October 6, 2022

What occurs if you fine-tune hospitality to the nth diploma? Cheval Blanc Paris is one instance. A lodge that is kind of unattainable to over-hype.

Earlier than it opened final yr it was heralded as having ‘all of the magic elements to make it [2021’s] most fun lodge opening’. A press release – or one thing related – that’s issued to the press earlier than plenty of lodge openings.

Solely, on this occasion, whoever rustled up that phrase was bang on the cash. And would have been justified tagging the phrase ‘it’ll blow your thoughts’ on the top.

Ted Thornhill checks into one in all Cheval Blanc Paris’s 72 rooms and is wowed at each stage of his keep. Above is the astonishing indoor pool – the largest indoor lodge pool in Europe

The rooms at Cheval Blanc offer mesmerising views of the Paris skyline and Ile de la Cite island, home to Notre-Dame Cathedral. The room above is of the type Ted and his family check in to

The rooms at Cheval Blanc provide mesmerising views of the Paris skyline and Ile de la Cite island, house to Notre-Dame Cathedral. The room above is of the sort Ted and his household test in to

This extraordinary property delivers on each degree, from the breathtaking views and unimaginable location by the river Seine to the impeccable service, from the excellent eating choices to the sensational bedrooms and from the spoil-me-rotten Dior Spa that options the biggest indoor lodge swimming pool in Europe to the best way luxurious oozes from each inch of the inside.

After which there’s the artwork – eye-catching all through. Typically museum-worthy.

The superlative-draining lodge, reverse Ile de la Cite island, is owned by French luxurious items behemoth LVMH and housed in an iconic Artwork Deco constructing that’s additionally house to the corporate’s seven-storey La Samaritaine division retailer, which was reopened final yr (by President Macron, no much less) after a shocking refurbishment.

The 'superlative-draining hotel', is owned by French luxury goods behemoth LVMH and housed in an iconic Art Deco building

The ‘superlative-draining lodge’, is owned by French luxurious items behemoth LVMH and housed in an iconic Artwork Deco constructing

Cheval Blanc Paris's three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Plenitude

Cheval Blanc Paris’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Plenitude

In whole, LVMH spent €750m (£646million/$750million) on the restoration of the constructing, a undertaking overseen by architect Edouard Francois, with the inside of the lodge reimagined by famous person U.S architect Peter Marino – whose CV contains the design of the flagship Louis Vuitton store in Beverly Hills – within the fashion of a Parisian residence, with assist from over 600 craftspeople.

My associate, five-year-old daughter Emma and I arrive on the 72-room ‘Maison’ by taxi, with a small military of doormen opening the doorways, whipping out our luggage and easily ushering us inside to the showstopping double-storey marble-floored foyer.

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Reverse the doorway above a cluster of refined sofas and chairs are two 12ft-high pigment print artworks by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz depicting the Eiffel Tower, with a 21ft-long summary by French artist Georges Mathieu hanging on the wall to the best.

Flanking the artwork and framing the area as an entire are eight alluring 22ft-high gold-and-bronze screens, complemented by 22ft-high white-and-bronze-coloured curtains.

I half count on to see a guided-tour group assemble in entrance of all of it.

The receptionist who checks us in then exhibits us to our fifth-floor junior suite – a chamber of pure decadent opulence.

For the mother and father there’s a divine king-sized mattress swathed in silky easy sheets and beautiful pillows and for the infant a camp mattress additionally cocooned in luxurious bedding. And look, there’s a toy cheval blanc (white horse) tied to a balloon ready for her on high.

There’s additionally a sublime couch, a walk-in closet smothered in polished wooden boasting an enormous array of drawers and cabinets and a ravishing toilet wrapped in marble.

Right here there’s an enormous tub, walk-in bathe that doubles as a steam room, twin sinks, a mirror that nearly stretches wall to wall and deluxe and plentiful toiletries – together with tub merchandise by Dior perfumer Francois Demachy.

Cheval Blanc Paris's 'showstopping' double-storey marble-floored lobby. Opposite the entrance are two 12ft-high pigment print artworks by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz depicting the Eiffel Tower

Cheval Blanc Paris’s ‘showstopping’ double-storey marble-floored foyer. Reverse the doorway are two 12ft-high pigment print artworks by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz depicting the Eiffel Tower

The building the hotel is housed in (above centre) is also home to LVMH's seven-storey La Samaritaine department store, which was reopened last year (by President Macron, no less) after a stunning refurbishment

The constructing the lodge is housed in (above centre) can also be house to LVMH’s seven-storey La Samaritaine division retailer, which was reopened final yr (by President Macron, no much less) after a shocking refurbishment

The format, in the meantime, is semi-open-plan with the bathtub mendacity perpendicular to an enormous window. A blind lowers on the contact of a button for privateness, or you may go away it up and soak within the view.

And what a view.

