Modern 4-star hotel near the Jardin des Tuileries.

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Booking agent description: This modern 4-star hotel sits in the 1st Arrondissement, near the scenic Jardin des Tuileries and the up-market shops of the Champs Elysees. Among the hotel's classically elegant interiors, you'll find modern comforts like a spa and fitness centre, and each room has satellite TV, air conditioning and a private bathroom stocked with pampering products.

Location: Louvre - Chatelet, Paris

Hotel rating: 4 out of 2,317 reviews

Hotel facilities: Room Service, Room Service, Air Conditioning, Concierge, Elevator/Lift, Gift Shop, Laundry, Luggage room, Night Porter, Porter, Reception (24 hours), Safety Deposit Boxes, Spa treatments, Terrace, Valet parking, Well-being massage, Wellness area, Wi Fi

Room facilities: Room Service, Air Conditioning, Cable television, Complimentary toiletries, En-Suite Bathroom, Flat screen LCD TV, Free Internet access, Coffee/tea facilities, Telephone, Telephone, Television, Trouser Press, Voicemail, Wake-up calls, High speed internet connection, Modem Access, Hairdryer, Mini-bar, Pay TV, Make-up mirror, Safe, Private bathroom with bathtub, Hairdryer (on request)

Accepted credit cards: American Express, Carte Bleue, Diners Club International, Eurocard, JCB, Mastercard, Visa

Hotel policies: Children welcome, Small pets welcome, Smoking permitted in bar / restaurant

Childrens amenities: Babysitting

Business amenities: Business Centre, Fax, PC for Guests, Photocopying