The Westin Paris – Vendôme

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The Westin Paris - Vendôme
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The hotel in 2005, before it was renamed The Westin
General information
Location 3, Rue de Castiglione, Paris, France
Coordinates 48°52′15″N 2°19′51″E / 48.87083°N 2.33083°E / 48.87083; 2.33083
Opening April 1878
Management Starwood Hotels
Technical details
Floor count 5
Other information
Number of rooms 440
Number of restaurants 2
Hôtel Continental, on the left, in 1900
A ballroom in The Westin

The Westin Paris – Vendôme, at 3 rue de Castiglione on the corner of the rue de Rivoli, facing the Tuileries Garden opened in April 1878 as the Hôtel Continental,[1] It was designed by Charles Garnier's son-in-law Henri Blondel[2] and was intended to be the most luxurious hotel in Paris at the time. It occupied a full block, the former premises of the Ministry of Finance, (burned in 1871) which had been designed by François-Hippolyte Destailleur in 1817, following the Bourbon Restoration.[3] During the first World War the hotel was used as a military hospital by the French.[4] The Hôtel Continental remained the largest hotel in Paris for decades; the Russian Grand Dukes habitually stayed there;[5] at the Liberation of Paris, bedsheets were hung from its windows as cheerful flags of surrender.[6] The hotel was renamed the Inter-Continental Paris in 1969, and then became The Westin Paris in 2005, adding the suffix Vendôme to its name in 2010.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Karl Baedeker, Paris and Its Environs, 1878.
  2. ^ "Henri Blondel (1832-97), son-in-law of Charles Garnier" (Elaine Denby, Grand Hotels: Reality and Illusion (1998:85).
  3. ^ see note).
  4. ^ "Belonging and Betrayal", Gervase Vernon, Amazon, 2013
  5. ^ Notes by Lord Hardinge.
  6. ^ Vintage photo

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