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Hotel Napoleon Paris 4.5

Paris, France

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  • Near the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees, and the metro
  • Lavishly elegant decor in lobby, restaurant and bar that recalls an English pub, and rooms
  • Beautiful terrace with view of Arc de Triomphe
  • Eight meeting rooms
  • Hotel has mobile phone app for navigating Paris, and iPads are available in the lobby
  • Spa, with a menu of body and beauty treatments, and a fitness center with views of Paris rooftops
  • Plush robes and l'Occitaine products in the bathrooms; flat-screen TVs and minibars
  • Free Wi-Fi in some public areas


  • Fee for Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Streetside rooms can be noisy, despite double-glazed windows
  • Room wall sockets could be better placed in some cases

Bottom Line

The luxury Hotel Napoleon has 51 rooms and 51 suites, and a restaurant bar and lounge. The spa offers a menu of body and beauty treatments, and massages, and the seventh-floor fitness center offers views of Paris rooftops from the cardio machines. The Art Deco- and Empire-inspired rooms are well-appointed, some with canopy beds and all with fresh flowers and serious Napoleonic art, yet exude coziness. Within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, and the Charles de Gaulle-Etoile metro station, which connects to lines 1, 2, and 6, and the RER, the location is good for getting around Paris. The La Defense business district is six metro stops away.

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This historic hot spot is still elegant and beautiful today.

In 1923, the architect Henri Porteau built a home in what was once the private hotel of Count Tolstoi. In 1928, the Napoleon Bonaparte opened as a swanky hotel that hosted guests, including Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Salvador Dalí, Orson Welles, Miles Davis, Josephine Baker, and Ella Fitzgerald. Actor Errol Flynn nicknamed the hotel “The Place.” Today, the stately building is lined with manicured potted plants, and flags hang outside.

Still owned by the Kliaguine family, the hotel has accumulated furniture, art, and decor over many generations from guests and friends -- these gifts lend the hotel character and historic class. The vibe is refined and old-school. The art-filled lobby and bar are beautifully decorated in an elegant, classic style with many cozy seating areas. From the terrace, the view of the Arc de Triomphe is spectacular.


A five-minute walk to the Arc de Triomphe and Charles de Gaulle-Etoile metro station, and a block or two from the Champs-Elysees

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Located on the chic Avenue Friedland, the Hotel Napoleon is a short walk to the Arc de Triomphe, the Charles de Gaulle-Etoile metro station, and the Champs Elysées, in one of Paris’ most famous neighborhoods. There's several restaurants, ranging from the Michelin-starred to lovely cafes and brasseries. Charles de Gaulle-Etoile metro station connects to three other metro lines, and the RER that serves suburban Paris


Opulent, fancy rooms that show an attention to detail

Rooms are decorated in a lavishly classic Empire-inspired style, with draped canopy headboards and luxurious bed linens. Some bathrooms are small, but all have marble and glass appointments, and l'Occitaine toiletries. Fresh window boxes of geraniums outside each room window and plush robes are nice touches, too. Traffic noise can be heard in the rooms facing the streets, so guests seeking quiet should request courtyard rooms. Suites have sitting areas and sofa beds, and the Imperial Suite also has a dining area, at least two bathrooms, a business corner, and is large enough for small meetings. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi for a fee, and minibars.


A restaurant/lounge/bar, fitness center, spa, and mobile app for hotel guests

The hotel has its own mobile app, with advice and information about visiting Paris, and iPads are on display in the lobby for guests' use. The fitness center is small and basic but pleasant, offering lovely views from the seventh floor elliptical machines. Function and meeting rooms of various sizes are available for business meetings and events. The Bivouac Café, the Hotel Napoleon's restaurant-lounge, is a gorgeous space, serving classic but inventive cuisine, and a special cocktail menu.

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40 Avenue de Friedland, Paris, Ile-de-France 75008, France

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