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The Hotel Guru Review: A grand ancien régime town house bought in 1930 by legendary hotelier Emile Wolf, who filled it with lovely things and a starry array of guests from Coward to Dietrich. Present owner Grace Leo Andrieu has deftly brought it up to date while preserving its atmosphere of unflashy glamour. Sip cocktails in enchanting Salon Berri; dine in Michel Troisgros' restaurant; take the original red leather lift to your lovely bedroom.

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The Lancaster

The Hospes Lancaster Hotel, as it is now known (to the disdain of a number of long term fans) is one of the most charming and elegantly restored townhouse hotels in Paris. The Lancaster is a jewel, with a small chinese garden for outdoor dining, and exquisite meeting room, a small drawing room and 57 panelled and harmoniously decored guestrooms. Fabrics are well chosen and in muted colours - greys, pale yellows, creams and dusty pinks - with a smattering of chinoiserie, fine prints and pictures, antique faded mirrors, and good antique or repro furniture. Some have fireplaces, many have high ceilings.

The only problem is the immediate neighbourhood. This would be everbody's favourite hotel if it was in the Place des Vosges, or even just 300 metres further south, across the Champs Elysees in one of the grand avenues amongst its leafy cousins, the George V and the Plaza Athenee. In the wider scheme of things, of course, its position just metres from the Champs Elysees cannot be faulted. But the rue de Berri is a busy commercial street, full of straying tourists and club goers late into the night.

However, this is a small quibble. If you are someone who does not need extensive facilities or spacious public rooms to be seen in - this hideaway from the Champs Elysees hubbub has much to recommend it.

Facing either Rue de Berri or the interior courtyard garden, the 49 rooms and 11 suites of the Lancaster cover 8 floors of the building. Intimate or very spacious, they all tie to a certain art of living à la Française, through their rare antique furniture, luxurious items, paintings, sofas, desks, and porcelain.

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