The Banke Hotel, Central Paris

By Abi King | Small Luxury Hotels

Jul 16

Paris Banke Hotel ReviewThe Banke Hotel Paris – Review

From the moment you step through the door, you know this is no place for the bashful.

Decked in rich deep plum and dripping with avant-garde chandeliers, the atrium at the Banke creates the sensation of having walked into a giant’s jewellery box. Sunlight filters through the glass ceiling even in the midst of a Parisian winter and both heels and wheels make a pleasing clack on the mosaic tiled floor.

Rooms follow the indulgent design further, with thick maroon curtains, black lined frames, velveteen sofas and gilded wall-mounted antlers. On appearance alone, it’s hard to believe this is only a four star hotel.

It lives in a handy part of Paris, just moments from Boulevard Haussman and the Galeries Lafayette. (And although the route looks easy, let me tell you from personal experience that it really is too far to walk from international rail hub the Gare du Nord.)

Breakfast isn’t really in fitting with the place, served underground in a bright, white, simplistic setting with a modest self-service buffet, and the gym is unassuming as well.

Banke Hotel Exterior Paris

For all the rhythms of Paris, as part of the Derby Hotel Collection, Banke has a distinctly Spanish flavour. Alongside cod and bean salads, there’s Catalan sausage and acorn-fed ham with white truffle oil, caramelised cod and infusions of Tio Pepe sherry. Meanwhile, the Lolabar, just across from the Josefin restaurant, serves patatas bravas, Cantabrian anchovies and paprika pork sandwiches from the island of Majorca.

It turns out, of course, that there’s a reason for all this. The owners hail from the Iberian Peninsula.

All together, it’s a beautiful find, a place where the little things are treated like big things: free wifi, great service, and an approachable and useful concierge.

Banke Hotel Room Paris

What I loved

The feeling of opulence and style. It’s the decor you’d never dare to have at home.

The location in the Opera district. Easy to see the rest of the city, to feel part of the city, and yet to feel far from the tourist scrums.

Fantastic service

Free wifi throughout

Great food

What to know

The walkway from the door to the reception splits the bar and restaurant into two.

The food isn’t French. It’s excellent and it roams across Spain but if you’ve set your heart on a “French” weekend in Paris then this isn’t going to fit the bill.

It’s a place for luxurious refinement, not for hunching over a desk. In other words, get ready to balance that laptop on your knees…

More About The Banke Hotel Paris


94 rooms: 15 single rooms, 40 double rooms, 13 executive rooms, 9 deluxe rooms and 17 suites

Marble-trimmed bathrooms with showers and baths

Sound proofing

Flat screen TV


Air conditioning and heating

Safe with space for a laptop

All rooms non-smoking

24 hour room service

Derby Hotels Collection, Small Luxury Hotels of the World Collection

Doubles from £175/night


Hotel Banke Paris Website


Disclosure: I was hosted at the Banke Hotel Paris for review purposes. As ever, as always, I remain free to write what I like. Check out my other reviews to get a taste of my reviewing style…


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