Le Bristol, Paris, France
The thing about Parisian hotels is that many can feel stiff and a little formal. Not at Le Bristol. Yes, it is unapologetically quintessential; it oozes old-world grandeur – there’s a concert piano in the dining room – and it’s located on the super-fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. However, it also prides itself on being as laidback as it is luxurious. There’s a wonderful ‘family’ feel here, and with the addition of a second (but still Michelin-starred) restaurant, 114 Faubourg, which serves hunking great bacon cheeseburgers, it remains as friendly and down-to-earth as ever. (If one Michelin star isn’t enough, head to main restaurant Epicure, where head chef Éric Fréchon has three.) If you can, stay in the Honeymoon Suite, which has views of the Eiffel Tower from a couple of its seven (yes, really) balconies. But if that’s out of your price range, ask for one of the 36 rooms overlooking the peaceful gardens full of azalea and honeysuckle.
Wow FactorThe rooftop pool, created to look like a sailboat’s interior, doesn’t take itself too seriously – the epitome of Le Bristol in every way.
Go Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com) offers three nights from £1,400 per person, B&B. Includes return flights and private airport transfers. Flight time: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
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