Flanked by designer boutiques, including Emporio Armani, Balenciaga, Hermes and Dior, on Rue Saint-Honoré is Paris’ Mandarin Oriental, a bastion of elegance.
The hotel is built around a central garden that bursts with greenery and is just a short walking distance from sight-seeing hotspots, the Louvre, Tuileries gardens, banks of the Seine and Place Vendôme. The best rooms are courtyard-facing, however all 138 rooms and suites are spacious and stylish, with arty accents from photographers Man Ray and Ali Mahdavi, fresh cut flowers and grand marble-clad bathrooms stocked with Diptyque toiletries. The overall feel is elegant and tailored, with feminine details that add a sense of romanticism.
The style of Mandarin Oriental, Paris takes inspiration from the richness, modernity and creativity of the 1930s and Art Deco, as well as from the hallmarks of luxury and Parisian fashion. The verdant courtyard garden and its wall of cascading foliage provide a soothing sight on arrival in the marble-clad lobby. The look throughout the hotel is cool and contemporary, served up with a slice of the Orient in the form of cherry wood panelling and fine silks. Whimsical touches include the butterfly motif that appears on carpets and artwork and the statement over-sized bird cage in the garden.
Soft rugs, silk throws, warm colours and wonderfully comfy, over-sized beds lend a cosy and homely feel. The standard rooms are spacious and have generous wardrobe space, with even a yoga mat tucked away in the shelves. The hotel has its own in-house florist, meaning beautiful displays appear throughout the hotel, including pretty posies in the rooms. In-room entertainment includes a Bang & Olufsen television and iPod dock, while the use of an iPad is available on request in the standard rooms and included in the suites. This entertainment is not just confined to the rooms, you can soak in Diptique bubbles while watching television in the large sunken bath.
Food & Drink
Mandarin Oriental, Paris satisfies every gourmet desire through the impetus of Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage Thierry Marx. Two restaurants, a bar, Cake Shop and the Garden offer many different settings and moods where guests can savour a unique experience each time. Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx is a three-Michelin-starred affair where foodies pay homage in an all-white room that has been designed so as not to detract from the ‘sensory’ dining experience. Those wishing to sample Marx’s food without making too much of a dent on their bank balance can instead dine at the hotel’s excellent Camélia restaurant, also overseen by the chef extraordinaire.
Entirely devoted to well-being and relaxation, the Spa offers an holistic experience to promote complete mind-body harmony. At 900 square metres, this is one of the city’s largest hotel Spas. Sybille de Margerie has imagined the entrance to this tranquil retreat as a vast pearly sphere that instantly sets a relaxing mood. The sensory journey continues with the unique, refined experience of the fourteen-metre indoor pool.