Hôtel de Crillon

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Hôtel de Crillon
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Hôtel de Crillon
General information
Location Paris, France
Address 10, place de la Concorde
75008 Paris, France
Coordinates 48°52′02″N 2°19′17″E / 48.86722°N 2.32139°E / 48.86722; 2.32139
Opening 12 March 1909
Owner Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Management Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Design and construction
Architect
Other information
Number of rooms 103
Number of suites 44
Website
www.crillon.com

The Hôtel de Crillon in Paris is a historic luxury hotel opened in 1909 in a building dating to 1758. The hotel is located at the foot of the Champs-Élysées and along with the Hotel de la Marine is one of two identical stone palaces on the Place de la Concorde. The Hôtel de Crillon has 103 guest rooms and 44 suites.[1] It also has three restaurants, a bar, outdoor terrace, gym and health club on the premises. It is closed for renovation until 2015.[2]

History[edit]

Hôtel de Crillon (on the left)

The building that is now the hotel was constructed in 1758 after King Louis XV commissioned the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel to build two palaces in what would become the Place de Concorde.[3] The two identical buildings, separated by the rue Royale, were initially designed to be government offices of the French state. The eastern building remains to this day the headquarters of the French Navy, the Royale. The northern building that would become the Hôtel de Crillon was first occupied by Louis Marie Augustin, Duke of Aurmont, a famous patron of the French Arts. The building was further enhanced by its second owner, the architect Louis-François Trouard, who had the Salon de Aigles built in 1775.[3]

On 6 February 1778, the building was used as the venue for the official signing of the first treaties between the newly founded United States and France. Americans Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane and Arthur Lee met French diplomat Conrad Alexandre Gérard de Rayneval to conclude the French-American treaty that recognised the Declaration of Independence of the United States and a trade agreement.[3]

In 1788 the Count of De Crillon, François-Félix-Dorothee Berton des Balbes, acquired the building for his home. But it was confiscated shortly thereafter by the government of the French Revolution in 1791. Two years later King Louis XVI was guillotined in the Place de la Concorde directly in front of the building in 1793.[4]

Eventually the building was returned to its owner whose descendants lived there for more than a century. In 1907, the Société du Louvre purchased the property and transformed it into a hotel. The building then underwent a two-year refurbishment under the supervision of noted architect Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur. Two neighbouring buildings on the rue Boissy d'Anglas were purchased to enlarge the property. The new Hôtel de Crillon opened on 12 March 1909.[3]

The hotel housed members of the American delegation to the Paris Peace Conference after World War I, including President Wilson’s key advisor Edward House.[5]

Ownership[edit]

Until 2005, through Concorde Hotels & Resorts, the Hôtel de Crillon was part of the Société du Louvre, whose shares are listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, and was controlled by the Taittinger family holding company. Starwood Capital bought the hotel from the former Taittinger group in 2005. On 1 November 2010, Le Figaro newspaper reported that a sale is in final negotiations to a Saudi group related to the Saudi Arabian Royal Family. On 23 November 2010, the French online newsource 'Challenges.fr' reported the sale of the hotel to the Saudi Arabian royal family member Prince Mitab Ben Abdalah ben Abd al-Aziz Al Saoud.[4][6] In December 2013, it was announced that Rosewood Hotels & Resorts would manage the hotel once it reopens in 2015 from a major renovation.[7]

Coordinates: 48°52′02″N 2°19′17″E / 48.86722°N 2.32139°E / 48.86722; 2.32139

See also[edit]

  • The Bal: Since 1992, the hotel de Crillon has been the historical venue of "le Bal des Débutantes", which is mentioned in the Forbes' list as one of the world 10 best parties. Le Bal is a Couture event; each of the 25 Debs of the year is dressed in Haute Couture gowns. The purpose of le Bal is to raise money for 2 Charities in aide of young girls; Seleni[8] and Enfants d'Asie.[9]

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