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Luxury hotel Cheval Blanc opens in Paris

Words by Rob Chilton

New levels of sophistication on the banks of the River Seine

Such is the standard of luxury hotels in Paris that when a new one opens, the others merely shrug their shoulders. But when the new hotel on le bloc comes from the elite Cheval Blanc group, then its rivals sit up and notice. Described as a ‘confidential haven’, the palatial hotel opens on the Seine’s Rive Droite on September 7. Just a five-minute walk from the Louvre, the 72-room hotel sits between Pont des Arts and Pont Neuf, facing the Notre-Dame Cathedral on Île de la Cité.

Alexandre Tabaste Room with a view

Rooms range from Deluxe (Euro 1,150 per night) to the Louvre Deluxe Room (Euro 1,350), Eiffel Suite (Euro 5,600), Notre Dame Suite (Euro 5,100), and the Seine Suite (Euro 3,900). The Ravel Suite sleeps seven while the Quintessence Suite sleeps nine. When joined, they form The Apartment, which has a projection room, a fitness room, a treatment room, a hammam, a sauna, and a private swimming pool with views of the Sacré-Cœur.

Alexandre Tabaste Tasteful interiors

Food is under the command of three Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Donckele. Le Tout-Paris is a brasserie and cocktail bar, Langosteria is Italian fine dining, Limbar is an all-day bar while Plénitude is the gourmet jewel in the crown. Designed by renowned architect Peter Marino, Cheval Blanc has a stunning rooftop with panoramic views of the Seine. Dior have taken up residence in the spa, decorating the six treatment suites in the brand’s inimitable style and installing white onyx bathrooms.

Alexandre Tabaste Central location in Paris

An elegant hotel needs elegant staff uniforms and so Cheval Blanc turned to Guillaume Henry from Paris label Patou who says, “This line for Cheval Blanc combines Parisian elegance with a sporty appeal and an Art Deco aesthetic.”

Alexandre Tabaste Notre-Dame Cathedral lies in the distance

The Paris hotel joins the Cheval Blanc portfolio, which has properties in Courchevel, St Tropez, Maldives and St Barths.

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