Evaluation: Cheval Blanc Paris – One Mile at a Time

For our final evening in Paris, we determined to remain within the metropolis’s latest luxurious lodge, the 72-room Cheval Blanc, which opened in September 2021.

This lodge is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and has utterly totally different decor than the Ritz and the 4 Seasons George V. This may be essentially the most stunning metropolis lodge I’ve ever stepped foot in, from the rooms, to the pool, to all the opposite public areas. Sadly the lodge does nonetheless have a few kinks to work out — one needs to be a straightforward repair, whereas the opposite received’t be.

What’s Cheval Blanc?

For these not acquainted, Cheval Blanc is the boutique uber-luxury lodge group that’s owned by LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton). There are a couple of luxurious items firm which have gotten into the lodge enterprise, and Cheval Blanc is among the many hottest of these.

At present there are 5 Cheval Blanc properties (as you possibly can see, there’s a heavy deal with France), together with the next:

e book Cheval Blanc Paris

Entry stage room charges at Cheval Blanc Paris are similar to these on the Ritz and the 4 Seasons. Charges begin at round 1,100 EUR to 1,300 EUR, relying on the day and time of yr you’re staying. For our one evening keep, we paid 1,200 EUR.

There’s one very best approach to e book Cheval Blanc Paris, and that’s by way of a journey advisor who’s affiliated with Virtuoso. Virtuoso gives visitors additional perks at luxurious inns all over the world, all with out it costing something additional. Ford is more than pleased to assist with these requests, and will be reached at [email protected]

For reserving Cheval Blanc Paris by way of a Virtuoso journey advisor, you obtain the next extra advantages:

  • Improve on arrival, topic to availability
  • Full breakfast each day for 2 visitors per bed room
  • Complimentary roundtrip airport, prepare station, or lodge transfers, with VIP meet & greet and quick monitor immigration
  • Early check-in and late check-out, topic to availability

It’s nice how some luxurious Paris inns provide roundtrip airport transfers as a Virtuoso amenity, since that’s value far more than the standard $100 value-add amenity. Perks are significantly better by way of Virtuoso than by way of Amex Effective Resorts & Resorts for this property, so that is positively a property the place you wish to e book by way of a Virtuoso journey advisor.

Cheval Blanc Paris location

Cheval Blanc is positioned in Paris 1st arrondissement, in entrance of the Pont-Neuf (the oldest bridge throughout the Seine), between Le Louvre and Le Marais. This can be a fairly central location. It’s good to have such quick access to strolling alongside the river, and the proximity to Le Marais can also be good.

The speedy space across the lodge isn’t fairly as high-end as you’d discover on the different two properties we stayed at (which is both good or unhealthy, relying on the way you have a look at it).

Cheval Blanc is positioned inside Paris’ historic La Samaritaine division retailer. The constructing is owned by LVMH, which explains why Cheval Blanc ended up opening right here. Primarily a part of the division retailer was transformed right into a lodge.

Cheval Blanc Paris exterior
Cheval Blanc Paris entrance

Cheval Blanc Paris foyer & public areas

I’m undecided that there’s something I can say that can do justice to how beautiful this lodge is. We had been speechless the second we walked into the lodge’s foyer. Clearly we cherished the general public areas of the Ritz and the 4 Seasons, since they’re applicable given the historical past of the properties. As I discussed in each instances, I wouldn’t really wish to reside someplace with decor like that.

Nicely, Cheval Blanc Paris is a unique story. The decor is fashionable and easily beautiful, and I can’t even think about how a lot cash went into this property. Anyway, contained in the foyer there was reception to the left (with sit-down check-in) after which the concierge to the appropriate. The foyer additionally had a very good little bit of seating.

Cheval Blanc Paris foyer
Cheval Blanc Paris foyer
Cheval Blanc Paris foyer

Behind the foyer was a protracted hallway resulting in the elevators, spa, and the bottom ground restaurant.

Cheval Blanc Paris foyer
Cheval Blanc Paris foyer
Cheval Blanc Paris elevators
Cheval Blanc Paris stairs

Cheval Blanc Paris Deluxe Junior Suite

For our one evening keep we had booked a deluxe room, and had been upgraded all the best way to a deluxe junior suite. For context, we paid 1,200 EUR for the previous, and the latter retailed for two,150 EUR for the evening we stayed.

This was a wonderful improve — whereas reserving by way of Virtuoso gives an area accessible improve, this was an improve of a number of classes. We had let the lodge know prematurely that we had been celebrating Ford’s birthday, and we had been additionally staying for one evening and the lodge was offered out, and sometimes shorter stays are good for upgrades, particularly when stock is proscribed.

