One of the world’s most urbane and stylish hotels, Le Bristol Paris, located on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, across from the Élysée Palace, has reopened following a six-month closure that facilitated renovations to its rooms and suites, as well as the transformation of its 13,000-square-foot courtyard garden. The accommodations still have a chiefly traditional décor, but contemporary touches now lighten and modernize the look, with pale oak bookcases standing beside Louis XVI beds.
The hotel also has an entirely new suite on the fifth floor, the Lumière Suite, which is intended to capture the spirit of a sophisticated Paris apartment, with a library corridor between the living room and bedroom, and large bow windows to admit a flood of light. The renowned landscape designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd has created a new garden, with native plants from the Île-de-France that she hopes will attract local birds and useful insects. Formal French elements like topiary, hedges and planters have been combined with a more relaxed English pastoral style, in order to create a countryside oasis at the heart of the city.