Week-end in Paris: Le Bristol
April 15, 2018
Since 1925, Le Bristol has been a synonym of luxury in Paris. They take their top-quality hospitality service concept “a la française” very seriously.
Photography: Maria Gracia Salas from Los Viajes de Mary / Instagram @losviajesdemary
The magic is on the details. You can tell each step into the experience of discovering Le Bristol has been carefully tailor-made for the requirements of demanding customers from all around the world. From the exquisite floral arrangement at the lobby, by parisian florist Philippe Guillot and his team, to the spacious and comfortable suites, the swimming pool with a breathtaking view of Paris and their pet-friendly policy —they even have their own feline resident, Fa-Raon—, Le Bristol lives up to their title of Palace Hotel due to it’s outstanding hospitality service and historical heritage to the city.
Located at the heart of the 8th district of Paris and just 2 blocks away from the Elysée Palace —it explains the heavy security around the area—, the hotel is strategically near the chicest fashion stores of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, le Grand Palais, the Champs Elysées, the église of la Madeleine and, if the weather is nice enough, the Tuileries gardens for a nice walk around proper parisian surroundings.
From my personal experience, I particularly enjoyed the top-quality of the service and the kind and thoughtful attitude of their staff, plus their willingness to solve any issue, which I feel in need to say, does not happen very often in Paris. Just to illustrate this: I went to their gym on Saturday afternoon and didn’t knew how to use some of their fitness equipment. Apparently, it was a bit complicated since the lady at the spa reception didn’t understood it either. All to say, they didn’t stop until they got their personal fitness trainer on the phone to figure out how to use it properly. Final outcome: it worked.
My absolute favourite? The swimming pool at the 6th floor of the hotel. It oozes some luxurious-yacht-vibes and has an outstanding view of the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. If you feel like doing aqua sports, getting personalised swimming lessons, practicing yoga, pilates or even some cardio-boxing, you can take an appointment and get some serious training going on.
Even though the service is outstanding, there are two small details that didn’t pleased me. The first one, the continuous visit of the cleaning staff. It seemed to be scheduled at every hour and it was never on a good-timing. Maybe the whole point of staying in a luxury hotel room is enjoying some quiet privacy. The second one, and this is a very personal opinion, is the floral design of the matching curtains and bed-sheets. I understand it’s all wrapped around this idea of traditional french-style and art de vivre, but it doesn’t resonate with my style at all. That being said, I do respect they keep an irrevocable line on their decoration, in spite of any trends.
Overall, it was a truly luxury hospitality experience à la française. From the restaurant to the bar, from the room service to their front desk friendliness and the fact they gave me some ice in a embroidered white napkin to put in my head because I hit it a bit too hard when coming out of the cab (forever clumsy). As a guest in their premises I confirm the exceptional attention they put on details to make every experience as pleasant as possible.