06 Jul Contemporary meets traditional Esprit de France Hotel Mansart
Contemporary meets traditional; Esprit de France Hotel Mansart represents the best of interior design for today’s sophisticated travelers who want modern amenities and décor without compromising the historic architectural integrity.
I believe the lobby and front desk set the tone for any hotel. Hotel Mansart’s lobby is a cheerful and bright gathering space. The front desk employees are energetic and resourceful, two great qualities to greet guests and ensure their stay is a positive one.
My niece and I stayed in room 305. It had lovely large French doors for windows. Unfortunately there wasn’t any type of view, however, it was a great sleeping room with no street noise. There was enough room for our copious amounts of shopping bags and luggage, a rarity in city hotels. Plenty of plugs adjacent to the beds meant not having to stumble around in the night to find my iPhone or laptop. Loved that housekeeping placed free bottles of water next to our beds each day.
The large bathroom with double marble vanity was super and natural light from the other set of French doors was a plus. The huge stall shower had a rainfall showerhead in the ceiling. It also had a hand-held on an adjustable rail making it easy when I wanted to rinse off without getting my hair wet. The blow dryer was good and strong, something that is a deal-breaker for me when weak. The Esprit de Francehotels use Sothey bath products – they are the BEST as far as I am concerned. I was not a fan of the bathrobes, a bit scratchy for my tastes, but perhaps it was an off day for the laundry of those items because the rest of the linens were OUTSTANDING! The bedding and especially the pillowcases were yummy soft. I appreciated that there were spare pillows in the cupboard of a different shape and size to the ones on the bed, as I actually prefer thinner ones – something to keep in mind for the guestroom in my own home.
The breakfast room has an art deco motif with hues of purple and gold fabrics and a large arched window with colorful glass crests in the center of the leaded glass panes. I noted the coffee was so good that I allowed myself a third cup and the croissants were extra fluffy and buttery. They automatically bring petit glasses of orange juice but not water or water glasses, which seemed strange, but maybe this is their tradition so who am I to mess with it?
For a four-star hotel they sure did treat us like a five-star guests. Everyone I spoke to in the breakfast room (some French, some tourists) seemed to agree that the hotel has great vibe – warm hospitality and the perfect blend of modern amenities with great Parisian charm. All that and a killer location in the 1starrondissement make this a winner hotel for tourists and business folks alike.
5, rue des Capucines – 75001 Paris
Disclosure: My stay was gratis, but the review is completely my own opinion.