My second floor suite was everything I could ever wish in a Paris pied a terre: a spacious cocoon of understated luxury with a cozy living room and a serene bedroom. French doors opened onto a private terrace surrounded with large tubs of lush greenery. Fantasies of moving in permanently flashed through my head, especially once I discovered the elegant spa tucked a short elevator’s ride down to the basement. Its irresistible lap sized swimming pool of clear blue water warm as a tropical island retreat, complemented by a hammam (Moroccan steam room) scented with hints of eucalyptus and citrus, immediately became my favorite place to start the day. And a good way to atone for the scrumptious breakfast that awaited me in the elegant dining room of Le Baudelaire restaurant one floor above.
When I finally managed to extract myself from the Le Burgundy’s pampering embrace and make it through the gauntlet of shopping temptations that awaited outside its doors (Chanel, Hermes and Cartier among many others), Place de la Concorde, the hub of some of the most iconic landmarks of Paris, was only minutes away. To my left, the Champs Elysees beckoned, and to my right, the arcades of the Rue de Rivoli, Jardin des Tuilleries, and some of Paris’ most visited museums, the Louvre, the Jeu de Paume, and across the Seine the Musee d’Orsay. With its unique in the heart of everything location, attentive service and better than home accommodations, Le Burgundy made the top of my list of Paris properties to revisit at the first opportunity.
Class Of Accommodation Five Star boutique hotel
Connectivity There was complimentary reliable high speed WiFi in my suite and throughout the property.
General Manager Emmanuel Sauvage
Handicapped Access The property catered to physically challenged guests including three especially adapted bedrooms with audio and light detector systems, as well as bathrooms with roll in showers. Complimentary wheelchairs and shower wheelchairs were available upon request and customized care could be arranged upon reservation. There were Braille symbols in the elevators and a pool lift was available in the spa.
Head Concierge Sebastian Hayez
Length Of Stay Two nights
Location On the Rue Duphot, at the corner of Rue Saint-Honore and a few steps away from Rue Royale, between Place de la Madeleine and Place de la Concorde.
Owned Privately owned by CHG Participations family fund, Hubert Guillard was chief executive officer.
Size The seven story property had 59 rooms including eight suites and a restaurant that could seat up to 60 guests. It employed a staff of 110 including 50 restaurant and bar personnel.
Year Opened-Renovated The hotel was originally built in 1850. Following a change in ownership, it closed in 2008 for a complete two and a half year renovation directed by noted French interior architect Vincent Bastie. It reopened in July 2010.
At teatime assortments of teacakes and macaroons were displayed on the lower pedestals. The winter garden was an inviting space to enjoy snacks throughout the day or simply relax, or in the late afternoon, to linger or meet local friends over tea or cocktails while enjoying live piano music. The gray and white marble floor of the winter garden, also designed by Guy de Rougemont, recalled the central statue. This floor treatment continued into the reception area. There the long, streamlined reception desk was covered in white leather, outlined by a black marble lip at a convenient height to rest a handbag or briefcase during the check in process. The walls were of natural limestone with a recessed partition behind the desk providing the backdrop for a wall size modern sculpture in primary colors, its curved shapes a nod to the marble work in the winter garden.
The bedroom had a king size bed with an upholstered brown and cream striped velvet headboard. There were large nested glass and steel bedside tables on both sides, as well as wall fitted personal high intensity reading lights. A silver gray velvet slipper chair completed the decor. At the far end of the bedroom, wide French doors opened onto a private terrace surrounded by tubs of tall shrubs. With its two wrought iron bistro tables topped with white marble and three armchairs with thick white canvas cushions, it was an idyllic retreat for a break from the fashionable high voltage neighborhood beyond the hotel’s walls. On the opposite side of the bedroom, a hallway lined with storage closets led to the bathroom and separate water closet.
Throughout the suite, the floors were covered in silky cocoa brown Jules Flipo carpets, and the wide eggshell colored moldings enhanced the warm taupe shade of the walls. The windows were covered with transparent striped shades and heavy cream draperies with brown velvet trim. At night, buttercup yellow silk darkening drapes were drawn across the windows. The floor, desk and bedside lamps had contemporary English crystal bases with silk shades. In both rooms, there were pedestal mounted oversized flat panel television screens, and bright lithographs by Guy de Rougemont which added color to the space.
The dining room was laid out around a quiet central patio that gave the light filled space a serene atmosphere. It was decorated in a low key monochromatic palette of beiges and brown with comfortable velvet upholstered armchairs around white linen clad tables. A breakfast buffet as well as a prepared to order breakfast menu were served there every morning from 7 A.M. to 11 A.M. For lunch and dinner, Le Baudelaire, under the direction of Chef Pierre Rigothier, had been recognized since 2011with one Michelin star.
Bathroom amenities included bathrobes and slippers, facial tissues, cotton pads and swabs, shower caps, emery board, oral hygiene and shaving kits, hair dryer and bathroom scales, sewing kits, shoe polish and a shoe horn. Toiletries included large tubes of house brand shower and bath gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and hand cream and facial soap.
Facilities There was a restaurant and bar, le Baudelaire, with adjoining winter garden, a business center, swimming pool and spa.
Fitness Center And Spa In addition to the swimming pool, the spa included changing rooms, a sauna, steam room, and a small fitness center with exercise equipment. There were two private treatment rooms where a variety of facial and body treatments and massages could be scheduled with on site therapists using some of France’s most prestigious spa products: Carita, Russie Blanche and Les Bains de Marrakech. The fitness center was open from 7 A.M. to 11 P.M., with wellbeing staff available from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M.
Pool The pool was located on the second basement level of the hotel and easily accessible by elevator directly from the guest room floors. It was an integral part of the spa and fitness center. It was 15 meters (50 foot) long by 3.5 meters (12 feet) wide and 1.5 meters (5 foot) deep, fitted with powerful whirlpool jets that could be activated on demand. There was a tall arching waterfall at the far end of the pool. A terrace of white limestone lined with eight lounge chairs with thick white canvas cushions ran the length of the pool. On the opposite side, wall size gold and white stained glass panels and thin gold mosaic trim enhanced the sapphire blue lighting of the pool and gave the space a discrete Art Deco mood.
Date Of Review October 2013
Reviewers Article and photographs by Josette King
Service Excellent. Every member of the staff with whom I came in contact during my stay was genuinely friendly and thoughtfully proactive. My suite was serviced twice daily.
Would You Stay There Again? Yes