Luxury and legacy come together at the regal Hôtel de Crillon in Paris


Luxury and legacy come together at the regal Hôtel de Crillon in Paris

Its gorgeously restored signature suites will wow you

By Saaniya Sharma  September 25th, 2019

There’s nothing like checking into super luxe accommodation to feel as though you have truly arrived in a city—and in life. Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel in Paris, is one such grand dame. This regal 18th-century property occupies pride of place overlooking Place de la Concorde. The exterior is one of the most remarkable examples of Louis XV-style French architecture you’ll encounter anywhere. Combined with its stunning interior—plush velvet drapes, herringbone parquet, glinting crystal chandeliers and gold mosaic—a stay here feels as though you’ve stepped back in time. After four years of painstaking renovation, it reopened two years ago with 10 restored suites, each of which comes with its own rich history and legacy, and that true hallmark of five-star luxury—24-hour butler service and artisanal toiletries (from the famous Parisian beauty brand Buly 1803, no less). Take a look inside:

Naomi Scott at Hôtel de Crillon

Grand Apartments: Designer Karl Lagerfeld was asked to decorate two luxurious suites, as well as a special miniature room that he dedicated to his celebrity cat Choupette. Lagerfeld accentuated his aesthetic with a mix of 18th-century antiques, turning a marble fountain from the original decor into sinks. There’s also a bookcase that gives way to reveal a walk-in closet, and photographs that were taken by Lagerfeld. Amusingly, while the main suites are done in tones of grey, eggshell and mauve, Choupette’s room has black-and-white carpeting inspired by cat scratches.

The Eiffel Bedroom of Grands Appartements

Suite Duc De Crillon: Named after the original owner of the hotel, this suite once served as his family’s private chapel. Its palette is a balance between pastel and neutral, with mahogany furniture and delicate gold mouldings. Most of its original gold-accented woodwork, a perfect example of the later Louis XVI style, is still intact.

The living room of Suite Duc De Crillon

Suite Louis XV: Located on the sixth floor with an amazing view of the skyline, Suite Louis XV is Parisian
elegance at its finest. The then monarch Louis XV entrusted it to the famous architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, the man responsible for constructing the Place de la Concorde itself. But perhaps most impressively, this room was where the treaty that would later establish the League Of Nations was drafted.

The living room of Suite Louis XV

Suite Bernstein: Named after the American composer Leonard Bernstein, who was a regular guest, this
suite has a sprawling terrace overlooking the Eiffel Tower and Grand Palais. Adjacent to Suite Louis XV, both
can be combined into one palatial space for maximum indulgence.

The terrace of Suite Bernstein

Suite Marie-Antoinette: Suite Marie-Antoinette is the hotel’s crown jewel. With its baldachin bed, gold accents and rich silk upholstery, it pays tribute to the former French queen, a style icon in her own right. Don’t
miss the view of Place de la Concorde from the colonnaded terrace.

The bedroom of Suite Marie Antoinette

Suite Jardin: Inspired by the Petit Trianon at Versailles, the walls of this apartmentstyle suite are lined with
bookshelves, art and antiques. It’s also the only room at the property that utilises a rare green marble in keeping with the lush vegetation of the Cour d’honneur outside.

The living room of Suite Jardin

Suites Ateliers d’Artistes: Nestled under the roof, Ateliers d’Artistes is a reminder of the hotel’s legacy as a literary and artistic centre. A set of three rooms, each takes its name from the arts: L’Ecrivain (the writer), Le Poète (the poet) and Le Peintre (the painter).

The terrace of Suites Ateliers D’Artistes 

Pro Tip: If you make it by the first week of October, the hotel’s courtyard pop-up, Yacht Club Terrace, is where you should grab a nightcap while the weather is still good.

Photograph (Naomi Scott): Matias Indjic