As one of world’s most thriving international cities, Paris has no shortage of luxury accommodations on offer. However to ensure your visit to Paris is as unforgettable as the city of love was made to be experienced, there is no greater guarantee than to book a room inside the walls of the Mandarin Oriental Paris.
Situated on rue Saint-Honoré, the Mandarin Oriental is pleasantly positioned in the centre of Paris’ haute fashion district, just a short walk from the Louvre in the 1st arrondisement. Upon arrival we were welcomed with a complimentary glass of bubbles to enjoy in the contemporary lobby while our check-in was taken care of out of sight. From there we were escorted to our elegantly appointed room on the 3rd floor, facing the inner courtyard. The understated minimalism of the design concept matched by playful splashes of colour holds a truly unique appeal, unmatched by any other luxury establishment in the heart of Paris. With a timeless approach to design followed throughout all areas of the hotel, it is truly a formidable task to take oneself out of the hotel and into the streets of Paris.
Given that we had just arrived in Paris, we promptly dropped our bags and took to the streets – only to discover the delightful Tuileries gardens were but a stones throw away from the hotel. Upon returning to enjoy a relaxing afternoon before venturing out for dinner, I was blushingly surprised to notice the staff at had recognised my birthday and gifted me with a bottle of bubbles and pistachio birthday cake – how thoughtful! This level of service and attention to detail is afforded to guests throughout their stay as staff continuously greet guests by first name – taking a traditional hotel experience from mediocre to magnificent.
The Mandarin Oriental has 138 guestrooms, ranging from Superior rooms through to a lavishly appointed Royale Mandarin Suite. At EUR 15,000 per night, the Royale suite is a quintessential display of Oriental Opulence – and must be seen to be believed. The entry-level superior rooms are however aptly appointed and offer all the necessary features for a luxurious stay. Technology is a particularly important focus point for the Mandarin Oriental, with rooms well advanced in all areas of technology and offering high speed wireless internet, at an additional charge. The rooms are spacious and inviting, following the signature minimalism of the hotel to ensure guests are comforted by their surrounds.
A nutritious breakfast buffet was enjoyed the following morning and included freshly cooked eggs ordered from the kitchen, fresh juices made to order, energy shots, fruit smoothies, and endless healthy options (as well as a few naughty ones too – pain au chocolat anyone!?
The team at the Mandarin Oriental have truly gone above and beyond expectations for even a five star property, and present a competitive edge by ensuring guests are treated as family upon visiting the hotel. The hospitality, matched by an edgy-yet-inviting design concept, and ‘those little surprises’ that can be remembered for years to come, are what truly sets the Mandarin Oriental apart from other luxury properties in Paris.
PRICE: Rooms from $1200
LOCATION:251 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
CONTACT:+33 (0)1 70 98 78 88
(Editor’s note: Special thanks to The Mandarin Oriental for hosting my birthday visit! My opinions is, as always, my own).