Sofitel Le Faubourg, a true flagship for Paris and the world
Sofitel Le Faubourg Paris is the perfect testimony to French giant Accor‘s commitment to re-position the Sofitel brand as one of the finest luxury hotel brands in the world, a courageous move which saw many former Sofitel properties re-branded in the past 5 years, with only those meeting the most strict criteria remaining under the Sofitel brand. Paris has been no exception and today, there are only 4 Sofitel hotels, of which the Le Faubourg is undoubtedly The flagship of the French capital (there used to be 14 Sofitel hotels in Paris alone, some with over 200 rooms).
Sofitel Le Faubourg enjoys an enviable location in the heart of one of Paris’ most stylish quarters, the leading luxury shopping streets of St Honore and Faubourg St Honore, walking distance from Place Vendome and Champs Elysee. Unlike most other luxury hotels in the centre of Paris, Sofitel Le Faubourg is positioned on a very quiet street, just off Faubourg St Honore (a few steps from the Hermes worldwide flagship), thus featuring probably the most quiet rooms and suites in this busy part of the city.
Following the redesign of the lobby, restaurant and suites, earlier this year, by reputed French designer Didier Gomez, the Sofitel Le Faubourg has succeded in preserving its air of classic Parisian residence, while instilling a fresh and the same time warm atmosphere. The lobby is probably the centre piece of the hotel, resembling a wintergarden with very generous dailight from its glass atrium ceiling. The centrepiece of the lobby is the stunning flower installation, updated weekly by Eric Chauvin, who is also the florist of the Hermes flagship store.
Didier Gomez also re-designed the main restaurant Les Collections (French cuisine with a Japanese touch by Chef Keigo Kimura) as well as the courtyard landscaped terrace, probably the best kept secret and an oasis of nature in the middle Faubourg St Honore area. The overall interior design of the hotel has several French design ”touches”, but all of them are subtle and discreet. Throughout the entire hotel, the attention to details is outstanding, utmost priority being given to comfort and functionality.
As for the room categories, these have been designed by Pierre Yves Rochon, another famed French designer, in a more classical and understated luxury style. Although not included in the recent renovation, the rooms are extremely well kept, housekeeping maintaining a high standard of service. Most rooms and suites designed by Pierre Yves Rochon have separate bathtubs and walk in showers in their generously sized bathrooms.
My room, on the sixth floor - one of the four Opera Suites of the Sofitel Le Faubourg, overlooking the courtyard, is among those recently redesigned by Didier Gomez, an intimate suite, with a very distinct warmth and plush feature - flooded with natural light all day, an open bathroom with separate walk in shower, which also had a steam function, generous closet space both in the living room and bathroom, hi fi entertainment system Bose / Philips (a large LED TV), mini-bar with complimentary non alcoholic selection and bathroom amenities by Hermes (all room categories).
Besides Four Seasons, Sofitel is the only other major international five star chain which has a distinct focus on the bed in all rooms and suites. Much like in the case of Four Seasons which carefully selects its mattresses, the Sofitel My Bed has been created by French bedding specialists Epeda and Dumas with bed linen by Yves Delorme. I praise Sofitel for having been consistent with My Bed and for providing the same ”cocoon”, ultimate comfort, throughout all the Sofitel hotels.
Service throughout the entire hotel is at very high standards, friendly, warm and welcoming. Throughout my stay, I could feel the consistency and connectivity between staff of various departments and I was pleasantly surprised for staff knowing many hotel guests by name (rarely have I encountered this in a Sofitel before). I have to admit that, compared to the Parisian Palace hotels (the above five star distinction introduced last year by French Ministry of Tourism), the Sofitel Le Faubourg provides similar service and a great product at a much more competitive rates.
Make sure you try the Rose Faubourg tea especially created by tea specialists Betjeman & Barton and the Rose scented candles by Parisian perfumeur Blaise Mautin…
Short video preview of Opera Suite of Sofitel Le Faubourg Paris, on CPP-LUXURY.COM YouTube channel
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