Even deluxe and superior rooms are quite big, especially by European standards. Such rooms are about 45 sq. m with seating area, small dressing room and bathroom.
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Hotel de Crillon is a five star hotel located in the very center of Paris (France) on Place de la Concorde. There are 147 guest rooms and suites including Presidential apartments and Louis XV and Leonard Bernstein suites.
Place de la Concord (where hote is located) was designed by Anqe-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 between the Champs-Élysées and the Tuileries Gardens and originally was named Place Louis XV. In 1758 King Louis XV ordered to build two symmetric palaces with colonnades separated by rue Royale. Although both of them were supposed to be used for offices, the western building (facing the buildings, on the left) was soon purchased by Louis Marie Augustin, duc d'Aumont (1709–1782). The eastern palace continues to serve as the government building with French Naval Ministry currently occupying it.
While owned by Louis Marie Augustin, a famous in France collector of arts, the building had been seeing frequent visitors. For example, French Queen Marie Antoinette and her friends used to spend time there. In the ballroom of the building Marie Antoinette learnt to play the piano. In 1788 the building was acquired by the Count of Crillon who gave the palace his name and used it as his residence. The mansion was confiscated during French Revolution but eventually returned to the Crillon family after the restoration of the House of Bourbon. The Crillon remained a family home until 1907. In 1907 the ownership passed to the Taittinger family (famous producers of Champagne and owners of Concorde Hotels) through the Societe du Louvre. In 1909 the palace was turned into a hotel, with the name Hotel de Crillon. In 2010 the Crillon Hotel was sold to the Saudi Arabian royal family member Prince Mitab Ben Abdalah ben Abd al-Aziz Al Saoud.
From the very beginning the palace has had a breathtaking ornate and opulent decor. Modern times with Internet and flat-screen TV have had no impact on its appearance - the hotel is filled with gilded furniture, mirrors, Baccarat crystal, genuine Aubusson carpets and Wedgwood medallions.
Hotel de Crillon is expensive - hardly a surprise for a five star hotel located in the very center of Paris occupying the King Louis XV palace. Rates are starting from €725 to €1600 (prices 2011) for superior suite (320 sq feet bedroom (30 sq m) and 215 sq feet living room (20 sq m)). Rates vary depending on season.
Les Ambassadeurs and L'Obé
Not only history, art and fashion makes Hotel de Crillon famous but also the gastronomic art of its two restaurants - les Ambassadeurs and L'Obé.
Les Ambassadeurs restaurant, located in the former ballroom of the count of Crillon, is known for its size, lavish Louis XV decorations, intricate marble marquetry, frescoes on the ceiling and crystal chandeliers. But it's much more than just decor - everything you can dream of or imagine when you think of fine dining in Paris - fabulous food, impeccable service and most elegant surroundings is presented at the restaurant. The prices are high - lunch menu at €70 + A La Carte with two starters, two mains, and two desserts. The restaurant offers huge wine cellar with prices from €65 for a bottle of 2006 Chablis Tête d’Or, Billaud Simon to €500 for 1996 Cos d’Estournel and much more for various rare wines. Tasting Menu is €140 plus wine - expensive but the experience is worth it.
- Les Ambassadeurs opening hours:
- Breakfast: from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM
- Lunch: from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
- Dinner: from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
L'Obé (L'Obélisque), Crillon brasserie, a cosy and elegant place to have dinner in a contemporary environment. Starters are from €20 to €30, main courses from €25 to €40 (prices 2011).
In addition to the two restaurants, Hotel de Crillon offers The Bar with its red and gold decor - a typical Parisian and intimate place to have a drink, a snack or a-la-carte course and listen to music. The Bar stays usually open from 11:30 AM to 2 AM (with lunch menu available from 12 PM to 2 PM).
Also, there is The Winter Garden, a lavishly decorated lounge area with its own small bar offering snacks and beverages, and The Patio, an extension of the Winter Garden in the hotel's inner court.
For additional details see our practical review of Hotel de Crillon featuring one of hotel's 18 deluxe rooms and 50 superior double rooms.
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What Makes It Special
Hotel de Crillon is one of the famous hotels in the world and Paris landmarks attracting many celebrities. Through the centuries the Hotel was a part of history. Many famous people stayed in it. Before World War II, in 1918-1919 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, at that time Assistant Secretary of the United States Navy, American general Pershing, president Woodrow Wilson with American delegation stayed at the Crillon. Several American presidents stayed at the hotel: Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon. Even before the building became a hotel, it was a part of many historic events: for example, in 1778 the building was used to sign the French-American treaty that recognized the Declaration of Independence of the United States. Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee were there to meet French politicians.
Hotel de Crillon is ideally located at the foot of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, facing Place de la Concorde. It's a perfect place to visit and stay and use it as a base in your explorations of Paris. Being at the crossroads of history, arts, fashion and gastronomy from the first days of its construction, the hotel gives a feeling of the time staying still and offers the quintessence of Parisian life.
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Directions To Destination
International travelars arrive to Paris via Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG, ICAO: LFPG) - one of the world's main aviation centers, as well as France's main airport. The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France and is a European hub for Delta Air Lines. It is located 16 miles (25 km) to the northeast of Paris.You can get from the airport to Paris by rail, bus, shuttle or taxi.
By trains: Charles de Gaulle Airport is connected to Paris, as well as to the rest of France and Europe by both the RER, Paris' suburban rail network, and the TGV high-speed national rail network. When you arrive to Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can take free airport shuttle train - CDGVAL from any airport terminal to any RER station, You can also walk to Paris' suburban rail network station from Terminals 2 or 3. The first RER train departs Airport CDG for Paris at 04:58AM and the last train leaves at 11:58PM.
By bus: Roissybus, operated by the RATP, departs from terminals 1 and 2 and goes nonstop to Paris, bus stop is behind the Palais Garnier. There is a bus and coach station in Roissypôle, next to the RER B station. Buses departing from this station include RATP lines 350 and 351 going to Paris and the bus going to the Parc Astérix. The bus departs every 15 minutes. It arrives in Paris and stops at Place de l'Opéra alongside the American Express office. Service is from 6AM to 10:30PM. Price: Charles de Gaulle: Air France bus: €15 per person (children - €7.50), RATP bus: €9 per person.
By shuttle: use Green shuttle for private transfer. from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Paris - €62 one way, €118 round (prices are for 2 persons). Paris Airport Shuttle: one person €27, 2 or 3 persons €19.90 per person, 4 persons or more €17 per person.
By taxi: a taxi can be expensive but it is the most convenient means of transportation. There are almost always taxis waiting to pick up customers at the airport. Hotels where you stay in Paris usually arrange taxi for their customers. A taxy ride from the airport to a Paris destination can cost you from €50 and more depending on the place you want to go.
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Useful Visitor Information and Tips
Make a reservation for the most expensive room you can afford.
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