La Maison Champs Elysées
- Style Curious couture
- Setting Haussmannian heart of the Golden Triangle
La Maison Champs Elysées hotel in Paris is a fashion-forward feast of muted colours and quirky artworks. Designed by monochromatic couture hero Martin Margiela, this witty and whimsical city stay offers somewhere to unload your shopping bags – with a tranquil terrace, fine French food and, as you’d expect, very stylish staff.
Need to know
- Rooms 17 Couture rooms designed by Martin Margiela (there are another 40 standard bedrooms in a separate part of the building).
- Rates Double rooms from $354.25 (€261), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Rates don’t usually include breakfast (from €20 each for Continental).
- Facilities DVD library, free WiFi throughout, valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, Mac Mini and bespoke Maison Martin Margiela bath products. Suites have Nespresso machines iMacs (loaded with a selection of recent films). The minibar is free on your first night.
- Check–out Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Welcome. There’s no menu for kids in the restaurant, but staff are happy to serve adapted portions, and can arrange highchairs.
- Also The restaurant and some rooms are wheelchair-accessible.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Sidestep the standard and book a Smith-recommended Couture room. Each one has its own eccentricities, but we especially love the Gilded Lounge Suite for its bookish character (it’s wallpapered with black and white photos of the hotel’s library lounge) and the White Cover Suite for its soothing all-white palette and hidden charms in the form of pictures concealed behind white cotton, a tuxedo-draped lamp and a hoof-patterned rug. The all-black Curiosity Case Suite is named for the cabinet of intriguing oddities curated by Martin Margiela – available to buy, if you’re that way inclined. Of the Junior Couture Suites, we recommend the split-level option, where the bedroom is downstairs and has a painting of a landscape on one wall, reflected over the others via floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
- Packing tips Bring luggage on its last legs, ready to be ditched in favour of a new set from Louis Vuitton around the corner.
- Also Next to reception, there’s a gentleman’s cigar room with scorched wooden walls, leather seats and blacked-out windows that allow you to spy one-way on the staff. The curiosity don’t stop there: you can smoke cigars only, not cigarettes, and staff aren’t allowed in.
Food and drink at La Maison Champs Elysées
- Hotel restaurant La Table du 8 serves classic French cuisine, in an elegant Margiela-designed room, with polished concrete walls and floor, a glass roof streaming in natural light, monochrome artworks and a chandelier centrepiece. As well as seasonal meat and fish dishes, heartier, traditional plates such as bouillabaisse are served. From 6pm, sharing platters of cured ham and cheeses are served to whet the appetite.
- Dress code Something old and something new – the owner's fashion house is famed for its ability to reinvent.
- Top table Under the glass roof, right up against the greenery outside – you won't know you're in central Paris. If it's sunny, the peace and quiet of the terrace is irresistible.
- Last orders Breakfast is served between 7am and 10am (10.30am at weekends); lunch is from noon until 2.30pm; dinner service starts at 7pm and runs until 10.30pm. The bar’s open all day from 8am to 1am. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
- Room service You won’t go hungry here: room service is available day and night. Choose from the restaurant menu when it’s open, and a selection of cold plates when it’s not.
- Hotel bar The bar sits one level up alongside the restaurant, with matching decor (more white, black and grey). Drinks can also be served out on the terrace.