Decisions, decisions … one of the biggest challenges of planning a trip to Paris with kids is deciding where to stay. Unlike other European cities where just a handful of locations are truly ideal for families, practically every neighborhood in the very heart of Paris has a distinct personality and appeal in one way or another. The Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement is no exception; although for me, there has to be a good reason to stay here given the heavy concentration of tourists in this part of the city. Enter Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière. A good reason!
Owned by the French brand Lucien Barrière, Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière offers something grand and unique to families and actively caters to kids with special programs and treats. It’s located literally on the Champs-Élysées and in the heart of the non-stop action, although inside, the hotel is a wonderful oasis with history, charm, and exceptional service.
Dating back to 1899, Fouquet’s restaurant is one of the most addresses on the Champs-Élysées. The restaurant has always been a gathering place for the French entertainment industry and the theme of the restaurant and hotel shares this connection with photos and memorabilia of celebrities enjoying this landmark through different decades. The ambiance is fun, social, and unique to this address.
From the moment we arrived at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, we were charmed by the staff. Throughout our 48-hour stay the service at the hotel was warm, attentive, and eager to please. This French brand caters to an international clientele, yet they manage to make every person feel welcome and right at home, including offering 24/7 butler service for every room.
Given the sophisticated ambiance, this guest-centric approach makes all the difference in the world and is a big reason the hotel feels so family-friendly.
The 81 guest rooms (including 33 suites) at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière are unbelievably spacious. We had a one-bedroom suite with two bathrooms and a massive living room area. Families have plenty of room to spread out here. The furnishings are plush and modern with rich fabrics and textures.
Views vary from their lovely courtyard garden to the Champs-Élysées, to the Eiffel Tower, to the Avenue George V. In other words, if you are dreaming about something specific, make a request at the time of your reservation (Connect with a Family Travel Advisor if you want our help).
The minibars all include complimentary water and sodas. Another somewhat unexpected — but appreciated — treat at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière. The WIFI is also free for guests throughout the hotel.
The U Spa Barrière offers massages and signature treatments in eight treatment rooms, in addition to a hammam, sauna, and fitness room. Kids’ treatments are available including the Little Princess and Prince Experiences, and even a baby massage workshop for children 3 months to 4 years old.
The indoor pool is the highlight for families as it’s big enough for kids to meaningfully splash around (50 ft x 20 ft). They also offer kids’ swimming lessons on request.
If there is any doubt that this luxury hotel is family-friendly, their Fouquet’s Kids program dispels any concerns. The hotel sponsors creative programming on selective Sundays through the year. From puppet shows, to music and dance workshops, to the World of Bees learning session (including honey tasting!), this program ensures kids feel pampered and parents can get some downtime. It’s fabulous to see an extensive kids’ program like this in Paris!
The hotel has a mascot for kids, Grenadine the ladybug, and little kids are given a cute Passport to explore the hotel and learn about Paris. The concierge team has organized themed tours for kids throughout the city including little gourmet walking tours, a doll workshop, and following the steps of famous personalities around the city. It’s all very clever and creative.
The hotel offers five restaurants and three bars, including the landmark Cafe Fouquet and a one star Michelin gastronomic restaurant, Le Diane. We ate at their Mediterranean inspired restaurant, Le Petite Maison de Nicole, which is quite good, although pricey for a quick dinner after arrival — our mistake, we should have opted for Cafe Fouquet’s. But it’s nice to have the choice of so many options without leaving the hotel after a long day of travel and/or sightseeing.
This location is central for sightseeing with immediate Metro access and plenty of cabs. Although it is not adjacent to a park, there are quite a few you can get to easily from here.
Ciao Bambino’s Family Vacation Consulting team can help! Request assistance on our Connect with a Family Travel Advisor page.
Editorial Note: Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière provided a media rate so we could review the hotel for families. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy unless otherwise noted.
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