Mandarin Oriental Paris – Hotel Review

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 20, 2018

Paris luxury hotel in the 1st

A Deluxe Suite bathroom at the Mandarin Oriental in Paris’ 1st Arrondissement.

The Mandarin Oriental Paris offers family-friendly luxury in Paris’ city center. In the heart of the 1st arrondissement, the hotel has a prime location among the boutique shops on Rue Saint Honoré while being a stone’s throw from the Louvre, Place Vendome, and the Jardin des Tuileries. Options abound for children, from playing in the nearby Tuileries to various kids’ activities the hotel organizes, like perfume-making classes or cooking lessons. In addition, the concierge provides guests with a handout of weekly cultural happenings that includes a section dedicated to younger guests. There’s an excellent pool and spa, and a Michelin two-star restaurant – with kids’ menu, of course. Should you want to spend a quiet evening in, the hotel offers popcorn machines for a family movie night.

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Mandarin Oriental Paris – The Basics

  • Location: Central Right Bank location on Rue St Honoré, set amid high-end European shops and close to the Louvre Museum, Place Vendôme, and the Tuileries Gardens.
  • Ages: The Mandarin Oriental is one of Paris’ most family-friendly hotels. They offer cribs, bath tubs, sterilizers, highchairs, play mats, and bottle warmers for guests with babies; books, crayons, video games, and treats on arrival for older kids. Kids’ menus are available in the hotel restaurants and for room service. There is a dedicated Kids’ Ambassador and Kids’ Concierge. The hotel supplies a popcorn machine and DVDs for family movie nights, and hosts special events like Easter egg hunts, drawing workshops, and Christmas activities. The spa’s 14-meter lap pool offers family hours. Babysitting can be arranged with advaced notice.
  • Pet Policy: Very pet-friendly. Dogs stay free of charge, and are welcome in all parts of the hotel except the spa and Sur Mesure restaurant. In-room treats, personalized mats, bowls, cushions, toys animal, and mineral water are provided. Gourmet pet menus are available via room service or in Camélia restaurant. Dog-walking and dog-sitting services can be arranged through the hotel.
  • View: Views of Rue Saint-Honoré, the hotel garden, or city rooftops. Upper floor suites have panaromic terrace views, and views of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: High-speed WiFi is included in the room rate.
  • Parking: Valet parking is €45 per day, with in/out privileges.
  • Nice Perks: In-room Nespresso machines, free newspapers in lobby, Diptyque bath products, complimentary macaroons, Bang & Olufsen TVs and audio.
  • Phone: +33 (0)1 70 98 78 88
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Book months in advance, especially for high season.
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.

Mandarin Oriental Paris – Amenities

  • Pool: Beautiful 14-meter lap pool with waterfall. Open 7am-10pm daily.
  • Spa: Large spa with four single and two couples treatment suites, steam room. Hand, feet, body, and skin treatments are offered.
  • Fitness Center: Open 24 hours. Cardio machines, free weights, Kinesis system, and personal training with renowned trainer Nicolas Veret.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Penthouse suites include indoor jacuzzi tubs.

Mandarin Oriental Paris – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Two on-site restaurants, run by renowned chef Thierry Marx: Sur Mesure has 2 Michelin stars and offers conceptual French and European fine dining, Camélia serves traditional French fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed garden setting. L’Honoré serves health-conscious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea. There is an in-house patisserie, open from 11am-7pm.
  • Lounge/Bar: Bar 8 is a chic cocktail lounge with a beautiful marble bar and seasonal outdoor terrace. Open from 12pm-2am daily.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. Served in Camélia and L’Honoré restaurants from 7am-11am.
  • Room Service: 24 hours. Kids’ menu and dog menu are available. Picnic baskets can be ordered with 24-hours notice.

Mandarin Oriental Paris – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Room • Deluxe Room • Mandarin Room • Mandarin Terrace Room • Junior Suite • Deluxe Suite • Duplex Suite • Terrace Suite • Couture Suite • Panoramic Suite • Royale Orientale Suite • Royale Mandarin Suite • List of all rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in guest rooms.
  • Best Room: The 252sqm split-level Royale Mandarin Suite has a separate elevator entrance, and includes a living room, dining room, kitchen, bar, study, huge bedroom, private gym, and steam room. The vast terrace has panoramic rooftop views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.

Mandarin Oriental Paris – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

Nearby Restaurants

Nearby Bars and Breweries

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Marché St. Honoré – Outdoor market selling fruit and vegetables, baked goods, fresh ready-to-eat dishes, jewellery, and clothes. 12:30pm-8:30pm Wednesdays; 7am-3pm Saturdays. 7-minute walk.
  • Monoprix – The biggest supermarket in the 1st arrondissement. Open from 9am-10pm Mon-Saturday. 9-minute walk.
  • Rue Montorgeuil – One of the best market streets in Paris. Produce, flowers, bakeries, cheese, wine, you name it. 22-minute walk.

Nearby Attractions and Things to Do

Mandarin Oriental Paris – The Hotel

The family-friendly Mandarin Oriental Paris hotel has a great central location in the city’s busy 1st arrondissement.

The reception area is bright, airy, and colorful. The Mandarin Oriental’s hospitality team employs a dedicated kids’ concierge to ensure a great experience for their youngest guests.

Another view of the reception area and lobby. Large windows look out into the hotel’s courtyard garden.

The courtyard restaurant, Camélia, serves traditional French cuisine at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Many tables in Camélia are tucked into draped, secluded nooks to give the feeling of a more intimate dining experience.

Camélia also has indoor seating, and a children’s menu.

Another view of Camélia’s indoor seating.

The hotel bar, Bar 8, is also located on the ground floor.

The vibe in Bar 8 is sleek, modern, and glamorous.

Bar 8 offers “street food” from noon to 6pm and a tapas menu from 6pm to midnight.

The Mandarin Oriental Paris is located just around the corner from Place Vendôme, a 3-minute walk away.

Around the corner in the other direction, find the original Chanel boutique, located at 31 Rue Cambon. It’s as much a fashion museum as it is a shop. 2-minute walk.

The Tuileries Gardens – wonderful in its own right, but also a great scenic entrance to the Louvre Museum – is just a 4-minute walk away.

Angelina Tea House, serving the best hot chocolate in Paris, is 5 minutes away on the Rue de Rivoli.

Palais Garnier, home to the Paris Opera, is 12 minutes north of the Mandarin Oriental…

…and the opulent Galeries Lafayette Haussmann shopping mall is just one minute further.

For a more intimate shopping experience, head over to the famous covered passageways – this is the Passage des Panoramas, a 20-minute walk from the hotel.

For fine dining outside of the hotel, try Le Grand Colbert, made famous by the Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson movie, Something’s Gotta Give. 15-minute walk.

Or head to Verjus for their fantastic 78€ tasting menu, just steps from the Palais Royal and a 13-minute walk from the hotel.

For something more affordable, try Juveniles, a friendly wine-shop-turned-restaurant with cozy French home cooking. 13-minute walk.

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