Hôtel François 1er

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Entrance
With its Haussmann-influenced façade, glass canopy and wrought iron-clad door, the hotel entrance is perfectly in keeping with the residential road in which it is situated: smart and tasteful. As if reinforcing this impression, the entrance lobby is again understated with plain stone walls, shades of white and silky finishes, an air of luxury and a floor covered in tiles from Mexico. A console table topped with a large arrangement of orchids surrounded by Chinese porcelain adds to the room’s elegant style. 

Opposite the entrance, the reception desk is situated in a small office that looks like a library with its woodwork, velvets, wooden floor and claret as the main colour.

To the right of the lobby, and in between the twin entrances to the first lounge, is a very fine painting of the French king François 1er that  typifies the intellectual and artistic movement of the Renaissance . Beneath the picture a set of drawers is topped by two Chinese vases.

With its two windows facing the street, this first lounge is light and airy and ideal for reading the newspapers or simply admiring the decor. The room is a clever mix of traditional and contemporary styles with its light wood floor, white walls and ceiling with Empire-style cornices. Several well-chosen paintings adorn the walls while the furniture is either bespoke or acquired antiques. The curtains and settees are modern in style and there are several examples of Chinese porcelain and other ornaments.

From the entrance lobby a wide corridor leads to a second lounge, the Jardin d’hiver which is larger and combines two rooms side by side. The first room overlooks a narrow courtyard garden. Decorated in a contemporary style this room has several tables and a settee facing a fireplace with a brick hearth and white marble surround. In the evening this room is reserved for guests to sip cocktails before going out for dinner. 

Rooms
Empire-style rooms have been modernised by a few touches and can be divided into two sorts: those with gold-embellished or raspberry-pink stretched fabric walls and leather bed heads are more sumptuous while those in ochre, wooden bed heads and toile de Jouy fabric are more romantic. This same bucolic design or, in the other rooms, the wall fabric, is repeated on cushions, bed covers and in the curtains, giving cohesion to the decor.

All rooms are also decorated with beautifully-framed engravings, modern impressions of Empire-style furniture, deep wardrobes with mirror-clad doors, light-coloured carpets and heavy curtains. Inner curtains have modern designs on them. The round piece of furniture that supports the flat-screen TV conceals a mini-bar. Lighting is diffuse, provided by tall lamps with pleated shades.
With period plumbing, the bathrooms follow the same Empire-style with a mix of marble and wood. 

Beds are always turned down in the evening and room service will supply food from a neighbouring restaurant’s menu until 10.30 pm.

Types of room
There are five types of room: Classique, Standard, Supérieur, Exécutif and Suite. Standard and Supérieur have an armchair and slightly more space than the Classique. However, depending on the layout of the room and its colour scheme, some rooms in the same category can appear to be more or less spacious than others. 

Exécutif rooms have a sitting area with table and armchair. Suites, more spacious again and on the first two floors, have a separate sitting room, a dressing room and decor that is lighter and perhaps less sumptuous.  
Rooms overlook the street or a quiet courtyard garden. Those on the top floor have sloping ceilings.

Breakfast
Although the breakfast room is on the lowest floor of the hotel, it has a pleasant atmosphere. The lighting shows off the wall fabric with its white background and brightly-coloured design. The layout of the rooms affords a certain privavy for guests.

At the end of the room, a sideboard arranged like a cornucopia spills forth a wide choice of cakes, cooked meats, cheeses, fruit, fruit juices, water, fruit salad and also  salmon, seafood sticks and several vegetables. Bread and Viennese pastries are served at table along with hot drinks.


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Comfort Rating
Room size 7 Rating : 7
Room amenities 8 Rating : 8
Breakfast 8 Rating : 8
Property amenities 8 Rating : 8
Global Rating 8 Global Rating : 8

Contacts & booking

Hôtel François 1er

7, rue de Magellan
75008 Paris

Metro station : George V