“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave,” says the famous song by the Eagles. In the case of Parisian Hotel California, you can actually leave whenever you want, but even then the small piece of this historic place will fibers with you, imprinted in the fibers of your being that contain the most pleasant memories.
Lobby- Extravagant chandeliers seen throughout the hotel create glamorous atmosphere
Spending summer holiday in Paris always seems like a good idea, and the very choice of the hotel with such an iconic name definitely feels like a treat by itself. Located in the heart of Parisian Golden Triangle, some 15-ish steps from Champs-Élysées, the Hotel California Paris Champs Elysées presents not only a great option for the tourists with shopping frenzy, but also for the travelers that crave for the lights of the city’s main street and looming presence of the Arc de Triomphe nearby.
Built in 1925 as a private mansion by the famous Art Deco architect Louis Duhayon, Hotel California was destined to become a favorite spot of numerous Hollywood royalty. Its Haussmannian-style building in the 50s occasionally welcomed the likes of Clark Gable, Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, while Hollywood’s most notorious couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were regular visitors.
The Lounge Bar
Hotel California Paris Champs Elysées of today is not just a hotel, it is also a genuine art gallery with a collection of more than 3000 paintings. Its 172 are decorated with taste and comfort in mind. The rooms are large and well equipped, with subtle touches of the old-luxury that evoke the bygone era of its former Old Hollywood residents. Classic French design rooms include plenty of red or champagne beige and gray luscious fabrics, and high-quality woods. They have a homey feel thanks to the choices of materials and comfortable furnishings.
The 80sqm Prestige Suite is decorated in the style of a private apartment with colonial design, beige tones and clean lines. It is an ideal haven to discover Paris!
The same can be said for its monumental lobby, with sparkling chandeliers, piano, and tasteful beige draperies. The lobby continues into the Patio, Hotel California’s own inner terrace that offers an atmosphere resembling the most beautiful riads of Marrakech. Uninterrupted continuity extends to the Cadre d’Or, a place where you can have a typically rich French breakfast.
The Cadre d’Or
On the left side of the lobby, right next to the piano, is located the most precious spot in this charming hotel – the Lounge Bar, famous for its large collection of Whiskies (more than 200 brands), wonderful by chef Gilles Courtin and, most of all, for the star-studded selection of its former guests, lead by the mentioned Hemingway, Burton-Taylor duo and many others.
The Lounge Bar
The Hotel California Paris Champs Elysées still stands strong as one of the bastions of traditional Parisian hospitality. And, while it is still strongly rooted in some distant era, it is actually completely contemporary hotel perfectly tailored for business guests, with 7 fully equipped conference rooms that can accommodate from 10 to 110 people.
One of the conference rooms
Address: 16 rue de Berri,
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 59 93 00
Vukota Brajovic for Fashionela