Summer in Paris: Hôtel de Crillon to Unveil “Yacht Club” Courtyard

(Hotel de Crillon)

The summer sunshine ushers in terrace season in Paris, when the beau monde flock to sidewalk cafes, rooftop bars, and hotel courtyards for imbibing, sunbathing and people-watching. This sunny estival period is when the city’s luxury hotels unveil fun pop-up restaurants and events—even pétanque courts—in their outdoor spaces. One we’re excitedly anticipating is the “Yacht Club” at the Hôtel de Crillon.

The palace hotel on the Place de la Concorde—which underwent a lavish, four-year restoration and reopened in July 2017 as a Rosewood Hotel—is planning to transform its Cour Gabriel into a hot spot. When the Crillon was renovated, this courtyard space was landscaped by Louis Benech, the famous landscape designer behind the renovation of the nearby Jardin des Tuileries. Now it’s the turn of artistic director Alexandre Benjamin Navet to mastermind the “Yacht Club”—a theatrical pop-up space set to debut in the courtyard in June. Here the Crillon, in collaboration with Campari, will be celebrating 100 years of the Negroni, the favorite summertime drink. To pair with the cocktails, the Crillon’s kitchen teams will offer a special Italian menu (think pasta, mozzarella and scoops of homemade gelato served fresh from a dedicated cart).

The vibe? All about la dolce vita. Indeed, Paris seems to be embracing Italian food in a big way these days, with packed restaurants by the Big Mamma Group and the recent launch of Eataly near Le BHV Marais. The yacht club will be taking place from June 1 to October 4, 2019, noon through 10 p.m., in the Hôtel de Crillon’s courtyard. 

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