Last month I was lucky enough to stay at the fabulous Fauchon L’Hotel, the first hotel to be opened under the name of the prominent, luxury, gastronomic brand.
The hotel is just around the corner from the famous delicatessen opened by Auguste Fauchon in 1886 in the Place de la Madeleine.
It is housed in an historic Haussmanien building and was designed by Parisien architect Richard Martinet, who has flawlessly incorporated the original charm with modern aesthetics – most noticeably the iconic splashes of pink that can be spotted everywhere from the concierge’s tie to the macarons. And Fauchon l’Hotel is just a 20-minute drive away from Gare du Nord: wasting none of my precious weekend time.
The 54 rooms and suites are traditionally Parisien and quintessentially Fauchon, with lavish king size beds, marble bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling French doors opening out onto fairy-tale views of Paris. And then there’s Gourmet Bar – Fauchon’s take on the standard hotel mini bar.
The Gourmet Bar is anything but ‘standard’: an elegant rose-pink armoire, designed by French designer Sacha Lakic from eminent Parisien design company Roche Bobois.
Inside, there are various drawers and shelves housing an assortment of Fauchon’s delectable delights, from madeleines, macarons and chocolate truffles to tapenade, foie gras and brioche toasts – all suited to my taste preferences (which I was asked for a few days prior). All of these were free for me around the clock, along with a bottle a day of complimentary Fauchon pink champagne.
The room was also equipped with a Dyson hairdryer, cosy bathrobe and slippers and miniature Carita Beauty Spa amenities.
After waking myself up with a double espresso from the Nespresso machine in my room, I wandered downstairs to explore the Fauchon breakfast. I opted for a brightly coloured fruit salad, poached eggs with a side of delicious Ibaiama, and a freshly baked croissant with Fauchon chocolate spread.
The hotel’s restaurant ‘The Grand Café Fauchon’ has a packed schedule of ‘Gourmet Moments’. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is ‘Tea Time’ – a chance to sample a huge variety of fragrant fruit and flower flavoured Fauchon teas.
As the evening draws near, ‘Tea Time’ transitions into ‘The Glam’Hours’ and cups of tea turn into tea-based cocktails, which can be sipped on the terrace in the evening sun with a few nibbles of chocolate, selected from Fauchon’s luxury confectionary.
CARITA BEAUTY SPA >>
Like everything at L’Hotel Fauchon, the spa treatments at Carita Beauty Spa are customised to best suit you. Treatments range from facials, body treatments and massages to manicures, pedicures, hair-styling and makeup application.
After consulting with a beautician, I chose a Neomorphose facial that left my skin feeling plumped and purified. If you’re feeling a little slothful, you can opt to enjoy these services in the comfort of your hotel room.
MY VERDICT >>
Fauchon’s new venture into hotels is triumphant, managing to weave a gastronomic thread through every aspect of one’s stay.
Rooms start from 349 euros per night (approx. £313)