Mandarin Oriental, Paris is worthy of its top rating

Paris has so many great hotels and some of the world’s greatest. We’d put the Mandarin Oriental at the top of the list. Situated on rue Saint-Honoré, one of the most stylish streets in the world, Mandarin Oriental, Paris enjoys a wonderfully chic location. Surrounded by haute couture and only steps from the Louvre, this five-star hotel is the epitome of elegant luxe. In a city that defines elegance, this hotel with its beautiful interiors, acclaimed dining by Thierry Marx, a boutique spa and legendary five-star service, is a much loved oasis of celestial, civilized calm. The Mandarin Oriental is discreet, perfect, immaculate. And among its habitués are fashion poobahs, the diplomatic set, entertainment big wigs, society headliners and jet setting international seekers in search of a top flight place to call chez moi in Paris. Its standards are sky high thanks to the keen eye and superb orchestration of the debonair manager, Philippe Leboeuf, one of luxury hospitality’s foremost figures in France and Europe.

Rooms and suites here are among the largest in Paris and done in chic modern style with Art Deco and Oriental touches. All are cleverly designed and impeccably furnished. Many of the suites enjoy views over the hotel’s beautiful central courtyard or tranquil gardens. Large windows allow in plenty of light and there is a wonderful feeling of fluidity and space. King-size beds are soft as pillows, the carpets sumptuous and the furnishings sleek and cool. The overall feel is one of complete comfort and style. Fully soundproofed, the suites also have a valet box for deliveries, ensuring that your peace never be disturbed unnecessarily. All rooms have modern technology unobtrusively built in. We love the bathrooms with their plush Frette robes. Gastronomes flock to eat at the Mandarin Oriental and have their choice of contemporary dishes at Camelia or haute cuisine at Sur Mesure. Chef Thierry Marx stands tall in the kitchen and we would not consider a stay without sampling his gourmet dishes. In the capital of cuisine, a Thierry Marx dish is one of life’s great indulgences.

The spa at the Mandarin Oriental is a zen-like sanctuary for the senses, a haven of tranquility spread over two luxurious floors. Foot rituals, body scrubs, bamboo massage, the menu of services is dizzying, all holistic experiences to relax and rejuvenate, focusing on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. There is even a large crystal-clear pool for doing laps if the spirit moves you. All in all, the Mandarin Oriental, Paris is more than a hotel—it is an experience that remains with you pour toujours. Visit

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