Back in August I was invited to review the bar at the Mandarin Oriental in Paris, it was a pretty magical experience, and in the height of summer the bar was a tranquil oasis in a hot and busy European city. I’ve been to Paris three times since August, and the last time I was very fortunate to be invited to review the Mandarin Oriental hotel. I took my mum with me, and bought her Eurostar ticket for Christmas as a treat. She’s done so much for me over the years and we’ve never had a girlie weekend just the two of us, so we were both pretty excited.
I already had an idea of what the hotel would be like as I had a tour the same time I reviewed the bar, however the experience of actually staying there was even more impressive. We arrived on Saturday afternoon and as soon as the car pulled up to the entrance the doors were opened, bags removed, and we were given a warm welcome. While we waited to check in we sipped on champagne, before being taken up to our room.
One of the best things about the Mandarin Oriental is that the rooms are huge, especially by Paris standards. I’ve been very lucky with hotels in Paris, as the Fraser Suites Le Claridge also had huge rooms. The Mandarin Oriental is quite something though, it is every woman’s dream.
The attention to detail in the design of absolutely everything is exquisite, with touches of pink and purple everywhere (there's even pink piping on the edge of the luxurious Frette bathrobes and slippers), subtle butterflies throughout the hotel, and fashion influences everywhere you go – right down to the Chanel inspired floral wall in the spa.
Our room was well appointed with large twin beds, a large Bang & Olufsen television that has a ‘curtain’ switching off effect (mum thought this was absolutely brilliant), a well-stocked mini bar, complimentary water, chairs and a table, and a balcony overlooking the beautiful courtyard where the bar is. The hotel is very tech focused with touch light switch pads, and a mirror above the bath that turns into a television, which comes complete with a fancy waterproof control.
The bathroom was one of my favourite things about the room, it was just stunning. Glamorous and stylish, there were two parts to the bathroom, both separated by the entrance hall. On one side was two sinks and the wardrobe, and on the other side was a huge deep soaking bath (it's so deep there's a leather stool beside the tub to climb into it), toilet, and a very large walk in shower with the biggest rain shower I’ve ever seen.
How cool are the floor tiles!?
The amenities had me jumping up and down with joy – Diptyque. It’s rare that one word will suffice to describe the bathroom amenities and you know that everyone will understand exactly what this means. Pure luxury and beauty heaven.
I slept very well while we stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, which was no doubt helped by the super soft and fluffy pillows. Mum didn’t sleep as well, but I think it might be because she’s used to a soft bed whereas these were fairly hard.
Breakfast at the Camelia café was a quiet affair, we were the only people in there around 9am, however a few more people appeared as we were leaving. The breakfast was OK – there was plenty of choice in the buffet - I loved the granola and yoghurt, and the pastries were excellent. The poached eggs however were slightly too salty for my liking, and mum wasn’t a fan of how much the staff fussed around. She likes to just be left alone to eat, rather than having someone next to her constantly trying to do things for her that she can just do herself.
We tested out the swimming pool and steam room on Sunday evening after our day walking all over Paris, and were impressed with how calming and relaxing it was. A nice big lap pool was complimented with dancing butterflies projected onto the wall at the side, and the steam room was a decent size. Also the changing rooms were possibly the fanciest I’ve ever seen!
Our stay was magical, however there were a couple of things that were overlooked with the design that I think are quite important. In the ‘sink room’, there was no rail to hold the hand towel, so you had to just drape it over the side of the sink – not great for drying a towel when it’s damp. The other major issue was that there was no full length mirror. In such a feminine hotel you’d expect that they would understand the importance of being able to see your entire outfit before you walk out the door. It’s something that can be so easily fixed – all they need is a nice big full length mirror in the entrance hall of the room! Check out my video below for a full room tour, and don't forget to subscribe!
Aside from those couple of things, I would recommend the Mandarin Oriental in Paris to anyone looking for a really special luxury hotel, especially if you're celebrating a special occasion or want to treat yourself! And the location? In the most fashionable part of town right on the Rue St Honore; next to the flagship Chloé store, and just a stones throw from Angelina and The Louvre. Perfect!
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*We received two nights complimentary at the Mandarin Oriental, however as always my opinions are 100% honest.