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Hotel Le Bristol

Address: 112 Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré

Neighborhood: 8th Arrondissement

City: Paris

Phone: 011-33-1-53-43-43-00

Website: www.lebristolparis.com

Expert Review

As one of seven so-called “palace” hotels in Paris – which go beyond even the elite 5-star standard – Hotel Le Bristol exudes opulence from its very core. Le Bristol was once a glamorous 18th-century residence before opening as a hotel in 1925. The hotel’s 188 rooms and suites feature unique furnishings like crystal chandeliers and Persian carpets (though they’re a little heavy-handed with the floral prints). Spacious marble bathrooms, complete with a large soaking tub and separate shower, come stocked with bath products by Hermès and Anne Sémonin. Le Bristol opened a new wing in September 2009 with 26 rooms and suites plus a new brasserie restaurant, 114 Faubourg. Next up, Le Bristol will double the size of its French-style spa as well as create a permanent home off the central courtyard garden for its 3-Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant, which formerly rotated between two locations for summer and winter; the restaurant will be complete by September 2011. The hotel’s spectacular heated rooftop pool – the only one in Paris – boasts views of Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower (the top part at least). Located off the lobby, the bar hosts a fashion show one Saturday a month featuring big names like Lacroix as well as up-and-coming French designers. If you’re in Paris for the shopping, be sure to rent one of Le Bristol’s two Smart cars, just 10 euros for 3 hours.

Tags: luxury | expensive | spa | historic | swimming pool | hotel restaurant | jim's pick

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