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“Le Bristol, elegant and discreet” 5 of 5 stars
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Le Bristol Paris
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore | 8th Arr., 75008 Paris, France   |  
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“Le Bristol, elegant and discreet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2008

Hotel Le Bristol has been a favorite for many years. On my visit to Paris last summer I stayed at Four Seasons George V, based upon the many stellar reviews on this sight (and I love FS Hotels in general); the FS George V was flawless in many ways and exciting and beautiful and the staff were positively friendly beyond being professional and efficient.

The Bristol, however, is an elegant hotel which is unique. It is not so flashy, but entirely beautiful. It's location is superb because it bridges the neighborhoods where the George V (Camps Elysees) is and the neighborhoods in the opposite direction (Louvre, Opera, Tuilleries). Also, its a quicker walk to the Left Bank.

The George V may have a flashier lobby and more interesting and attractive venues for eating/driniking but the Bristol has the most beautiful Parisian Park and Gardens as the centerpiece of its public areas. The buldings which surround the gardens comprise the rooms in the hotel and the garden is a fabulously beautiful spot for dinner, breakfast or a drink.

The lobby is understated and in all honesty could use some new soft furnishings. The structure and architecture itself is faultless.

But the service. It is truly personal, elegant and very discreet. The hotel is not on a huge square or major avenue although the Faubourg St, Honore is a street which is renowned for its fabulous shops. It is also very close to the Palace d'Elysees and everything that is beautiful about Paris.

The room we received was lovely. Freshly renovated, the style would disappoint some who like a more overtly opulent style or, who, on the other side of the spectrum love cutting-edge modern. The Bristol room was elegant, yet restrained. The bathroom is all marble and huge...the biggest bathtub I can recall....you need not spend your money on a spa treatment once you soak in the beautiful tub infused with the special bath products provided which come their own exclusive spa.

We had a "junior suite" (mind you, not a deluxe junior suite and we could not stop taking joy in the beauty of the room.) We also had two huge, flower-bedecked, windows which opened onto the magnificent Garden. The soft sounds of the fountain were sooothing...and the beautiful view was pure indulgence.

Everytime I have stayed at the Bristol, the service has been impeccable. I am always recognized, even after an absence of a few years. I am know by name before I even reach the reception desk (and not because some driver or staff member calls ahead on his discreet walkie-talkie.)

Don't get me wrong, the service at the George V FS was great in the wonderful FS style, but Le Bristol is truly old-school. It is perfect in the way great European hotels have always been perfect. Of course, there was a huge bouquet of roses and lilies in the room, perfectly matched to the color scheme of the decor; of course there was a large pedalstal of fresh fruits, and a large platter of petit fours for our enjoyment. These are not just "amenities"...this is the Bristol style. And this is the manner in which the Bristol thanks its loyal customers for returning over the years.

The breakfasts are delicious...the buffet in the summer garden restaurant or room service...the best baguettes, croissants, coffee, hot chocolat, etc.

Elegant, perfect service and discreet are the words I keep coming back to in order to describe Le Bristol. Not as haughty as the Plaza Athenee, not as busy/glitzy and as "American" as the Four Seasons George ; I enjoy the neighborhood of the Bristol better because it is less hectic neighborhood than the Meurice or Crillion (although the latter is located on the most beautiful "Place" on earth. and the former faces the Louvre and the Jardin de Tuilleries)

I will go back to the George V again because the public spaces and restaurants are impossibly beautiful and the hotel is abuzz with excitement. The rooms are excellent too. But for classic French style and service, when I am in the mood for that, I will stay at Hotel Le Bristol.

Of course, one cannot go wrong in Paris with the small "hotels de charme" which dot the right and left banks these days. But if service is important, and extra space and unique elegance are appreciated the extremely high price of the Bristol is an excellent choice.

  • Liked — Pristine clean, lovely views of the garden, inviting bath.
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2008

I am in the hospitality industry and run a luxury hotel company. I recently stayed in Paris for a very special occasion. Without hesitation I chose Le Bristol as its reputation amongst professionals is legendary.

I was not disappointed and can even say my expectations were totally exceeded. The staff is absolutely perfect, kind and attentive without the robotic attitude found in other luxury hotels, warm without being familiar .

The rooms were just what one would expect of such a place, traditional, exuding old charm but extremely comfortable and grand. We had a suite and my partner just loved it, chintz and opulent french style furniture but with plasma screens in both the lounge and the bedroom and a remarkable small business center.

We are both foodies and had reservations in some special places in Paris (Jules Vernes, Robuchon, Lipp) so we only experienced room service but it was perfect, the best onion soup ever and service was extremely fast. We are looking forward to our next stay so we can experience the restaurant.

The gardens, the largest in Paris for a hotel, are magic and a great place to have breakfast or lunch and the pool and little tanning terrace are adorable.

But what really made the difference were all the delicate and touching attentions.If you are celebrating with a loved one, do not hesitate and book yourself into Le Bristol.