The room extends out to an enclosed terrace full with floor-to-ceiling home windows (and bookended by mirrors for a wacky infinite-reflection impact) and two hanging picket chairs angled in the direction of one another. Past is the Pont Neuf bridge, which runs throughout the Ile de la Cite, house to Notre-Dame Cathedral.

After plonking ourselves on the chairs’ thick cushions we gaze transfixed on the effervescent exercise under – cyclists and taxis stream throughout the bridge, glass-panelled vacationer boats rammed with keen sightseers come and go, docking on the pontoon subsequent to it.

It’s a stunning room at a look, however the stock has spectacular particulars too.

For instance, the bedside lamps and central chandelier have been long-established out of metallic and plaster by sculpturer Philippe Anthonioz. They characteristic in each bed room – however the designs are distinctive to every room.

And the cleaning soap is moulded within the form of the lodge and even carries the sample of the distinctive facade.

This sample is subtlety repeated within the rug, on the complimentary slippers, on the customized hand-crafted plaster wall reverse the mattress and even within the little tray for the TV distant within the toilet.

You’ll see it everywhere in the lodge, the truth is.

However we don’t spot it within the wonderful kids’s room – ‘Le Carrousel’ – a mini paradise Emma falls in love with.

It has two themes, backyard and nautical – there are two fish tanks, together with a spherical one inhabited by a jellyfish – and Emma submerges herself within the little kingdom with a babysitter whereas we mother and father ascend to the seventh flooring for cocktails and dinner.

The amazing children's room - 'Le Carrousel' - has two themes, garden and nautical

The wonderful kids’s room – ‘Le Carrousel’ – has two themes, backyard and nautical

Our first cease is the summer season backyard panoramic terrace. There we sip on completely executed French 75 and Pisco Bitter cocktails because the solar units, gazing from our seats via an engineered hole within the perimeter hedge that enables for a view previous the hanging Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois Gothic church subsequent door and out to the Eiffel Tower.

This view is trumped half an hour later at restaurant Le Tout-Paris, simply across the nook past the backyard’s soothing grasses.

The lodge has three eating places led by chef Arnaud Donckele, the three-Michelin-starred Plenitude, Italian eaterie Langosteria and our venue for the night, which presents French delicacies in arrestingly stylish environment.

Inside are chairs and banquettes in eye-catching orange, yellow, and purple hues. However we’re led exterior to one of many coveted tables positioned in alcoves that supply diners pinch-me views of the Seine and the skyline.


The delicacies is top-notch, the drinks pleasant and the service, as at each stage of our keep – faultless.

Ted's Le Tout-Paris table (similar to the above) is outside, affording him and his partner stunning views of the Seine and skyline

A typical breakfast spread served up at Le Tout-Paris. 'No guest is subjected to the toil of fetching food from a buffet,' writes Ted

Ted’s Le Tout-Paris dinner desk is exterior (much like the above), affording him and his associate gorgeous views of the Seine and skyline. They return to the restaurant for breakfast – pictured proper is a typical unfold that’s served up. ‘No visitor is subjected to the toil of fetching meals from a buffet,’ writes Ted

I begin with crab and avocado pie (la tarte tourteau), go for beef with dauphine potatoes for mains and end with Le Mille-Feuille.

My French associate insists that solely the French know the right way to do patisserie ‘correctly’. And he or she appears glad that her level has been made with my dish and her basic Paris-Brest.

Drinks-wise, we’re suggested by the perky deputy head sommelier to start out with classic Moet & Chandon Champagnes – a 2013 white and a 2012 rose, each wonderful – then she delivers a 2015 Chateau d’Issan Margaux purple adopted by Kopke port.

The following morning we’re again on the restaurant for breakfast, this time at a spherical desk with a semi-circular banquette.

No visitor is subjected to the toil of fetching meals from a buffet. As a substitute, little bowls of fruit and a basket of pastries – together with the final word ache au chocolat with the right crunch – are dropped at the desk and orders for extras taken.

It’s an Eggs Benedict for me and a sizzling chocolate for the infant served in a cute little brass kettle.

Our keep is rounded off by a dip within the epic 30m- (98ft) lengthy swimming pool, adorned with a charming wavy mosaic sample on the ground and with transferring photographs of the Seine taking part in on the partitions to generate the phantasm you’re swimming within the river.

Yet one more magic ingredient to make this one in all 2021’s most fun new inns – and probably the greatest inns wherever in 2022.


Ted and his household are hosted by Cheval Blanc Paris, minus babysitting charge and room service. Rooms value from round £1,600 (1,860 euros/$1,860) an evening.

PROS: Resort hospitality that nears the summit of perfection – stunning decor, gorgeous bedrooms, world-class eating, unimaginable amenities together with a sensational indoor pool, great views, first-rate workers in each division.

CONS: For those who can afford it – none. 


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