Judging by its weighty reputation, I had expected Le Bristol to be quintessentially Parisian — palatial and exclusive yet perhaps a bit stuffy and overly formal. But I was only half-right.
While it certainly delivers on luxury — from the ornate limestone facade to the teak-lined swimming pool on the top floor, designed to resemble a 19th-century yacht — the hotel has an unexpected bounce to it. With its vast, airy lobby, tranquil courtyard and spacious, well-appointed rooms, Le Bristol is sumptuous yet subtle, lavish but certainly not overblown.
The other surprise is how just how family friendly it is. The well thought out kids room came in handy on more than one occasion, while the staff knew just how to dote on and spoil my slightly overwhelmed two-year-old. She still treasures the white rabbit they left tucked into her bed, and the memory of meeting Fa-raon, the hotel cat.
Other plus points of the hotel include several good dining options — I certainly won’t forget the boiled eggs with caviar that was dished up for breakfast at the three Michelin-starred Epicure restaurant — and a classy spa, where I enjoyed an excellent massage.
Words by: Glen Mutel
Address: 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, 75008 Paris, France
Contact: T: +33 153 434 300. www.lebristolparis.com
Price: Rooms from €950 ($1,273) per night
Published in the Winter 2013/14 issue of ASTAnetwork