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The French Art of Living

The renovation of the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris has been well worth the wait.

Les Ambassadeurs, one of the most iconic rooms in the hotel, boasts great people-watching and a large and diverse Champagne menu. 

 

A historical Parisian address favored by such artists and celebrities as Isadora Duncan, Igor Stravinsky, Andy Warhol, Peggy Guggenheim and Madonna, Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel recently reopened its doors on the Place de la Concorde after an extensive four-year renovation. Originally commissioned in 1758 by King Louis XV as two palaces on the public square, the hotel’s restoration was overseen by architect Richard Martinet, with courtyards by landscape architect Louis Benech. The modern update highlights the hotel’s French neoclassical style—several rooms and areas are classified heritage landmarks—with elements such as amethyst chandeliers and Baccarat crystal paired with contemporary furnishings and upholstery. Dining options include the gastronomic L’Ecrin, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Christopher Hache; the more casual Brasserie d’Aumont; Jardin d’Hiver for tea, pastries and Champagne; and the spectacular lobby bar, Les Ambassadeurs (Paris’ new place to see and be seen). There is a spa and fitness center, complete with an aquatic salon that features a gorgeous new pool covered in teal fish-scale tile with a wall mural by ceramicist Peter Lane. Ten signature suites stand out from the well-appointed accommodations with private terraces and grand dining rooms, but anywhere you venture beyond the historical colonnade is sure to prove the beauty and mastery of the French l’art de vivre. Room rates from $1,434, 10 Place de la Concorde