la Maison Champs Elysees is a hotel that has been newly renovated. It is not far off the Champs Elysees on 8 rue Jean Goujon and I decided to check it out since I had recently read about the decoration done by a Belgian named Martin Margiela who uses trompe l’oeil effects making plain walls look like fabulous carved wooden door or lovely ceilings. A very nice door man showed me around a bit on the ground floor. I have to say up front that I am not a fan of this type of design, very spare and severe. I like color and cozy seating and soft lights but I’m sure this is loved by many people. (It’s sort of like the difference between a cool thin woman with blond hair done up in a chignon dressed in a white evening gown with perfect makeup and diamonds galore and a haughty expression on her face or a slightly over weight redhead, hair down and casual, friendly smile, dressed in a soft wool skirt and colorful top with necklaces of many hues. Which would you find more comfortable?) It’s located in what is called “The Golden Triangle”, a shopping area full of high end shops such as Channel and Louis Vuitton. I much prefer the 6th arrondissment which has that unique Parisian ambiance that most Americans love.