Hôtel Le Bristol
Hôtel Le Bristol occupies an enviable position among Paris’ palace hotels. For one, the establishment is owned by Germans, the Oetker family, who ensure that the 85-year-old property runs like clockwork. It is also tucked mid-block on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the same narrow street that is home to Élysée Palace, the official residence of the president of France. (French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy often holds court at the hotel.) And last September, Le Bristol added a wing that has helped this grande dame soar to a new level.
Spread over seven stories, the new wing includes 26 individually designed rooms and suites styled by Maja Oetker. Throughout the wing, Oetker used floral patterns and period details, such as paintings emulating the works of the old masters. The building is anchored by 114 Faubourg (above), a casual new restaurant. The eatery’s open kitchen, flower-covered walls, and gold leaf–adorned iron staircase are the perfect foil to the Restaurant—Le Bristol’s stuffy yet superb Michelin-three-star dining room. Hôtel Le Bristol, +188.8.131.52.43.00, www.lebristolparis.com