop art vs Moroccan pop art’ Andy Wahloo Lounge Bar – part of 404 (see restaurants above) – and try the house speciality, a 404 cocktail, not unlike a mojito, crammed full of fresh mint.

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Chi-chi Champs-Elysées

Hôtel Le A

4 rue d’Artois, 75008, Paris, France

Planes

Hôtel le A is close to both Paris Orly (17km) and Charles de Gaulle (25km). The Air France bus goes to Etoile, which is a 20-minute walk from the hotel or two stops on metro line 1 to Franklin D Roosevelt, five minutes away.

Trains

The Gare du Nord is a 15-minute taxi ride away, or a metro journey on line 2 to Etoile, changing to line 1 to reach Franklin D Roosevelt, five minutes from the hotel. Nearby metro stations include Saint Philippe du Roule (line 9) and Miromesnil (lines 9 and 13).

Automobiles

The hotel is five minutes from the Boulevard Périphérique; from here, follow signs to Porte de Maillot, and then head down Avenue de la Grande Armée, proceeding onto the Champs-Elysées when you reach the Charles de Gaulle-Etoile roundabout. From there, it’s a left turn onto Rue La Boetie, followed by a left onto Rue d’Artois. There’s no parking at the hotel, just a public carpark on Rue du Colisée – the next left from the Champs-Elysées after Rue La Boetie.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Rory Keegan , Club creator

Hôtel Le A is just like its name: diminutive and discreet. Located in an unremarkable street in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, it’s round the corner from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. Our first impression is of a downtown SoHo gallery of the Seventies: definitely art scene, and more Right Bank sophistication than Left Bank boho. We half expect to find Leo Cast…
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Hôtel Le A

Anonymous review by Rory Keegan, Club creator

Hôtel Le A is just like its name: diminutive and discreet. Located in an unremarkable street in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, it’s round the corner from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. Our first impression is of a downtown SoHo gallery of the Seventies: definitely art scene, and more Right Bank sophistication than Left Bank boho. We half expect to find Leo Castelli in a corner, arguing over prices with Andy Warhol.

This is all hardly surprising, considering Le A is a collaboration between architect/interior designer Fréderic Mechiche, and Fabrice Hybert, artist, both contemporaries of Andy and Leo – and, thanks to their vintage, well versed in the nuances of classic Seventies chic. Mechiche is a devotee of ‘minimalism lite’. Hybert’s work is a very French intellectual hybrid of Claes Oldenburg and Cy Twombly, coloured by Morris Lewis. And it works.

The ground floor of this all-white boutique hotel opens into a glassed-over central courtyard, which breaks the room into two natural areas that contrast beautifully. Dark hardwood floors, art-gallery white walls and chocolate velvet curtains are set off by a flood of natural light. It’s an interesting space that Mechiche has used just so, for a discreet reception, cosy library, and intimate café bar. Three imposing works by Hybert enhance the area; unsurprisingly, they fit the space and the mood perfectly. A giant, loosely hung tapestry oversees the café bar, and two paintings are mounted flush into the walls of the library.

Another piece of Hybert’s is the scribblings on a wall by the lifts; very Left Bank (and not to be encouraged at home). The library, screened from the simple reception area, is what you’d expect of the backroom of a world-class art dealer. We could spend hours stretched out on the dark-brown velvet sofas researching lesser-known works of obscure artists, if we had more than a night in Paris. Instead, we only have time to drop our bags off. We have plans to eat, drink and merry-make the best we can in just one night in the French capital.

To reach the rooms, you brave a lift which is like stepping inside a Dan Flavin installation. A tiny white cubicle in white Perspex, it changes colour to indicate different floors. We get off at Red. Like all Parisian hotels with these kinds of dimensions, the hotel makes the most of limited space. Mechiche wastes as little as possible on corridors, behind-the-scenes functions and cupboards; so don’t expect dinner, or pack too much. Once this Mr Smith’s dusky maiden has emptied her suitcase into the one wardrobe I could forget unpacking my bag. The junior suite only manages one suitcase before everything starts to explode into the carefully balanced calm that has been so diligently created.

Each room is unique, with two works by Hybert; one declares the room’s name; the other elaborates on the theme. We are in ‘Desert d’Eau’ (Ocean Desert), elegant and calming. We’re curious as to how the room opposite, ‘Oups’, had been brought to life. Next time. The same colour palette is used throughout: white walls and loosely covered furniture; chrome; dark-chocolate wood veneers. Details echo Hybert’s painting (in the case of our room,a striped green carpet). Double beds are just right, with sheets of the highest quality, and the whole hotel is lit perfectly.

Technology is a forte; my laptop instantly detects the wireless broadband signal, and the hi-tech CD player and TV are impressive. Minimalist sensibilities extend to the in-room information, though, and a glance at the room service menu reveals endless variations on the cheese sandwich. We grab a bite to eat, before venturing out for our date at the Crazy Horse.

A Parisian classic of cabaret, and nothing like the Moulin Rouge, the Crazy Horse is a small red-plush basement theatre that seats 150 – mostly tourists, but don’t let that put you off. It’s certainly a little crazy, though there are no horses; you are greeted at the door by a Canadian mountie, sans cheval. The curtains open and we’re greeted by 20 identical ladies. It is reminiscent of that Robert Palmer video – they’re naked but for flamboyant trimmings, performing (OK, miming) favourite showbiz melodies. Various kitsch city-scene sketches later, interspersed with comic displays, Mrs Smith admits she loves it.

So entertained are we, we don’t roll in again until 03h. (Incidentally, reception can’t change your sterling into euros, so when we eventually find our way back, we have only Bank of England vouchers on us and have to borrow €20 from another guest. Sadly, we never find him again to pay him back. Was he on the green floor? Or was it yellow, next to the room called… Hmmm: no wonder all the room numbers are written on Post-it Notes under the little gems outside the doors. Staff confess they’ve resorted to this; it’s unlikely that Hybert knows.)

Le A is not really a hotel. Its creators didn’t design a guesthouse; they concocted a work of art with
bedrooms and a great lounge bar attached. A great base if you want to be on the Right Bank and near the shopping, it’s romantic, personal and an oasis of calm. It’s for grown-ups who love art and know enough about it to appreciate the games designers play. Then again, even if you don’t know who Warhol, Castelli, Flavin, Oldenburg, Twombly and Lewis are, it doesn’t matter – just look them up in the library when you stay. Add a tour of a few of the amazing galleries and museums in this city, and Le A will have you leaving town an expert in art, with a capital A.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Hôtel Le A from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the position, facilities and staff.

Don’t expect

I think a bar menu would have been good. I thought €8 for a cappuccino on room service was a bit much, even for Paris.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the hotel's appearance and service.

Don’t expect

Breakfast could do with some improvement.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel's in a great location, just two minutes' walk from the Champs-Élysées. Lovely tea and cakes were served in the afternoon. The hotel was great value too.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location of the hotel, one street away from Champs Elysees is central but secluded enough to be private and away from the hustle, bustle and noise… there are lots of cafés and choices of restaurants nearby. Best of all, the attentive personnel at reception are very helpful, knowledgeable and ever willing to help with suggestions for places to eat and how to get there! The free afternoon tea (and sweets) in the lounge is simple but such a welcome for when we've had a day of sightseeing or shopping and in need of some replenishments.

Don’t expect

The room we had is not big but enough, stylish but not lavish. The shower in the bathroom could do with a modification for a better stream.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the artwork, decor and service.

Rating: 10/10 stars