Welcoming guests from all over the world is the easiest task of Le Bistrol, which along in decades of operation, eventually entrusted the mission of being the symbol of culture, wealth and local history.
Guardian of the five-star hotel Le Bristol in Paris, Didier Le Calvez is the type that never runs away from a fight and accepts the challenges of a profession with security and maturity that only years of experience could have given him. After collecting visits through some of the most famous hotels in the world, Le Calvez learned to face his own difficulties as a chance of growth and learning, failing to avoid obstacles of the route to actually involve him in it and become a better leader. It was this same thinking, for example, that granted him a CEO position of the hotel in the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, one of the most wanted addresses in the French capital. The same Palace that ensures him a privileged view of the city also gives him a better view of any obstacles of the profession, as the constant harassment of the competition. “Particularly, I think this dispute between big hotels is something very good for the market. Honestly, I recognize the lack of high standard accommodations in Paris – which explains the openings and investments in this area.
When all works get done and the hotels open their doors, we will have strong competition, and I find it quite inspiring. I think my team is prepared and I trust in the talent of everyone who works with me. In addition, we have differentiated gastronomy at the Le Bristol says Le Calvez. His speech does not leave any room for mistakes and hesitations, which make us think he always knew their destination and only worked to make it become true. “In fact, I’ve always been in love with good food and the art of good service. So when I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted a career that would take me to this side and could provide me this feeling of accomplishment: The hotel management seemed to be a perfect choice – and I went through all possible hierarchies, working as a clerk, Night manager and a lot more. Thus, in fact, I could experience all processes and positions that a five-star hotel requests, then when I got to the office director, I knew exactly what to do” says the current chairman of the Union des Metier et des Industries de l’Hotellerie.
Distracted by its own beauty, reflected on the surface of the Seine River, which crosses and divides Paris, Le Bristol forgot to battle against time and for that, it was pardoned: it is a living Narcissus, of undeniable beauty. With a history to count in decades, but without wrinkles, the hotel retains its royal essence in its details. This palace has about 90 accommodations, all with a Hollywood view of the City of Light and its unique architecture. All rooms are decorated with Persian rugs, crystal chandeliers, silk curtains and more. To avoid the same fate of the mythological character who languished in contemplating such beauty, the hotel offers a different cuisine, able to steal attention to the idyllic surrounding countryside. In the Epicure restaurant, for example, guests enjoy the most sophisticated recipes of traditional French cuisine, interpreted by chef Eric Frechon. The excellence of the restaurant is such that he was given the highest honor in the world of gastronomy, three Michelin stars. For those seeking romance, the ideal place is the Le Jardin Français, perfect for sunny days when you can make the most of the bounties of an establishment outdoors, immersed in a garden.
As an alternative to fine dining, guests can also enjoy brasserie 114 Faubourg, recipient of a Michelin star. Also, It is there that during the first Monday of the month, the sommelier Fabien Guillemot gets a visit from a guest winemaker. During the night, guests have the chance to discover more about a particular wine and can taste bottles in harmony with a menu of four courses, set by chef Jean-Charles Cauquil. Meanwhile, in Cafe Antonia, patrons can enjoy a great atmosphere for informal and leisurely meetings. The menu follows the premise of the spontaneity of the house and offers more casual options — but not less tasty. Aside from the varied and hearty menus of its bars and restaurants, Le Bristol in its entirely remains a delectable feast for all of the senses. From the pool, surrounded by glass walls, we can admire the always infallible Eiffel Tower, and the charming Montmartre: it is the ideal place for those who like (or need) to slow down life and enjoy the best the City of Light has to offer.
For those who have some energy, the journey continues in the fitness center, equipped with Kinesis machines – a market benchmark. Bathed in natural light, the gym is open throughout the day and personal trainers are on hand to prepare a series of unique exercises, specially designed to meet every guest’s needs. Prepared for weddings and tailored events, the hotel unfolds in endless possibilities, just do not interfere with the Zen atmosphere of the Spa by La Prairie and its eight treatment rooms – including a Russian Banïya one. Regardless of the service, visitors are always accommodated in a slightly heated bed, so they can relax from the first moment. Treatments begin with the sauna, to release tension and calm the members – especially those susceptible to stress points. To complete the experience, the best possible way, a ginger infusion is offered with lemon and honey to all guests and visitors so that they come out of the spa feeling refreshed and serene. Parents on duty can stay carefree: the spa offers everyone properly trained staff to entertain the kids at the Kids Club so that parents can enjoy the most of the experience without any distractions. Fro those still looking for “something more,” Le Bisrol offers hairstyling services for those “finishing touches.” Speaking of beauty, it is worth mentioning that while Narcissus lived and died because of his vanity, the Parisian hotel wrote itself a happier story — one with a better ending. The difference, in this case, is that beauty is all the way inside out.
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