Le Burgundy is a terrific newcomer to the upscale Paris hotel scene. When I stayed at the end of July it has been open for just two weeks. You would have expected teething troubles, but not at all, it was faultless and as perfect as a smoothly run 59 room boutique five star hotel can be.
The hotel is located in Rue Duphot a relatively quiet and narrow street which runs from La Madeleine to Rue du Faubourg St. Honore. Thus you are ’round the corner’ from Place de La Concorde, Place Vendome, the Champs Elysees and the Tuilerie Gardens and Louvre. There probably couldn’t be a better location.
The door staff, reception staff and concierge could not be more charming, friendly accommodating and helpful. So superb were all of the staff in the hotel that we were constantly pinching ourselves to remind us that we were in the world centre for reputed haughty and insouciant service!
We stayed in a junior suite and paid an introductory rate of €500 per night. It was a terrific room of about 35 – 40 sq. metres with an archway separation between the bed area and a lounge and ‘desk/office’ area. Beautifully decorated and embellished with some interesting modern art – which can be found throughout the hotel. Bathroom fantastic in size and amenities. Great walk in shower and separate tub. Excellent soaps, shampoos, lotion and just about anything you could ask. The bed was supremely comfortable and the linens and towels of the very highest standard. As you would expect in a newly renovated building the heating/AC worked perfectly and the excellent lighting was easy to operate (competitors take note!)
Our junior suite was equipped with two huge flat screen TV’s with a very wide range of channels. The mini bar was a cornucopia of, as ever, pretty expensive delights, but was certainly one of the best stocked I have ever seen.
The chamber maids did a wonderful job of keeping the room quite immaculate. As many times a day as you went out so they went in to keep everything in perfect condition. Much appreciated too was the limitless supply of complimentary glass bottled Evian that was forever being placed in the room.
Breakfast which was not included in our room rate was very good with an excellent cold buffet as well as a splendid selection of fresh and preserved fruit, cereals etc. The Viennoiserie was excellent as was the bread. A la carte service for cooked food produced some excellent omelettes and scrambled eggs. Service was attentive and charming. For breakfast you can eat in the open air courtyard in the centre of the restaurant and this is more than pleasant of warm summer days.
We ate one dinner in the hotel and it was extremely good. The restaurant has a pleasant ambience with the tables well spaced and is far from stuffy in service or style. The menu was interesting and is comprised of original dishes created by chef Pierre Darat. I was particularly impressed by the sommelier who gave good honest advice on the wine and actually talked me into a cheaper and better bottle of Rhone that I had selected!
The ‘action’ or the money financing behind the hotel is provided by a Cognac house and this is more than apparent is the very luxurious clubby ‘Le Beaudelaire’ bar. There are more than 50 types of fine cognacs available along with 40 whiskies and a vast range of other all too enticing drinks in the bar. Service here too is immaculate and prices while steep are not really excessive for the quality service and ambience you are enjoying
In the basement of the hotel is a fine spa, with a good size pool, certainly big enough for lap swimming, a sauna and a Haman. There are a good range of treatments available offered by the hotel’s full time therapists.
Valet parking is available (much needed) and is quite reasonable in price.
All in all a very impressive addition to the Paris hotel scene and one which I shall certainly be using again just as soon as I can find an excuse to visit Paris.