The super stylish hotel Barriére Le Fouquet’s in Paris, on the Champs Elysées is as chic as it gets.
The Barriére Le Fouquet’s is a smart, chic, uber stylish hotel located right on the corner of George V and the Champs Elysées feels more private club than hotel.
It has established itself as one of Paris’s hottest, most stylish smaller five star hotels.
Fully renovated in 2017, it is part of the luxury hotel chain, Group Barriere, with 18 hotels (as well as casinos) around France.
You can’t miss the iconic red awnings facing the Champs Elysées, over the front restaurant Fouquets which since it opened in 1899 has been a favourite for authentic French hot chocolate and bistro food.
The highlight of the hotel itself is a courtyard on the first floor, adjoining Joy bar and restaurant which was converted to a “ski chalet’ during winter, complete with Veuve Clicquot skis out front. In summer it provides a welcome, peaceful beak from the business and pace of the Champs Elysées out front.
The lobby has a mysterious, secretive club-like feel with dark cushions, heavy velvet fabrics and gold highlights. A series of huge windows look out onto the classic Parisian street, The Champs Elysées making it ideal for a long, slow cocktail or two.
Doormen wear swish long coats and the staff know every guest’s name and always say hello.
The 81 rooms and suites are large (very large for Paris) and modern. Guests are greeted by a huge gold studded number at the base of their front door, and colours inside are fresh whites and creams, with leather, silk and mahogany. The feel and interiors have been labelled appropriately by the hotel as a ‘subtle combination of Empire and style’.
I loved the technology – the TV connects to your phone via bluetooth, so that your phone screen displays on the TV -very handy for viewing photos and everything else on your phone in bold full colour.
The bathroom design is for the modern couple – the toilet is separate and quite a way from the shower and vanity, giving complete privacy for toilet use.
Bathroom products are luxe – they are exclusively made for the group under the spa’s name Diane Barriere who was part of the Barriere family and combined well being with elegance to create luxury spa experiences in the groups many properties. The hotel’s spa was renovated and re-opened in 2017.
In terms of restaurants. La Fouquets is a Paris institution when it comes to French brasseries. Celebrities for generations have loved it and continue to.
Their black and white photos adorn the walls, along with name plaques next to their favourite tables. The menu is designed in collaboration with Chef Pierre Gagnaire. It is quintessentially French. You never know who you will see here from former French Presidents to modern day movie stars.