Le Bristol Paris
Sophisticated; 18th century décor; see-and-be-seen bar scene
112 Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré 33 (0)1-53-43-43-00 www.lebristolparis.com
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At a Glance
A model of old-school service and sophistication, The Bristol is one of the top palace properties in Paris.
- The bar scene at night is an ever changing view of Paris glamour
- Families combine rooms to create apartments, including the Panoramic and Penthouse suites
- The accommodation with the best city view is the mansard corner room in the new building: from the bedrooms and the living rooms you can see the Eiffel Tower
Thanks to a multi-year renovation, the Bristol, with it superb location on the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré, close to the art galleries and shopping of the 8th and 1st arrondissements, is again one of the top palace properties in Paris. Its owners, who also own the legendary Hôtel du Cap, prefer old-world elegance to New Age glitz. From the uniformed valets who greet you to the delicate china upon which breakfast is served, the Bristol is a model of old-school service and sophistication.
All its 188 guest rooms and suites have been redone, and 26 more added in an adjoining building. (It took close to 20 years to buy the apartments in the annex, but the structures have been merged seamlessly.) Like graceful pieds à terre, the guest rooms all have distinct décors, with Louis XV and XVI furniture; floral fabrics by Rubelli, Pierre Frey and Manuel Canovas; and pink Portuguese marble in the bathrooms. The rooms have been soundproofed, but the French windows still open over the garden or the street if you want some fresh air. The rooms in the new wing have wonderful high ceilings and elegant proportions, and some have views of the Eiffel Tower, but the ones in the original wing have a special charm, including garden views and flower-filled terraces.
The spa facilities at the Bristol were enlarged, updated, and redecorated in the spring of 2012 and now spread over three floors with views onto the hotel’s tranquil interior garden. Featuring products by La Prairie, the spa menu proposes a range of beauty and massage treatments including decadent options like the “Swiss Bliss”—a three-hour, scalp-to-toe caviar firming treatment. And because a truly relaxing spa day requires uninterrupted “me” time, Spa Le Bristol has thoughtfully set up a kid’s club.
Among the hotel’s other highlights: the city’s largest hotel garden; an indoor pool with a teak deck designed to feel like one on a Belle Epoque ship; and the Epicure, the hotel’s three-star Michelin restaurant. The “power” bar was so dubbed by L’Express because from one of its couches you can view a who’s who of the city—designers, diplomats, tycoons and art dealers—at work and at play. In addition, 114 Faubourg, the restaurant in the new wing, has become the place to lunch in the neighborhood.
Who Should Stay
Those who appreciate traditional decor, the discreet charm of the Faubourg St.-Honoré and expect polite, impeccable service. The hotel is popular with well-heeled Japanese; Middle Eastern families; press-shy celebrities; and high-powered business folk who want to keep a low profile.
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- Melissa Biggs Bradley
Indagare Plus Amenities
- American breakfast for 2 included
- Early check-in subject to availability
- Late check out on availability
- 85Euro Spa credit (no cash value and excluding products)
- Daily Newspaper
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