Paris offers so many wonderful hotels which makes it nearly impossible to choose. Tony and I mostly rent apartments when in Paris, however, the trip we’re planning next year for our 20th anniversary (time flies when you’re having fun!) will most likely have us staying in a hotel since the majority of our trip we will be in Italy, therefore, not meeting the required amount of days of the apartment rental company we stay with. This leaves me with the question – luxurious chain or small boutique? The decision just became more difficult after hearing of the newly renovated Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg.
Located on Boissy d’Anglas in the 8th arr. and elegant Saint-Honoré district, the hotel is only steps from the Tuileries Garden, Louvre museum, up-scale fashion houses and Champs-Élysées. French opera singer-turned-architect, Didier Gomez, redesigned the former two 18th century mansions that were previously occupied by the Queen of Naples, into the new 5-star Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg hotel. Gomez’s body of work includes clients such as YSL, Christian Dior, Kenzo and De Beers, designing everything from perfume bottles to furniture. French newspaper “Le Figaro“ describes the hotel’s interior as “like leafing through Vogue magazine in the 1940s.” You can be assured something very glamorous is going on inside those walls.
Gomez juxtaposed old-world Parisian architecture with a modern interior and designed a skylight that spans nearly the length of the ceiling, a stark contrast to most Paris hotel lobbies. Not seen in the photos, the exterior grey stone walls are detailed with gold leaf, adding warmth to its public spaces. The 24 hour spa, fitness center and two hammams bring a touch of Zen to the otherwise bright and opulent interior.
The hotel restaurant, STAY, menu is composed of traditional and exotic plates by three Michelin star chef, Yannick Alléno, and is inspired by his travels. The menu also features an innovative dessert menu of delicacies and pastries.
Bar 30 serves light meals during the afternoon and becomes a piano bar by night. The Ebony Madagascar bar is designed with a “1960s dress salon aesthetic” with cocktails named after famous French couturiers and walls adorned with art from the likes of Cecil Beaton, Horst and Irving Penn.
The 111 rooms and 36 elegant suites offer a tranquil setting to escape from the bustling city. The suites lend way to the charm of an apartment that boasts a spectacular view over Parisian rooftops. Really makes you want to make reservations now, doesn’t it?
Each room is sound proof and equipped with a flat-screen TV, steam showers and a Bose sound system. The furnishings include sumptuous velvet and silk fabrics, Louis XV-style fauteuils and a grand bath. A luxury considering most hotel rooms in Paris, much less their baths, are closet size.
Café Faubourg’s manicured terrace is a haven of natural wood panels, palm trees and trickling fountains – a perfect spot for dinner or an evening cocktail. The menu offers gourmet contemporary cuisine created by Executive Chef Thierry Vaissière.