June 27 2011
Some weeks ago, Travelista name-checked the opening – well, the rebirth really – of an interesting little place in Paris called La Maison Champs-Élysées (www.lamaisonchampselysees.com, from €350). A slightly faded old hotel that’s been given a new and very stylish lease of life by the crack design team at Maison Martin Margiela, it’s now, after a delay of severak weeks, officially open with a cigar bar and massive junior suites. The location, just off the Avenue Montaigne, requires no embellishment.
But the city’s big news is a few blocks over on the rue Saint-Honoré, where on June 28 will bow the new Mandarin-Oriental Paris (www.mandarinoriental.com/paris, from €859). The new-build palais encircles a sleekly modern garden, planted with “vegetal” walls; there are two restaurants and an extravagant patisserie, all manned by Thierry Marx; and 138 rooms, seven of which are duplex suites, inspired by art deco and various Gallic style icons of the era including Vionnet, Chanel and Schiaparelli. And there is, of course, a 10,000sq ft spa (pictured), offering the marque’s blue-chip signature treatments and inimitable service (a most welcome amenity here in the land of the begrudging 35-hour work week).