The check-in course of was fast {and professional}, and we had been escorted as much as our room. The lodge has seven flooring, and we had been assigned room 515, on the fifth ground.

Cheval Blanc Paris elevators

The whole lot about this lodge is a murals, together with the hallways. Our junior suite was positioned on the finish of the corridor and on the appropriate.

Cheval Blanc Paris hallway
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite exterior

The deluxe junior suite at Cheval Blanc is marketed as being 65 sq. toes, or round 700 sq. toes, so it’s giant for a junior suite. Are you prepared for this, as a result of I believe this may simply be essentially the most fantastically designed lodge room I’ve ever stayed in?

The room featured a protracted entryway with a darkish wooden sample. At first this threw me off a bit, as a result of it wasn’t what I used to be anticipating from the room’s decor.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite entryway
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite entryway

Certainly the remainder of the room was very totally different. In the primary a part of the room and on the left was a super-comfy king dimension mattress and a chair with an ottoman.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite king mattress
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite king mattress

Then to the appropriate was the residing space, which featured two couches, and a cushty desk, which had two chairs in order that it may double as a eating desk.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite residing space
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite residing space
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite desk space

The eye to element and tech within the room was countless. For one, every thing may very well be managed from panels by the mattress, and on prime of that there was an in-room iPad which additionally had room controls and data in regards to the lodge.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite room controls

The design components throughout the room amazed me. For instance, there was a small pillow itemizing all of the totally different sorts of pillows you can request.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite pillow selections

I cherished the lovable cellphone, in addition to how the paper by the cellphone was formed just like the lodge.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite room design

The PPE equipment was in a Cheval Blanc bag, and there have been Louis Vuitton espresso desk books within the room.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite room design

As a result of it was Ford’s birthday, they’d an unbelievable welcome amenity ready for us, with two desserts, 4 cookies, contemporary apples, and a bottle of Ruinart champagne, plus the horse-shaped balloon.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite welcome reward

I can’t even think about how a lot the lodge spent on wall remedies alone, as there have been a number of totally different patterns.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite wall remedies

The toilet was equally spectacular. It was again by the hallway, and featured double sinks with a TV constructed into the mirror, a soaking tub, and a bathe that is also become a steam room.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite lavatory
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite bathtub
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite lavatory
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite bathe
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite bathe

Within the bathe, toiletries had been in reusable Cheval Blanc-branded containers, with fairly a range.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite toiletries

What amazed me was the variety of toiletries and facilities within the room past that. For instance, try the toiletries positioned beneath the sink. We’re not simply speaking the fundamentals, however it was extra like an airline amenity equipment, with every thing from lip balm, to deodorant, to a comb, to a bracelet.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite toiletries
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite toiletries

On prime of the toiletries within the bathe, there have been countless extra toiletries, every in huge 6.5 ounce containers.

Cheval Blanc Paris toiletries
Cheval Blanc Paris toiletries

There have been even enormous containers with lotions, cleaning soap formed just like the lodge, and candles by the bath (with the lodge’s signature scent).

Cheval Blanc Paris toiletries
Cheval Blanc Paris toiletries
Cheval Blanc Paris candles

Whereas I’m not often one to raid lodge toiletries, we could or could not have taken the under house with us…

Cheval Blanc Paris goodies

Ford had booked a facial the afternoon we had been there (the lodge has the world’s solely Dior Spa, and he was intrigued), and there was a notice about how he ought to take this eye cream the evening earlier than. That’s superb consideration to element and a cute deal with, however on the identical time we weren’t staying the evening earlier than, so…

Cheval Blanc Paris reward

The bathroom was in a separate room throughout the corridor from the remainder of the toilet, and personally I like this type of separation. There was additionally a correct bidet-style bathroom right here.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite bathroom
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite bathroom

Additionally within the hallway was the minibar, which featured every thing from candles from every Cheval Blanc property, to a Nespresso machine, to smooth drinks and alcohol. Cheval Blanc gives all non-alcoholic drinks within the minibar without cost. Whereas minor, I observed that there was no milk (or milk substitute) within the minibar, which might have been good to have with espresso.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite minibar
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite minibar
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite minibar
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite minibar

Additionally close to the doorway was the huge closet, which is maybe the nicest closet I’ve ever seen in a lodge room.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite closet
Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite closet

Simply for example of the eye to element right here, the in-room protected had a number of compartments with watch winders, and even had USB shops.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite closet

There was additionally a pamphlet within the closet a few complimentary shoe shine service.

