The Westin Paris – Vendôme
|The Westin Paris - Vendôme|
The hotel in 2005, before it was renamed The Westin
|Location||3, Rue de Castiglione, Paris, France|
|Number of rooms||440|
|Number of restaurants||2|
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, It was designed by Charles Garnier's son-in-law Henri Blondel 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. During the first World War the hotel was used as a military hospital by the French. The Hôtel Continental remained the largest hotel in Paris for decades; the Russian Grand Dukes habitually stayed there; at the Liberation of Paris, bedsheets were hung from its windows as cheerful flags of surrender. 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.
- Karl Baedeker, Paris and Its Environs, 1878.
- "Henri Blondel (1832-97), son-in-law of Charles Garnier" (Elaine Denby, Grand Hotels: Reality and Illusion (1998:85).
- see note) Archived 2006-11-26 at the Wayback Machine..
- "Belonging and Betrayal", Gervase Vernon, Amazon, 2013
- Notes by Lord Hardinge.
- Vintage photo Archived 2008-02-13 at the Wayback Machine.
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