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A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite. At the crossroads of history, art and fashion is the Hotel de Crillon Paris. What was once a private. luxury mansion is now one of the most famous and well-situated 5-star luxury hotels in the city that invented luxury. The facade of the hotel, (one of the swankiest in the city) was designed by Jacque Ange Gabriel in 1758 for the Comte de Crillon.
Enter the lobby and you will marvel at the crystal chandeliers, marble moldings, and exquisite staircases.
Once, on the drive onto Paris from the airport, our taxi driver told us that Hotel de Crillon is the premier address in the city. As we pulled up in front of this incredible five-star hotel we saw that he was absolutely right.
The Crillon is currently closed for renovations and will re-open sometime in 2015. So for now, why not explore other luxury hotels in Paris »
Poised on Place de la Concorde overseeing the meeting of Rue de Rivoli, Champs-Elysées and Rue Royale, we felt like we were in the most important spot in Paris. When the valets (not one, but two) emerged from the majestic door to greet us at the taxi and take our luggage, we knew we were at the right place!
Each room was spacious & decorated in luxurious French antiques, and the service was absolutely top notch.
If you can bear to leave the hotel, take a step outside and you'll find one of the best Metro stations, Concorde, just across the place.
Or you take a stroll in the Tuileries Garden, stop in the Musée de l'Orangerie and view Monet's famous water lily paintings, and then walk on down to the Louvre at the other end of the gardens. It truly is the heart of Paris.
Luxury, pure luxury! The 103 guest rooms and 39 suites have been restored with the help of the French National Historic Landmark Commission to reflect the details of Louis XV style. Most of the rooms have been recently redecorated and are fully air conditioned and sound-proofed.
You can expect marble bathrooms with telephones, satellite flatscreen televisions, WiFi, minibar, and full valet service. All suites are exquisitely furnished with Baccarat chandeliers and Wedgewood finishes.
The hotel restaurant is the lauded Les Ambassadeurs, under the direction of super chef Jean-François Piège. With two Michelin stars it is always mentioned as one of the best restaurants in Paris.
If you're feeling especially flush, book the Marie Antoinette Apartment, where the queen is said to have taken her music lessons. There's a fitness room with personal fitness coaches available, as well as classic French beauty treatments.
If you can tear yourself away from this luxury and go outside, the Hotel de Crillon is steps away from luxe shopping on Champs Elysées and Avenue Montaigne as well cultural destinations like the Palais Garnier, Maxim's Restaurant and the Musée d'Orsay, just across the footbridge from the Tuileries Gardens.
• Place de la Concorde, 8th Arrondissement
• Opened in 1909, renovated in 2015
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