Mandarin Oriental debuts in France with Paris opening

PARIS Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has made its long-awaited debut in the City of Lights with the official opening of the 138-key Mandarin Oriental, Paris.

Mandarin Oriental, Paris is located on famed rue Saint Honoré, situated in the heart of the city’s entertainment and high-end retail districts with easy access to major tourist sites and the central business district. The building’s original Art Deco façade remains intact, complemented by chic, contemporary interiors.

Guestrooms are some of the largest in Paris, providing elegance, comfort, space and light. The design combines Parisian sophistication with Art Deco details and Oriental touches.

Architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte supervised the renovation of the building, façade and patio. Sybille de Margerie conceptualized the interior design and decoration of the rooms, spa and public spaces, while Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku oversaw creation of the bar and restaurants. The hotel’s indoor garden was created by Wilmotte & Associés, in association with the landscape artists François Neveux and Bernard Rouyer.

The hotel offers a choice of two restaurants and bar, along with a cake shop, all led by Executive Chef and Culinary Director Thierry Marx. They are Sur Mesure, a haute-couture restaurant for 40; Camélia, serving light French cuisine; and the vibrant Bar 8.

The hotel has a holistic Spa at Mandarin Oriental, complete with a 151-ft. swimming pool, a comprehensive fitness center and a range of event space.

“I am very proud to be at the helm of this wonderful ship, and to carry the values of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group,” says General Manager Philippe Leboeuf. “A hotel is most importantly about those who work there, and we are extremely honored to have been able to recruit a wonderful team, diverse both in culture and professional background. We look forward to bringing Mandarin Oriental’s levels of award-winning service to Paris.”

Mandarin Oriental now operates or has under development 41 hotels representing more than 10,000 guestrooms in 26 countries.