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LODGINGSThey're the biggest names in European hotels
- much celebrated and synonymous with
luxury and grandeur. They've weathered
wars, launched trends and hosted
royalty, now Square Meal gives
you the lowdown on the most
glamourous digs in Europe
WORDS MARK C O'FLAHERTY
Le Bristol, Paris
Oetker-run Le Bristol opened during the Roaring
Twenties under Hippolyte Jammet, who named
it after the sybaritic 4th Earl of Bristol. The ornate
lift alone is worth a visit and the courtyard
garden has the best people watching in the 8th
arrondissement. Eccentric touches include the
well-groomed house cats Fa-Raon and Kléopatre
- omnipresent on branding but rarely seen - and
bedroom chintz that could only work in a plush
palace hotel in the fanciest part of Paris.
Best room: The Royal Suite has elaborate painted
walls, damask hangings by Rubelli and Louis XV
and Louis XVI reproduction furniture.
Signature cocktail: The Bristol Old Fashioned
No 1, a twist on the classic featuring maple syrup
and co ee.
Chef: Eric Frechon's three-Michelin-star L'Epicure.
Classically French, with refreshing modern twists.
The macaroni stu ed with foie gras and tru e
is a favourite.
Guest list: Woody Allen stayed while lming
Midnight in Paris. Josephine Baker, Sophia Loren,
Mick Jagger, Orlando Bloom, Nicholas Sarkozy
and Carla Bruni are previous visitors.
Double room B�B from £675 per night. 112 rue du
Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris, France;
+33 1 53 43 43 00; lebristolparis.com