What we love
Classic French elegance and one of the most fashionable addresses in Paris make Le Bristol a firm favourite of the great and the good. A stay here makes you feel wonderfully spoilt.
Setting the scene
Those who know Paris know Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honore, dotted with prestigious boutiques and galleries and home to landmark hotel Le Bristol, which has welcomed guests since 1925. Traditionally French and unashamedly grand, Le Bristol has maintained a classic 18th Century style, with antique furniture, original paintings and authentic wallpapers as well as the finest fabrics from France and beyond.
There are rooms in three categories - Superior, Deluxe and Prestige; the main difference being size. All are individually designed, with views over the gardens or buzzy neighbourhood. The suites are larger, with separate living areas, and can be connected with rooms to create apartments for families or groups. Signature Suites are the most luxurious of them all, with private flower-filled terraces and abundant space (the largest is the Imperial Suite, sleeping up to 12). All are unique: the sumptuous Panoramic Suite is practically an art gallery in its own right; the Paris Suite enjoys its own kitchen and spa; Royal Suites have large private dining areas; and the charming Honeymoon Suite has a sloping ceiling and a second bedroom with a view of the Eiffel Tower.
At one of Paris' most revered hotels, you'd expect nothing less than the highest quality cuisine. Eric Frechon oversees the food at three restaurants in Le Bristol: Epicure, 114 Faubourg, and Le Jardin Francais. Epicure is the three-star restaurants where he works his magic, preparing mouth-watering fusion dishes using the freshest seasonal ingredients; while at the less formal 114 Faubourg, Eric Desbordes and renowned pastry chef Laurent Jeannin have won a star in their own right for their tasty brasserie menu. Le Jardin has a lovely terrace for fine weather, and offers light dishes for breakfast and lunch as well as traditional English afternoon tea and a temping cocktail menu - often to the sound of live music.
Thanks to its central Paris location, you could spend a lifetime at Le Bristol and never run out of things to do. The hotel itself has a tranquil indoor swimming pool with views over the Parisian rooftops, a fitness centre, and a spa with eight treatment rooms and a hair salon. The hotel bar is all rich fabrics, exotic panelling and mellow lighting - a particularly atmospheric place for a drink or a spot of art appreciation (8-9.30pm each evening).
Le Bristol is very child friendly. You can often save on children's accommodation, and Eric Frechon has even created a special menu for youngsters. Little ones will be introduced to the hotel cat, Fa-raon, and their new pal, Hippolyte the gardening rabbit, who has prepared cookies, toiletries, a bathrobe, a treasure hunt and a personalised booklet of walks and fun activities. Le Amis d'Hippolyte children's club is located on the first floor of the spa, so you can relax for a few hours leaving your children in good hands.
Le Bristol has a central location and is easily reached by car or metro (No.1, 9, and 13). Charles de Gaule Airport is 45 minutes' drive away, while the Eurostar drops 20 minutes from the hotel.
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