Those of you who have been following my blog and social media channels must already know my obsession with Paris. I go there several times a year and I have a few addresses that I am faithful to. One such address is the Mandarin Oriental Paris. I was in Paris recently and decided to go back to my favourite hotel in the city. In this blogpost I wanted to share my experience with you guys and list down some of the reasons that make this my preferred hotel in Paris right now. Read on if you want to experience a luxurious stay in Paris, through my eyes.
Fabulous Location – At the Mandarin Oriental Paris, you couldn’t ask for a better location. At the heart of the city’s chic fashion street – Rue Saint Honore – a stone’s throw away from the Louvre, a short walk from the Opera district and just a few metres from the glitzy Place Vendome, the hotel enjoys pride of place in one of the city’s best neighbourhoods. Given its location in the fashion district, the hotel also happens to be a great place for people spotting. An hour in the lobby or in the restaurant is enough to give you a quick lesson on the current fashion trends!
Breathtaking Lobby – Like all things Parisian, the hotel is extremely understated, with no attempt at flamboyance. The façade on Rue Saint Honore is extremely simple and bears subtle branding of the hotel. The surprise, however, hits you as soon as you enter the premises. In front of you is an oversized glass wall that overlooks the stunning inner courtyard of the hotel. There is a delightful mix of art décor and modern design in the space, with small elements of Asian culture dotting the space. As you stand, or take a seat in the cavernous lobby, you can’t help but notice how the indoor and outdoor spaces merge so effortlessly. It really is one of the most strikingly designed spaces in the hotel.
Magnificent Rooms – The rooms and suites at this hotel are characterised by a chic Parisian décor, featuring clean lines and muted tones. I stayed in a Deluxe Suite, which featured a spacious living room, a separate work-desk area, a bedroom and a massive bathroom. Each room is soundproofed so you are literally cut off from the sounds of the city. My suite also had a gorgeous little balcony overlooking the courtyard. Each room comes with a fabulous entertainment system, a sound dock, a Nespresso machine, a tea set and lots of other plush amenities. My all-white marble bathroom was breathtaking and I could have easily spent two hours in there just showering. In case you’re wondering, the bathroom amenities are by Diptyque! SO CHIC! If you do have the budget to splurge, ask for some of the higher-end suites, with breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
Rooftop Garden – I was let in on a secret and allowed to enter an “off-limits” space thanks to the team at the hotel. Few people know that on the rooftop of the Mandarin Oriental there is a secret vegetable and herb garden on the rooftop. As I walked through the rooftop garden – breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, I must mention – I got a glimpse of the fresh, organic produce, which is later served to guests. The hotel’s resident two-star chef Thierry Marx grows his courgettes, tomatoes and celery here while the chief barman comes here to source herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage for his hand-crafted cocktails. Quite a novel concept I thought, to have a rooftop garden in the heart of this bustling city. I’m told that the hotel even has its own beehive (yes, you read that right!)
Best Spot For A Parisian Breakfast – One of my favourite things to do in Paris, whether I am in a luxurious palace hotel or in a small boutique hotel, is to enjoy a leisurely Parisian breakfast in the courtyard. As you know, the courtyard is a design signature of most Parisian buildings and the Mandarin Oriental Paris has the most breathtakingly landscaped courtyard. Tables are laid out in the courtyard, as an extension to the all-day dining outlet Camelia, and there are a few little cosy niche-like lounges concealed behind green spaces for extra privacy. I did surprise myself by spending 1.5 hours every morning lingering over cappuccinos, croissants, slices of ham and freshly squeezed orange juice.
Impeccable Service – What I loved most about the service standards at this hotel is that they are a perfect blend of French discretion and the trademark Asian warmth of the hotel. Consistent, prompt and always anticipatory, I was always addressed by my last name during any customer interaction. Moreover, there are little touches of service that characterise a luxury hotel – for example, the way in which the room is turned down, the attention to detail, the way my crumpled shirt was folded and placed on the bed, the way my pyjamas were placed at my pillow, or even the little note on my bedside with the next day’s forecast. Service-wise, this hotel scores on all points.
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