Where to stay in Paris: The Hôtel de Crillon
To stay in one of the oldest luxury hotels in the world, the Hôtel de Crillon located in the Place de la Concorde at the foot of the Champs-Élysées, would probably be one of most remarkable perks our jobs as fashion and luxury journalists could afford us.
To be embraced by such an opulent environment that was fit for the likes of Marie-Antoinette, who came to the Crillon for her piano lessons and who among all people knew what true luxury meant, would easily be a pleasantly memorable experience for us and would mostly likely be the highlight of our year.
The Hôtel de Crillon at night
And luckily we did. Prepare to read on as we recount our stay at the delectably delightful Hôtel de Crillon. Perhaps our tale would enchant you to experience the same – and don’t take your time to decide your Summer getaway, because the Crillon will close this Autumn for a two-year renovation and will be back in business at the end of 2014.
Royalty and history at the Hôtel de Crillon
We have an affinity for hotels whose doors lead us to historic monuments. The Ritz Paris made us feel like we owned the Place Vendôme, and the Hôtel de Crillon gave us the impression that the Place de la Concorde, the largest square in the French capital, even Paris itself, was ours for the taking.
Housed in one of two identical palaces in the Parisian plaza, the Hôtel de Crillon’s origins can be traced back to the time of King Louis XV, who commissioned the construction of the palaces that would later be used as seats of the French government. The Royale, or the offices of the French navy, still stands right next to the hotel to this day.
From the beginning, the Crillon has been owned and inhabited by some of the most important names in French society, passed down from duke to count, until Société du Louvre purchased the property and turned it into the reputed 5-star hotel that it is today. A couple years back, the Crillon was reportedly sold to Saudi Arabian royal family member Prince Mitab Ben Abdalah ben Abd al-Aziz Al Saoud. Next Page >>