The Place de la Concorde in Paris is buzzing with excitement as the finishing touches are prepared. The Hôtel de Crillon, that has reigned over one of the most famous public squares in the world since 1758, is re-opening its doors on July 5 after four years under construction.
To say that regular customers and lovers of Parisian luxury have high expectations would be an understatement!
A meticulous restoration
This symbol of French luxury, originally conceived by architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel at the request of Louis XV and nicknamed the "Belle Endormie" (or the "Sleeping Beauty"), is about to rediscover its shine. As announced by the Rosewood Hotels and Resorts Group, the results of the meticulous restoration will be unveiled on July 5, 2017. There's little doubt that the grand re-opening will be one of the major events of the summer for the gilded world of Parisian palaces. Guests can once more enjoy the hotel's amazing views of the majestic Place de la Corcorde, its obelisk, and the Seine River between the Louvre Museum and the Champs-Élysées. There are quite a few stories behind the imposing façade: the building has been welcoming travelers since 1909, when it was first transformed into a hotel by architect Walter-André Destailleur. A witness to three centuries of history, 10 Place de la Concorde has attracted princes, queens, celebrities, politicians, and artists from all over the world, each enchanted by its high-quality amenities and its exceptional location.
French art de vivre
A team of French architects, decorators, and artisans have been kept busy in the final home stretch before the reopening, ensuring that the Hôtel de Crillon will retake its place as a top symbol of French art de vivre. The suspense is growing - thanks to a few inside sources, we know that the establishment aimed to fully restore its common areas to their original state, while giving the lobby and its 124 rooms a contemporary touch. Karl Lagerfeld himself has designed two of the hotel's suites.
Mary Raffray, the general director of the Hôtel and its team, guarantees the Crillon's values: "Our passion and our wish is to offer sophisticated travelers the cultural specificities of the capital," promising that each guest has a "unique experience." The countdown has begun!