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The Westin Paris - Vendome 4.5

1st and 2nd Arrondissements (Louvre and Palais Royal), Paris, France

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Pros

  • Central, design-centric hotel in walking distance of major sights
  • Handsome rooms, some with minibars, bathrobes and slippers
  • Elegant formal restaurant specializing in modern French cuisine
  • 19th-century inspired bar with red walls and mirrored glass 
  • Spa with comprehensive treatments in cocoon-shaped rooms
  • Fitness center with modern equipment, plus in-house personal trainer (fee)
  • Business center, laptop rentals, and 13 meeting rooms
  • Ballroom for more than 2,000 people with columns, murals, and chandeliers
  • Parking, laundry, and babysitting for a fee
  • Wi-Fi free in public areas of the hotel
  • 24-hour concierge
  • Small dogs are welcome

Cons

  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi 
  • Small bathrooms in standard rooms
  • Scarcity of electrical outlets

Bottom Line

The luxury Westin Paris-Vendome is centrally located in the 1st Arrondissement, within walking distance of the Louvre. Its 428 rooms and suites, 80 of which have views of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries, or the Place de la Concorde, mix traditional and contemporary decor. The formal bar and restaurant -- adorned with a boxwood-planted terrace and oval fountain -- sport jewel tones and mirrored surfaces. The spa has cocoon-shaped treatment rooms, and the fitness center has a range of cardio- and weight-training equipment. Downsides include a fee for in-room Wi-Fi, a scarcity of electrical outlets, and small bathrooms. The hotel also has 13 meeting rooms and a ballroom with murals and chandeliers that can fit up to 2,000 people. Travelers seeking a more historical property might want to consider the nearby Le Meurice, although rates will be higher.

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Scene

Sophisticated traditional elegance with contemporary panache

The Westin Paris-Vendome is an elegant property, which given its central location, business facilities, and proximity to the corporate district around Place de la Madeleine, draws business travelers and tourists alike. The hotel's opulent entrance is marked by wrought-iron gates and gilted light fixtures. Inside, the lobby has soaring ceilings, Old World paneling, landscape paintings in gilt frames, and marble-topped marquetry tables. Contemporary pieces upholstered in various textures and pops of metallic keep the spaces from getting too stuffy. The reception desk shimmers in a coat of gilt paint. In good weather, guests linger in the expansive courtyard. Slatted wood chairs and tables are scattered on its pea-stone terrace, around an oval-shaped fountain. This outdoor space is edged by a glass conservatory wall. Le First, the hotel's formal, lamp-lit restaurant, has deep-purple velvet armchairs and satin pillows around black lacquer tables. The Tuileries Bar has dramatic red walls, mirrored surfaces, and black-suede, reproduction Louis XVI-style chairs. Perhaps the property's most modern space is its spa, with fiber-walled, coconut-shaped treatment rooms that resemble cocoons. 

Location

Between the Tuileries and Place Vendome, walking distance to many major sights and luxury shopping

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Facing the Tuileries, the Westin Paris-Vendome has a central location just a three-minute walk to the Place Vendome, with its iconic bas-relief bronze-plated column. Today the square is home to world-famous jewelers like Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, banks, fashion houses, and the Ritz Hotel. In a neighborhood of luxury stores along the Rue de Rivoli and Rue Saint Honore, the hotel is within walking distance of many of the city's major sights. The entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries is a three-minute walk from the hotel, and the Place de la Concorde is a six-minute walk away. It's a 10-minute walk across the Tuileries and the Seine to the Musee d'Orsay on the Left Bank, and the Louvre is about a 15-minute walk east of the hotel. Notre Dame is a 20-minute metro ride and an 11-minute taxi ride away. The Eiffel Tower is a 23-metro ride or a 10-minute trip by taxi. The closest metro stop is Tuileries, which also links directly to stops in the Marais. Charles de Gaulle Airport is a 53-minute drive or 90 minutes by train. Orly Airport is about a 35-minute drive.

Rooms

Rooms with traditional elegance and modern features, ranging from standard doubles to two-bedroom suites

The Westin Paris-Vendome's 428 rooms and suites range from pale-gray walled, understated Superior Rooms to the two-bedroom Presidential Suite with fireplaces and terraces. Top-floor suites have views of the Eiffel Tower. Other views can include the Tuileries, the Louvre, or Place de la Concorde. The smallest room is 172-square-feet, while many of the larger rooms, with the exception of the Presidential Suite, are about 570-square-feet. The decor mixes antiques, such as marble-topped tables inlaid with ivory, and clean-lined contemporary sofas and chairs and upholstered headboards. Materials are of high quality -- the black-out drapes are silk, for example -- but the lines are simple. Mattresses are the hotel's signature Heavenly Bed brand with high-quality linens. All rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and safes, while upper-category rooms can have fax machines, minibars, robes and slippers. Wi-Fi is available, but it comes with a fee. Each room receives delivery of one free cup of coffee per guest per day. Bathrooms include sinks with marble counters, tub/shower combos, magnifying mirrors, and hairdryers. Toiletries are the Westin's own. Bathrooms in standard rooms tend to be small. 

Features

Elegant restaurant with a planted terrace and bar, a fitness center, and a design-centric spa

The Westin Paris-Vendome has several standout features. Le First restaurant, with a lovely terrace, takes a modern twist to traditional French brasserie fare, and the Tuileries Bar has an extensive cocktail menu and light fare. All-day dining is available in either the restaurant or the bar. The bi-level fitness center has cardio- and weight-training machines, free weights, and exercise balls, and an in-house trainer is available for a fee. The property's spa has cocoon-like rooms with a wide array of facials and massages based on natural ingredients and practices. Wi-Fi is free in common areas of the hotel. There are 13 meeting rooms equipped with audiovisual equipment, and an opulent ballroom that accommodates more than 2,000 people for weddings and other events. The business center has computers, fax, and copy machines, and guests can rent laptops. Parking, laundry and dry cleaning, and babysitting services are available for a fee, and small dogs are welcome. The hotel has a 24-hour concierge at its front desk, and a multilingual staff who will arrange tours, tickets, restaurant reservations, car rentals, and drivers.

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3 Rue De Castiglione, Paris, Ile-de-France 75001, France

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