One of the best joints in town. A long-established and distinguished hotel in one of the city’s most fashionable streets with excellent service. Don’t miss the absolutely top-notch restaurant Epicure. There’s also a spa and indoor roof-top pool.
A stone’s throw from the Elysée Palace, its grand limestone facade overlooks the super-chic rue du Faubourg St-Honoré. Close to outlets for some of the world’s best fashion houses and art dealers, this hotel has long attracted a well-heeled following of celebrities, politicians and diplomats.
Address:112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honor, 75008 Paris, France.
Style & character
Opened in 1925, Le Bristol is one of six hotels in Paris awarded official “Palace” status (a notch up from five stars). Interiors are light in pink and white marble with striking flower arrangements. An open plan reception leads to Le Jardin Francais, a lounge area overlooking a large courtyard garden. In 18th-century style, with antiques and a working 1940s lift. The emphasis is on tradition (old-style door keys rather than cards) and personal service – rather than contemporary chic. A large, first-floor spa has adjacent “kid’s club” where children can be supervised while parents have treatments. A couple of tame, if haughty cats roam the public areas.
Service & facilities
Reception and concierge staff are assured, approachable and helpful with no trace of Parisian froideur.
188 rooms, many overlooking the inner courtyards and well sound-proofed from city noise. Refurbished rooms are feminine in style with fresh, floral fabrics reflecting the hotel’s trademark colours, vivid green and dark pink, with co-ordinating bedspreads, and a classic mix of chandeliers, Regency-style furniture and neutrally-toned walls. Bathrooms are in pale marble with large showers and big bathtubs.
Food & drink
The jewel in the hotel’s crown is Epicure, the triple Michelin-starred restaurant overseen by chef, Eric Frechon. It is one of the best restaurants in Paris, a favourite of Nicolas Sarkozy when in office (the Elysée Palace is just around the corner), and the food is positively ambrosial. Chiefly drawing on French produce and tradition, starters might include stuffed macaroni with black truffle at €95, followed by Bresse pigeon at €85, or sand sole and chanterelles mushrooms at €98. The seven-course tasting menu costs €295.
The compact dining room, overlooking the courtyard doubles as the breakfast room. The alternative option, with its own street entrance, is 114 Faubourg, a popular lunch spot for local shoppers, and business people, as well as hotel guests. The imaginative brasserie-style cooking is prepared in a kitchen that opens onto the dining area and has a Michelin star of its own.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Five accessible rooms.
Yes. The hotel has a children’s programme including activities, cuddly toy, special menus, fun toiletries and treasure hunt.
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