This is my review of the Marriott Paris Champs Elysees hotel.
The last time I was in Paris I stayed at the Renaissance Paris Republique, also part of Marriott Rewards. I rate this hotel highly – my Renaissance Paris Republique review is here – and it actually got cheaper for points in the Marriott Rewards changes in August.
The location is a bit out of the way, however, and if you want to be in the heart of tourist Paris, Marriott Paris Champs Elysees is probably your best Marriott Rewards option.
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If you value location, this hotel delivers in spades. It is directly on the Champs Elysees, in a building that was originally the Louis Vuitton luggage factory, and is apparently the only 5-star hotel on the street. (The LV flagship store is about 60 seconds away on the other side of the street.) As a Marriott Platinum Premier I was upgraded to a room with a small balcony overlooking the street so you can see how it is positioned:
The street view gives no impression at all of how Marriott Paris Champs Elysees unfolds. You enter via the small doorway, go up an escalator and then the lobby opens out in front of you:
The hotel has spent a lot of money on Christmas decorations, all in white, and looks very impressive. As you can see above, most of the rooms overlook the lobby. Only a handful overlook the street. In total there are 192 rooms including 25 suites with, looking at the website, a 170 sq m Presidential Suite dominating the top floor.
Via my Marriott Platinum Premier status – I’m not sure how much the fact that Marriott arranged my stay also influenced it – I was given a Junior Suite on the 3rd floor:
The picture doesn’t easily tell the whole story – it has a tiny balcony with a desk (decent sockets, lots of plugs, decent wi-fi) which looks down. I liked it! There is a tan and beige colour scheme throughout.
This is what it looks like when a professional photographer takes a picture on a sunny day of a slightly different junior suite:
The room was a little dated, to be honest. It did have modern amenities, including a Nespresso machine. Much of the furnishing had been updated, but it clearly hadn’t been fully gutted for some time. You can see what I mean more easily from the bathroom:
The shower, not pictured, is an ‘above tub’ job with a shower curtain – you don’t see many of those these days. You can’t complain about the L’Occitane toiletries though, which was a broader selection than usually found including a bottle of foaming bath mix, hand cream, pillow mist and lip balm. I was also very happy with the bedding, and there was a robe in the wardrobe.
A nice welcome gift:
Whilst the hotel has a great location, it is a little light on facilities. There is no pool, although you do get a fitness centre and a sauna. It doesn’t even have an evening restaurant, apart from a few tables in and just off the lobby.
(There isn’t an executive lounge either, before anyone asks.)
What it DOES have is this heated pavement cafe outside the front door, which is certainly something different:
The indoor restaurant seems to be used purely as a breakfast room. It has clearly been fully refurbished recently and looks good.
If you have Marriott Rewards Platinum status or higher, breakfast will be free. (I should have mentioned that a Platinum member can also choose from a selection of welcome gifts, from points to drink to food – I took a €10 food and beverage credit which was deducted from the evening snack I had in the lobby.)
It isn’t the biggest selection I’ve ever seen, but it did the job and there is an egg chef – just visible in the corner of the picture – if you want something cooked freshly.
As a Marriott Platinum Premier I had a guaranteed 4pm check-out which allowed me to have a leisurely morning at the Mucha exhibition at the Musee du Luxembourg. I popped back at 3pm, packed and checked out and then walked up to Gare du Nord for my 5.13pm Eurostar.
The Marriott Paris Champs Elysees has a fantastic location for seeing much of tourist Paris. I walked down to the Miro exhibition at the Grand Palais and was there in under 10 minutes, and of course the Arc de Triomphe is just up the road. Place de la Concorde is a short walk downhill through the Tuileries Garden.
The hotel website is here if you want to know more.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
EDIT: Until 8th November 2022, the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is doubled to 40,000 points!
You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
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