1. A delicious backstory
When Auguste Fauchon opened his very first delicatessen on Place de la Madeleine in 1886, little could he have known that, more than 130 years later, his family name would become a global luxury brand – or, even more amazingly, that customers would be staying overnight. Last summer, Fauchon’s first-ever hotel opened its doors, just a stone’s throw from the site of the original delicatessen, promising an experience that combines Fauchon’s gastronomic credentials with the Parisian joie de vivre the company is known for.
2. Five-star service for all
The attentive staff will happily arrange a cruise or private gallery visit for you, and that five-star service also extends to your dog – not always the case even in pet-friendly hotels. While you check in and enjoy a welcome mocktail, a jewel-encrusted bowl will be brought out for your pup to drink from. Meanwhile, waiting in the room is a splendidly comfortable dog bed, piled with toys, that matches the one you’ll be sleeping on. Indeed, in each of the 54 rooms, no expense has been spared – from the brilliant entertainment set-up, which includes content tablets, to the spacious marble bathrooms.
3. Visual flair
One of the highlights of a visit to a Fauchon store is experiencing its playful design and aesthetic; the bold colours and elaborate food displays are akin to a high-end fashion boutique. This trademark style and over-the-top look has been successfully transplanted to the hotel, courtesy of architect Richard Martin. Forget bland minimalist décor – here, accents of hot pink, black and gold offset eclectic Art Deco and Art Nouveau furnishings. Naturally, there are tasteful piles of pastel-hued macarons everywhere, temptingly placed under glass dome jars for guests to enjoy by the handful.
4. Paw-fectly placed
The hotel’s location could not be better – whether from a two- or four-legged perspective. Boulevard des Capucines boasts some of Paris’ best shopping, and most stores are dog-friendly, while the Louvre museum and the Seine river are no more than a 10-minute walk away. Of similar distance is the Tuileries Garden, and a bit further you’ll find the Palais Royal gardens – these two parks offer some of the best green spaces in the city to walk your furry pal.
5. Glutton’s paradise
The dinner menu at the Grand Café, where all meals are served, is a real highlight – and not just because your dog is allowed to join you there. Classic French gastronomy is given a 21st-century makeover, with a small-plates approach and a style of deft yet indulgent cooking you don’t always find in a Parisian kitchen. But what really cements the hotel’s claim to be a true gourmand’s mecca is found in the bedroom. The pink gold Gourmet Bar is a man-sized armoire that opens up to reveal a mouth-watering larder of complimentary Fauchon goodies – such as chocolate truffles, buttery brioche biscuits and jars of foie gras, all to be washed down with the hotel’s signature champagne. It’s a unique – and truly decadent – selling point that likely beats any other minibar on the planet.
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This article was originally published in the November 2019 issue of SilverKris magazine