A grande-dame hotel relaunches in Paris

Hôtel de Crillon triumphantly reopens its doors after four years

Hôtel de Crillon is housed in an Ange-Jacques Gabriel-designed palace facing the Place de la Concorde
Hôtel de Crillon is housed in an Ange-Jacques Gabriel-designed palace facing the Place de la Concorde | Image: Thierry Samuel

Few situations in the world of luxury hotels prompt as much anticipation as the relaunch of a venerated grande dame. Nowhere is this more true, arguably, than in Paris – where a few weeks ago Rosewood unveiled the new Hôtel de Crillon (rosewoodhotels.com; from €1,100), shuttered since 2013.

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The hotel’s absolute mint location – in its Ange-Jacques Gabriel-designed palace facing the Place de la Concorde, just behind the glittering Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and a block from the Tuileries Gardens – has always been one of its USPs, as have its beautiful winter-garden tearoom and three classified-landmark salons, with their 6m ceilings. Rosewood’s careful ministrations to the 124 rooms and suites marry modern technology with some genuinely impressive design details.

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