Cheval Blanc


Setting the bar for Paris’ luxury hotel scene

In a nutshell: From its home in the landmark La Samaritaine building in Paris’ 1st Arrondissement, Cheval Blanc – the first urban Maison from luxury group LVMH Hospitality – boasts colourful interiors by Peter Marino, a Dior Spa, a three-star Michelin restaurant by chef Arnaud Donckele, and the longest swimming pool in Paris. 

Tell me more about the interiors: For his first hotel project, US architect Peter Marino (who is no stranger to the LVMH group) has embellished the building’s Art Deco heritage with a bold, contemporary spirit. The guestrooms are peaceful havens featuring understated creamy gold tones and rich textures. In contrast, the public spaces are a riot of bold, uplifting colours layered with impressive artwork, including Vik Muniz’s 12-foot-high photographic interpretation of the Eiffel Tower, which takes centre stage in the lobby. 

What about the rooms and suites? While almost all the 72 light-filled guestrooms (which includes 46 suites) overlook the Seine, these views are best enjoyed from the suites with a sunlit winter garden, which have floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the river with Notre Dame to the left and the Eiffel Tower to the right. Each room has a sumptuous marble bathroom, with a standalone bathtub and indulgent walk-in hammam shower, as well as a spacious separate dressing room with a safe containing three watch winders, and signature fragrances created by François Demachy, Maison Dior’s perfumer.

Eating and drinking: As with the rest of the hotel, the food options are lavish. There are four restaurants, including Langosteria, the first foreign outpost of the famous seafood restaurant from Milan, as well as Plénitude, an offering from chef Arnaud Donckele who garnered three Michelin stars at the restaurant in Cheval Blanc’s St. Tropez hotel. For something more casual, Le Tout Paris, serves up crowd pleasers from steak frites to chicken burgers on a terrace against Paris’ romantic skyline. 

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