The Bright­est Light in the City of Lights

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Contents - Text: Dei­dre Loots Im­ages: © Le Bris­tol Paris

Cre­ated in the grand Parisian style, Le Bris­tol was the first ho­tel in France to re­ceive the ti­tle of “palace”, and has been voted Best Ho­tel in the World by nu­mer­ous as­so­ci­a­tions across var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

I ar­rived at Hô­tel Le Bris­tol Paris for a three-night stay – and never wanted to leave. Fa­mil­iar with its gold-plated rep­u­ta­tion, I ex­pected to find just an­other soul­less five-star prop­erty. In­stead, I dis­cov­ered a palace with staff that keep its golden rep­u­ta­tion gleam­ing the old­fash­ioned way – through ser­vice that matches friend­li­ness with ef­fi­ciency, and staff that are as warm as they are gen­uine.

Since 1925, Hô­tel Le Bris­tol Paris has been cel­e­brated for its lux­ury and ser­vice of the high­est or­der. Cre­ated in the grand Parisian style, Le Bris­tol was the first ho­tel in France to re­ceive the ti­tle of “palace”, and has been voted Best Ho­tel in the World by nu­mer­ous as­so­ci­a­tions across var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

Lo­cated at 112 Rue du Faubourg Sain­tHonoré – in close prox­im­ity to the Av­enue des Champs-élysées, and in the heart of the fash­ion, de­sign, and art dis­trict – Le Bris­tol is a palace ho­tel of un­par­al­leled el­e­gance.

Le Bris­tol de­fines lux­ury by em­brac­ing the new, the rare, and the won­der­ful. Cre­ated with true crafts­man­ship, its 190 spa­cious rooms and suites are ap­pointed in au­then­tic 18th-cen­tury style, and are equipped with ev­ery con­ceiv­able mod­ern com­fort. The em­pha­sis is very much on tra­di­tion, rather than on be­ing con­tem­po­rary chic, and this is made clear by the old-style door keys rather than mod­ern key cards.

Be­hind the pre­cious fab­rics, works of art, and splen­did fur­ni­ture, this palace in the heart of Paris is a har­mo­nious re­treat with a unique at­mos­phere. Take the an­cient wrought-iron el­e­va­tor and cross the plush cor­ri­dors to dis­cover the ex­tra­or­di­nary rooms and suites – mag­nif­i­cent spa­ces of in­di­vid­ual style and time­less el­e­gance à la Française.

Spa­cious and light, all the rooms and suites dis­play a mul­ti­tude of re­fined de­tails, from the en­trance­way to the bath­room. Mea­sur­ing more than 40 m², the rooms at Le Bris­tol are among the most spa­cious ho­tel rooms in Paris. Thanks to high ceil­ings with tall win­dows, the rooms are flooded with day­light. At­ten­tion to de­tail and ex­cep­tional crafts­man­ship is found through­out, from the de­tailed in­lay of an­tique rose­wood fur­ni­ture, to the pre­cise ren­der­ing of char­ac­ters in an an­tique en­grav­ing. When the day is done, the in­ti­mate at­mos­phere cre­ated by the heavy silk cur­tains sends out the gen­tlest in­vi­ta­tion to draw the day to an el­e­gant close.

The Grand Suites, rang­ing from the 55 m² Ju­nior Suites to the 250 m² Pres­tige Elysée Suites, cre­ate the per­fect bal­ance between lav­ish­ness and home­li­ness. Each suite is a lux­u­ri­ous set­ting that typ­i­fies Parisian class. Rooms are gen­er­ous yet in­ti­mate, spa­cious yet warm. De­signed like real apart­ments, cou­pled with ex­cep­tional ser­vice, the suites are guar­an­teed to make even the most sea­soned of trav­ellers feel right at home.

The Sig­na­ture Suites, with the Royal Suites be­ing no less than 300 m² lux­ury apart­ments, are fit for roy­alty, with del­i­cate fab­rics and re­fined fur­ni­ture that cre­ate an at­mos­phere that bal­ances op­u­lence and warmth. Views from the or­nate iron­work bal­conies, which over­look the pres­ti­gious Rue du Faubourg Saint-hon­oré, are as ro­man­tic as they are unique in Paris.

Adorned with Louis XV and Louis XVI pe­riod fur­ni­ture, an­tique prints, and pre­cious silks, these apart­ments evoke the re­fine­ment of a pri­vate 18th-cen­tury town house. In ad­di­tion to sit­ting rooms dec­o­rated with an­tique wood­work by Féau and Canovas damask linens, the Royal Suites in­clude a din­ing area that can ac­com­mo­date up to 12 guests to en­joy Chef Eric Fre­chon’s gas­tro­nomic cui­sine. The bath­rooms, all in light Car­rara mar­ble and with a sep­a­rate shower and twin basins, con­ceal the de­light­ful se­cret of a pri­vate steam room.

Le Bris­tol Paris is a lead­ing bas­tion of gas­tron­omy, hold­ing no less than four Miche­lin stars. The jewel in the ho­tel’s crown is Epi­cure, the three-miche­lin star restau­rant over­seen by the long-serv­ing

Chef Eric Fre­chon. It is one of the best restau­rants in the world, and a favourite of the Paris elite. Epi­cure is a tem­ple of gas­tron­omy with Chef Fre­chon its guru, who matches ter­roir and hand­picked in­gre­di­ents to as­ton­ish­ing ef­fect.

Chef Fre­chon’s Poularde de Bresse – as made fa­mous by Chef Paul Bo­cuse in Lyon – is one of the most lav­ish dishes in French haute cui­sine, and is served as a whole chicken poached in­side a pig’s blad­der, with the breasts served first and the legs served sec­ond. Like the rest of his ex­trav­a­gant dishes, it is di­vine enough to make it worth sac­ri­fic­ing a small por­tion of your chil­dren’s in­her­i­tance.

As if three Miche­lin stars are not enough, the one-miche­lin Star lux­ury brasserie, 114 Faubourg, with its street views of Paris, adds even more to Chef Fre­chon’s fab­u­lous ac­com­plish­ments.

Set in the heart of the ho­tel with views over the Jardin Français, the beau­ti­fully ap­pointed Café An­to­nia wel­comes guests for af­ter­noon tea, or less for­mal lunch and din­ner. For the young at heart, there is Le Bar du Bris­tol, which is the place to be seen in Paris in the evening.

Fea­tur­ing a Rus­sian Banïya, a rooftop in­door pool over­look­ing Paris mon­u­ments, and treat­ment rooms with pri­vate ter­races, the Spa Le Bris­tol by La Prairie com­pletes this in­com­pa­ra­ble palace.

With nearly a cen­tury of ex­cep­tional ser­vice, Le Bris­tol has earned the loy­alty of the world’s most priv­i­leged guests. The most dis­cern­ing trav­ellers choose Le Bris­tol for a first-class Parisian ex­pe­ri­ence, as this beau­ti­ful palace in the heart of the City of Lights has be­come a bench­mark for lux­ury ho­tels all around the world. To­day, this grand palace ho­tel per­pet­u­ates its leg­end through its en­dur­ing val­ues, like its shared pas­sion for the art of French liv­ing, com­bined with its his­toric grandeur. I am not sur­prised that this ho­tel boasts a 60% guest re­turn rate, as I will most cer­tainly join that group of guests who, over gen­er­a­tions and decades, con­tinue to re­turn to this lux­u­ri­ous palace.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit www.le­bris­tol­

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