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.
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.
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.
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.
Worth getting out of bed for
Shopping, shopping, shopping – the Champs-Elysées is the fashionistas' stomping ground, and lined with boutiques galore. Gucci; Cartier; Tiffany; Louis Vuitton… Credit-limit-busting brands are well represented, but Sephora, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Adidas err towards wallet-kind gear. The Arc de Triomphe presides over this beloved boulevard; climb to the top for sweeping views over the city. Head East towards the 1st arrondissement to wander the Jardin des Tuileries (keeping your eyes peeled for its resident goat lawnmowers) and join the queue outside the Musée du Louvre. From there, the Île de la Cité, Notre-Dame cathedral, and the galleries and shops of the Rive Gauche are easily reached on foot.
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You’ll need a reservation for super-chef’s flagship Pierre Gagnaire on Rue Balzac, which offers boundary-pushing mer and terre creations. Off the Champs-Elysées on Rue d’Artois, Apicius is a patrician set of white-naped rooms where the top brass eat exquisitely. The delectable duck tagine is a highlight of the authentic Moroccan menu at 404 on Rue des Gravilliers. 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.