Cheval Blanc Paris complimentary shoe shine

This was one of the unbelievable lodge rooms I’ve ever stayed in. In fact nothing on this planet is ideal, and that brings me to my one difficulty with the rooms right here — the sound insulation. Our room confronted a reasonably quiet pedestrian space, or so we thought.

Cheval Blanc Paris deluxe junior suite view

Nicely, for a lot of the day some road musicians arrange store on the opposite facet of the road, and you can hear every thing from inside our room. And we’re not simply speaking a faint noise, however slightly it was loud.

Cheval Blanc Paris noise points

I’d suppose that perhaps this was an remoted incident, besides on the introduction put up to the journey report collection, reader HC left the next remark:

We simply got here again from Paris yesterday and stayed at Cheval Blanc for per week. Curious to see your ideas. We had been considerably disillusioned. Very good rooms and services, however extraordinarily poor soundproofing. We had a balcony room on the sixth ground and will hear every thing from the eating places on the seventh ground particularly once they begin shifting chairs and tables round after closing. Might even hear them vacuuming… Visitors within the space being loopy additionally didn’t assist.

That is one thing to concentrate on, and sadly this in all probability received’t be a straightforward repair for the lodge.

Cheval Blanc Paris Dior Spa

Cheval Blanc Paris’ wellness space is all on the basement stage, and this features a spa, pool, and gymnasium.

Cheval Blanc Paris spa stairs
Cheval Blanc Paris basement stage

Cheval Blanc Paris has the world’s first Dior Spa, which options six remedy rooms, and gives every thing from massages to facials. You may discover the Dior Spa remedy menu right here.

Cheval Blanc Paris Dior Spa
Cheval Blanc Paris Dior Spa
Cheval Blanc Paris Dior Spa

Cheval Blanc Paris pool

Cheval Blanc Paris has what’s in all probability essentially the most spectacular indoor pool I’ve seen in my life. The lodge has a 30 meter pool, which is visually beautiful. It’s open each day from 6:30AM till 10:30PM.

Cheval Blanc Paris pool

The pool has a video wall of types that depicts what the view can be like exterior. What’s so cool is the way it’s continually altering — you possibly can see the waves, you possibly can see flocks of birds fly by, and so on. After which with how the pool space is mirrored, you additionally see a mirrored image of every thing.

Cheval Blanc Paris pool
Cheval Blanc Paris pool
Cheval Blanc Paris pool

There’s additionally loads of seating across the pool, and there are additionally nets that may be drawn round pool beds for extra privateness.

Cheval Blanc Paris pool beds
Cheval Blanc Paris pool beds

The pool space additionally has a hammam and sauna, which we loved utilizing.

Cheval Blanc Paris hammam & sauna
Cheval Blanc Paris hammam & sauna

Cheval Blanc Paris gymnasium

Cheval Blanc Paris has a stunning gymnasium with fashionable tools, which will be accessed by visitors 24/7. My solely suggestions there may be that the free weights choice was considerably restricted — there have been solely six varieties of weights, with the heaviest being 17.5kg.

Cheval Blanc Paris gymnasium
Cheval Blanc Paris gymnasium
Cheval Blanc Paris gymnasium
Cheval Blanc Paris gymnasium
Cheval Blanc Paris gymnasium
Cheval Blanc Paris gymnasium
Cheval Blanc Paris gymnasium
Cheval Blanc Paris gymnasium

Cheval Blanc Paris eating places & bars

One main side of a very good luxurious lodge in Paris is having superior meals & beverage shops. We had been coming from 4 Seasons George V, which has a staggering three totally different Michelin-starred eating places. So what’s the restaurant scenario at Cheval Blanc? There are three shops:

  • Langosteria is Cheval Blanc’s fine-dining restaurant; it’s an Italian restaurant that’s open for dinner
  • Le Tout-Paris is Cheval Blanc’s all-day eating restaurant; it’s positioned on the rooftop stage, and is meant to be a cross between a brasserie and a cocktail bar
  • Limbar is Cheval Blanc’s all-day cafe; it’s positioned on the bottom ground, and in the course of the day it has pastries, espresso, and snacks, and within the evenings it turns right into a cocktail bar

Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria

We had dinner at Langosteria, the lodge’s fine-dining restaurant. Langosteria additionally has two places in Italy (in Milan and Paraggi). We made a reservation final minute, they usually solely had availability on the counter overlooking the kitchen, which labored nice for us.

Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria Restaurant
Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria Restaurant

Under you could find the Langosteria dinner menu.

Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria menu
Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria menu
Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria menu

To drink, Ford and I had soiled martinis.

Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria dinner

The meal started with bread, in addition to an amuse bouche with clams.

Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria dinner
Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria dinner

For starters, I ordered the carpaccio of pink tuna with Mediterranean sauce, whereas Ford ordered the sashimi of Adriatic amberjack with jalapeño sauce.

Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria dinner
Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria dinner

For mains, I ordered the fusilloro al pomodoro, whereas Ford ordered the pink tuna with confit of spring onions and coulis of yellow datterino tomato.

Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria dinner
Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria dinner

We had been so full at this level and skipped dessert, however we had been nonetheless supplied a field of candies to take with us (simply what we wanted, particularly since we had two desserts and 4 cookies nonetheless ready for us in our room). 😉

Cheval Blanc Paris Langosteria dinner

The meals high quality and repair had been glorious, and I’d extremely suggest this restaurant. That being mentioned, being a brand new fan of Michel-starred eating due to our keep on the 4 Seasons, I can’t assist however really feel a bit disillusioned by Cheval Blanc’s fantastic eating providing. Finally the lodge’s greatest restaurant is a stylish Italian place with different places, slightly than being a novel idea solely accessible right here.

In fact that’s not really a difficulty, because it’s simply as simple to exit to eat (and for a lot of it’s even preferable to depart a lodge to eat). I believe this simply sort of jogged my memory the extent to which the 4 Seasons actually is a restaurant powerhouse.

Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris

Le Tout-Paris is Cheval Blanc’s different rooftop restaurant, and you’ll come right here for every thing from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner, to cocktails. You may discover the lunch & dinner menu right here, and you’ll discover the cocktail record right here.

Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant exterior

The area itself is gorgeous — there’s a beautiful bar at one finish of the room, after which every kind of seating choices all through the restaurant, together with cubicles.

Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant bar space
Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant bar space
Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant space
Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant space
Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant space
Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant space

Unquestionably essentially the most spectacular a part of the restaurant is the outside terrace, overlooking the Seine. That is such a particular area, and an actual promoting level for the lodge, in my view.

Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant outside seating
Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant view
Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris restaurant view

We stopped right here within the night for a cocktail and a few snacks. Whereas pricing usually appeared comparable between the Ritz, the 4 Seasons, and Cheval Blanc, drinks right here had been considerably cheaper. Cocktails on the different two properties had been within the vary of 30-34 EUR, whereas right here cocktails had been 22-26 EUR.

Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris drink
Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris snacks
Cheval Blanc Paris Le Tout-Paris snacks

Cheval Blanc Paris breakfast

Our keep at Cheval Blanc Paris included breakfast as a result of we booked by way of Virtuoso. There are three choices for breakfast — you possibly can have it by way of in-room eating, you possibly can have a lightweight breakfast at Limbar (which I’ll speak about under), or you possibly can have a full breakfast at Le Tout-Paris. We determined to dine at Le Tout-Paris.

Cheval Blanc Paris’ breakfast is totally a la carte, and you could find the menu under.

Cheval Blanc Paris breakfast menu

Whereas we may order no matter we wished, I used to be stunned that there have been no set menus, however slightly every merchandise needed to be ordered individually. We began with some espresso and tea — I cherished the presentation!

Cheval Blanc Paris breakfast

We had been then supplied a few baguettes.

Cheval Blanc Paris breakfast

We additionally ordered a beetroot juice to drink.

Cheval Blanc Paris breakfast

Our server defined that the new dishes take the longest to organize, so he beneficial that we order one thing from the chilly part first, whereas scorching dishes are ready. Particularly, he beneficial the ache au chocolat and selfmade yogurt, so we adopted his recommendation and break up the 2. Each had been glorious.

Cheval Blanc Paris breakfast
Cheval Blanc Paris breakfast

Then for our mains, I ordered the eggs florentine, consisting of a baked egg, spinach, and tacky bechamel. I in all probability wasn’t totally ready for a way tacky it will be, however it certain was scrumptious.

Cheval Blanc Paris breakfast

Ford had two poached eggs with some potatoes.

Cheval Blanc Paris breakfast

Cheval Blanc Paris Limbar

Limbar is Cheval Blanc Paris’ floor ground cafe, which is open all day. It’s a properly appointed area, with loads of seating — I may completely see myself coming right here and dealing for a few hours whereas having fun with a espresso.

Cheval Blanc Paris Limbar Restaurant
Cheval Blanc Paris Limbar Restaurant
Cheval Blanc Paris Limbar Restaurant
Cheval Blanc Paris Limbar Restaurant

You may discover the breakfast menu right here, you possibly can discover the lunch menu right here, you possibly can discover the goûter menu right here, and you’ll discover the cocktail record right here.

