10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"A member of the "Leading Hotels of the World" Hotel Le Bristol is just beautiful!!
I stayed here during my Paris trip in Oct 2003.This hotel is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in. I want to go back!!
The rooms were decorated in elegant Parisian chic style with chandeliers. Bathroom was so big! It was like a walk-in shower! There were 2 marble sinks each and they had Hermes products. Very luxurious!
You must try the Restaurant! Breakfast was an experience. Just delicious and the atmosphere just breathtaking.
They even had mannequins displayed in the lobby to merchandise the latest Christian Dior range. Loved it!!!
- Travel date: Wed 8th of August 2007
"An efficient but friendly staff welcomes you to this well located hotel in the centre of Paris. Public rooms are quietly elegant; bedrooms are spacious and beds extremely comfortable. Overall difficult to fault.
The Louvres Tuileries Notre Dame and Left Bank are all within easy walking distance."
- Travel date: Fri 13th of July 2007
Roland Garros 2007
"Came over for the French Open 2007 and stayed at the Le Bristol which turned out to be an amazing experience. Had stayed at the Ritz Paris before and it is very difficult to pick an overall winner. Each have their positive things and overall make up for an unforgetable stay! Most positive things were:
Gym & pool on terrace
The size & confort of the room - stayed in 401.
The Hermes soaps
The quality of the linen and towels
The cocktais at the bar
Things to improve:
Problems getting a taxi at the door. The doormen would pass people in front of us based on lobbying & extra tipping which is unaceptable.
The presentation of bath products from Anne Semorin weren't to the standards of this hotel. Need to work on the bottles and way they are presented.
The breakfast was good but not exceptional, especially for the price."
- Travel date: Sat 16th of June 2007
A beautiful hotel but...
"Our family spent two nights here before heading to the chateau country. We booked two connecting rooms under the family program which included buffet breakfast. The hotel lobby and rooms are indeed worthy of its deluxe rating. Our rooms were large, well appointed and spotless. We really wanted to like this hotel more but a few problems arose which prevented a perfect score. First we arrived after our overnight flight in the late morning and were told that our rooms were not ready. Ok, I can see that if the hotel was full that would be understandable- but it wasn't. They were kind enough to give us a standard room (One bed) to use until our rooms were ready. We were finally shown our rooms at 3 PM and by this time our children were exhausted. We had requested non smoking rooms but were given smoking. Well it was only for two nights and our children were in no mood to change rooms. We figured by using the air-conditioning we would at least be comfortable. The A.C. didn't work all that well and our rooms looked onto a small courtyard so there was no chance for fresh air. Needless to say we didn't sleep all that well. Breakfasts were good but not what I would expect from this type of establishment - the breakfasts at the Meurice were better. The final little miss was during lunch in the bar area. We ordered a rather simple lunch, salads, sandwitches etc. and they managed to mess up the order twice. The quality of the food was excellent though. Overall the staff were very polite and well trained and if it wasn't for these problems we would probably return- but Paris is full of other deluxe hotels -maybe we will try the Ritz next."
- Travel date: Sat 28th of April 2007
Le Bristol - Simply Outstanding
"We arrived at 'Le Bristol' on a beatiful April afternoon having driven all the way from our home in London. We were shown to our room immediately; we had been upgraded to a lovely suite and were pleased to find a beautiful cot bed and cuddly toy for our one year old daughter. Throughout our stay, the service was impeccable. The room service guys would tiptoe so as not to wake our baby while bringing us the delicious food we'd ordered. The swimming pool was an oasis of calm with great rooftop views of Paris and no age restrictions. Dinner at the 2-michelin starred restaurant was simply outstanding.
This is one of few hotels in the world offering a 5* service wihout haughty attitude or stuffiness. Can't wait to go back!"
- Travel date: Tue 24th of April 2007
Truly a five star experience
"We travel quite a bit, and usually as a family.
Our annual August trip with our two children, ages 12 & 15, took us to Paris for four days and then on to Provence.
I booked the Hotel Le Bristol, through the Leading Hotels of the World, but it was with all the excellent insights of TripAdvisor reviewers that helped me to make up my mind . So thanks to all of you!
And the Bristol did not disappoint.
