WELCOME TO THE ULTIMATE
57 rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 58 36 67 00
Located directly in one of the ritziest parts of Paris- the 8th arrondissement- right off the famous Avenue Champs-Élysées, the luxurious Hotel Du Collectionneur is our top choice of places to stay when visiting Paris. This grand 5-star property has 478 spacious rooms and suites, making it the largest 5-star hotel in Europe! It boasts an idyllic spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, elegant restaurant offering fine French cuisine in a delectable dining room, a sophisticated bar, and an incredible breakfast buffet brimming with lobster and Parisian sweets. The cost to stay in this fabulous hotel is $435/ night. We stayed 3 nights, but we spent $0! Find out how at the bottom of this post.
Perhaps the greatest feature of this hotel is its location, with many sidewalk cafes and shops and lots to see within walking distance. This iconic 1930s Art Deco designed hotel is located in the heart of Paris, with everything at your fingertips. The famous Arc De Triomphe is just a quick 10 minute walk away. Located just across the street is the Parc Monceau, perfect for picturesque picnics. It may not be as well known as the Jardin du Luxembourg, but it's just as beautiful and far less crowded. A short stroll away is also the scenic tree-lined Avenue des Champs-Élysées, where you can shop those luxe Parisian boutiques. For sites further out, the Courcelles Metro Station (Line 2) is just a 5 minute walk away, and the Batobus also has a stop located just 1 mile from the hotel. For transportation around Paris, we highly recommend ditching the metro and cabs and buying a Batobus pass instead. Batobus is a hop on/ hop off boat ferry service that runs up and down the Seine river, with stops at all the main tourist destinations in Paris, turning your transportation into an attraction itself.
When we first pulled up to the hotel in our cab from the airport, we were in awe. The facade looks like a true palace, everything you would hope for a Parisian hotel to be. The inside lobby is just as grand, decked out in gold leaf and black marble accents and extravagant purple velvet chairs lined throughout. The generous staff upgraded us to a premium room on a top floor with views of the Eiffel Tower and we couldn't have been happier.
Tricked out in Art Deco-style furnishings, all the rooms have been recently modernized and are gorgeous. The luxury standard rooms have large beds, workspaces, high-speed internet, and a smartphone available in each room to use free of charge for unlimited calling and 4G internet throughout the city. The marble bathrooms are lavish and are fully equipped with posh amenities by French company Le Labo. The upgraded suites also feature private balcony terraces, as well as full living rooms.
The most beautiful feature of this hotel is the gorgeous Andalusian style atrium in the center of the hotel. This pretty rose-filled patio is where breakfast is held each morning and it was absolutely breathtaking to dine in. The service for breakfast was equally outstanding, with wait staff constantly filling our drinks and making sure we had everything we needed. They even saved our favorite table for us each morning once they learned which it was. The breakfast buffet quality was top-notch (Would you expect anything less in Paris?) It included incredible house-baked croissants and pastries, a made-to-order omelet and waffle station, charcuterie, seafood, fresh fruits, and even sushi.
We happened to be in Paris on July 14, Bastille day, France's National Day, which made the location of this hotel even more important. France celebrates this annual holiday with an impressive military parade down the Champs-Élysées ending at the Arch De Triomphe where traditionally the French president and his cabinet watch from above. At night, the Eiffel Tower gets all lit up in a spectacular fireworks show. (Pro-Tip: If you happen to be in Paris on Bastille Day, both the Arc De Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower are closed to the public on this day to prepare for the celebrations. In fact, most of the city shuts down, so plan to either join in on the festivities, or have a low-key day in a beautiful Parisian park).
Because our hotel was so close to the celebrations, we didn't have to bother with waking up at the crack of dawn to fight crowds on the metro, and were able instead to walk down to the parade route right after breakfast and happened upon a fantastic view. We thoroughly enjoyed the Bastille Day hoopla and when it was all over, we simply walked back to our hotel, not having to deal with the traffic mess created by crowds and road closures. Even better, at night we were able to open our windows onto our quaint little balcony and watch the Bastille Day fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, from our cozy room with fresh baguettes in hand. Our kids watched the show in their pajamas and then fell asleep looking out at the city of lights with a cool Parisian breeze drifting in.
How did we do it?
We accumulated points on the Chase Ultimate Rewards Credit Card and redeemed them via the Chase Reserve Portal, where every point is worth 1.5 cents.
The total cash value of this hotel stay was $1,305.25
We redeemed 87,016 points, which at a rate of 1.5 cents per point covered the full amount.
Making our grand total to stay in this fabulous hotel: $0!
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