Le Bristol in the heart of Paris, has been welcoming guests since 1925. With opulent interiors, wall to wall marble as you enter and room décor that reflects 18th Century history, this really is one of the most premium addresses in Paris.
The dining experiences at Le Bristol are exceptional. Chef Eric Frechon creates exceptional cuisine in the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Epicure, which overlooks Le Bristol’s French gardens. The one-Michelin-starred luxury brasserie, 114 Faubourg offers an inviting atmosphere. Le Café Antonia welcomes guests for afternoon tea or less formal lunch and dinner, and Le Bar du Bristol is the place to see and be seen in Paris in the evening.
One of the hotels most unique features is the swimming pool on the top floor, with views of the Eiffel Tower and rooftops of the city! The swimming pool resembles the front of a large sailboat and is notable for being designed by architect Professor Pinnau who is renowned for designing the yachts of the Onassis and Niarchos family. The elegant French garden in the centre of the hotel is the epitomy of calm and relaxation, whilst only moments from the busy streets of the city.
French hotels are so exquisite that they have a class rating, above 5*, known as ‘Palace’ status. Launched by the French Minister of Tourism in 2010, Le Bristol was the first of only 11 hotel to receive this status and has remained a ‘Palace’ hotel ever since. It is now joined by 24 other outstanding properties across the country.
Where is the property located?
Located on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, the equivalent of Bond Street, the hotel is surrounded by the most exquisite high end brands and boutiques. Just a few minutes walk away from the Champs Elysees and Le Palais de L’Elysee, but easily accessible to many of the highlights in Paris
Who is it perfect for
We stayed with our daughter, just a few days before Christmas and the atmosphere was certainly set for families over the festive period. With mini amenities for small children and menus to suit even the fussiest guest (of any age), this is definitely somewhere the discerning family traveller would feel at home. There are plenty of combinations for interconnecting rooms and suites, to suit families of all sizes. The hotel also has its own resident, and very pampered pussycat, Fa-Ron. It’s not uncommon to see her lazing in the sun on the reception desk, just waiting for small hands to give her a stroke.
As the hotel is city based, it would of course work for single travellers, couples or groups of adults. The availability of two Michelin star restaurants, under one roof, is certainly a huge draw.
What makes this property unique
Attention to detail. I challenge you to find anything out of place in this hotel, including the staff. Every detail and amenity that a guest could possibly request, is available. Our daughter always reminds us that when we ate fruit salad at breakfast, it came with a small chocolate plaque with the hotels name inscribed in gold…..well what else would you expect in a 3 star Michelin restaurant!
Our own experience
As Audrey Hepburn said in Sabrina ‘Paris is always a good idea’ and we couldn’t agree more. Staying so close to Christmas meant that not only was the hotel bedecked with festive cheer, but also the city itself. We couldn’t have felt more at home and staff had this unique way of making you feel like you were the only guests in-house – such a rarity these days!