Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière surrounds the famous Fouquet’s café that opened in 1898 on the avenue des Champs Élysées as a footman’s hangout and evolved into a high-society spot where Marlene Dietrich and other early cinema stars signed contracts. Despite a rather corporate facelift in 2006, the luxury hotel draws celebs (Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Justin Beiber); French entertainers stage variety shows in the salons; and movie companies book rooms decked out in mahogany, red velvet, and leather by Jacques Garcia as backdrops for film-promotion interviews. Butlers on duty 24/7 offer guests star-worthy private concierge service. Excellent soundproofing lets anyone sleep through the noise of revving sports-car engines and screaming fans at the front door.
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Across the street from the flagship Louis Vuitton store, the hotel is at the intersection of the still fashionable avenue Georges V and the tourist-horded avenue des Champs-Élysées. A five-minute walk away, the Relais de l’Entrecote (15 Rue Marbeuf) is a cult steak frites–only restaurant where waitresses in dirndls dish out complimentary second helpings. On a historic Paris fashion avenue now colonized by global brands (Gap, Banana Republic, H&M), one still finds outposts of French luxury such as Guerlain, Tara Jarmon, Lancel, and a branch of Ladurée (home of the Ispahan, Pierre Herme’s signature rose, lychee, and raspberry macaron).
Need to Know
Rooms: 81 rooms. From $876. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel houses five restaurants including the Michelin-starred Le Diane, and the famous Café Fouquet’s on the Champs Élysées. Of the hotel’s three bars, L’Escadrille Bar, with its wood-paneled walls, velvet seating, and framed photos of cinema stars, channels the most traditional atmosphere. Spa and gym details: The 8,070-square-foot U Spa Barrière has a small but well-equipped gym, eight treatment rooms, and a 15-meter lap pool. Spa treatments use Shishedo products and tuning forks.
Who’s it for: Shoppers, business people, movie buffs, and celebrity selfie stalkers. Our favorite rooms: Quieter rooms face the inner courtyard, but fan-hungry stars can book suites with balconies facing the Champs Élysées. Executive Rooms overlooking the Champs Élysées afford glittering night views toward the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. Guests in sixth-floor rooms on the avenue George V will have a partial Eiffel Tower view. Say cheese: The hotel’s Lights, Camera, Action! package enables honeymooners and Hollywood wannabes to star in their own movie, shot and edited by professionals in a choice of Paris locations.