Convenient location, equidistant from both the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower
Charming boutique with amenities such as a plush lounge
Individually decorated rooms, many with fun wallpaper and modern furnishings
All rooms have iPod docks, minibars, flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, and slippers
Freebies include breakfast and Wi-Fi (and breakfast can be served in your room)
Honesty bar in a downstairs lounge allows for casual gatherings
Elegant art in common spaces and rooms
Somewhat wide variety in aesthetics in rooms might not appeal to all guests
Short on features; no full restaurant or gym
The West-End Hotel is a boutique situated within walking distance of the luxury shopping on the Champs Elysées. Rooms are individually decorated in a wide variety of textiles, ranging from historically-inflected to outright modern; some have balconies and spacious, sleek bathrooms. Generally, the hotel gets high marks for cleanliness, and the common areas -- with their mix of traditional furnishings and life-size black-and-white photographs of cinema actresses -- are striking and comfortable places to relax. Breakfast is free and there's an honesty bar, but no full restaurant.
The hotel is situated on a quiet block of five-story 19th-century residential buildings with facades decorated with ornate black iron railings. The hotel’s interior architecture retains much of the historic structure of the edifice by combining the grand wooden staircase that leads up to the rooms, gilt-framed portraits, and chintz curtains with contemporary touches like star-patterned wallpaper and life-size, wall-or-door-mounted portraits of cinema actresses from the 40s and 50s. The downstairs lounge, which hosts the honesty bar, is furnished with handsome plaid overstuffed chairs, framed French theater posters, and a widescreen desktop with a printer. The atmosphere is peaceful and stylish, with a nod to Parisian history.
Equidistant from both the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées
The hotel is situated two steps from Avenue Montaigne and many of the haute couture houses in Paris. It sits on a quiet side street parallel to one of the spokes radiating from the Arc de Triomphe, which is situated just northeast of the hotel, and is about a 20-minute walk away. The Seine, including a Bateaux-Mouche terminal, is a few blocks away, as is the Metro stop Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Notre Dame area is just under a half hour on public transportation. The Montparnasse train station, where one can catch hourly private shuttles to Charles de Gaulle, is 20 minutes away on the metro with no transfers required (total travel time to the airport, including train and shuttle, is about an hour and a half).
Traditional interior architecture with pleasing modern mix of textiles
High ceilings and panel moulding combine with contemporary furnishings here; larger rooms are especially modern, combining paisley wallpaper, houndstooth-check settees, and black lacquer furniture. All rooms have bathrobes and slippers, air-conditioning, a minibar, a safe, a hair dryer, an iPod dock, and a flat-screen TV. Alarm clocks are available at the front desk upon request. Many rooms have some form of small balcony outside of the French doors that constitute the windows. Bathrooms are individual just like the rooms; some are bigger and sleeker than others.
Attractive breakfast room, plush lounge, and computer for public use
The breakfast room, with its black and white tile floor, trompe-l’oeil ceiling, and 2nd-Empire-style buffet is appealing; many have commented favorably on the breakfast, which is included with the room price, as is Wi-Fi. There is a computer terminal available for guests; other services include laundry service, babysitting, car rental, and airport transfers. The plush lounge with an honesty bar is a nice gathering place.