If you happen to come to take pleasure in breakfast right here, it’s a easy idea — you may get a espresso or tea of your selecting, after which you possibly can choose from pastries and desserts that they’ve on the counter. We as a substitute opted for the breakfast on the rooftop restaurant, which was extra intensive.

Cheval Blanc Paris Limbar breakfast

Cheval Blanc Paris airport switch

Since we booked by way of Virtuoso, our keep included roundtrip airport transfers (although in our case we requested to be picked up on the 4 Seasons, and to be dropped off on the airport). Our switch expertise was nice, particularly because it included an airport VIP service, the place a porter helps you on the airport, together with by way of immigration. What an superior function for a number of luxurious inns in Paris to supply.

Cheval Blanc Paris airport switch
Cheval Blanc Paris airport switch facilities
Cheval Blanc Paris airport switch VIP service

Cheval Blanc Paris service

Cheval Blanc Paris solely opened a number of weeks in the past, and sadly that’s mirrored a bit with the service. There have been some highs and lows when it got here to service.

On the plus facet, the entrance workplace employees at Cheval Blanc are phenomenal — they’re skilled, pleasant, and extremely competent. The identical is true of the concierge, butler service, and the employees on the pool and gymnasium.

Sadly at Le Tout-Paris it was a very totally different story. I had learn critiques on-line of unhealthy service and figured individuals had been exaggerating or it was a one-off, however my gosh, our expertise supported that. After I went there for drinks, I sat there for 20 minutes earlier than anybody acknowledged me. And to be clear, I’d have gladly flagged somebody down (I wasn’t being passive), however slightly there was nobody in sight to flag down.

The entire restaurant was packed, but there gave the impression to be only one individual working the entire exterior space. Folks at tables on either side of me had been complaining as properly, and I overheard the man subsequent to me say “I’ve been making an attempt to pay for half-hour, that is ridiculous.” Evaluate that to service on the 4 Seasons, the place a glass of water would mainly be refilled after each sip.

Breakfast was solely reasonably higher when it got here to service. Service was ridiculously gradual, regardless that there was just one different individual within the restaurant. For instance, our yogurt and pastry arrived earlier than our espresso and tea, and it’s not that the meals arrived rapidly both.

On the finish of the meal we had been by accident billed for 4 individuals as a substitute of two (and humorous sufficient after I referred to as over the server after receiving the test, he already acknowledged as he came to visit “I by accident charged you for 4 individuals, didn’t I?”).

Finally these are pretty minor issues, however Paris is a hyper-competitive lodge market. Properties just like the 4 Seasons have flawless service, regardless of what number of visitors there are. So these sorts of experiences little question put a stain on an in any other case unbelievable lodge.

The excellent news is that these points needs to be simple sufficient for the lodge to work out. It’s not that the employees weren’t pleasant, there simply weren’t sufficient servers, they usually weren’t correctly educated.

For the report, we talked about this suggestions throughout check-out to the wonderful entrance workplace supervisor, so hopefully it’s addressed.

Backside line

Cheval Blanc Paris is a surprising new lodge. There’s a lot to like about this lodge — it has simply 72 gorgeously appointed rooms with unbelievable consideration to element, the facilities and surprises for visitors are countless, and the pool is so cool. Most of Paris’ prime luxurious inns provide previous world attraction, so it’s cool to go to a lodge that’s a bit extra fashionable.

Nevertheless, I’ve two issues with Cheval Blanc Paris, considered one of which will be simply addressed, and considered one of which might’t. The lodge doesn’t have good sound insulation, and that has the potential to be an issue. For some individuals this may very well be a giant difficulty (those that prefer to nap in the course of the day), whereas for others this may very well be a non-issue. The better to repair downside is the service at Le Tout-Paris. Hopefully that is only a reflection of this lodge being new and kinks being labored out, however I’m hopeful this received’t be a difficulty for lengthy.

Of the three inns in Paris we stayed at, personally I’d be probably to return to the 4 Seasons and Cheval Blanc. I really like the 4 Seasons for the proper service, previous world attraction, and unbelievable eating shops, whereas I really like Cheval Blanc for the design (which is a lot extra my model than the opposite properties), the pool, and the countless facilities. Whereas I used to be grateful to have skilled the Ritz, it’s not essentially a property I’d want to remain at once more.

What do you make of Cheval Blanc Paris? Have some other OMAAT readers stayed at this lodge, or one other Cheval Blanc property?

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