Located on the prestigious Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, home to the world’s leading international luxury fashion brands as well as many art galleries, Le Bristol Paris is also steps from Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The hotel which opened in 1925 provides a classic environment, the architecture and decor reflecting the 18th century history of when the hotel was originally built.
An open plan reception leads to Le Jardin Francais, a lounge area overlooking a large and beautifully manicured courtyard garden. The rooftop indoor heated swimming pool resembles the front of a large sailboat. Abundant in light, the pool overlooks the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and le Sacre-Coeur. It was designed by architect Professor Pinnau who is renowned for designing the yachts of Onassis. For my stay, the pool was a most relaxing experience especially gazing at the sweeping views.
The hotel is rife with 18th century style antiques, the signature decor being the toile de Jouy which includes classic patterned furnishings and floral motifs. There is a 1940′ working elevator and old style door keys for all rooms and suites. This recreates an elegant and deeply aristocratic feeling.
The hotel excels with its gastronomy offering, holding a total of 4 Michelin stars. Under the helm of Eric Frechon, Epicure had held the 3 Michelin star rating since 2009, while the brasserie-style 114 Faubourg Restaurant was awarded one Michelin star in 2013. Executive chef since 1999 at Epicure, Eric Frechon (Meuilleur Ouvrier de France in 1993) is a celebrated and highly respected chef on the Paris dining scene.
During my stay. I had dinner at 114 Faubourg, a favorite dining spot for Parisians, both lunch and dinner. The imaginative brasserie-style cooking is prepared in a kitchen that opens onto the dining area. The decor exudes a more trendy atmosphere than the rest of the hotel, with a smart casual dress-code. For me, it was a formidable experience, with impeccable food and outstanding customer service. The front desk, sommelier, wait staff were first rate.
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