Two of Paris’ Grand Hotels re-open today

The 1913 Plaza Athenée (pictured above) is back open. The hotel was closed since October 2013 for a partial renovation and integration of two neighbouring buildings adding six new guest rooms, eight suites, a ballroom and two event spaces.

The interior decoration of the suites was led by Marie-José Pommereau who previously completed the redesign of other suites including the hotel’s Royal Suite in 2012. Similar to her earlier projects, Pommereau blends contemporary features with Parisian tradition in harmony with the vibrancy of the hotel and its fashionable location. The three star Michelin restaurant by Alain Ducasse and Le Bar was redesigned by the Paris-based Jouin-Manku agency, and Bruno Moinard was responsible for La Galerie des Gobelins, La Cour Jardin and Le Relais Plaza (the other three restaurants) as well as the event rooms.

Since opening in 1913, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has been the choice of celebrities wishing to experience the energy and elegance of this unique city. The hotel is located on the prestigious avenue Montaigne, home of Parisian haute couture with exclusive labels such as Dior, Chanel and Valentino. Near the Eiffel Tower and River Seine, in the heart of the Triangle d’Or area, the hotel also enjoys incredible views over Paris.

Also, the long awaited The Peninsula, Paris opens today. Originally the Hotel Majestic -opened in 1908- closed in 1938 to be used as governement offices until two years ago. Since then the hotel was renovated at a cost of €338 million.

The architectural designs of The Peninsula are by Richard Martinet of Affine architecture & interior design, while the interiors are by Henry Leung of Hong Kong-based Chhada Siembieda & Associates Ltd. In its original incarnation it was was the first hotel in the city offering private bathrooms, in 350 of its 400 guestrooms and suites. After the renovations, The Peninsula has just 200 guestrooms in the same space, including 34 suites. As a result, the company claims they are among the largest and most spacious in Paris.

While the hotel will offer fine dining, it also boasts surprisingly welcoming low key options, including a street-level outdoor café and a relaxed open air rooftop restaurant, L’Oiseau Blanc, with traditional French favorites – and spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower.


Plaza Athenee, Paris


Plaza Athenee, Paris


Plaza Athenee, Paris


Plaza Athenee, Paris


The Peninsula, Paris


The Peninsula, Paris


The Peninsula, Paris


The Peninsula, Paris


The Peninsula, Paris

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