Now Open in Paris: Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

(Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel)

Today’s the day. After a massive four-year restoration project, the Hôtel de Crillon—the legendary luxury hotel on the Place de la Concorde in Paris—has opened its doors.

Needless to say, this reopening has created quite a stir among the Fashion Week crowd. The Crillon’s glamorous return has also become a symbol of the renaissance of the city’s ultra-luxury hotel sector, after a difficult period post terrorist attacks. These top-tier hotels—many of them designated “palace” properties—bring the world’s gaze to Paris. Just take a look at the Ritz. To say the renovated Ritz Paris made a splash last year is an understatement. The Crillon follows hot on its heels, while Fouquet’s Barrière has also recently revamped its interiors. Later this year the Lutetia will emerge from a renovation, followed by the unveiling of a brand new Cheval Blanc in La Samaritaine department store in the near future.

The Crillon has sustained a healthy buzz over the last four years despite its closure. We’ve been enthusiastically reporting the news: designer Karl Lagerfeld decorating suites, the prestigious Hong Kong-based Rosewood Hotels and Resorts taking over management, and industry veteran Marc-Olivier Raffray being named general manager.

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Dating back to the 18th century, the Hôtel de Crillon has taken great pains to introduce top-of-the-line 21st Century amenities and technology. A team of top architects, designers, and artisans was recruited for the restoration work (check out the newly gleaming façade!), and historic objets d’art have been given pride of place (amethyst chandeliers, gold and crystal Baccarat decanters).

There are 78 rooms, 36 suites and 10 signature suites, including the Louis XV equipped with a private terrace overlooking the Place de la Concorde and the Marie-Antoinette suite, which has both a balcony and a private indoor terrace with views of the Cour d’Honneur. Dining concepts include L’Ecrin, the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant overseen by Chef Christopher Hache, the Brasserie d’Aumont, the Jardin d’Hiver for afternoon tea and champagne, and Les Ambassadeurs bar. It’s also possible to organize gatherings in the wine cellar, La Cave.

There’s a brand new swimming pool with a mural by ceramist Peter Lane, and Sense, A Rosewood Spa. Get coiffed at the Hair Salon by David Lucas, a star stylist, or—for the dapper dandies—get groomed at Barber by La Barbière de Paris. You can even get your shoes buffed and polished at Shoecare by Devoirdecourt.

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