History of Le Bristol

 

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    1715:

    The history of the Faubourg Saint-Honoré begins in 1715, when the court left Versailles and established itself once more in Paris, following the death of Louis XIV. Large and luxurious mansions were built on what had previously been horticultural marshland.

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    Late nineteenth century:

    At the end of the nineteenth century, the Elysée Palace became the official residence of the Presidents of France. During the same period, the first luxury shops started to appear. When the saddler Hermès and the dressmaker Jeanne Lanvin opened their boutiques, the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré's reputation was made.

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    Early twentieth century:

    In 1923, Hippolyte Jammet purchased Jules de Castellane's former property. His ambition was to transform the property into the most luxurious hotel. He named it Le Bristol as a tribute to Bishop Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol, an eighteenth-century traveller famed for his love of comfort and the high standards he demanded.

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    The opening: 

    The hotel opened in April 1925, when the Roaring Twenties were in full swing: it was the heyday of Josephine Baker, Sydney Bechet and the Charleston. During that carefree and prosperous era, Paris attracted all the big names from the worlds of culture and fashion: Rochas, Balenciaga, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Picasso, Mondrian and Dali.

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    1939-1945:

    From June 1940, Le Bristol Paris became the home of the American embassy and American nationals living in Paris. Hippolyte Jammet succeeded in ensuring that Le Bristol was the only Parisian hotel of its type to avoid requisition. Throughout the war, Hippolyte Jammet continued as usual to work on maintaining the hotel's prestige. With the architect M. Lerman he carried out numerous new building and renovation projects.

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    The 50s and 60s:

    -1954: the first Pierre Cardin boutique opened at 118 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Many others followed: Christian Lacroix, Louboutin, etc. Famous clients flooded in:  Konrad Adenauer, Kim Novak, Rita Hayworth, Charlie Chaplin, etc.
    From the 60s onwards, Le Bristol Paris became a favourite location for fashion photographers.
    -1962: the American travel guide 'Fielding's Travel Guide to Europe' ranked Le Bristol Paris in top position, thus guaranteeing its prestigious reputation in the USA. 
    -1968: Pierre Jammet, who had taken over from his father, had to postpone extension work to add 28 new rooms and an underground car park, because of the May '68 riots.

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    The 70s and 80s: 

    Extension work began. From 1974 onwards the restaurant began to break new ground with its 'Wednesdays at Le Bristol'. On 8 April 1975, Josephine Baker celebrated fifty years in show business at Le Bristol with Mick Jagger, Sofia Loren, Alain Delon and Princess Grace of Monaco.
    -1978 : Rudolf Oetker, founder of the German industrial group Oetker and already the owner of  Brenners Park-Hotel and Spa (Baden-Baden) and the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc (Cap d'Antibes), acquired Le Bristol Paris. Extension work began in the 1980s. The hotel was enlarged further with the building of sixty rooms and suites on the site of the former Sisters of Good Hope convent, and the creation of the garden which has since become a symbol of the hotel. Professor Pinnau, the architect who created yachts for Niarchos and Onassis, designed the hotel swimming pool. Located on the sixth floor, with magnificent views over the rooftops of Paris, it resembles the front of a large sailing boat.

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    The 90s: 

    -1994: Pierre Ferchaud was appointed Hotel Manager, then Managing Director. Following his appointment, he reduced the number of rooms in order to create new luxury suites which once more raised the standard of excellence at Le Bristol to new levels.

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    The 2000s:

    -2004: The hotel was given a make-over. The new design reaffirmed the hotel's ability to be lively and surprising, warm and welcoming. In keeping with its association with high-fashion, the hotel created its now famous 'Fashion High Teas'.
    -2005: Le Bristol Paris celebrated 80 years; its reputation strengthened worldwide and it boasted a loyal international clientele (in some cases stretching back three generations). The bar was refurbished to create a warm, inviting space where the mood can be lively or intimate. The hotel broadened its appeal to encourage families to stay, reflected in the VIP welcome for children which has become a resounding success. 
    -2007: Le Bristol Paris ushered in a new era: the acquisition of the adjoining building allowed the hotel to become more prominent on the corner of avenue Matignon and rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The hotel increased its involvement in the art world: the first sculpture exhibition was held in its magnificent garden, showcasing the work of artist Diane de Württemberg. Numerous other artists followed: André, Yue Minjun, Richard Texier, Osvaldo Rodriguez, etc.
    -2009: The splendours of the 'new extension' - the Matignon Residence - were unveiled with an additional twenty-one rooms and five suites, as well as a new restaurant - 114 Faubourg.

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    From 2010 to 2012:  

    In 2010, Didier Le Calvez was appointed Managing Director of Le Bristol Paris. A very experienced hotelier, he has overseen major renovations throughout the hotel. 
    In 2011, Le Bristol Paris was fitted with two Signature suites: the Honeymoon Suite on the eighth and top floor overlooking the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, with a panoramic view of the capital's most beautiful monuments; and the Imperial Suite, the largest suite in the hotel at 320m². The hotel also unveiled its new spa: Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, which now stretches over three floors and is equipped with eight treatment rooms, including two twin rooms, and a Russian Room, a gym, a hair salon and the children's play area, 'Les Amis d'Hippolyte'.
    Finally, Epicure, the hotel's 3 Michelin star-rated gastronomic restaurant, welcomes guests in its newly decorated setting with bay windows which open out onto the magnificent French-style hotel garden.

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    Oetker Collection:

    Le Bristol Paris is part of the Oetker Collection, an exclusive collection of luxury hotels around the world. These prestigious hotels - collectively called 'Masterpiece Hotels' - are noted for their extremely high levels of service at all times. 

    The collection mbraces eight luxury hotels:
    -L'Apogée Courchevel : a luxury chalet with a warm and family atmosphere offering the most desirable skiing experience at the top of Courchevel 1850 in the French Alps.
    -Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa : the most iconic grand hotel, amidst a sprawling private park in Baden-Baden, Germany. The historic Villa Stéphanie will soon open its doors to offer Europe's most refined and innovative spa experience.
    -Château Saint-Martin & Spa : a romantic chateau of excellence nestled in the heart of Provence, boasting breathtaking views over the Mediterranean coastline.
    -Eden Rock : a luxurious retreat in St Barths built on a rocky promontory, surrounded by white sandy beaches, and turquoise sea; French art-de-vivre in the heart of the Caribbean.
    -Fregate Island Private : a jewel of conservation featuring lush forest, wild fauna, and overlooking the crystal waters of the Seychelles. Unique on the Planet.
    -Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc : a legendary luxury hotel at the centre of a scenic private park, where old-world glamour meets modern luxury at the tip of the Cap d'Antibes.
    -Palais Namaskar : a peaceful oasis with contemporary and sophisticated design set in the Palmeraie, the most exclusive residential area in Marrakech.


Le Bristol Paris
112, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris France
Tel: + 33 (0)1 53 43 43 00 | reservation@lebristolparis.com

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