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[Paris] Mandarin Oriental

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Mandarin Oriental

Add: 251 Rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 70 98 78 88
Website: www.mandarinoriental.com/paris

Stone, lacquer, and gold leaf. Opulent materials in couture style. A harmonious blend of plum, grey, and ecru. Welcome to Mandarin Oriental Paris, the luxury hotel group’s first address in France and also the most recent addition to its hotel portfolio. Housed inside a 1930s Art Deco building on rue Saint-Honoré, Mandarin Oriental Paris has been designed* in sync with its haute-couture surroundings. Let’s take a tour and explore the shades, textures, and delicate details sprinkled throughout this stylish 8-storey space.

*Jean-Michel Wilmotte – Building façade and patio/ Sybille de Margerie – interior design and decoration of the rooms, suites, Spa and public spaces / Agence Jouin-Manku – bar and restaurants

Double height lobby, floor-to-ceiling windows, modern and airy.

Let’s start with the Food & Beverage. Mandarin Oriental Paris features two restaurants and a bar under the direction of Thierry Marx, who is both the Executive Chef and Director of F&B. Most notable is Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, a two Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant. The fabric-themed decor is inspired by Parisian haute couture, while its menu, an invitation to experience new sensations, pays particular attention to shapes and colours, textures and temperatures. Soya risotto? Just one of the classics from Thierry Marx’s repertoire.

For something more casual and light-hearted, try Camélia. Named after the flower whose scent fills the garden during summer days, Camélia is intended as a continuation of the indoor landscaped garden, which is a really charming space when the weather is fair. The menu is French, with dishes along the lines of lobster bisque with gnocchi and green peas purée, cod roasted with sweet tomato and pepper stew and chorizo vinaigrette, and veal roasted with potatoes boulangère and ratatouille. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

The adjoining cake shop has a beautiful display of desserts, which can be enjoyed at Camélia or taken to go.

Also on the ground floor is Bar 8, where the focal point is a nine-ton block of brown marble quarried in Spain and sculpted in Italy. The atmosphere is intimate with warm tones and dark wood walls inlaid with Lalique crystals, almost raindrops-like. Cocktails and snacks from 11am onwards.

Courtyard seats, accessible from both Bar 8 and Camélia, would be especially lovely on a nice day.

The hotel also has a 900 sqm spa, inclusive of 7 treatment suites, an indoor pool, and a 119 sqm fitness center. Both the single and couple spa suites have their own steam shower and changing room, ensuring that guests can enjoy Mandarin Oriental or Guerlain Signature treatments with utmost privacy.

But now, what we care most about a hotel is, of course, the rooms. Let’s first look at the Deluxe Room, a warm and plush space adorned with taupe silk cushions and embroidered taffeta in shades of orange, magenta and plum. What it comes with: goose down bedding and linens by Josephine Home, Nespresso coffee machine, Bang & Olufsen TV and audio system, just to name a few of the luxurious amenities.

The Kiss by Man Ray is reproduced on velvet, dressing both the alcove and the headboard.

View of the courtyard, a tranquil oasis at the heart of Paris.

The huge bathroom is definitely a highlight. Slick marble-clad features, round bathtub and walk-in shower, a mirror that transforms into a television, plush bathrobes by Frette, and luxurious toiletries by Diptyque!

Moving on to the suites. There are 39 suites at the hotel, seven of which are Duplex suites located on the highest floors. Here are some snapshots from Suite Royale Orientale which measures 162 sqm, making it the second largest suite in the hotel after Suite Royale Mandarin, which is 252 sqm.

Suite Royale Orientale extends over two levels in shades of white, beige, black and green, with Asian elements whimsically placed here and there.

The wall is hung with black and white photography by Jean-Baptiste Huynh and a specially commissioned quadriptych by Thierry Bisch.

Bang & Olufsen television and audio system.

A spacious private terrace offers sweeping views of Paris rooftops and L’Opera.

Upstairs, the large bedroom is decorated in elegant shades of bronze.

The adjoining bathroom incorporates a steam shower and stand-alone bathtub, and of course Diptyque toiletries.

If all that is not luxurious enough for you, there is an option to connect the Suite Royale Orientale with Premier Atelier and Cabochons suites, creating a lavish three-bedroom penthouse suite that would be the largest in Paris. And how much might this cost you? €6,000 + 4,900 + 3,000 = €13,900 per night. Meh, no biggie, right? The Suite Mandarin Orientale alone is €15,000 per night, just FYI.

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November 13th, 2012 at 4:22 am