This grande dame of Paris still has aces up her elegant sleeve

Le Bristol Paris sparkles with new suites and the imminent reopening of its Michelin-starred restaurants.

It seems rather tough for an iconic hotel that’s 96 years old, the first to ever receive the distinction of ‘palace’ in France, to top its former glories. And yet, Le Bristol Paris, located on the very fashionable rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, has managed that.  

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Always at the centre of the most interesting events in history, Le Bristol Paris has played host to some of the world’s most famous names in the arts, cinema, politics and fashion.

Recently revealed at the renovated hotel is a chic trio of Presidential suites that promise to be serene, warm, and full of the classic elegance we’ve come to expect from Countess Bergit Douglas and the architecture firm MM-design. You can spot the sophisticated designs from Pierre Frey, Colefax and Jane Churchill dressing each apartment. Bright with natural light, the rooms are redolent with the refined richness of Louis XVI furniture and original works of art.  

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A room in one of the three chic Presidential suites that have recently caught the imagination of aesthetes the world over.

Picture delicate woodwork in shades of cream, sky blue or celadon green and an 18th century painting that commands attention above a soft-toned sofa covered with Parma silk cushions. Next to a floor-to-ceiling window dressed in Manuel Canovas curtains, a Louis XV desk that makes you want to write home about it. An inviting king-sized bed that has Loro Piana cashmere throws that are as soft as a dream. Each suite is decorated with its own unique character, but they all present 120–250 square metres of absolute comfort, offering from one to three bedrooms and impressive corner views over one of Paris’ most exclusive fashion streets.

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The hotel went through a discreet six-year refurbishment in 2018. And still continues to delight with its design and art.

Le Bristol, part of the exclusive Oetker Collection, will also soon re-open the doors to its two Michelin-starred restaurants too. The cheery brasserie 114 Faubourg (one star) will open at the end of this month, serving French classics with a delicate twist. October will see the much-awaited reopening of Epicure (three stars), as guests sit down to savour Executive Chef Eric Frechon’s divinely decadent truffle macaroni with foie gras, his impeccable caviar de Sologne and his spectacular bladder-poached Bress farm hen with wine pairings imagined by Head Sommelier Bernard Neveu. We look forward to experiencing dessert by the new Head Pastry Chef Pascal Hainigue.

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The three Michelin-starred Epicure that is slated to reopen on October 1. Paris waits with bated breath.

The spirit of joie de vivre that suffuses the restaurants permeates the entire hotel. The gorgeous courtyard garden is a big draw, all 13,000 square feet of it, filled with fragrant orange trees and rose bushes. As is the rooftop pool, which boasts views over Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower. And the stunningly sunlit Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, with eight treatment rooms, including a Russian Banïya, where you can get their signature caviar facials. From a couple’s therapy room to a softness-oriented kids’ spa menu for your little munchkin, their spa is something everyone can enjoy.

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The unique indoor pool on the sixth floor, designed by Professor Pinnau (architect of Onassis’ yacht), built to resemble the prow of a sailing boat.

In fact, they generally take really good care of family here, with connecting rooms, complimentary meals for kids upto the age of six years, babysitting and a really fun kids’ club space by Bonpoint, gifts and cat-shaped cookies at check-in, mini bathrobes, and Hippolyte the rabbit ready to take them on a real adventure.

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Bonpoint, the kids’ club, is loved by children of all ages!

And while workshops, workouts, and experiences for all ages abound at Le Bristol, we recommend spending some time with fluffy Fa-Raon, the beautiful Burmese cat, who reigns over the lobby when he isn’t relaxing in his own private apartment decorated by the graffiti artist Renk. We’re glad some things don’t change at this hotel!

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The friendly Fa-Raon lives at the hotel, which lays out the welcome mat for four-legged guests. Literally. As they are gifted a rug personalised with their name on it!

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