Hotel Lancaster

Gilded elegance near the Champs-Élysées
Located just steps away from Champs-Élysées on the right bank of the River Seine, the luxurious Hotel Lancaster is known for serving the glamorous elite. Built as a townhouse in 1889, the luxe property was later converted into the elegant hotel that stands before us today. Its private home origin can be seen from the grand galley, wide enough to allow a horse and carriage to enter the home and into the courtyard for parking. Now, this passage is where a spacious bar and restaurant reside, the latter a celebrated spot for French gastronomical dishes.

Markedly Parisian through and through, hundreds of antiques, paintings, gleaming parquet floors and Baccarat crystal chandeliers solidify the traditional French style. The updated art-deco-clad rooms have modern comforts and surround a gorgeous courtyard where you can grab a drink, dinner or some tea in the afternoon. It’s all very posh and polished, but never flashy.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The Paris hotel’s discreet setting is a peaceful respite from the busy city streets.
  • While the classic hotel is committed to honoring French design, the unique décor outfitting each room gives each space its own sense of character.
  • The spacious closets, which also feature a spectacular armoire with a hand-painted floral design, have more than enough room for plenty of shopping sprees in Paris.
  • German-American actress Marlene Dietrich once called Hotel Lancaster home, and some of her personal items remain in her namesake suite. An award she won, a pair of gloves, her portrait, a feather hat and a silver hand mirror are displayed within a glass coffee table.
  • Get an intense workout, as well as a breathtaking view of the city, through the gym’s ceiling of skylights with a vista of Montmartre and the hilltop where Sacré-Coeur is perched.
Things to Know
  • Several cafés, restaurants and luxury shops are within walking distance of this accommodating hotel.
  • Adult guests can enjoy a romantic tour in the City of Love, while the family-friendly hotel schedules babysitting services.
  • The hotel’s Monsieur Restaurant is closed on Saturday and Sunday, but lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday. If you want a chance to dine at this popular eatery, we recommend making reservations at least two weeks in advance.
The Rooms
  • Rooms in this former townhome appropriately feel more like guest quarters in a private home than in a posh hotel in the Eighth Arrondissement.
  • Contemporary amenities include marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, iPhone docking stations and Clarins bath products.
  • Suites up the glamour factor with Louis XVI-style accents throughout the space and grand views of the courtyard or the roofs of Paris.
  • The largest suite is named after Dietrich, who lived in the extravagant space for three years. Her love of music and the color purple is paramount here — a chaise lounge in lavender velvet is located next to the fireplace and a grand piano that takes center stage in the living room.
The Restaurants
  • Monsieur Restaurant brings you on a tasting tour through France. Every month, a different region's cuisine is featured on the menu.
  • Le Marlène Bar serves a lighter lunch and dinner menu as well as bespoke cocktails.
  • Both Monsieur Restaurant and Le Marlène open to a tranquil secret garden in the heart of Paris.
Getting There
7 Rue de Berri, 75008 Paris, France
CDG (28-40 min)  
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