And the legend is back. It took four years and the passionate work of the Rosewood Group, but the Hôtel de Crillon is ready to reclaim its spot in Paris’ Pantheon of legendary palaces.
One of the most storied hotels in Paris, the Hôtel de Crillon needs no introduction. However, if you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, here’s 6 great reasons to get excited about this re-opening.
1. There’s Karl Lagerfeld designed suites
With the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo on his resume and a signature hotel chain in the works, Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to hotel design. And now, he can add the Hôtel de Crillon’s Grands Appartements to his achievements.
Chanel’s prolific creative director pours his love for Paris and 18th century design in two of the Hôtel de Crillon’s most prestigious suites, and the result is drop-dead gorgeous. Bespoke furniture, duvets by Drouault, Rivolta Carmignani linens, grandiose bathrooms clad in black and white marble, and photographs by Lagerfeld himself – yes, including one of Choupette – make these suites stand out.
Situated on the hotel’s fourth floor, Les Grands Appartements offer views worthy of its price tag with the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Musée d’Orsay and the Place de la Concorde outside your window, making for an incredible sense of place.
2. The indoor pool looks incredible
Heated, and with light well illuminating the 17,600 gold scales within it, we’re sure you’ve never seen a pool quite like the Crillon’s.
3. Les Ambassadeurs
Once a restaurant favored by the diplomatic corps in Paris, Les Ambassadeurs (The Ambassadors) is a magnificent bar designed by Chahan Minassian, found right on the Place de la Concorde.
The perfect blend of 18th-century looks and deft modern twists – marble walls, a horseshoe bar, cherubs painted on the vaulted ceilings, and low hanging chandeliers – Les Ambassadeurs, looks set to be Paris’ hottest new hangout for the well-heeled.
Other reasons to pop-in include a well-stocked Champagne selection – over 130 – a Caviar Cabinet, and cocktails prepared by Christophe Davoine, an awardee of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France title in 2015.
4. You’ll find one of the best hairdressers in Paris
Don’t bother asking the concierge where to go for a cut and trim; the Hôtel de Crillon made sure you won’t have to go further than their lobby to find one. La Barbière de Paris – found in the hotel – is where the first female barber in Paris, Sarah Daniel Hamizi, plies her trade, and along with her vibrant and eclectic team, they’ll have you looking like a new you in no time.
For women, hairdresser to the stars David Lucas oversees the Hôtel de Crillon’s full-service hair salon, and if you need to bring some shine back to your shoes, the Shoe Care Salon run by DEVOIREDECOURT is just what you need.
Run by Michelin Star Chef Christopher Hache (Astrid & Gaston, Quintessence, Lucas Carton…), and young Restaurant Manager Claire Sonnet (hôtel Plaza Athénée) l’Hôtel de Crillon’s gastronomic restaurant, L’Ecrin, should waste no time getting on the “must-try” list of the city’s gourmets. A seats count of only 28 guests makes it one of Paris’s most intimate venues.
6. It’s a shoppers paradise
The Hôtel de Crillon’s location on the Place de la Concorde means you’re only a credit card throw away from some of the best shopping in Paris. But, if you’re looking to get your hands on some lesser known gems, you won’t even have to leave the hotel. Alongside Rue Boissy d’Anglas, the Hôtel de Crillon puts the work of the city’s best young artisans on display for your selection.