L'Empire Paris scores a ten out of ten in terms of its coolness quotient. Sophisticated decor burgeons on looking like it belongs in a contemporary art gallery. Located just off Rue de Rivoli, this four star hotel is near the Musée du Louvre Museum, Notre Dame de Paris, and a slew of other sights.
An Empire Under the Parisian Sun
L'Empire Paris's conscientious staff will graciously tackle anything you need. The hotel's rooms are quite large for Parisian standards, and if you're willing to splurge, the Josephine Suite comes with a private terrace, a whirlpool bath, and views over the courtyard. All 42 guestrooms, however, were fully renovated in 2007, are equipped with iPod docking stations, and offer beautiful contemporary furnishings infused with 18th century Empire style. The Lounge Bar and the Empire Café offer light, healthy cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere. A full service spa and complimentary WiFi each keep guests happy in their own way.
Plenty To Do
Chez Alexandre, opposite the hotel, is a hit with guests for its delicious food and friendly service. Cross the river to take in the Musée d'Orsay, watch the sunset over the Seine from the Pont des Arts, a few minutes' walk away, or go shopping on the winding streets that surround the Place Vendôme. Two metro stations, Louvre-Rivoli and Les Halles, are in easy walking distance of L'Empire Paris.