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An experience I hope will be repeated soon as I really enjoyed my stay at this Parisian hotel. The Hotel Raphael, a legend and a name, is one of the oldest hotels in Paris, located in the heart of the capital, at a walking distance from the Arc de Triomphe and the famous Champs Elysees. Entering Hotel Raphael one discovers the atmosphere of a private club. Walnut paneling and generous seating areas line the wide gallery, hung with art and carpeted with Oriental rugs. Rococo describes the ambience of the high-ceilinged guest rooms, furnished with Regency, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Empire, and Directoire antiques, yet thoughtfully appointed with satellite television, direct-dial telephone with voice mail and modem port. The Raphael is a unique Parisian hotel, that teeters on being more of a club.
Whether you are in the intimate atmosphere of the Bar Anglais, in one of the cosseted suites or in one of the vast bedrooms, you will be made to feel at home, with attentive personnel to fulfill your every need. I visit Paris on average, once per month. This is the first time that I chose a hotel that is not part of an international chain, and believe me it was worth it.
The service, the welcoming, the location, the food, the free valet parking, the room service, dinner in the room, the 30sqm room space, the huge bathroom size, the room lighting, the English bar are few of the services we tried and that are simply perfect. The price might be a bit high but very adequate and proportional for what you get. We didn't have the chance to experience the rooftop terrace, but will surely do next summer.
Room Tip: Ask for a back view for a calm stay, a front view to experience a lively Paris.