Dispatch from Paris: The Suites at the Hilton Arc de TriompheSeptember 9, 2010 By: Mary Winston Nicklin
What distinguishes the four-star Hilton Arc de Triomphe from other Hiltons worldwide? A nautically inspired Art Deco design scheme by noted architects Jacques Garcia and Alexandre Danan which embues the hotel with its own distinct personality. We’re talking sexy materials (ebony, Brazilian rosewood, jade) and custom furniture to recreate the feel of a transatlantic liner.
One of our favorite features? The Art Deco bathroom downstairs from the lobby, glittering with tiles and mirrors, often requested by companies for photo shoots. (We also enjoyed ogling the spread of hors d'œuvres for a cocktail reception, pictured at right.) Your clients can expect the standard Hilton amenities, like a bountiful American-style brunch, business center, Executive Lounge (offering free breakfast and refreshments), fitness room, and spa.
It’s a large hotel with some 463 guest rooms (including 50 suites) and ample meeting/conference space. We recommend booking the King Presidential Suite (top floor) or Ambassador Suite (second floor) for your clients, as these accommodations offer large private terraces over the hotel’s Andalusian Patio Gardens, a haven of calm in bustling Paris. The Presidential Suite also boasts views of the Eiffel Tower and a marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. Both suites also offer complimentary access to the wet areas of Spa Mosaïc and the Executive Lounge on the 6th floor. Quite a few celebs have stayed here, including Director John Woo, actress Sophie Marceau, President Hugo Chavez, and French football star Zinedine Zidane. For your own VIP bookings, contact Celine Gouailhardou (email@example.com).
Buzz: In the winter months, the hotel’s idyllic Andalusian Patio Garden is transformed into a winter-themed “Snow Bar” for outdoor cocktails.
Note: Despite its name, the hotel is not directly adjacent to the Arc de Triomphe, but walking distance away from both the beautiful Parc de Monceau and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées (and its noted landmark, the Arc de Triomphe) in the 8th arrondissement.
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