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Le Bristol Paris

Discreet, elegant, first-in-class

112 Rue Faubourg, Saint Honore, Paris 75008


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At a Glance

The epitome of elegance and discretion, Le Bristol, an Oetker Collection property, sits on Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré, close to some of the city’s best shopping. The hotel is stylish but not trendy, sophisticated but not pretentious, and service is embracing yet never overbearing. Le Bristol’s 190 rooms and suites surround a 13,000-square-foot courtyard garden, one of Paris’s largest for a hotel—so both street-view and interior-view rooms have their charms. Relax in the spa or by the rooftop pool, with views of the Paris skyline, including Sacré-Coeur and the Eiffel Tower; enjoy tea service in Café Antonia, the most casual of the hotel’s three restaurants (which claim a total of four Michelin stars, combined). Sip a glass of Champagne at the glamorous Bar du Bristol (now offering Le Bristol After Dark, when the space transforms into a private social club). Or treat yourself to room service, presented under gleaming silver cloches—très français indeed.

The Standout: Epicure, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant (one of the best in Paris)

Don’t Miss: Meeting kitten Socrate, the hotel’s mascot-in-training, who succeeded Burmese, Fa-Raon, upon his retirement in 2022

Indagare Loves

  • The Chocolaterie, Le Bristol’s own world-class chocolate factory within the hotel
  • The indoor rooftop swimming pool with Eiffel tower views
  • The historic room service (reportedly Le Bristol was the first hotel to ever offer this, beginning in 1925)
  • The Panoramic and Penthouse suites, which feel as if you’re staying in your own Parisian apartment


Le Bristol Paris, with its superb location on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, close to the art galleries and shopping of the 8th and 1st arrondissements, is one of the top Palace properties in Paris. Its owners, who also own the legendary Hôtel du Cap, prefer old-world elegance to New Age glitz. From the uniformed valets who greet you to the delicate china upon which breakfast is served, Le Bristol is a model of old-school service and sophistication.

There are 190 stylish guest rooms and suites in the main building, plus 26 more added in an adjoining building. It took close to 20 years to buy the apartments in the annex, but the structures have been merged seamlessly. Like graceful pieds à terre, the guest rooms (although on the smaller side compared to other Palace-level properties) all have distinct décor, with Louis XV and XVI furniture; floral fabrics by Rubelli, Pierre Frey and Manuel Canovas and pink Portuguese marble in the bathrooms. The rooms have been soundproofed, but the French windows still open over the garden or the street if you want some fresh air. The rooms in the new wing have wonderful high ceilings and elegant proportions, and some on the top floor have views of the Eiffel Tower, but the ones in the original wing have a special charm, including garden views and flower-filled terraces.

Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie is spread over three floors with views onto the hotel’s tranquil interior garden. Featuring products by La Prairie, Tata Harper and Bonpoint, the spa menu proposes a range of beauty and massage treatments including decadent options like the “Swiss Bliss”—a three-hour, scalp-to-toe caviar firming treatment. And because a truly relaxing spa day requires uninterrupted “me” time, the spa has thoughtfully set up a kid’s club.

Among the hotel’s other highlights: the city’s largest hotel garden; an indoor pool with a teak deck designed to feel like guests are on a Belle Epoque ship; and Epicure, the hotel’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant. The “power” bar was so dubbed by L’Express because from one of its couches you can view a who’s who of the city—designers, diplomats, tycoons and art dealers—at work and at play. In addition, 114 Faubourg, the restaurant in the new wing, has become the place to lunch in the neighborhood.

Who Should Stay

Those who appreciate traditional décor, the discreet charm of the Faubourg Saint-Honoré and expect polite, impeccable service. The hotel is popular with discerning families; press-shy celebrities; and high-powered business people looking to keep a low profile.

Read Upon Arrival Paris to discover points of interest within a few blocks of the hotel.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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