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Built in 1823, Villa Marquis was once the Paris residence of the Marquis de Vibraye. This noble French family still has a château in the Loire valley and historic prints of its aristocratic members add a nominal grandeur to what is now a modern five-star hotel with 64 contemporary rooms and suites set over eight floors. Part of the Spanish Meliá Collection, it happily bridges the two cultures with its multilingual staff and the low-key Dos Almas restaurant nonchalantly offering Iberian ham followed by tarte tatin. Hidden away on an unassuming street in the 8th, it's a tranquil base conveniently close to both the high fashion stores of avenue Montaigne and major museums and sights including the Eiffel Tower.

THE DETAILS

Location

It's an easy and scenic walk across Pont de l'Alma to reach the Musée de Quai Branly and the Eiffel Tower.

You're within walking distance of many of the city's museums and art galleries, as well as the Trocadéro Gardens.
By plane: flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles De Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is 40-minutes' drive. Paid parking nearby. skyscanner.net
By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is a 20-minute drive. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

This is a popular base for luxury shoppers and international visitors who want to stay close to the major sights. Many guests are Spanish-speakers following the Melià brand. This is a quiet and conservative five-star property with immaculate contemporary rooms, switched on staff and a friendly restaurant.

Service & Facilities

Guests have complimentary use of the Press Reader app which lets you download a wide range of newspapers and magazines.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Fitness centre
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Some rooms at the back on the 6th floor and above have a terrace with a view to the river, handy in summer. Prints on the wall recall the 1889 Exposition Universelle - Villa Marquis is where engineers constructing the Eiffel Tower were based.

Style, Singular, Singular Extra, Singular Junior Suite, Suite with Balcony, Grand Suite with Balcony
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, coffee maker, bottled water, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

At dinner, there's no music so this is a good place for a chat, while breakfast comes with mellow jazz tunes. We recommend the pumpkin soup with Iberian ham followed by grilled cod with chorizo, plus a fortifying glass of red rioja wine.

Dos Almas: French/Spanish fusion restaurant, seasonal produce. Dishes include beef tenderloin and black rice paella with sea bass and mussels. Open daily for breakfast and dinner, Mon-Fri for lunch.

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