Of course we flew from the States, and , miracle!, our rooms were ready for us as soon as we got there, around 11 AM. Fantastic. And believe me, there are many 5 star hotels that have told us to come back at 4 PM, or ushered us to lounges until late afternoon. (Hotel Arts in Barcelona or The Carlton Towers in London are two that come to mind.).
We didn't know that Leading Hotels had asked for an upgrade for us, which is standard operations for the company. We had booked a jr. suite and an adjoining room with two doubles for the kids . Well, the Bristol did upgrade us, ---- to a fabulous apartment! And no extra charge. The views were stellar. The service was quietly superb.
Yes, the meals are expensive there. We prefered to go out into Paris for wonderful meals, be it just coffee and breads in the morning, or cafe lunches; or solid bistro meals. The Bristol staff understood what our family was looking for and recommended spot-on places.
I really went back-&-forth about which Paris hotel to book . I am so glad we chose the Bristol. It was a worth the money and proved to be so memorable.
Hope this helps."
- Travel date: Sat 23rd of September 2006
expensive and worth it
"The Bristol is physically beautiful and very conveniently located for tourists (20 minutes walk from both the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre). The staff are professional and courteous to a degree not even approached at any of the other hotels at which I've stayed. The rooms are comfortable and spacious ... even in one of the cheapest rooms (the "Superior" room) there was lots of space along with a large stunningly-appointed bathroom. There's a lovely (indoor) swimming pool on the top floor with great views of Paris. My wife's birthday happened to fall on one of the days of our stay and the hotel (with no prompting, they must have gleaned our birthdays from our passports at check-in) had a delicious chocolate cake sent to our room.
The hotel is expensive (our room ran to about 540 euro = $600+ per night), and the food is correspondingly expensive. You can expect to pay 18 euro ($20+) for a glass of ordinary whiskey at the bar, and about 45 euro ($50+) for a full ("American") breakfast. You can avoid the food charges by breakfasting at the bakery two blocks down the street (3 or 4 euro for coffee and croissants), or drinking at any of the many bars in the area (6 euro or so for the same ordinary glass of whiskey).
All in all it's a great place for a honeymoon or luxury vacation. You'll pay through the nose but you will get what you're paying for."
- Travel date: Mon 27th of February 2006
"I stayed at the Bristol in February. Damp and dreary Paris weather but pure luxury inside the hotel. Room was large and nicely furnished. Restaurant was great--among best recent meals in Paris and open on Sunday. Also, the Bristol has a nice selection of teas to relax after work in the afternoon. Surrounded by the best shopping and near the river for a nice jog.
My only suggestion is flat screen TVs would be nice in a luxury hotel, which the Bristol more than meets the requirements."
- Travel date: Tue 21st of February 2006
Hotel Le Bristol is Pure Elegance
"We headed to Paris to watch Lance Armstrong win the Tour de France. Never having been to Paris, I had no expectation or prior experience on the hotels. We chose the Hotel Le Brisol, and it was absolutely one of the nicest hotels I've stayed in.
Our room was not ready when we arrived and being jet lagged and tired, we waited in the lobby with books to pass the time. We were unexpectedly upgraded to a junior suite at no charge - I think they took pity on us because I'm sure we looked awfully tired!
Our room was lovely with a balcony overlooking the gardens and the restaurant. We had a beautiful, marble bathroom with a separate shower room.
Everything was absolutely lovely. This hotel is also within great walking distance to the Champs Elysees and many monuments. The concierge staff is impeccable and Sebastian went above and beyond to help us - at one point even bringing us AAA batteries for our digital camera. He was a highlight of our trip; what a wonderful concierge."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of October 2005
Great Hotel - Fabulous location
"We stayed here for 4 nights in Sept. The hotel is in a great location - Easy walk to all the top boutiques and antique stores. Our room over looked the beuatiful gardens. Our room and bathroom was HUGE.
The food is a little expensive, even for Paris. Check the prices of the minibar. A coke was appx $8.00.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. For a "Palace" Hotel, no one was arrogant.
Every area was extremely clean.
I highly recommend this hotel for travelers going to Paris for sightseeing, restaurants and shopping. Like they say, Location, Location, Location."
- Travel date: Sun 9th of October 2005