IN 2015, LE BRISTOL PARIS CELEBRATES ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY
The story of this iconic Hotel is a wonderful and lasting one which has been told with passion since 1925. Nine decades have been spent illustrating the “art de vivre à la française” and gracefully taking the Hotel to the very height of refinement and quality.
More than a majestic layout of the noblest materials, marbles and precious paneling, original works of art, fabrics from the finest crafts, and the most refined gastronomy under the guidance of the talented three Michelin star Chef Eric Frechon, Le Bristol is first and foremost a house where people take precedence.
The magnificent building, a masterpiece of the Oetker Collection, is rich due to more than 600 devoted and passionate employees: apprentices, chefs, commis, florists, housekeepers all are specialists in their field who put all their all, hearts and souls to continue writing the pages of this wonderful Parisian Palace.
From our elegant address on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Le Bristol Paris embodies the true sense of luxury. With talent, expertise and warm pleasure we put an extraordinary level of preparation into distinguishing each guest’s experience. With nearly a century of history behind them, Le Bristol Paris still leads the way with fresh ideas, assiduously crafting every detail to become the first hotel in France to earn the distinction of “Palace hotel”.
At the end of the nineteenth century, the Elysée Palace became the official residence of the Presidents of France. During the same period, the first luxury shops started to appear. When the saddler Hermès and the dressmaker Jeanne Lanvin opened their boutiques, the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré’s reputation was made.
The hotel opened in April 1925, when the Roaring Twenties were in full swing: it was the heyday of Josephine Baker, Sydney Bechet and the Charleston. During that carefree and prosperous era, Paris attracted all the big names from the worlds of culture and fashion: Rochas, Balenciaga, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Picasso, Mondrian and Dali.
In 1954, the first Pierre Cardin boutique opened at 118 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Christian Lacroix, Louboutin and many others followed, and famous clients flooded through the doors of Le Bristol Paris: Konrad Adenauer, Kim Novak, Rita Hayworth and Charlie Chaplin. With its proximity to the haute couture Le Bristol became a favourite home for fashion photographers.
The best bar in the world
In 2013 Bar du Bristol was elected best bar in the world. This comfortable and cultivated bar quickly established itself as a favourite Parisian hotspot for cocktails and afterworks.
BASTILLE DAY GUINGUETTE STYLE
TUESDAY, JULY 9, FROM 7.30PM
To bring in Bastille Day a few days in advance, Le Bristol Paris’s garden will be transformed into a chic Guinguette tavern along the Seine. Communal tables, merry-making and conviviality will prevail, along with a live jazz orchestra to provide the evening’s tempo for guests to swing under the lanterns till the wee hours. Rustic chic and straw boater hats recommended!
For the festivities, Le Bristol Paris will arrange everything – from cocktail caravans and food trucks to the dance floor. Novices of the French java dance and the musette waltz needn’t worry! Professional dancers will be on hand to lead our guests in a waltz under the stars. Le Bristol Paris begins the celebrations a day in advance of Bastille Day.
NEW IDEAS AND EVENTS AT LE BRISTOL
Throughout the year, gastronomy, art and fashion come together in the numerous events held at Le Bristol Paris hotel. ‘The Books, the Wine…’ is a charity event: all benefits are donated by Le Bristol Paris to the American Hospital of Paris. Every month, a famous writer is invited to share a high standard dinner created by 3-star rated Chef Eric Frechon, served with wine discovered in the company of its producer. On the first Monday of each month, the luxury brasserie 114 Faubourg holds wine appreciation evenings.
A wine grower, selected by Marco Pelletier, the Head Sommelier at Le Bristol Paris, presents their own wine in person to complement a tasting menu specially created by chef Jean-Charles Cauquil. For dedicated followers of fashion the hotel organises ‘Fashion High Teas’ on certain Saturdays. Major fashion houses as well as new designers present their collections at teatime in the hotel. Le Bristol Paris, located in a neighbourhood crammed with art galleries, also hosts a number of sculpture exhibitions in its magnificent garden every year. Le Bristol Paris is the place to meet in Paris!