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Mandarin Oriental, Paris for Romantics

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Mandarin Oriental, Paris in a Nutshell
Mandarin Oriental, Paris for Romantics

Lobby view of the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, which features a sculpture that embodies freedom. The courtyard is visible beyond it.

© Susan Breslow Sardone.

If there is one word to sum up the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, it is magnifique.

Paris has more than its share of traditional, palatial hotels. So when Mandarin Oriental went about designing its first property here, it was conceived as a contemporary lair. Opened in 2011 on Rue Saint-Honoré, one of Paris’ most fashionable streets, the Mandarin Oriental, Paris exemplifies modern, rather than classic, luxury.

Sybille de Margerie, interior designer of the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, took the date of the building's façade, 1928, as her inspiration to create an updated Art Deco environment that melds chic décor with the brand's Oriental refinement. The result seems made for romantics.

Style and nature combine in elegant ways. In the lobby, soaring gray marble columns are embedded with crystals, and golden floor tiles sparkle beneath a sculpture that symbolizes freedom. Soaring windows let in light and reveal the garden courtyard across from the front desk. The leafy environment is the centerpiece of the hotel; most rooms overlook it.

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