Smiling, the bartender poured me a ruby-red glass of Bordeaux and said, “Madame, you are at home here. You can eat wherever you like.”
He was referring to the fact that as it was Monday night and the hotel’s Michelin-starred (two at present) restaurant, Sur Mesure by Thierry Marx, was closed, I could order whatever food I wished from the hotel’s other menus and eat at the bar, where the walls glitter with Swarovski crystals and where a convivial crowd had gathered. The physical bar itself, in the center of the room, was carved in Italy from a single piece of Spanish marble and weighing a whopping nine tons, would provide a suitable surface to dine like a star.
Speaking of stars, there have been so many quips and quotes about Paris penned over the years and beyond that it is hard to put your finger on one when the need arises. But I believe Audrey Hepburn once said, quite simply, “Paris is always a good idea,” and in my heart, she was spot on.
For I imagine that’s what the Mandarin Oriental group thought when they ventured forth and staked their claim on this 138 room property (99 rooms and 39 suites), taking over as the management team when it opened in 2011.
The only Parisian ‘palace’ status hotel (there are eight) with a contemporary and modern flair, this hotel is the right choice for business people and leisure guests who appreciate unique design, discreet good taste and something out of the ordinary, with service to match. It is also the only 100% eco-responsible hotel in town and is 100% ‘green’, I was told.
I wouldn’t say I felt supremely pampered, as after all, this is France. No one here will insist that you ‘have a nice day’ while treating you as their newest BFF, but if you seek a haven where to rest and unwind after a busy Parisian day, then this well-run, happening and terribly chic haven on the prestigious Rue Saint-Honoré may just be the place for you.
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