|Hotel Plaza Athénée|
Hotel Plaza Athénée
|Address||25 avenue Montaigne|
|Owner||Brunei Investment Agency|
|Number of rooms||154|
|Number of suites||54|
The Hotel Plaza Athénée is a historic luxury hotel in Paris, France. It is located at 25 Avenue Montaigne, near the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower. It is part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels.
Opened in 1911, the hotel has 154 rooms and 54 suites. The hotel employs 520 people. As of 2014, room rates begin at USD $1,275 per night.
There are several restaurants in the building. In 2000, Alain Ducasse chose the Athénée for his haute cuisine restaurant. It serves dinner on weeknights and lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. Other eateries include the Relais Plaza (classical French cuisine), La Cour Jardin (Riviera-style cooking), La Galerie des Gobelins (breakfast, light lunch, tea and pastries) and Le Bar du Plaza, a popular night spot.
Other amenities include a sauna and steam room. In 2008, the Dior Institut was opened at the hotel and is run by Dior staff.
Famous guests who have stayed at the Athénée over the years include Mata Hari (who was arrested here), Josephine Baker, Rudolph Valentino, Grace Kelly, Jean Harlow, Gary Cooper, Jackie Kennedy, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Matt Lauer, Michael Jackson, Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Kaulitz, Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Logan Lerman, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Robert Pattinson, Anna Wintour, Adam Clayton, Christina Aguilera, Salma Hayek, Stevie Wonder, Bette Midler, Betty White, Roseanne Barr and Penélope Cruz.
Famous chefs to have worked there before Ducasse include Jacques Pépin.
The hotel was completely renovated from 2013-2014, at a cost of EUR 200 million. The main building was renovated, and three adjacent buildings were incorporated into the hotel, including the one housing the famed Harry Winston jewelers on the ground floor. The hotel reopened in August, 2014.
- "Un soir au Relais Plaza" by François Roboth, in Piano ma non solo, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Anagramme Ed., 2012, p. 131