30 rue La Pérouse
Paris, France 75116
My Rating: 84%
Price Rating: $$$$
Summary of Stay: I actually had no plans to stay at the Majestic; I was booked at their sister property, Hotel Regina. There was a computer issue and Hotel Regina was overbooked and they called me the day of, asking/telling very politely that I had been bumped to the Majestic. They mentioned it had a pool and I stopped listening after that.
Hotel Regina, Raphael and Majestic are all 5 star properties owned and operated by Les Hôtels Bavarez. All three specialize in delivering Parisian charm to their guests.
The Majestic is not a grand old hotel—the lobby is clean, modern and slightly underwhelming. Beyond the marbled floors lay colorful couches that lead to an attractive lobby bar and standard concierge desk. Towards the elevators is a very small restaurant that is mostly used for breakfast. Overall the main floor is a bit disappointing compared to the finishes of the rest of the building.
I was upgraded to the Prestige Suite which was a true delight. It was the entire top floor of the hotel and had terraces on both sides. The suite was at least 1200 sq. feet and included 2 bathrooms, full kitchen and dining room, living room and two outdoor living sets on the terraces. All the rooms were decorated in old world French charm with deep rich colours and fabrics. When the suite was last renovated, a lot of thought was been given to the finishes and functionality. Abundant lighting, oversized closets and storage, oversized tub with outdoor view and modern kitchen all add to the comfort and elegance of the suite. You really need to watch the video to be able to take it all in.
Service at the hotel, with the exception of the concierge desk, was very consistent. Staff at the restaurant were warm and welcoming. Turn down service was basic but there. The bellmen were quick, efficient and helpful.
Highlight of the Hotel: The clear highlight of the hotel is it's spa area. It has a full service spa where you can get an assortment of treatments. The rooms are modern, spacious and lit more like a nightclub than a traditional spa. The fitness facility is where I spent most of my time. The gym is surprisingly equipped with all the modern machines you'd find at any top rate gym. It is spacious, well ventilated and bright. The pool is in contrast dimmer lit so that the ambient lighting takes full effect. It is a private oasis away from the hectic city. The area is beautifully tiled and really sets this hotel apart from others. I made sure I came down for a swim each afternoon and morning. In addition to the pool, there are also infrared saunas and steam showers to use. The pool area does attract families to the hotel - and if I had kids, this would be an ideal choice.
Highlight of the Stay: The highlight of my stay was my room and the views. The view of the Eiffel tower and the Sacre Coeur was priceless. I spent every moment I could on the terrace. I had champagne out on the terrace at night and watched the light show on the tower. In the morning I had my coffee and breakfast out there overlooking the Parisian rooftops. To have such wonderful outdoor space is a rarity in Paris and I wanted to take full advantage of it.
Drawbacks: The main criticism of the hotel stem from a few difficulties I had with the concierge staff. Most of these involved getting taxis. On one occasion they asked where I was going and I told them (a popular store on the the Champs-Élyséees) - they called a taxi which I waited 30 minutes for. However, no one told me it was a 5 minute walk. Another time they got me a taxi to the airport, the taxi charged me the 7 Euro surcharge for an advance call, when the surcharge should have been 4 Euro as the concierge had just called them when I came down to leave. Also, the hotel is across from the Peninsula which I saw had a regular taxi line, so you can just walk across the street, get a taxi instantly and with NO surcharge. I also asked them to move back a dinner reservation for me which the concierges seemed very confused about - but they eventually got it changed with a few clicks on the computers. The concierge team was very eager, but I don't believe they have the training that they require to provide the level of service a 5 star hotel requires. Finally, be aware that the hotel is at the Arc de Triomphe - not nearly as central as the Hotel Regina or Hotel Raphael. So be prepared to walk or taxi where you need to go.