One of Paris’s most historic properties reopens its doors amid much fanfare. Hôtel de Crillon, which was closed down in 2013 for what was initially planned to be a two-year renovation, was relaunched with some grand additions.
First is a 14-meter-pool where a ceramic mural by Peter Lane looms large. Another addition is Sense, A Rosewood Spa, where the interiors were designed to evoke the feminine form. Another luxurious add-on is Barber by La Barbiére de Paris, a grooming area for men that uses vintage Aston Martin seats.
The property is particularly proud of its 10 signature suites, which includes the Les Grands Appartements, designed by couture maker Karl Lagerfeld. In a previous email interview, the hotel’s managing director Marc Raffray dubbed Lagerfeld as “one of the leading connoisseurs of the 18th century.” The former Chloé lead designer conceptualized the furnishings and color schemes and even selected the marbles used in the bathrooms.
Another notable apartment, the Suite Marie-Antoinette, was named after the French monarch, a frequent visitor of the mansion, where she used to have her piano lessons. Ironically, she was executed right on Place de la Concorde.
Aside from Lagerfeld, other designers who were involved in the renovation were architect Richard Martinet, artistic designer Aline Asmar d’Amman, and interior designers Tristan Auer, Chahan Minassian, and Cyril Vergniol.
With a long, storied history of hosting artists and celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Isadora Duncan, the hotel’s facade was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, who was commissioned by King Louis XV in 1754. It was then turned into a private mansion after another architect, Louis-Francois Trouard, bought the surrounding land.
The French Neoclassical structure is renowned for its Corinthian colonnade and sculptures made by Coustou. It has been managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts since 2013.