I must finish by congratulating the whole team and thanking them for making a special stay so memorable... and I am a very fussy guest :)

  • Liked — everything bar the shower head
  • Disliked — the shower head
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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sydney australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2008

We stayed in the Hotel Le Bristol last October during the Rugby World Cup 2007. The Le Bristol is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed. Its centrally located in the Saint-Honore area, close to all the fabulous fashion houses, museums and restaurants. The room was great, it was large and beautifully decorated. The gym and indoor pool were clean and beautifully located on the top floor. The staff were very friendly and the food from the restaurant was fantastic. We loved it and will go back again when we next visit Paris. We highly recommend you to experience the great services and ambience of Hotel Le Bristol.

  • Liked — everything, its like a palace.
  • Disliked — nil
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2008

Stayed at the Bristol for 3 nights in November. Picked this hotel because it was near my company's Paris office and we were having meetings there.

The hotel is nice but not that nice for the price. My room was good sized but it looked out over a building being refurbished. The staff never contacted me to see if I was happy with my room. The buffet breakfast in the morning was just ok-for the price. I think it was $60 US.

The work out room was lacking in equipment and space. The sauna area was closed and could not figure out how to get into the steam room. No staff there to help.

Nice location but not worth the price. Save money and stay somwhere else.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Value for the price
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hotel Le Bristo... P, President and General Manager at Le Bristol Paris, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Dear Guest,

In tracing back the different comments posted on Trip Advisor, we were reminded that you had registered your comments on January 21st, 2008 further to your visit in November 2007.

I have had the pleasure of assuming the helm of Le Bristol since 2010. Since that time I had been in a position to make considerable changes to both the physical product, and to reinforce the team.
The majority of rooms have been renovated, and the Spa was newly reopened on the first floor with the treatment rooms having either natural light or situated overlooking a garden. The fitness room is in the same location with the latest of equipment. The hamman for ladies is located also on the same level; however, gentlemen can benefit from the hamman adjacent the pool on the sixth floor. The three star Michelin restaurant is now located on the inner courtyard with its extensive garden. Breakfast is served, no longer a buffet, in addition in the Jardin Français, the area adjacent, interior space equally with view onto the garden.

Please contact me personally if I can give you any assistance on a future visit to Paris.

Sincerely yours,

Didier Le Calvez
President and General Manager
dlecalvez@lebristolparis.com
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2007

Lovely room, great service and the dinner we had in the restaurant was one of the best romantic dinners ever..
If you can afford it: don't hesitate

  • Liked — Great room, very good service in a good shopping street
  • Disliked — I liked it all
  • Stayed May 2004, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2007

Just back from a 2 night stay at Le Bristol. excellent location, lovely hotel with good staff. Room and bathroom very spacious.
My only gripe is the cost of the extras i.e. food and drink - way overpriced even for a hotel of this calibre (and I was travellling on business.) Also car from Gare Du Nord (20 minutes although can take longer) is Euro 185 if booked through hotel which I did due to possible transport strikes - a regular taxi is around Euro 15 max!

  • Liked — Spaciousness / facilities of room
  • Disliked — Cost of food / drink
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2007

Just finished a six-night stay at Le Bristol, Paris. I was traveling solo - and couldn't have picked a more perfect hotel or location!
The property is simply elegant, with a gorgeous marble lobby and hotel lounge, and quiet rooms surrounding a beautifully serene garden courtyard. The service and staff were first-rate, the rooms very spacious - and the all-marble bathroom featured a huge soaking tub, French toiletries, and a heated towel rack!
This place is expensive (I was in a deluxe room at 770 euros per night) - but completely worth it if you are looking for the ultimate Parisian stay. The location was perfect: a short walk to several metro stops (Champs d'Elysee, Frankline Roosevelt, or Miromesnil ). There is a Starbucks just 3 blocks walk and a delicious patisserie nearby where you can pick up a quick sandwichor pastry on your way out for the day. It's an easy walk to the Champs d'Elysee or Avenue Montaigne for luxury shopping (Chanel, Chloe, Dolce & Gabanna, etc.) It is also about 100 euros less per night than the George V or the Ritz. If you are looking for luxury in Paris - you can't do better! I give it 5 stars!

  • Liked — The classy service
  • Disliked — The lounge/bar was very smoky; but that's to be expected in Paris
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore | 8th Arr., 75008 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Paris
#1 Romantic Hotel in Paris
#2 Luxury Hotel in Paris
#2 Spa Hotel in Paris
#11 Business Hotel in Paris
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Bristol Paris 5*
Number of rooms: 188
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Le Bristol is a unique place in Paris for its exemplary service and great refinement.Located on the elegant Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, at the heart of the city's arts and fashion district, the hotel has been welcoming privileged guests since 1925 and features 188 rooms and suites, all renovated, spacious, bright and decorated in elegant 18th century style.Three star Michelin Chef,Eric Frechon, creates everyday an exceptional, generous and innovative cuisine in the new gastronomic restaurant « Epicure ». ... more   less 
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