Parisian panache at Hôtel Le Bristol

Offering glamour and good cheer in equal measure

A grand staircase leads to the Michelin-starred 114 Faubourg Restaurant in Hotel Le Bristol in Paris
A grand staircase leads to the Michelin-starred 114 Faubourg Restaurant in Hotel Le Bristol in Paris | Image: Oetker Collection

Paris in spring is the stuff of Cinemascope; Paris last winter was an altogether less mediagenic scene, with barricades and gilets jaunes the order of the day (for days and days). Hotel Le Bristol (oetkercollection.com; from €1,100), where I holed up in early December at the height of the tensions, responded by ratcheting up both the service and the cheer from a median that’s already exceptional: between the normally staid courtyard being recast as a Yuletide fantasy forest of fairy-lit conifers, and a staff to-ing and fro-ing across the packed lobby with complimentary champagne and smiles in equal abundance, the City of Lights managed to still glitter.

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