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A Magical Mystery Tour of Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris

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June 25, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the word is out regarding the sale of the Mondrian Soho to the Buddha-Bar Hotel Collection owner, Gerard Guez, we thought you might like to have a peek at the fairly-new Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris (opened as a Preferred Boutique Hotel in June 2013) to get an idea of what all the brouhaha is about regarding these properties in Paris, Prague and Budapest.

The 56-room Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris is located right in the fashion heart of the 8th arrondissement (and is often used in fashion shoots), just off Faubourg Saint-Honoré but, when you enter, you feel as if you’re not in Kansas (or Paris) anymore. All looks standard-issue Paris on the outside of the 1734 building, but step inside to face the 120 red-glass lanterns hanging at the entrance, and you imagine that you’ve been thrown into the movie classic, “Shanghai Express.”

With just a hint of opium-den design, the hotel and its rooms are full of mahogany wood, red or black lacquered doors and tabletops, golden brown or yellow walls and carpets, and grey or red sofas and chairs. Greeting you in the lobby, besides the Buddha-like black cat, is the Chinese Dragon woven into the carpet – a motif you’ll find throughout the hotel – as the official protector of travelers to this, and other, foreign lands.

Have a look at the photo gallery!

We had a look at the 60 sq m (197 sq ft) Prestige Suite and found a large living room area with a red silk sofa and yellow chairs, work desk, a sunken bedroom, and two bathrooms (with Toto Washable toilets). The main bathroom had two striking sinks and a tub that were covered in a black coating that felt like velvet, as well as a rainfall shower. The B/Attitude toiletries are made in the EU for Buddha-Bar Hotels and we discerned a soft green tea scent.

The hotel has a good Asian/French-style restaurant – Le Vraymonde – that serves dishes such as Beef fillet, coriander steamed rice and paneang curry sauce and Miso roasted sea bass with ginger and carrot emulsion, a garden courtyard that’s open all year round, and the B/Attitude Studio (spa), but, as you’d expect, it’s Le Qu4tre Lounge Bar that’s really killer.

With a mix of music ranging from urban lounge to Brigitte Bardot, the resident DJ spins the tunes from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. The cocktail menu changes four times a year and is based on the Chinese concept of the essential elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water (missing only Metal ‘cause that’s really hard to drink).

Coming from the Air menu section, we ordered the Magic Genie, made with sweet Vermouth, Calvados, rye whiskey, and Benedictine – certainly not a wussy drink. But here’s the kicker: It came in a genie lamp with wood smoke drifting out over the table. It smelt like autumn. The inventive bevvie filled the little silver antique-looking glass it came with three times, more if you pour short. A little magic for 25 EUR ($34).

The Early Bookers Offer gives you a Superior Queen room in August for 391 EUR ($532) and the Prestige Suite is 833 EUR ($1,133). Wi-Fi and Nespresso are free and you’ll even get a complimentary Buddha-Bar CD.

[Photos: Janice Tober]

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