Partly thanks to the renovation closures of five-star Parisian stalwarts The Ritz and Hôtel de Crillon, Le Bristol has seen a serious resurgence over the past year or so with top-tier members of the fashion pack checking in en masse come show time. That said, the hotel’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Epicure, run by renowned chef Eric Frechon, has long been the spot for ladies who lunch – especially during the summer months for alfresco dining in the hotel’s central courtyard.
This grand old dame may be a palace hotel but don’t be overwhelmed by its gilt surrounds. The hotel’s resident Burmese cats Fa-Raon and Kléopatre liven things up as they roam freely throughout its corridors, while the rooftop pool, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Coeur, is modelled after the prow of a yacht. Just what you’d expect from the Oetker family, who also owns Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.
In addition to the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, the 8th arrondissement houses Paris’ famous shopping Golden Triangle, which includes Avenue George V, Rue François 1er and Avenue Montaigne. However, if your ideal day out doesn’t include shopping this exclusive area, there are plenty of places to watch the world go by, such as Parisian institution L’Avenue on Avenue Montaigne – just down the street from Céline.
Hôtel Le Bristol | 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 | +33 1 53 43 43 00