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Hotel Highlights

  • Beautiful interiors in the French 18th-century Chinoiserie style
  • Fabulous bar and restaurant with fresh, invenitve European cuisine
  • Incredibly romantic and perfectly positioned just off the Champs-Elysées

Overview

Exotically styled by Tarfa Salam, Hôtel Daniel's lavish decor mixes beautiful Toile de Jouy, hand-painted wallpapers and Oriental carpets with a sea green palette to create a whimsical and elegant concoction of Chinoiserie. Opening each door is like flicking through the pages of a traveller’s diary. The exquisite interiors will have you dreaming of faraway places – but a quick glance outside brings you back to modern Paris, where the chic boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants of the Champs-Elysées await.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

26, including seven suites.

Check–out

11am. Stretched to 6pm at a half-day rate, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $471.52 (€359), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast, from €24.

Also

Teatime is a chic affair at Hôtel Daniel, with loose-leaf teas from Mariage Frères – try a delicate Ceylon Orange Pekoe. Leave tired Louboutins out overnight and they’ll re-appear – buffed to perfection – the next morning. Guests can enjoy discounted spa treatments, the gym and a swim at nearby L'Espace Payot.

Hotel closed

Never; but the restaurant is closed from 25 July to 25 August when a summer menu is available for guests.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, PCs and mobile phones available to borrow on request. In rooms: LCD TV, CD player, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

All the Deluxe rooms are on the sixth floor; 602 has a large bathroom with a spectacular view of the Parisian rooftops. Standard rooms 102, 202, 302 and 402 are smaller, but equally delightful and quiet. You can enjoy breakfast on your balcony in any of the suites and watch the sun set over the tip of the Eiffel Tower from the Daniel Suite.

Packing tips

Leave your hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers and toiletries at home – bathrooms are brimming with luxurious goodies.

Also

Smoking and non-smoking rooms available. Concierge service, to help you see and be seen in all the right places. In-room beauty and spa treatments available. Parking from €25 a day.

Children

An extra bed can be added to suites by prior arrangement for €75 a night; children under 12 stay free. Babysitting starts at €15 for three hours.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The bar and the lounge do small plates and snacks, including breakfast all day, and steak tartare with chips. Gourmet Restaurant Daniel offers a refined French/Med menu, Monday to Friday; lighter food is served at weekends. Ask in advance and the hotel will prepare a picnic – you can have it up on the private roof terrace overlooking all of Paris, or in a park of your choice; it’ll cost €55 a person, including drinks.

Hotel Bar

Sip a Kir Royale among sumptuous satin cushions, fresh orchids, shelves of jewel-coloured glasses and de Gournay wallpaper in the hotel’s signature sea green.

Last orders

1am for drinks; 10pm for food. Lunch available from noon to 2pm; dinner, 7–11pm, Mondays to Fridays only. A reduced bar-style menu is available for guests at the weekend.

Room service

It’s a 24-hour operation: hot food until the restaurant kitchen closes, then a limited menu until breakfast.

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Dress code

Vintage couture; sleek cheong-sams; nifty tailoring.

Top table

Cosy up at one of the elegant recessed banquet tables, for an intimate dîner à deux.

Local Guide

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

Worth getting out of bed for

Shopping, shopping, shopping – the Champs-Elysées is the fashionistas' stomping ground, and lined with boutiques galore.

Local restaurants

You’ll need a reservation for super-chef’s flagship Pierre Gagnaire on Rue Balzac, which offers boundary-pushing mer and terre creations (+33 (0)1 58 36 12 50). La Cantine du Faubourg at 105 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (+33 (0)1 42 56 22 22) has a nightlife atmosphere, serving Asian/French fusion in a stylish lounge; it’s ideal for a pre-prandial drink. Off the Champs-Elysées on Rue d’Artois, Apicius is a patrician set of white-naped rooms where the top brass eat exquisitely (+33 (0)1 43 80 19 66). The delectable duck tagine is a highlight of the authentic Moroccan menu at 404 on Rue des Gravilliers (+33 (0)1 42 74 57 81). Behind 404 is new and hyperfun Derrière (geddit?), also owned by Mourad Mazouz, which is creative and quite, quite cuckoo, serving homely French cooking in a ‘sitting room’, ‘bedroom’, ‘kitchen’, etc. The third hotspot sharing the courtyard is Andy Wahloo, Mazouz’s kitschy-cool bar. Simple but spruce, and ultra-useful for lunch, Lô Sushi, 8 rue de Berri (+33 (0)1 45 62 01 00) is one of those instant-gratification conveyor-belt sushi places, just off the Champs-Elysées and minutes from the hotel.

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Chic Champs-Elysées

Hôtel Daniel

8 rue Fréderic Bastiat, Champs-Elysées, 75008, Paris, France

On a quiet residential street behind the Champs Elysées, Hôtel Daniel is within a stone's throw of some of the capital's best boutiques and tables.

Planes

UK and international flights land at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, a 30-minute drive away. Paris Orly, a 20-minute drive away, has good domestic links to most of the country. A taxi from Charles de Gaulle international airport to the centre costs about €50; buses and trains run regularly into town at a fraction of the cost. Air France runs regular airport shuttle buses to Etoile, a 10-minute walk away.

Trains

The Gare du Nord, port of call of the Eurostar, is either a 15-minute taxi ride or a 10-stop journey on line 2 of the metro from Etoile to La Chapelle (at Gare du Nord). Etoile is 10 minutes from the hotel on foot, Saint Philippe du Roule (line 9) is 300m away, Franklin D Roosevelt (line 1) is 500m away, and Charles de Gaulle-Etoile RER stop (express train) is 900m away.

