Grande Dame of Paris, Hotel de Crillon, The Palace of the Place de la Concorde, has reopened after 4 years of extensive renovations.
The Hotel de Crillon in Paris is one of the oldest and most luxurious hotels in the world. It is located at the foot of the Champs-Elysées, at No. 10 Place de la Concorde.
Since 2010, the Crillon is owned by Mutaib Ben Abdullah Ben Abdulaziz, a member of the Saudi royal family who closed the hotel in March 2013 for a 400 million renovation. Recently reopened, Hotel de Crillon
Dating back to the 18th century, this historic building was initially commissioned by the king Louis XV, ordered his architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel to erect two identical facades at place Louis XV on both sides of the Rue Royal: The eastern facade was occupied by the Hotel de la Marine, while hotel de la Monnaie would take possession of the western facade. But this location was ultimately considered too far from the business district and a Council decision decided that the new building would be established at its current location on the Conti wharf.
The land behind the western colonnade was then divided into four lots which were ceded to individuals, with the responsibility for them to raise mansions behind the façade of Gabriel. The lot on the corner of the current street Boissy-d’Anglas was assigned to the Duke d’Aumont who commissioned architect Louis-François Trouard to build a mansion which was completed in the 1770s. It becomes the setting for delicate sculptures, carved woodwork, and monumental tapestries. It was here that Queen Marie Antoinette took her piano lessons.
Renamed “Place de la Revolution” after August 10, 1792, the former place Louis-XV will take its current name under the Directory in 1795.
In 1788, the hotel d’Aumont is acquired by François Félix de Crillon, who will give it his name. Confiscated by the government during the French Revolution, it is finally returned to the family of Crillon who occupy the mansion until 1907. In 1900, the facade of the Hotel Crillon is declared a historical monument.
The building undergoes a long renovation which lasts two years under the direction of the architect Walter-André d’Estailleur. Most interior decorations are removed. These original pieces are found at the Chilean embassy in Paris, at the Ephrussi de Rothschild villa in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and even in a college in Vermont. The Hotel de Crillon was inaugurated in 1909.
Due to the increase of competition in luxury hotels in Paris in 2010 and the creation of the status of “palace” in France that the Crillon covets, a complete closure for four years of work occurs on March 31 2013. The work was conducted by architect Richard Martinet and decorator Aline d’Amman. Karl Lagerfeld also participated. A large number of pieces of furniture (Louis XV style) were auctioned, such as the bar counter made by sculptor Caesar, the crystal console by Philippe Starck, beds, cutlery, even part of the wine cellar.
The redevelopment project includes fewer rooms, a pool in the basement and a spa, but promises to “create architecture that lives up to its (the hotel’s) myth”.
The hotel de Crillon has been beautifully restored: ironwork, chandeliers, tapestries, marble … with contemporary touches – paintings, photos, sculptures, etc. At the entrance is a totem; a stack of multicolored round stones placed in front of the period ramp of the grand staircase. The tone is set.
Marc Raffray knows that the Crillon plays on two levels of excellence. 5-star establishment on one side, Paris light on the other: “This extraordinary house has a role that goes beyond the simple hotel institution. We must aim for the perfection of the service but, above all, show us the height of the radiance of the capital. She is reborn beautifully. We want to break the usual codes of the palace, invent a new art of luxury, give back the magic of the events, the pleasure of meetings, that have always been the mark of Crillon,” says Marc Raffray, General Manager of Hotel de Crillon.
Rooms from 1200 € per night
10, place de la Concorde, Paris
00 33 1 44 71 15 00