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Le Bristol Paris is situated smack in the heart of the fashion district, on the infinitely chic Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The hotel’s stylish address comes with an equally glamorous history; since its opening in 1925, Le Bristol has played host to the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Josephine Baker, made an appearance in the film Midnight in Paris and served as the American Embassy in WWII. Knowing this, it’s hardly surprising that the hotel was the first in France to receive the esteemed standing of “Palace”, cementing its status as one of the most well-known luxury hotels in the country – even in the world.
Despite its sought-after location, rooms (even at entry-level) are surprisingly large, with many suites feeling more like Parisian apartments than hotel accommodation. Louis XV and XVI-style predominates as far as furniture is concerned and colour schemes and decor are equally classical. Opulent chandeliers hang above large beds and grand windows have views of the pretty interior courtyard or Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Large marble bathrooms have heated floors and toiletries are from Hermés – the flagship store of which is less than a ten-minute stroll away.
Le Bristol’s dining options are arguably the hotel’s most impressive asset and boast a total of four Michelin stars. Three of those belong to Epicure which serves brilliant traditionally French cuisine for all meals of the day. The formality of the fine-dining atmosphere is relieved a bit in the summertime when meals can be enjoyed in the lovely garden. 114 Faubourg claims the remaining Michelin star serving innovative French fare in an environment that is cheery and bright. The al fresco Le Jardin is the most casual option of the lot; stop there or at the eclectic Le Bar for a cocktail before dinner. After dining on whichever Michelin-starred meal you choose, return to Le Bar and venture through a secret door to find an edgy nightlife scene – neon lights and DJ included.
Drop your little ones at the kids’ club and head to the nearby spa where elegant, light-drenched treatment rooms have views of flower gardens. On the 6th floor, a good-sized pool resembles the deck of a ship. Be sure to stop now and again to look outside; this might be one of the only places in Paris where you can take in Eiffel Tower views between laps.
How to get here
45 minutes by road from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
88 rooms & suites
First-hand knowledge from LuxuryBARED members who've been here.
What I liked
The staff is what makes the Bristol the place to stay in Paris. They greet you by name every time you walk in the door. Always attentive, but not obtrusive. The room has nice views (stay on the upper floors); with fresh flowers and typical faux antique furniture found in most high-end “old style” Parisian hotels. Morning step-up of coffee and fresh juice and pastries are a nice touch and without additional charge. Tapered gold and marble made it seem more “homey” and seeing the usual dowagers in the lobby made it all seem more real.
What I disliked
The carpets on the stairs seem a bit worn (I know picky), and there were stains in the room carpets that kind of made you pause. The restaurant choices sway to the semi-formal to formal. If you are looking for a more casual experience for dining, this isn’t it.