Wrought-iron balconies adorned by bursts of red geraniums. In-room massages and jet lag-busting reflexology sessions. Pillow menus and turndown services. The stately Trocadéro hotel Sofitel Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel ticks all the boxes for pleasure seekers – from a central location near the city’s greatest hits. Read on for the full review.
Where is Sofitel Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel?
You’ll spot the grand building in the city’s 16th arrondissement from a mile away. Straddling a corner of leafy Kléber Avenue in Trocadéro, the building’s Haussmann architecture is picturesque, complete with flower-adorned balconies and black street-level awnings. Skirting the city’s western edge will deliver you from Orly airport in a 25-minute cab ride, while a taxi from Charles de Gaulle airport clocks in at around 30 minutes.
What’s near Sofitel Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel?
A cluster of big-ticket landmarks surround this Sofitel outpost: the Arc du Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and Eiffel Tower are all in this part of the city. All three are around 15 minutes away on foot, in opposite directions. The closest metro station is Boissière, serving line 6 of the system, and it’s less than 100 metres from the hotel.
Little luxuries proliferate the comfy and compact rooms – soap up with Balmain bath products (ooh la la!), linger over the pillow menu and slide into slippers and bathrobes, all standard inclusions in every room. If you’re here for the view, Deluxe Junior Suites are where the magic really begins. Outward-facing and in the historic edge of the building, views extend to the Eiffel Tower over atmospheric mansion rooftops and the imposing Palais de Chaillot.
Restaurants and bars
Velvet banquettes, over-table chandeliers and a menu sprinkled with sustainable produce welcome guests to Carte Blanche, the elegant eatery where (most) menu items have definite articles. The Sea Bream, for example, is wild caught and roasted with shiso leaves, while The Farm Guinea Fowl has a distinct pastoral flavour with fresh herbs and chestnut.
Just quenching a thirst? Sip on something at Le 88B Bar, which moonlights as a saloon in the evenings as well as a breakfast spot in the morning. The wine list leans local (naturally) and any choice makes a great friend for the herb-topped lobster roll.
Travel for work
This Sofitel outpost promises “magnifique” meetings and that pledge isn’t too lofty, considering the Eiffel Signature Suite (and its signature Eiffel view) can be booked for private events. If the budget won’t stretch, the Eiffel Salon, with its marble tables and walnut wood walls, makes a fair substitute.
All rooms are equipped with a small desk and wi-fi for easy in-room working. (If you’re planning to pull all-nighters, the spaces are more generous from Deluxe and above.)
Gym and spa
No need to leave your room for some relaxation: diligent Sofitel staff can organise in-room treatments to suit your soothing needs – everything from massages, make-up application and reflexology have made it onto the wide-reaching menu.
While there’s also a small on-site fitness centre with cardio equipment and free weights or you could skip past the lobby for a jogger’s map, inclusive of routes to the Seine and the Champ de Mars gardens.
The hotel has committed to Acting Here - Planet21 Program, a hospitality-focused sustainability approach that spans community, food, building and customer initiatives. As a result, you’ll notice eco-friendly touches such as recyclable coffee capsules, energy-saving lamps and an absence of endangered fish species from menus.
Accessible rooms are available, along with accessible parking and common areas.
What you need to know
Forgot your laptop? Desperate for a board game? Need a local’s nod for an excellent bistro? There’s a concierge desk for that – and they take your needs seriously here.
Best for: Bucket-list ticking
Number of rooms: 103
Rates: From €446.50
Parking: €48 per day
Address: 88 Bis Av. Kléber, 75116 Paris
Phone: +33 1 44 34 54 54
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