Mandarin Oriental Paris
The encounter between Asia and Parisian high fashion
When the world famous Mandarin Oriental hotel group decided to open a palace hotel in Paris, the result was bound to be exceptional. It’s not every day in fact, that such a renowned hotel chain invests its funds in a former government building and transforms it into an oasis of luxury. 138 rooms and suites later, the mission was truly accomplished. Located in the heart of the city’s luxury goods quarter, on the renowned rue Saint Honoré, just a few steps from the Place Vendôme, the Mandarin Oriental immediately established itself as a major player in Paris’ luxury hotel range. Decorated with great talent by the well known interior architect,
Sybille de Margerie, the hotel is generous in terms of space, flamboyant in terms of color and especially elegant in its use of the materials of which dreams are made! A “palace” is the only possible way to describe it, and Thierry Marx’s restaurant, created in high style by Patrick Jouin, is a true jewel in the midst of this magnificent setting. The bar and garden are reminders of the very delicate character of the group’s Asian origins. The Mandarin Oriental Paris is a luxury ocean liner, impressive, overwhelming at times, perfectly executed although one has to explore it a bit further to discover its real identity. The hotel is still in search of its true personality, a very minor reproach compared to the accomplishment of creating a magnificent installation in a city as blasé as Paris when it comes to luxury. Special mention should be made of the spa, an incredible space filled with relaxing sounds and aromas. It’s extremely rare that a modern hotel appeals so deeply to the senses, so much so that it could set the precedent for luxury hotels of the future.