Since its extension it now occupies an enormous corner block on the prestigious Faubourg-St-Honoré, it's very near to the Elysées Palace as well as lots of cutting-edge fashion.
Spacious bedrooms are a feast of pseudo-18th-century elegance and 21st-century comfort; I find them comfortable if a little dull but then you're here to pretend you're living in a château rather than for innovation. The antique-filled suites are far bigger than most Parisian apartments.
Gilding, tapestries, marble are all luxurious though conventional but the genuine garden is a real bonus.
Eating and drinking
There's top eating at Le Bristol from three star Michelin chef Eric Frechon. The winter dining room was once the private theatre inside the mansion of the Comte de Castellane, and in summer it moves out into the conservatory. The newer 114 Faubourg brasserie is now winning acclaim after a sticky start – though it's expensive for a brasserie tag.
There is the Anne Sémonin spa and possibly the best swimming pool in town on the top floor, decked out like a yacht with great views and sunbathing deck.
Uniformed staff, lots of lackeys to meet your every need.
Who stays there
Reputed to draw the more discrete breed of star, plus politicians because it's near to the Elysées palace. The international luxury crowd, as well as some privileged families with treats laid on for children.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- First-rate dining.
- Vast rooms.
- Extremely conventional style.