A Sofitel hotel is the ultimate place to stay if you’re after style and sophistication. Le Faubourg is centrally located in the Saint Honore district of Paris, with designer boutiques and cute cafes on the doorstep (you can imagine my delight discovering Hermes almost next door!). We arrived late after an evening at the Moulin Rouge and our sighs of relief were almost audible as we stepped inside into the luxurious hallway. Silence reigned through the attractive reception room, an area I could imagine was filled with guests socialising in the lighter hours of the day.
High on the fourth floor, the 549 sq. ft. sumptuous Opera suite provides the ultimate in indulgence, and after an overnight stay at Sofitel Le Faubourg I felt completely pampered and prepped, stylish and alert ready for a day out in Paris. Our room was big enough to be an apartment and I would have happily moved in… it would be the perfect Paris abode. The contemporary interiors are designed by Didier Gomez and are swish and sexy, simple and sultry. With glamorous black and white prints on the walls and comfortable velvety furniture, it is a cool modern living area, ideal for relaxing and hanging out.
It took us at least 15 minutes to explore and fully investigate the whole suite. Awe-inspiring extras are found in every corner: walk-in closet, espresso & tea machine, Home Video, integrated DVD player, Bose system with iPod dock & free minibar. I was delighted to find the free WiFi easy to use and super speedy. Follow the carpeted corridor and you find the bedroom with an absolutely epic Sofitel MyBed, perhaps the largest, softest and most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Why go out and explore Paris when you can stay in bed this amazing all day? I almost convinced myself this was a valid argument.
The bathroom is incredible in the Opera Suite, the bath is so close to the bedroom you can almost jump from one to the other. A huge bath is accompanied by green bottled Hermes toiletries, ideal for a long bubble bath. Through the doorway, a separate boudoir has two sinks with mirrors, a separate toilet and a separate Hammam shower. The space is bright and airy with natural light streaming in through the windows. Exhausted after trying out all the numerous amenities, I slumped into the gigantic bed, it moulded round my body and enveloped me in immersive sleep.
Downstairs guests gather in the lovely dining room for breakfast. An array of fresh pastries, fruit, meats and cheese is on offer…the highest quality and all looking divine. We struggled to pick, and took an assortment back to our table only to be further tempted by the detailed hot menu… waffles, pancakes, eggs… we managed to resist and enjoyed a typical French breakfast of coffee and croissants. Simple and delicious, it was my favourite kind of breakfast.
The service throughout the hotel was exceptional throughout our stay. Kind and yet discreet, I felt the staff were very happy to go above and beyond to ensure our visit to the Sofitel was impeccable. Before leaving I was given a small bag with Le Faubourg flavoured tea and a scented candle, a lovely touch that made our visit here all the more memorable.
France is home to the Sofitel brand and after visiting this branch I can understand how Parisian elegance and style have affected the brand’s concept and design. For guaranteed indulgence and an excellent night’s sleep, I highly recommend the sublime Opera suite, which is full of character and charm, just like the capital city itself.
Visit the Sofitel website here for more information.