Hotel Review: Hôtel de Crillon

Hotel Review: Hôtel de Crillon

Make sure you’re one of the first to check into this magnificently revamped hotel when it reopens its doors this summer

 

One of the most hotly-anticipated hotel (re)openings of the year, Paris’s landmark Hôtel de Crillon will be welcoming back guests from July 5, 2017. Following a four-year, AED 823m renovation, Hôtel de Crillon, which was designed by French architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel and originally built in 1758, has applied for the right to join a select group of 23 French luxury hotels that can call themselves palaces.

 

Owned by a Saudi Prince and run by Hong Kong-based New World Group’s Rosewood Hotels, Hôtel de Crillon, situated on Place de la Concorde in the eighth arrondissement, has 124 rooms and suites and is setting its sights on guests from the Middle East, the US and Asia’s fast-growing wealthy elite.

 

If ever there was a place to live out your royal/rocker/ruler (delete where applicable) fantasies, this is it. Not only was it originally commissioned by King Louis XV, previous guests have included pop star Madonna, former US president Bill Clinton and composer Leonard Bernstein – who checked in so many times, in fact, that they named the top-floor suite after him.

 

Having been converted into a hotel in 1909, its recent revamp is a brilliantly executed exercise in entwining the 18th century with the 21st. The layers of old and new are, after all, what lend Paris its timeless allure. Contemporary flair comes courtesy of none other than designer extraordinaire, Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel’s long-time creative director, who also heads Fendi as well as his eponymous label, has applied his artistic talent and astute eye for detail to design two suites and a room. Joining the Parisian-based, German-born virtuoso are a host of celebrated contemporary designers including Richard Martinet, Aline d’Amman, Tristan Auer, Chahan Minassian and Cyril Vergniol.

 

Of course, no leading hotel is complete without a leading chef. Christopher Hache – who studied under celebrated French chefs Éric Briffard, Alain Senderens and Éric Fréchon (under whom Hache was working when Fréchon obtained his third Michelin star) – will be returning to Hôtel de Crillon as head chef. Justin Schmitt will join him, in charge of the hotel’s brasserie, as will pastry chef Jérôme Chaucesse. Food will be served at the restaurant, the brasserie and bar at the heart of the hotel, as well as in the property’s interior courtyards and winter garden.

 

Hache, who has continued as an éminence grise for the restaurant, has been capitalising on his enforced break by hop-scotching across the globe to meet Michelin-starred chefs like Thomas Keller of the French Laundry in Yountville, California and Japanese master chef Yoshihiro Murata, owner of Kikunoi in Kyoto.

 

New facilities include Sense, A Rosewood Spa, offering services that blend science, wellness and beauty, as well as a hair salon, a heated swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness studio with personal trainers available on request.

 

For families, Rose Buds is a programme offering Rosewood’s youngest (and often pickiest) guests services specially designed for them, such as kid’s menus, special events and activities. And let’s face it, if the kids are happy, maman et papa will be happy too.

 

Rooms from AED 5,000 a night; 0033 144 711 500; rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-de-crillon 

 

Source: Condé Nast Traveller Middle East

 

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