Hotel of the month: Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s New York
With its exceptional aesthetic, Michelin-starred cuisine, blissful spa and air of exclusivity, Le Fouquet’s is a hub of Parisian sophistication transported to the streets of Tribeca
Elegant parquet flooring. Sleek polished marble. Blush pinks and an Art Deco flair. Stepping into Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s New York is like stepping into a box of perfectly wrapped Parisian macarons. The latest venture for Le Groupe Barrière – whose iconic Fouquet’s Paris on the Champs-Elysées has hosted numerous famous names from Chaplin to Minnelli – brings a classically chic Frenchness to the irresistibly avant-garde Tribeca neighbourhood.
A confection of colour, the interiors are the work of world-renowned architect and designer Martin Brudnizki. A deliciously sophisticated palette of almond green and lavender features throughout the hotel, paired with refined fabrics, whimsical toile de Jouy wallpaper and up-to-the-minute furniture.
Comprising 97 residential-style rooms and suites, including six Signature Suites – each with its own private terrace overlooking the dazzling Manhattan skyline – Fouquet’s New York invites you to play like a Parisian in a home away from home. Perhaps the hotel’s pièce de résistance is its Le Grand Appartement Terrasse, a lavish two-floor apartment drenched in sunlight. Featuring two bedrooms, an executive office, a walk-in closet, and opulent entertaining and dining areas, the two-storey suite has its own distinct style. Walnut burl, gold leaf, floor-to-ceiling murals and Calacatta Oro marble are joined by soft shades of gold, blue and green in a unique design scheme. It’s truly an experience that kindles a feeling of joie de vivre.
Of course, no Parisian experience is complete without classical French cuisine. Reimagining famous dishes from the city of love, Brasserie Fouquet’s New York has collaborated with Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire to create a sensory culinary experience that promises reinterpreted flavours of escargot, beef tartare and mille-feuille. Dining under portraits of movie stars immortalised by the renowned Studio Harcourt, the Brasserie offers everything from honey-glazed Faroe Islands salmon with mussels, shrimp and aromatics in a Dieppoise champagne sauce, to a Fouquet’s take on the all-American cheeseburger, complete with half sour pickles, dijonnaise – and let’s not forget the pommes de frites.
Also now open for summer is the hotel’s exclusive rooftop hideaway, Le Vaux. Inspired by the French gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Versailles, Martin Brudnizki transports hotel guests and members to a spectacular jardin à la française. Here you can settle into pinstriped chairs that have a frame reminiscent of romantic Parisian Juliet balconies, and relax into a blissful bite with Le Vaux’s elegant skewers: tempting lobster asparagus and succulent wagyu beef shishito pepper are just two of the flavours on offer. While you lounge in the sun and admire the skyline you can nurse a masterfully mixed cocktail from a carefully curated list. Enjoy the tropical sweetness of drinks such as lychee rose, Tokyo ball and gardena beach – but be quick as the roof terrace is limited to only 46 people at a time. It’s the ultimate exclusive spot this summer.
For those jet-setting into the Big Apple, Spa Diane Barrière offers a rejuvenating selection of body treatments by Biologique Recherche, artisanal skincare experts using a clinical approach to beauty care as well as pure, concentrated, raw ingredients. The Jet Lag Remedy is specially designed for the long-haul flyer. Alleviating the negative effects of changing time zones, this treatment returns body and mind into a state of equilibrium by using a unique and precise massaging technique. As well as facials, massages and manicures, Spa Diane Barrière has an immersive and indulgent day retreat, complete with aromatherapy steam, sauna and relaxation lounge, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre managed by cult Soho-based gym Dogpound.
So, in the city that never sleeps, say bonjour to a beautifully Parisian paradise – no passport required.
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