Fashionable high style in Paris
111 Rooms / 36 Suites
An 18th-century private mansion and former home to the French Marie Claire magazine, Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg is located in a highly elegant area of Paris, on a street close enough to the American Embassy to require round-the-clock police guards.
Steps away from the Tuileries Gardens and Grand Palais Galeries, this newly renovated hotel has glamour that will leave you swooning. Walk inside to a bustling bar area, where shoppers converge and guests take a coffee or wine break and sink into Louis XV-style armchairs to absorb the surrounding gallery of larger-than-life prints of fashion icons.
The lovely courtyard is another option to absorb the charming Parisian atmosphere, as is Stay Faubourg, an international-inspired restaurant by an acclaimed French chef.
Thanks to famous photographers Horst P. Horst, Chaloner Woods and Irving Penn, a fashion show atmosphere ties the neighborhood (namely Rue du Fauourg Saint Honoré) to the Sofitel, a plan orchestrated by local designer Didier Gomes. Gomes’ retro ’60s and ’ 70s vision is carried forward with black-and-white photographs of fashionable women, then painted in pastels and displayed in each room; many of the images are placed over the bed. Le Parisian, in particular, is a reproduction of a Cecil Beaton image that ran in Vogue.
Amenities in all rooms hail from Hermès, whether in the deluxe category or second room category (size is the difference). The suites of the Sofitel were architecturally designed to emulate a Parisian home, with royal molding over thresholds and color schemes of neutrals mixed with yellow and gold tones.
In some accommodations, the entire wall is a photograph of a glamorous Barbie-like woman with an hour-glass figure dressed in a fitted black dress with a white frilly chiffon shrug and black gloves — it is also the door entrance to a closet. One of the rooms has a diamond-shaped cocktail table, while another boasts leather covering on closet doors.
Every room has a Nespresso machine, and all the linens and accents coordinate with the pastel artwork on the walls; a sense of haute couture is felt throughout the house.
The Wellness Options
Beyond the fitness room with walls covered in leather and past the golden globe fountain is a spa-like area that offers a hammam and experience shower unique to each guest’s preference — the choice of light, fragrance (Caribbean tropical rain, perhaps?) and water pressure are offered.
If more relaxation is in order, the concierge will happily book a massage (given an hour’s notice) so that you may enjoy the eco-friendly Cinq Mondes products. The spa is next to the fitness room, but double doors create a barrier of silence.
With every slice of pressed foie gras fused with smoked seaweed, a glass of rosé champagne complements the experience of a meal at Stay Faubourg. Families, friends and couples perch for hours here, an authentic urban eatery inspired by chef Yannick Alléno’s travels to Taipai, Dubai and more exotic destinations.
Executive chef William Girard carries out Alléno’s adventurous concepts by preparing dishes such as tataki de boeuf, a casual, yet elevated plate. Within its black-and-white-tiled flooring, yellow accent chairs and ceiling, it is not unusual to spot a table sharing forkfuls of Girard’s creations for the sake of tasty conversation.
An acclaimed chef is enough to draw a crowd to any restaurant, but having a dessert library certainly seals the deal. A specially designed window showcases a plethora of sweet ingredients and chocolates for you to peruse before decision time. Hazelnut-flavored gavotte or banana croustillant with candied dates are a couple choices, as is a taste of housemade raspberry marshmallow. Pick one favorite ingredient and the rest is a work of edible art in action as the chefs prepare a tailor-made dish.
Le Bar du Faubourg is a hip spot to gather and eye the warm clubby, black-and-white décor and fashion photography, as well as indulge light bites and a couple excellent cocktails.