in the Midst of Le Triangle d'Or
Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière is a
family story, a seven-year project, five Haussmann
buildings put together. The result is a very luxurious
hotel on avenue George V, just around the corner
from the most beautiful avenue in the world, Les
Champs-Élysées. The saga started back
in 1906, when the founder of the French Groupe Barrière
was sitting on the terrace of the already famous
Fouquet's restaurant. His dream was to open a palace at that
magical location. A hundred years later, his heirs
have succeeded. After purchasing the restaurant
in 1999, in November 2006, they opened the hotel
named after the culinary establishment renowned
because it has been linked to the history of French
cinema since its beginning.
in the middle of Le Triangle d’Or, the
hotel has been designed to attract a ritzy and
hip clientele. French architect Édouard
François and French designer Jacques
Garcia have worked closely together to convey
a different idea of luxury encompassing the
modern technology of the twenty-first century.
Some might not appreciate the oval-shaped sofa
in gold tones in the lobby at the foot of the
majestic staircase leading to the restaurants
and bar, the chest drawer covered with furry
velvet or the Plexiglas decoration under the
wavy front desk, but the least we can say is
that you don’t usually see that in a hotel,
as well the embroidered dark chocolate leather
covering the walls. Architect François
has done a remarkable job, and with the reunion
of the five buildings he has created an elegant
terrace, which is the hotel’s
center of action.
staff’s only goal is to please the client
and be ready to respond to any need one might have.
Unique in France, there is 24-hour butler service.
The small number of rooms (107 of which 40 are suites)
results in an intimate feel despite the size of
the hotel. Rooms are done in beige and brown tones
while the bathrooms have black and white mosaics.
In both your room and bathroom you will be connected
to the world with four telephones, some cordless;
with international TV channels on a flat screen;
with music and videos on demand; with complimentary
Wi-Fi access to high-speed Internet; and with a
printer/scanner/copier that should be compatible
with the latest computers. There is always a desk
if you need to work or send postcards to your friends
back home to tell them how much you are enjoying
the beauty of the City of Lights. Let us not forget
the courtesy non-alcoholic-beverages mini-bar and
the safe. When walking in the hallways, the size
of the room numbers posted on the doors will ensure
that you won’t be knocking at the wrong place.
private swimming pool
you will find the spa, U Spa (U
= Unique), which has based its treatments around
four elements: air, water, earth and light. The
facility, which has a 15-meter pool as close to
the Champs-Élysées as it can get,
is decorated in relaxing red and blond tones with
slate on the floor. There is, of course, a fitness
room, a sauna, a starred-ceiling hammam and an exercise
us go back to the interior garden, interior because
it is within the five buildings, not because it
is inside. Around it you will find the gastronomical
the upscale snack spot, La Galerie Joy, and
the Bar Le Lucien. The round-shaped
Diane is dedicated to elegant French cuisine prepared
by chef Jean-Yves Leuranguer, while you can enjoy
breakfast, light meals and tea at La Galerie Joy all day long.
Try a house cocktail or simply a glass of Champagne
at the bustling Bar Le Lucien. Warm days will surely
find the terrace quickly filled. Unless you choose
to go to Fouquet's, which has a
direct entrance from the hotel.
restaurants: Diane, La Galerie Joy & Bar Le Lucien,
For a new hotel experience in Paris, this is the place.
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by Sophie Gayot
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