Automobiles

The hotel is five minutes from the Boulevard Périphérique; from there, follow signs to Porte de Maillot, and then head down Avenue de la Grande Armée, proceeding on to Avenue de Friedland when you reach the Charles de Gaulle-Etoile roundabout. From there, the sixth right (Rue d’Artois) will take you to the hotel on Rue Frédéric Bastiat. The hotel has valet parking, and can organise both taxis and limousines.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Nigel Tisdall , Roaming writer

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France. It must be a sign of the times that the first squeal of delight the Ho?tel Daniel inspires in MrsSmith is uttered when she hears the news that it offers complimentary WiFi. Being a Eurostar regular with a vintage couture business straddling London and Paris, madame is always looking for romantic little hotels …
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Hôtel Daniel

Anonymous review by Nigel Tisdall, Roaming writer

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

It must be a sign of the times that the first squeal of delight the Ho?tel Daniel inspires in MrsSmith is uttered when she hears the news that it offers complimentary WiFi. Being a Eurostar regular with a vintage couture business straddling London and Paris, madame is always looking for romantic little hotels where she can happily mix work with pleasure (otherwise known as Mr Smith).

In this respect, the Daniel is a classic example of that hotel discovery you really don’t want to tell anyone about. (Well, there are only 26 rooms, including the seven suites, and it would be very tiresome if friends of friends snapped them all up.) On a calm and well-heeled street of the 8e?me arrondissement, the hotel occupies six floors, two of which offer rooms with balconies. The Lebanese proprietors, who also own the elegant Hotel Albergo in Beirut, have designed it with great panache to target a refined clientele; we are charmed by the intelligent service, as well as by the luxurious attention to decorative detail.

The Daniel’s interiors were created by London-based designer Tarfa Salam, and offer a sumptuous blaze of fanciful fabrics, oriental carpets and luxurious furnishings – a mood of tasteful exuberance that proves instantly uplifting. Talking of which, the lift that takes us to our fifth-floor Paris Suite, lined with colourful hand-painted wallpaper by de Gournay, has to be one of the most inviting in Europe.

Our room is as charming as the inside of a sewing box, with billowing curtains in old gold and jade-green wallpaper painted with blossoms. This is an exception, though, as the Daniel’s rooms are generally decked out with 18th-century-style toile de Jouy, which might feature Chinese kite-fliers, swirling ferns, exotic tropical trees or picturesque expeditions by elephant. (If you fancy a snug green boudoir, or rich red walls decorated with whimsical images suggesting dalliance, it’s worth mentioning your preferences on booking, since every room is very different.) The Eastern theme continues with bamboo-framed desks, inlaid tables, intriguing curios and butterfly-covered lamps. The bed sheets feel as smooth as cream, and other fine touches in our suite include decent-sized dressing gowns, air-conditioning you can understand, and an iPod.

Within minutes, a welcome pot of green tea arrives, along with willow-pattern cups and a plateful of colourful macaroons from Ladure?e. Mrs Smith purrs with approval. Here, at last, is a hotel both classy and feminine, but which also appeals to Mr Smith’s decadent side. (And his finickety side: the bathroom comes with a big jar of Dead Sea bath salts and a full-length mirror, and the wardrobe shelves come lined with broderie-anglaise runners.)

Now that we’re bien installe?, it’s time to enjoy the City of Light. Stepping out, we find the Daniel surrounded by inviting restaurants that range from simple bistros to the super-smart and stately Apicius, just across the street. Walk south and you hit the grand and congested runway of the Champs-Elyse?es. Head northwards and there’s the oh-so-Paris Parc Monceau, its benches filled with
fine-grained mothers, nannies and enfants. Our preference, though, is to stroll east along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore?, which gradually builds to a frenzy of window-shopping delights. First up is gourmet food emporium Dalloyau; then comes the newly expanded Ho?tel Le Bristol; followed by a parade of famous fashion houses.

As it’s a Wednesday, we take advantage of the late-night opening of the Louvre, heading straight for the sculptures in the little-visited galleries devoted to the arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Mrs Smith pre-booked dinner at nearby Le Fumoir, an untouristy restaurant with colonial trappings and a cosy library at the back. Afterwards, French taxis being the most useless in the world, we whizz back by Me?tro.

Breakfast the next morning is delivered to our room on a white-linened trolley, a harmonious still life of coffee, newspaper and delicious, what-the-hell pastries. Mrs Smith has work to do that day, and when her Parisian business partner walks into the Daniel’s lounge, which brims with plush cushions, chinoiserie trimmings and gorgeous orchids, she can’t help but cry ‘Ooh la? la?!’ It’s the ideal setting to discuss their new website over an open Mac and a glass of chilled champagne, while Mr Smith gets a few of his own work-related errands in the bag before lunch.

The restaurant at the Daniel is small and intimate, with silky banquettes and wall cabinets filled with dainty coloured glasses. It works equally well whether you’re there for a high-powered business meeting or a sexy assignation. We’re visiting in high summer, but agree that the Daniel beckons as an appealing wintry love-nest and earmark it for a return trip. The next day, our request for a late check-out is instantly granted, and when our breakfast order is delayed owing to an oversight, relevant charges are immediately waived. This is a hotel that genuinely cares about the time you spend within its exotically decorated walls – whether you’re checking in with a laptop, a lover, or maybe both.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hôtel Daniel's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything about this hotel. It is small (with 26 rooms), beautifully decorated and charming, in a quiet street off the Champs Elysées. The staff were brilliant and attended to our every whim!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

It's discreet and quiet and has lovely decor, fantastic service and staff, and a great location off the main drag of the Champs Elysées. The whole hotel made me feel very happy and very relaxed. I wish I'd had more time there to explore the whole place!

Rating: 10/10 stars