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The Crillon Hotel

Sunday, 07 November 2010

crillon hotelAny rating or evaluation system, even based on highly objective criteria, cannot be absolutely true and fair in all cases. Take, for instance, the hotel rating system which uses stars to classify hotels, one being the lowest rating, and five - the highest, as higher star rating indicates more luxury. The famous Crillon hotel in Paris does not have its own golf club or a helicopter landing pad (there is simply no place for these luxury indicators) but it doesn't make the hotel in any way inferior to its counterparts.

The Hotel de Crillon is one of the oldest luxury hotels in the world. It is located at the foot of the Champs-Elysees at No. 10 on the north end of Place de la Concorde. The five-star hotel, with 103 guest rooms and 44 suites, occupies one of two identical stone buildings, divided by the rue Royale, that were constructed in 1758 under the auspices of architect Louis Francois Trouard as a result of a commission from King Louis XV. Initially, both structures were built to serve as government offices and the eastern one continues to this day as Headquarters of the Royale, the French Navy. However, the western building was made into a luxury hotel and was soon frequented by Queen Marie Antoinette and her elite friends.

In 1788, Francois-Felix-Dorothee Berton des Balbes, the Count of Crillon, acquired the hotel, only to have it confiscated shortly thereafter by the government of the French Revolution. It was eventually returned to the Count of Crillon's family who ran it until 1907 at which time it underwent a two-year-long refurbishing by the Societe du Louvre under the supervision of architect Gabriel-Hippolyte Destailleur. Today, through the Concorde Hotels Group, the Crillon is still part of the Societe du Louvre and is controlled by the Taittinger family holding company. The hotel is run by Anne-Claire Taittinger, Chairperson of the Management Board.

The hotel has hosted Kings, Queens and presidents alike. Crillon guests include Emperor Hirohito of Japan, King George V of England, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophie of Spain, Sir Winston Churchill, Presidents Herbert Hoover, Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George Bush and the Dalai Lama.

If you want to enjoy a magnificent view of Paris downtown, and see Rue de Rivoli, Place de la Concorde fountain and the Concorde bridge across the Seine, the Tuileries Gardens, Palais Bourbon, Les Invalides, the Louvre pyramid, Luxor Obelisk and much more, all you have to do is to book a room in the Hotel Crillon. Situated in the middle of downtown Paris, next to the elegant Rue du Faubourg St Honore, this deluxe Paris hotel is close to the luxury shopping area and within easy reach of the city's best restaurants and museums.

History, style and tradition permeate this luxury hotel. The last of the palace hotels in Paris to be French-owned, it combines a magnificent setting, traditional luxury, and a private ambience with modern technology and fitness suites. Guests of the Crillon enjoy an experience that is not only very luxurious, but also very Parisian. Behind the elegant facade of a private palace, the Hotel de Crillon artfully combines exquisite Louis XV decor with the most convenient modern amenities. Italian marble and Baccharat crystal chandeliers are recurring features.

The Hotel de Crillon's public salons are filled with 17th and 18th century tapestries, chandeliers, gilt-and-brocade furniture, fine pieces of sculpture, and Louis XVI chests and chairs. Each of the hotel's rooms is generously sized and elegantly decorated. It offers 103 rooms, 44 suites and five luxury apartments. Each room, suite and apartment has its own decor and color scheme. Hotel's suites include the Duc de Crillon, which was formerly the private chapel of the Crillon family. Its Leonard Bernstein Suite, which was frequently visited by the famous composer it is named for, is situated on the fifth floor of the hotel. The suite has the finest decor and is luxury without ostentation. It has an exceptional view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from two large terraces.  The famous composer frequently stayed in this apartment, and was delighted to have it named after him.  The dream is enhanced by impeccable quality of service. This suite features two giant plasma satellite televisions, a cigar cabinet and a liqueur bar.

Louis XV Suite offers no less wonderful view from its 150m2 terrace. It's a top floor suite with painted wood panelling and silk furnishings which bring to mind the interior of aristocratic salons of the XVIII century. Three presidential suites, ranging from 90 to 115 m2, combine the sumptuous opulence of the French kings with modern functionality. These suites are favored by politicians, businessmen and artists, who cannot completely relax and surrender to the Parisian charm, but want to feel the mood of the beautiful and romantic ancient capital. Those who wish to discover Paris, its history and unique spirit will enjoy their stay in the historical suites of the Hotel Crillon.

The hotel is home to one of Paris's finest restaurants, Les Ambassadeurs, which is located in the former ballroom of the Dukes de Crillon. A favourite restaurant amongst celebrities, politicians and other VIPs, Les Ambassadeurs at the Crillon offers classical French dining at its most polished under the direction of a highly skilled team: a place to indulge and be seen. The hotel's Winter Garden is one of the most romantic spots at the Crillon. The Hotel de Crillon's 24-hour gymnasium provides modern equipment and the services of personal trainers, with sauna, treatments and beauty products for the bath and home at the Crillon Boutique.

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