Like all other Mandarin Oriental properties, there is a high level of expectation and luxury promised. And Mandarin Oriental Paris certainly does not disappoint.

Conveniently located on the grand Rue Saint Honoré - the Bond Street of Paris, if you will - the large entrance springs up like a welcome surprise along the rows of luxe boutiques and designer shops.


Once you step foot inside the double-height gold-leaf entrance, you know immediately that you are in for a treat.

The lobby opens into a delightful indoor landscaped garden, modern art adorning the wooden-terrace. Even if you aren't a fan of modern art there is something very pleasing about the geometrical courtyard and Asian flair of the décor.

The 138 luxurious rooms and suites housed the historic Art Deco building are among the most spacious in Paris; not even the XXL beds fill the airy suites. A palette of creams, plums and browns give the rooms a decidedly romantic feel, while blown-up sections of Man Ray's shadowy 'Kiss' scene on the headboard add an air of modernity, too.


Best of all perhaps are the bathrooms: walk-in shower and baths, his-and-hers sinks in gleaming white marble and black mosaic spell luxury.

Although the culinary delights are not to be missed either; the Camélia brasserie puts on an amazing (and tasty) show with their chefs performing live; their own Cake Shop offers the perfect gâteaux; while Thierry Marx's space-age food is on offer at Sur Mésure. And for drinks there is Bar 8, with a massive nine-ton block of brown marble and killer cocktails.

You'll be perfectly placed to discover the City of Love from here, with the Garnier Opera, Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre - not to mention all the designer shops - all a few steps away.


TRAVEL TIME: 2 hours by Eurostar

WHEN TO GO: Spring, Summer

GO: Doubles from £795 per night, B&B ( Eurostar ( from £69 return.