Paris**’ iconic Place de la Concorde is abuzz with final preparations for the grand reopening of the Crillon hotel. Constructed in 1758 as a French state government office, the Crillon will reopen its doors on 5 July 2017** following four years of renovation work. To say that expectations are high among regular guests and discerning travellers is an understatement.
This symbol of French luxury, designed by architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel at Louis XV’s request and dubbed the ‘Sleeping Beauty’, promises to regain its former grandeur and sparkle. The results of the meticulous restoration will be unveiled on 5 July by the Rosewood Hotels and Resorts group and there’s no doubt that it will be one of the highlights of the summer in the world of Parisian hotels.
Guests will enjoy spectacular views of the majestic square and its obelisk, with the Seine snaking sublimely between the Louvre and the Champs-Elysées. Among the few renovation details revealed, we know that the hotel intends to restore the common parts to their former glory, as well as injecting a contemporary note into the lobby and the 124 rooms. Karl Lagerfeld has also designed two of the suites. Marc Raffray, the Crillon’s General Manager, commented: “Our main aim and desire is to offer our guests the best of the French capital’s culture and lifestyle when they stay here.”
The Crillon has been welcoming guests since 1909, when it was first transformed into a hotel by architect Walter-André Destailleur. The Place de la Concorde itself has witnessed three centuries of history, attracting princes and queens, celebrities, politicians and artists from around the world, who have all been seduced by its prestige and its exceptional position within Paris.