Paris' glamorous palace
138 Rooms / 40 Suites
Mandarin Oriental, Paris opened in 2011 as the brand’s first French hotel, and one of only a handful in Europe. The storied building has been in use since the 16th century, serving as a monastery, theater and royal riding school. Its deep historic roots no doubt contribute to its status as one of just a few elite Parisian hotels given the “Palace” distinction by Atout France, the French Agency for Tourism Development. From the façade to the interior, the hotel is a prime example of Paris’ Art Deco period, though the décor has subtle Asian touches in the form of fresh orchids, butterflies and rich silk accents.
Prevalent use of circles and squares are worked into the overall design theme, while traditional Western colors like gray and beige are blended with Eastern-influenced colors of plum, orange and pink. Art is a major component throughout Mandarin Oriental, including sketches, photography, bronzes and sculptures from six international artists. Lining the entry walls are works of art from area galleries that rotate about every three to four months.
Perhaps the most beautiful work of art is the garden located in the middle of the hotel. Pockets of green — ivy, star jasmine, camellias, olive branches — surround the black marble fountain in the center, which creates a sense of serenity in a city of millions. This Zen-like garden features a giant, whimsical birdcage known as La Table du Jardin, which seats six guests for a all-out stunning dining experience.
The large, modern rooms are filled with contemporary furniture made of dark wood, lacquers and chrome, which is in direct contrast with the jewel tone palette of pink, orange and purple. Pillows and curtains are made of rich silks and taffetas. Glamorous, sensual photographs by Ali Mahdavi were shot exclusively for the luxury hotel and adorn the walls. Equipped with the latest in technology, rooms include television and audio by Bang & Olufsen, high-speed Internet, and interactive entertainment system.
Bathrooms are sleek and sumptuous in white marble, mosaic tiles, glass, leather, bronze and wood. Double sinks, oversized tubs and walk-in showers are standard, as are robes by Frette and toiletries by Diptyque. Suites have silk kimonos and Japanese toilets.
The Paris hotel’s signature restaurant, Sur Mesure Par Thierry Marx, quickly garnered esteem among Parisian foodies after it opened in 2011. The gastronomic haven helmed by chef Thierry Marx is bathed in white, and inspired by the area’s haute couture houses. Serving both lunch and dinner, Marx’s menus combine flavors of the Orient with the artistry of French cuisine.
Also under the direction of chef Marx is Camélia, a restaurant that is located just off of the garden. Simple Japanese-inspired dishes make up the weekday offerings, while there is a five-course tasting menu at dinner. Bar 8 is a chic little spot ideal for a pre-dinner drink. It features dark wood walls inlaid with Lalique crystals and a nine-ton block of brown Spanish marble that serves as the bar.
Located on along rue Saint-Honoré, one of the oldest streets in the city, Mandarin Oriental sits among mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as many of the top names in jewelry, fashion and art. A short stroll from the Louvre, Tuileries Gardens, Musée d'Orsay, Palais-Royal and Place Vendôme, the hotel is in the heart of the city and close to some of Paris’ most popular sites.