Hôtel de Crillon Reopens Today
After a four year closure for renovations, the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris reopens today.
The historic site on Place de la Concorde was built in 1758 for King Louis XV by French architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Apparently, Marie Antoinette took piano lessons in the mansion at one point. The Count of Crillon bought the building in 1788 and members of the Crillon family lived in the home until 1904. It was purchased in 1906 and turned into the luxury Crillon hotel which opened in 1909 and saw scores of famous guests over the years with no air conditioning.
Now guests of the newly renovated Hôtel de Crillon will enjoy not only enjoy central air conditioning, but a spa, hair salon, men’s grooming area, and swimming pool, in addition to numerous restaurants and bars. The hotel and 124 rooms and 43 suites were designed contemporary architects and designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Richard Martinet, Aline d’Amman, Tristan Auer, Chahan Minassian and Cyril Vergniol. Legendary landscape gardener Louis Benech was tasked with the outdoor garden areas. The plan was to lighten up the hotel but keep the spirit of the 18th-century architecture.
Now that all the previously closed hotels have been renovated and reopened, I can’t wait to go back to Paris to experience them all.