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Rue Saint-Honoré is one of Paris’ oldest streets – and one of its chicest. Designer shops beckon glitterati to the 1st arrondissement which is also home to the Louvre, Palais Royal, and Tuileries Gardens. The Mandarin Oriental claims a spot on the coveted street, giving fashionistas a calm and contemporary oasis to return to after a day spent traipsing around the city.
The hotel is luxuriously modern, with just a whisper of 1930’s elegance making appearances here and there. Nature themes present throughout, from the dozens of Swarovski crystal butterflies suspended above the concierge desk to the massive birdcage found in the garden (which has a table and seating inside of it for a particularly unorthodox dining experience). Art has a huge presence in the hotel as well; if you’re a frequent visitor you may have noticed that the entryway pieces change every few months.
All of the 96 rooms and 39 suites are fabulously spacious and elegantly decorated with lacquered furniture and dark wood furnishings offset by accents of gold, purple and pink. Reproductions of Man Ray’s “The Kiss” take centre stage above the beds, and other works by Ali Mahdavi feature throughout. Thoughtful touches are everywhere, from a delightfully exhaustive pillow menu to yoga mats tucked away in cabinets. Some accommodations have private balconies from which you can people-watch the jet setters who frequent the boutiques below.
The two-Michelin starred Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx is avant-garde both in gastronomy and appearance; the dining room is an intriguing, artsy construction that looks like it might be the inside of a cloud. Camélia has a more relaxed atmosphere and traditional French cuisine, while the health-conscious can dine on avocado toast and other healthful options at L’Honoré. Right outside, fragrant camellia trees perfume a dreamy courtyard, which – partially covered and heated during the winter – can be enjoyed year-round. The hotel also has an enchanting patisserie in addition to the impossibly stylish Bar 8, where lights are kept low and the walls glimmer with inlaid crystals.
The spa’s pool area is a tranquil oasis where intimate, cushioned boxes offer a touch of poolside privacy. Seven treatment rooms (including three couples’ suites) are alluring and deeply restful, and a fitness centre is reasonably well-equipped. If you’d prefer to exercise in the fresh air, however, you’re in luck – the Jardin des Tuileries is just a five-minute stroll away.
How to get here
35 minutes by road from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
177 rooms and suites