Nestled between the Place de la Concorde and Rue Saint-Honoré, with the US Embassy and some of the world’s leading fashion houses for neighbours, Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg is the epitome of Parisian luxury: a discreet hideaway in the heart of the city of lights.
The 148-room hotel, masterminded by design guru Didier Gomez, is effortlessly stylish, from its unassuming entrance and gorgeous gold and grey toned lobby, to fabulous Bar Le Faubourg and inviting Blossom restaurant, both of which are tasteful and refined.
Guestrooms pay homage to the hotel’s illustrious history as the former Hôtel de Vouillemont, once a high society haunt, and more recently, the headquarters of Marie-Claire magazine.
My ‘Luxury Room’ on the sixth floor is petite but well proportioned, with a small walk-in dressing room and en suite bathroom with Hermes amenities. The bedroom is framed by a vintage photograph by British fashion photographer Cecil Beaton, depicting models in Charles James ball gowns for Vogue magazine. The black, taupe and teal palette of the room is elegant and understated, with a rich textured bedspread and a Louis XV armchair and footstool. Tasselled bedside lights and moulded ceilings add a touch of ornate embellishment that grace the charming room with the air of a sophisticated private mansion, an effect increased by the small balcony, affording me glimpses of Place de la Concorde to the right and the shops of Rue Saint-Honoré to the left.
Menus at Blossom restaurant are changed every three months to include dishes made with seasonal ingredients, and Paris’ relatively newfound interest in vegetarian and vegan cuisine is apparent in the lunch menu, which features a selection of dishes for healthy and ethically-minded diners. Guests are spoiled for choice at breakfast, where baskets loaded with buttery croissants and pain au chocolate are stacked next to decadent extras like apple compote and honey from the hotel’s rooftop beehive.
The unflappable concierge team rise to every occasion, from suggesting an appropriate venue to watch a big sporting event, to swiftly making alternative arrangements when protests prevent my Mercedes S-Class airport transfer from reaching the hotel.
With its sharply cut, elegant style and the anticipatory hospitality to match, Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg is a rare treat: a glamorous haute couture haven where soft-touch service is just as pleasing as its timeless aesthetic appeal.