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Pierre Donel

Navigator Pierre's passion is sharing his city and its neighborhood to his guests.

Navigator Biography

Pierre Donel has worked in and around the Champs Elysées neighborhood of Paris for more than a decade And he loves his role as Navigator at the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe. The hotel itself exudes Parisian style but above all Pierre loves its location.“It is perfect,” he says, “On one side, there’s the Avenue des Champs Elysées, the world’s most famous shopping street, with its luxury brasseries and restaurants and the flagship stores of many famous international brands. Then on the other side you have the micro local Ternes district with its bistros and open air markets.” It means that the hotel is within easy walking distance of some of the city’s best known sites - including I’Arc de Triomphe and Place de La Concorde. And yet it also perfectly situated for some truly authentic French bistros and cafes with a relaxed local vibe. Whichever Paris you choose to explore – and whether you want an evening cocktail, a fine draft beer, a fully vegan lunch or the best fish restaurant in town - you can be sure that Pierre will be able to point you in the right direction. Pierre is also vice president of Les Clefs D’Or France – the prestigious organisation that is open only to the world’s very finest concierges. Pierre likes to start his day with exercise - either running, swimming, a gym session or yoga.


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Fragonard Musée du Parfum

This 1800s converted mansion details the processes involved in creating perfume.
Not far from the Place Vendôme, a beautiful 19th-century mansion houses the Musée des Parfumeries-Fragonard. The history of perfume over the last 3000 years is retraced here through a collection of flasks, porcelain scent bottles, engravings and paintings. How to distill, what kind of ingredients are used to create perfumes - this is the sort of information visitors will find out here. This museum is recommended to all those attracted to the sophisticated universe of scents.
Address: 9 Rue Scribe, Paris, 75009, France
Phone: +33 1 4742 0456
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM,Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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Baum Home

Browse through wind chimes, candles, and quilts among Baum's unique home accessories and Japanese-inspired kitsch for a quirky souvenir.
If you're looking for a unique present, head to Baum in the heart of 17th Arrondissement. The lovely store prides itself on an eclectic selection of knickknacks and collectibles. For a fun addition to your living space, browse through quilts, pillow covers and upholstery in great designs and of top quality. Funky tissues, candles, wall hangings and chimes promise to beautifully punctuate a blank wall. Boxes and pouches in vibrant prints, as well as accessories for the table like pen stands and paper weights, are unconventional and artistic pieces. Take home quirky treasures as a wonderful souvenir or a one-of-a-kind gift.
Address: 10 rue Saint-Ferdinand, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +33 1 4572 3413
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 AM to 07:30 PM
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Marché Poncelet

A local open-air fresh market just a few steps from the hotel.
A trip to Marché Poncelet is a staple on Parisian itineraries aiming to capture the local essence of the City of Light. Open throughout the week except on Mondays, the famous outdoor market is located within stumbling distance of the Arc de Triomphe. It is lined with stalls selling local specialties, fresh produce, fruits, vegetables, seafood, artisan cheese and bread. Begin your day with breakfast at the street boulangerie where the aroma of freshly-baked baguettes, pastries and confectionery engulfs your senses. Sample freshly-shucked oysters, relish gourmet chocolates, witness chicken roasting in the open, rummage through artifacts, buy unique souvenirs and mingle with the locals at one of the best food markets in Paris.
Address: rue Poncelet, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +33 1 4952 4263

Le Dada

This trendy and laid back brasserie is perfect for an evening happy hour!
This trendy and laid back brasserie is perfect for an evening happy hour or afternoon cappuccino. Take in some people watching on their outdoor terrace during the warm months, or cozy up to the bar for a cocktail in the evening. The fare includes traditional French cuisine with plates of charcuterie, soups, and simple baguette sandwiches. Their brew selection is extensive. 
Address: 12 Avenue des Ternes, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +33 1 43 80 60 12
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Dix-Huit

Dix-Huit exudes a chic ambiance that perfectly complements its oft-updated menu.
Dix-Huit is an inviting bistro offering two prix fixe menus (either two or three courses) consisting of a frequently-changing selection of creative cuisine. The interior is split up into two dining areas. The first is modern and trendy, with black and white photography on the wall and simple, mismatched chairs. The second dining area is airy and bright, located under a glass roof and adorned with potted plants. For ambiance and fresh cuisine, it's hard to beat Dix-Huit. 
Address: 18 Rue Bayen, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +33 1 53 81 79 77
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 02:30 PM,Monday to Saturday from 06:30 PM to 11:00 PM
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Chez Gabrielle

