Luxury Hotels


The Sybaritic Single followed closely the opening of Cheval Blanc Paris. Would it rival his favourite Ritz Paris and Hotel Plaza Athénée, especially since Alain Ducasse has left it?
The arrival was quite underwhelming with the hotel sending one of its limousines which was clearly less than perfect for the Sybaritic Single: a bland Mercedes with nothing at all related to the newest luxury hotel in Paris.
Upon check-in, despite having his accommodation booked through AMEX Centurion and Virtuoso, the Sybaritic Single was advised that a late check-out would not be possible. Thankfully, it wasn’t required either.
The in-room welcome amenity included a generous bottle of red wine, Château Margaux, but the Sybaritic Single prefers nothing else except Champagne and Singapore Sling, so it was sent back. The hotel never wondered why.
At bedtime, there was a wonderful herbal infusion, a bubble bath, a rose hair mask by Leonor Greyl with a million other amenities like a nail buffer and a lip balm yet there was no tooth paste, that the Sybaritic Single had to call to request.
Is the newest Cheval Blanc the place the Sybaritic Single aims to return to? A victim of its own PR success, it’s absolutely not, so unfortunately. It’s a very comfortable hotel that yet got a lot to learn a lot about true luxury: effortless, timeless and very thoughtful.