Plaza Athénée

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Hotel Plaza Athénée
Paris avenue montaigne plaza athena.1.jpg
Hotel Plaza Athénée
General information
Location Paris, France

25 avenue Montaigne

48°51′59″N 2°18′15″E / 48.8663°N 2.3043°E / 48.8663; 2.3043Coordinates: 48°51′59″N 2°18′15″E / 48.8663°N 2.3043°E / 48.8663; 2.3043
Opening 1911
Owner Brunei Investment Agency
Management Dorchester Collection
Other information
Number of rooms 154
Number of suites 54
Official site

The Hotel Plaza Athénée is a historic luxury hotel in Paris, France.[1][2] It is located on 25 Avenue Montaigne, near the Champs-Élysées and Eiffel Tower. The Hotel Plaza Athénée is part of the Dorchester Collection group of international luxury hotels. The hotel has five restaurants and a bar.[3]


Early history[edit]

The Hotel Plaza Athénée opened on Avenue Montaigne on April 20, 1913.[4] The hotel's first manager Emile Armbruster named it.[4] Composers and artists regularly dined at Plaza Athénée after performances.At the time, Jacques-Léon Colombier, winner of the London Gourmet Prize, was the head chef of the hotel's restaurant.[4] The Hotel Plaza Athénée remained open during World War I. In the 1920s Jules Lefebvre expanded the hotel's size with the addition of apartment hotels, the restaurant La Cour Jardin and two salons. The Le Relais restaurant became a cafeteria for American soldiers during the Liberation of Paris.[5] In 1947, Christian Dior established his couture house next to the hotel.[1] Georges Martin became the new hotel director in 1963. In 1968, the Forte Group purchased the Hotel Plaza Athénée.[4]

Late history[edit]

From 1998 to 2000, the hotel was renovated under the management of François Delahaye.[4] He chose Alain Ducasse to supervise the hotel's catering services and create a menu for the hotel’s new restaurant Alain Ducasse. Ducasse obtained three Michelin stars at his Plaza Athénée restaurant in 2001. Additionally, Delahaye appointed pastry chef Christophe Michalak at La Galerie des Gobelins and Philippe Marc as chef of Le Relais Plaza.[4]

In 2001, the Dorchester Collection acquired the Hotel Plaza Athénée on behalf of the Brunei Investment Agency.[4] The Brunei Investment Agency purchased the hotel buildings purchased the hotel’s buildings in 2003. That year, Laurence Bloch was appointed hotel manager. Bloch commissioned the interior decorators Bettina Mortemard and Marie-José Pommereau to update 194 rooms and suites.[4] In 2008, the Dior Institut was opened at the hotel.[6] In 2012, the Hotel Plaza Athénée was awarded the palace distinction, the highest achievement of luxury in France.[7]

In August 2014, re-opened after a 200 million euro expansion and renovation.[8][9] The renovation integrated additional buildings, created six new guest rooms, eight suites, a ballroom and two event spaces.[1]


The majority of the hotel is classically French, except for the seventh and eighth floor that are done in Art Deco.[9] The Hotel Plaza Athénée flies red canvas awning over every window and displays window boxes with geraniums.[9]

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. Famous chefs to have worked there before Ducasse include Jacques Pépin.

Other amenities include a sauna and steam room. In 2008, the Dior Institut was opened at the hotel and is run by Dior staff.

In popular culture[edit]

The hotel was featured in the final season of HBO's Sex and the City, Something’s Gotta Give and The Smurfs 2. It was also the setting for the British-French film Le Week-End.


  1. ^ a b c "Hotel Plaza Athenee". Five Star Alliance. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Unforgettable Escape: Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris". Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris". Luxury Travel. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris". February 17, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ Molly Fergus (April 20, 2013). "A Visual History: 100 Years at Paris's Hôtel Plaza Athénée". Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris". Global Living Magazine. September 6, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hotel Plaza Athenee – Paris". Palace Hotels. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "A Delicately Managed Face-Lift for a Paris Beauty". New York Times. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c Gary Walther (October 24, 2014). "The Plaza Athenée: The Paris Grand Hotel With The Best Eiffel-Tower-View Room". Forbes. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 

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