This charming bistro is the perfect place to relax with a bottle of wine over a fine French meal.
Chez Gabrielle is a cozy restaurant serving French cuisine in Paris' 17th Arrondissement. The dining room is decorated in a simple but elegant crimson and white motif. On the menu, you'll find mostly meat and seafood dishes like roasted pork rib or scallops with mushrooms. For dessert, definitely try the creme brulee with a cognac-poached peach on the side. 
Address: 7 Rue de l'Étoile, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +33 1 43 80 23 01
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM,Monday to Saturday from 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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Le Môm

This artsy resto-lounge features modern cuisine and sublime cocktails.
Môm is a trendy restaurant and lounge in the 17th arrondissement. Owner Etienne Lefebvre creates an eclectic ambiance with pop art walls, an abstract false ceiling, plush furniture, quirky lamps and colorful decor. At the helm of its kitchen, chef Nicolas Guillard's contemporary cuisine includes specialties such as seared steak of swordfish and Thai basil, fillet of beef in blue cheese sauce, and veal sautéed with mushrooms and potatoes. Save room for a classic tiramisu or crème carambar with caramelized pineapple.
Address: 4-6 rue Pierre Demours, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +33 1 4068 7271
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 02:00 AM,Sunday from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
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Le Flaubert

This bistro by culinary superstar Michel Rostang offers traditional, Lyon-inspired food with a vintage charm.
Le Flaubert is a classic French bistro by the famous chef Michel Rostang. The menu is inspired by the regions of Savoie and Lyon, and includes the chef's signature dishes like the snails from burgundy in butter-garlic sauce, grilled veal kidneys in shiraz wine sauce, and mussels and chorizo coquillettes pasta. Floor-to-ceiling shelves are lined with vintage ceramic and porcelain kitchenware, wine bottles, paintings and memorabilia that lend a cozy and charming atmosphere.
Address: 10 rue Gustave Flaubert, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +33 1 4267 0581
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM,Tuesday to Friday from 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM,Saturday from 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Caïus

This upscale bistro offers a set menu of flavors and dishes that will delight your taste buds.
With a palimpsestuous menu that comes and goes from a small chalkboard at the front of the restaurant, Caïus is definitively French, harnessing the creative energies of talented chefs wrestling with daily produce deliveries. What you'll receive is anyone's guess, even the chefs. Each day the ingredients are received, the menu conceived, and the full set list scrawled in chalk by 11am. There's no a la carte at Caïus, but that's for the best. Dishes are designed to mingle with one another, appetizers seguing to bold entrees that make the most out of the daily ingredients. 
Address: 11 rue d'Armaillé, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +33 1 4227 1920
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM,Monday to Friday from 07:30 PM to 10:30 PM

UC-61

Secret and cozy cocktail bar with unique decoration.
Just steps from the hotel, this pocket-size bar with an alternative touch will take you into a submarine-like world. Enjoy the vintage furniture and tailor-made cocktails made by Anaïs, the award-winning barmaid. In the basement there is a smoking room that looks like a private library.
Address: 4 Rue de l'Arc de Triomphe, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +01 40 68 70 60
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 8pm to 2am or later
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Delitaly

Local gourmet deli featuring the best of Italy.
In true family tradition, Lorenzo and Filippo Rebuzzi picked up the torch from their parents and grandparents to offer you great products from Italy in their restaurant and delicatessen. Their dishes pay homage to the family tradition of looking for quality products that come from all over Italy.
Address: 21 Rue Poncelet, Paris, 75017, France
Phone: +01 42 27 52 19
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9AM to 6PM

FORGES Joaillerie

A boutique dedicated to fine watches with a true expertise!
One of the oldest watchmakers in Paris is located a stone's throw from the Arc de Triomphe. You will find, outside of the traditional big names in Swiss watchmaking, a selection of many renowned Swiss brands like Vulcan, TAG Heuer, and Bell & Ross, and handmade fine watches.
Address: 4 Avenue de Wagram, Paris, 75008, France
Phone: +01 42 27 88 13
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11AM to 7PM