Question: Who wouldn’t want to stay in a luxury hotel with a resident cat? Answer: Is that a serious question? OF COURSE for anyone in their right mind, an on-site feline would almost certainly be a deal-breaker when choosing a hotel. And Le Bristol hotel in Paris has not one – but two resident cats, to be found prowling and preening in its gilded lobby.
Cats aside, there’s a lot of good reasons to stay at Le Bristol, whether it’s an action-packed city break or romantic weekend in Paris. First of all, its location: right on the rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, the fashionable street that’s home to most of the City of Light’s luxury boutiques – and L’Elysée, the residence of the French president no less. In fact, the luxury hotel has played host to any number of famous faces since it opened in the 1920’s, being favoured by celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie. Even the A-list isn’t immune to feline charms it would seem.
Le Bristol is one of only a handful of hotels in Paris to hold official “Palace” status – meaning that it’s just that little bit more luxurious than regular five-star establishments. As hotels go, they don’t get much more French than this – forget neutral tones and modern design – it’s all OTT traditional deco, think classic florals and chintz, opulent antiques and gilded furnishings. There’s also a rather lovely courtyard garden where you can take tea or enjoy breakfast with a view.
Although Le Bristol is right in the heart of Paris, it does feel like a little oasis of tranquillity. The 188 rooms and suites are elegant and luxurious, while remaining cosy and welcoming. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood rooms with natural light, while the opulent marble bathrooms are perfect for a post sightseeing soak in the tub.
And the best way to wake up while staying at Le Bristol? With a dip in the hotel’s rooftop pool, of course! Looking out across Parisian rooftops to the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Coeur is a pretty special experience. There’s also a balcony with loungers should you fancy a spot of sun-bathing post-swim. You may want to add a few extra lengths of the pool to take the hotel’s delicious breakfast spread into account..
This is Paris, so you know it’s going to be good… Seasonal fruits and freshly-baked croissants and pain au chocolats are exceptional, as is the friendly, smiling service – so unlike the French waiters you might be expecting! And alongside beautifully-presented traditional cooked options, there’s truffles, caviar and Champagne, darling. Exactly what we’d like to imagine Marilyn started her day with. Now, back to those cats…
Rates at Le Bristol start from €830 per night, room only. For more information, see Le Bristol’s website.