Perched in the heart of Paris at the Place de Concorde and the base of the Champs Elysées, the luxury Hôtel de Crillon has a history dating back to the reign of Louis XV. In 1758, Louis XV commissioned the architect Jaques-Ange Gabriel to build two identical palaces to be government buildings of the French State that would become the Place de Concorde. The eastern building remains the headquarters of the French Navy and the Northern building would later become the majestic Crillon. It was first occupied by a famous patron of the French Arts, Louis Marie Augustin, Duke of Aurmont, and followed by architect Louis-François Trouard, who had the Salon de Aigles built in 1775. Marie Antoinette came to Crillon for piano lessons.
In 1907, the Société du Louvre purchased and transformed the palace into a hotel as it underwent a two-year refurbishment under architect Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur. The two adjoining buildings on Rue Boissy d’Anglas were also purchased to enlarge the property. The new hotel opened on March 12, 1909. The hotel hosted members of the American delegation to the Paris Peace Conference after World War I, including President Wilson’s key advisor Edward House. Rich in history and elegance, the five-star Hôtel de Crillon proposes 103 guest rooms, 44 suites and 5 luxury apartments.
The Crillon also has three restaurants, a bar, outdoor terrace, a gym and health club. Today, the captivating hotel has closed its doors to undertake a major renovation until 2015. The website states the hotel’s new look will be “inspired by its glorious history, respectful of its traditions and faithful to its character.” The renovation is being supervised by architect Richard Martinet, interiors are overseen by Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol and Tristan Auer under the artistic direction of Aline d’Amman. Karl Lagerfeld, the head designer at the fashion house Chanel, has been commissioned to design what will be two of the hotel’s finest suites when it reopens this year. “No one understands Paris or the heritage of the Crillon better than Mr Lagerfeld,” Radha Arora, president of the hotel’s parent company Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, told WWD.com. Lagerfeld described the two suites he is designing for the hotel as “grand apartments”.
The luxurious hotel is said to reopen in mid-2015, however, the website has not given a date. I’m dying to see the ultra-luxe renovation. One of its restaurants, Les Ambassadeurs, is my favorite brunch spot after mass at the Notre Dame. Sadly, it was closed during our last visit. It has the BEST homemade Nutella I have ever tasted, as well as impeccable service.
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