Photographer: Claire Cocano
Whatever the time of year, Paris is in turmoil. But this year, especially. With European getaways on almost everyone’s calendar for the next few months, there are a few hotels to put on their to-do list. One of these hotels is nestled on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and is a true landmark of Parisian hospitality. Here we go inside the Bristol with hotel manager Leah Marshall to check out the hotel’s best accommodations.
What do you consider to be the best room in the property and why?
The Paris Suite is my pick for the best room at the Bristol Paris because it is the pinnacle of romance and sophistication, just like the city it proudly bears its name. Of all the impressive rooms at Le Bristol, the Paris Suite is uniquely designed in the spirit of an elegant Parisian apartment, offering a special feel away from home. It has a large living room adorned with Louis XV and Louise XVI period furniture, silk curtains and rugs, as well as a private dining room and kitchen, where the three-starred chef Eric Frechon can come and prepare a private meal. My favorite part, however, is its wraparound wrought-iron balcony that offers mesmerizing views of the Eiffel Tower and many other quintessential Paris landmarks.
How much is it per night ?
The Paris Suite starts at 11,000 euros per night (currently around $11,518)
How would you describe the guests who stay at the Bristol (new and old) and the general atmosphere?
This season more than ever, it has been amazing to see Paris as a top destination, fully booked with travelers returning to the city after years of not returning. We have seen an increase in the number of American families coming for extended stays, in an effort to make up for lost time.
We have also been delighted to welcome several returning guests for annual events such as Paris Fashion Week, as well as those who return to experience timely cultural events or to view exhibitions at the Louvre Museum or the Louis Vuitton Foundation. . It’s always true that Paris is sparkling, but especially in recent months and increasingly so this summer, the city is brimming with an infectious boost of energy.
What do you think is the thing about the hotel that first-time visitors will find most surprising?
What surprises new guests is the family atmosphere that is palpable from the moment you walk in and are greeted by any member of the Bristol team. The staff are experts in creating a welcoming environment, many having been at the Bristol for over 20 years, while maintaining a quality of service deeply rooted in a commitment to ensuring that every guest’s experience customer is exceptional. Whether your favorite afternoon tea is waiting for you in the room or Socrates, our sacred Burmese cat, casually wanders around during your stay to offer you a warm welcome, guests immediately feel at home here.
What do you think gives the hotel such a unique identity?
The building in which Le Bristol Paris operates has a rich history in Paris dating back to 1715, when following the death of Louis XVI, the court left Versailles to return to Paris and built large and luxurious mansions in what is now the Faubourg. Honored Saint. Hippolyte Jammet bought the abandoned mansion that once belonged to Count Jules de Castellane in 1923 and turned it into Le Bristol, where after its official opening in 1925 it served as a choice for socialites, celebrities, fashion icons and politicians for almost a century. The hotel boasts many firsts, as it was the first hotel to be equipped with air conditioning and room service and was the first hotel in France to be awarded ‘Palace’ status.
Due to the history as a private home, no two suites at the property are identical, both in decor and layout. One suite that particularly sums up our story is Suite 1925, an ode to American-born French artist and socialite Josephine Baker, a much-loved Bristol regular. She is honored through her portraits decorating the walls throughout, complemented by an intimate atmosphere with a mix of period furniture, soft colors and rich fabrics.
Which local attraction do you always recommend to guests?
We highly recommend a private cruise on the Seine, the perfect way to discover Paris (without its traffic). The yacht can accommodate up to 6 passengers and embarks from a private quay between Place de la Concorde and the Alexandre III bridge, accessible in 20 minutes on foot or by car. The visit lasts approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes, and it takes place in an old Venetian water taxi.
What sets Le Bristol apart from its neighborhood peers? What can you get only at the Bristol compared to any other 5 star hotel?
Our in-house gastronomic workshops, Les Ateliers du Bristol, which include our on-site bakery in which Chef Eric Frechon has installed a flour mill to produce fresh artisan breads and pastries daily, a chocolate factory where the welcome boxes of truffles in the room are handcrafted on the day of arrival, an exclusive wine cellar and the recently added cheese maturing cellar. Guests are invited to visit these workshops to see the team of culinary experts in action and taste the delicious creations. Produce can also be sampled at our on-site restaurants, including our beloved French Garden, one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Recently reopened for spring and summer, this is a truly rare outdoor space for a Paris hotel, designed by world-renowned landscape designer, Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd, who selected flora native to the Paris region so that it is adapted to local needs. conditions. Le Bristol is also home to the only indoor rooftop pool in Paris, surrounded by glass with views of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and Sacré-Coeur.
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