Having the opportunity to travel several times to Paris, on this sixth trip, we want to stay in one of the best hotels in Paris, not only in term of luxury but also with rich characters and history. One would think, a city like Paris wouldn’t be short of such hotels. After some research, we found Le Bristol Paris. This hotel has been ranking very high in many reviews and travel guides. Also, Le Bristol Hotel is one of the eight hotels in Paris awarded official Palace Distinction status by the French Ministry of Tourism. The Distinction Palace is designed to recognize the finest 5-star hotels, the best of the best.
Here are 12 interesting things we like about Le Bristol Hotel:
1. Hotel Le Bristol has a prominent role in the movie Midnight in Paris (2011) by Woody Allen...where the main characters, Gil and fiancée Inez, stay with her parents. Several scenes at the beginning of the movie are taken place in the lobby and subsequent scenes in the hotel suite.
2. Le Bristol was built in the 18th century and features furniture in Louis XV and Louis XVI styles, along with paintings and precious fabrics reflecting the eras. All the artwork in the hotel are originals; most are from the 18th century.
3. The hotel address is 112 Rue du Faubourg St.Honoré, situated in one of the most prestige locations in Paris. The street lined up with many high-end and fashionable establishments in French luxury goods. The French official residence, the Élysée Palace, and with several other major embassies, ambassador residences are also nearby on Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. The proximity to Élysée Palace is not coincident but chosen intentionally by the founder of Le Bristol. The hotel is also a short distance to Avenue des Champs-Élysées; the world’s most beautiful avenue.
4. Le Bristol still has the original room key. Specially designed for the hotel since 1925, the key is heavy, with the room number engraved on it. The hotel management believes the key is not just a tool for opening a door; it is the human link between the client and their home away from home. However, we, like most of the guests nowadays, because of the weight, probably have to leave it at concierge desk when we go out and about.
5. We stayed in room 711 – the same suite where Hippolyte Jammet, founder of Le Bristol, brought to rest after a heart attack. He eventually died a few days later, whether in the same room we don’t know.
6. The service at Le Bristol is exceptional. Some may say you can expect of that for an establishment like Le Bristol caliber. However, we felt they are more attentive and personal than many other hotels in Paris. From the moment our car stopped in front of the hotel, our initial greeting at the reception, the introducing to our room, to the time we checked out several days later, the staff at this hotel were outstanding.
7. The list of famous guests who stayed at Le Bristol is long. Almost the entire Hollywood stars have stayed at Le Bristol. Some of my favorites are Woody Allen, Robert De Niro, George Clooney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, U.S. President Harry Truman, U.S. President George Bush, Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher, president of Russia Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary Henry Kissinger, and French famous soccer player Zinedine Zidane.
8. There are two Michelin stars restaurants at Le Bristol. Le Epicure, a three-star Michelin restaurant, has been consistently ranked number one or on the top three restaurants in Paris by Trip Advisor. Le 114 Faubourg is a one star Michelin restaurant.
9. A flurry white cat named Fa-Raon, a Sacred Cat of Burma, is the hotel official cat.You can spot the cat lounging on the concierge’s desk or the lobby chairs. According to the hotel website, the cat has a private apartment decorated by the graffiti artist Renk with his name and the word ‘cat’ in every language. And you bet they accommodate pets and give them special treatment just like their owners.
10. Le Bristol’s staircases are beautiful. For the best view, go up to the 7th floor.
11. In-room breakfast is delicious. You should try at least once during your stay. French scrambled eggs are not ordinary.