Hotel Review: Le Bristol, Paris

In May this year, France introduced the Palace distinction, a title which only the best of the best luxury hotels in the country could decorate themselves with. The Le Bristol Hotel, located midway along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – the gilded avenue in the overtly posh 8th arrondissement that is home to world-class fashion emporiums and the Élysée Palace – had the honour of being the first hotel in the country to clinch the title. Luxury Travel Beat went to Paris to find out what the fuss was all about.

My Beat: Paris

Few cities have been more oft mentioned, cited or quoted than Paris. The city that exudes haute in both fashion and gastronomy was only beaten by New York in this year’s Conde Nast Readers’ Travel Awards. The City of Light has something for everyone, and trying to give pin down the top 5 things to do while in Paris is an exercise in futility. Here, therefore, are 20 places and sights to inspire you before that all-important visit to Paree.

Hotel Review: The Four Seasons George V Paris

The Paris hotel scene is in full bloom this year with the introduction of the official Palace distinction that luxury hotels in the city now have to aspire to, and this year’s flurry of hotel openings. Both the Shangri-La and Mandarin Oriental chose Paris for their first ventures into the lucrative French hotel, only to be met by fierce competition from other newcomers such as fashion design house hotel, The La Maison Champs Elysees Paris. But the Grand Dame of Parisian hotels, the Four Seasons George V, refuses to be intimidated by the new kids on the block.