Le Bristol is one of the most fashionable addresses in Paris, a luxurious, sophisticated hotel with a grand exterior and elegant interior, offering an experience of old-world Paris that truly is a rare find.
First opened in 1925, Le Bristol has a history of hosting discerning travellers from all over the world looking to experience the very best of one of Europe’s most enchanting, romantic and cultural cities. Located on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Le Bristol is within easy walking distance from many of Paris’s most distinguished shops and a collection of chic boutiques, perfect for a leisurely stroll and fantastic shopping.
A weekend at Le Bristol feels like staying in a grand estate with butler service and the most comfortable rooms imaginable. Every spacious bedroom provides an ultra-stylish private retreat, as to be expected from one of Paris’s finest hotels. Decorated with a palate of soft creams and floral-patterned wallpaper, rooms are filled with natural light and feature delicate antique Louis XV/XVI furniture, precious fabrics and beautiful artwork, giving each space a refined and peaceful ambience. Tall shuttered windows provide enviable city views and at night, sumptuous silk curtains are drawn to turn each space into a cosy cocoon. My favourite rooms overlook the beautiful gardens within Le Bristol’s quiet inner courtyard.
I am thrilled to be returning to Le Bristol just before Christmas, as the hotel is even more magical at this time of year, with the courtyard transformed into an enchanted pine tree forest, twinkling with fairy lights, and every doorway dressed with handmade wreaths sewn with deep red ribbons. The festive menu is absolutely delicious and one of the most sensational fine-dining experiences in the capital city.
Le Bristol is perhaps most celebrated for its 4 Michelin stars, an exceptional accolade, even for one of the most esteemed establishments in a city renowned for its gastronomy and culinary creativity. Chef Eric Frechon brings passion, expertise and innovation to the kitchen at 3-starred L’Epicure, where guests dine on spectacular cuisine, complemented by beautiful garden views. Le Bristol’s brasserie, 114 Faubourg, boasts one Michelin star and a menu of delicious French cuisine, enjoyed within a majestic, designer setting. Be sure to slink off to The bar at Le Bristol to experience ‘Le Bristol After Dark’ (B.A.D. evenings), where a set of fabulous Parisians and sophisticated travellers gather to enjoy original cocktails, cool music and a buzzing atmosphere within a gorgeous oak-panelled bar, relaxing on plush velvet sofas around a marble fireplace.
For the perfect break between shopping and sight-seeing, return to Le Bristol for a traditional afternoon tea at Café Antonia, where tier upon tier of eye-widening delicacies is presented to each table, showcasing beautifully decorated macarons, raspberry tarts, scones and delicious sandwiches.
Don’t Miss: A swim in the covered rooftop pool with views across Paris’s iconic skyline and a wide range of luxurious beauty and wellness treatments at the Spa at Le Bristol by La Prairie, one of my favourite spa brands!
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
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