Where to Stay in Paris: Hotel Chavanel Review

where to stay in paris: hotel chavanel review

Paris is always a good idea.....and staying at Hotel Chavanel is, too! If possible, I always choose to stay at a boutique hotel when traveling; they always seem to have more charm, a caring staff and they feel more unique to the city in which you are visiting. Hotel Chavanel was no exception....from the moment my mom and I arrived in Paris it was like we were living in a dream!

Hotel Chavanel is a 4-star, family-owned, 27-room boutique hotel located in the Le Madeleine neighborhood (the 8th Arrondissement) of Paris. It is chic, elegant and so very welcoming! When I was trying to figure out where to stay in Paris, I instantly fell in love with the photos of their property. Their website lists the decor as "discreet-luxury, not ostentatious, but well thought through with attention to detail." I couldn't agree more. The aesthetic of the hotel from the lobby to the guest rooms was beautiful but not over the top. The whole property had a modern yet fashionably elegant Parisian charm to it, which I loved, and it was filled with unique lighting and stylish touches like the Aspen trees lining the lobby and the candy bowl filled with rose and lavender flavored mints at the front desk. There was a floral shape that was carried throughout the design of the hotel from the curtains to the wall art and it really tied everything together with such a modern elegance.

When we checked in, we were greeted with a welcome card from the owner, a champagne toast, and an ornamental perfume piece to put in our luggage to keep it smelling fresh. I thought it was the sweetest touch! I will definitely be using it on future trips; I know it will hold wonderful travel memories.

Hotel Chavanel is a beautiful boutique hotel in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris
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Hotel Chavanel's luggage perfume

The Room
My mom and I stayed in a Deluxe Room. It was just the right size for two adults - small but cozy (it was relatively large for European standards). There were two giant windows with lace curtains that overlooked the streets below. The view was seriously everything I had hoped for and more! I loved to open the windows and watch the hustle and bustle of the city below. It felt so very Parisian! Though the streets were busy, the soundproof room was very quiet at night which I appreciated, especially while adjusting to the time zone and getting over jet lag. My mom took the bed and I took the couch; it pulled out into a (believe it or not) very comfortable bed!

Another thing I loved was the shower! I'm a sucker for a rainfall shower head and the tile work was so modern and fun. The shower was also relatively large which is hard to find in Europe; it was nice to have room to move around. Not only did it have a rainfall shower head, but a handheld one, as well. The toilet even had it's own little room - a "wash closet" as they call it - complete with organic toilet paper. Having the toilet separate from the sink/shower allowed us both to get ready at the same time which was a huge time saver.

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Hotel Chavanel Deluxe Room

Lace curtains frame the beautiful view at Hotel Chavanel

Hotel Chavanel's beautiful bathroom

Cozy robes and slippers at Hotel Chavanel

Hotel Chavanel's rainfall shower head

Hotel Chavanel Deluxe Bedroom's sitting area and pullout couch

The Amenities
One of my favorite things at Hotel Chavanel was the 100% organic breakfast buffet. It was so convenient (and delicious) to have breakfast included in our stay. Each morning started off the right way - with croissants and coffee! Not only was it delicious, but it was easy and stress-free allowing us to get right to sight seeing in the mornings. They serve breakfast in the stone walled cellar...it kind of felt like we were eating in a wine cellar! You could also have breakfast brought to your room on request at no additional charge - yes please. We chose to eat breakfast in bed on our last day and it was such a fun experience.

The breakfast buffet consists of typical Parisian foods: croissants, baguettes and other pastries, tons of jams, meats, cheese, eggs, yogurt, cereal, crepes and fruit. Have you ever had French yogurt? I LOVE it. I made a parfait with it every morning layering it with fresh fruit and muesli! I noticed they had plenty of gluten free options available, as well. The breakfast staff would even make you any type of coffee you wanted from americanos to lattes or cappuccinos and more....it was always fantastic. No lie, it was some of the best coffee I had throughout our entire European vacation.

Other Amenities:

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Elevator to all six floors
  • Air conditioning 
  • Luggage storage
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Umbrella loan service
  • Babysitting service
  • Bathrobe & slippers
  • Bathroom toiletries & organic toilet paper
  • Wifi in rooms and common areas
  • Complimentary newspapers in multiple language 
  • Pop-up boutique and gift shop in the lobby
With so many fabulous amenities at our fingertips we felt so very spoiled at at ease. I wish every vacation could be that lavish....I'd probably never go home!

Breakfast in bed at Hotel Chavanel

Hotel Chavanel's breakfast room is located in a stone cellar

100% organic breakfast at Hotel Chavanel

The Location
Hotel Chavanel is located in the Le Madeleine area of the 8th Arrondissement - a very safe, high-end neighborhood. It is only a few blocks away from some of the best luxury shopping in Paris (I even snagged myself a pretty pink designer souvenir at Galeries Lafayette - see if you can spot it below)! It felt like we were in a very posh spot but it did not feel overly touristy; we were surrounded by more local shops and homes as opposed to tourist traps and crowds of people. The Madeleine subway (which will take you almost anywhere in Paris) was only a two minute walk and most importantly, Ladurée was only a few blocks away! For reference, the hotel is more or less halfway between Galeries Lafayette and the La Madeleine church.

I think a location can make or break a vacation (that rhymed, lol!) and Hotel Chavanel is seriously in the perfect spot! It's convenient, safe, quiet and authentically Parisian. Plus, I mean, how about that view?!

Parisian sunrise view from Hotel Chavanel

The Staff
I don't have enough nice things to say about the staff at Hotel Chavanel! They were SO helpful and welcoming. From letting us know where the yellow jacket riots were (i.e. what areas to avoid) to making dinner reservations or calling a taxi for us, they took care of our every need. All of the front desk staff spoke perfect English, as well, which was a relief - although I've been trying to learn French, my pronunciation is terrible so it can be hard/embarrassing when I try to communicate! I very much appreciated their help/guidance pronouncing things correctly whenever I attempted to speak in French.

Hotel Chavanel's lobby is modern and upbeat

The welcome and front desk area of Hotel Chavenel in Paris

Hotel Chavanel's modern and stylish lobby area

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The Cost
The rooms at Hotel Chavanel run approximately $250 to $400 a night depending on the room you choose and the time of year you visit. Honestly, based on my experience, I would have guessed the rooms were much more expensive than what they were! The quality of hotel you receive far outweighs the cost of the room - especially in comparison to other hotels/rentals in Paris. Trust me, you get more than your monies worth at Hotel Chavanel.

The view from Hotel Chavanel in the La Madeleine neighborhood of Paris

Staying at Hotel Chavanel was the BEST experience we could have hoped for, especially on my mom's first trip to Europe. I would 100% recommend it and hope to stay there again when I return to Paris one day. You can book your room at Hotel Chavanel here (and you can thank me later).

I still have a few days left of my European vacation - stay tuned for an Instagram outfit roundup later this week and a full Paris blog post coming your way soon. It has been such a fabulous trip, I can't wait to share more of it with you.

Have you ever been to Paris? If so, what area of the city did you stay in and what area would you want to stay in next? I'd love to hear your experiences in the comments.

Thanks so much for reading and following along on my adventures, it truly means so much. Au revoir and happy travels!

Thank you to Hotel Chavanel for hosting me! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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