Hotel de Crillon in Paris, France

As one of the world’s oldest luxury hotels – and in firm possession of the distinction that comes with having been commissioned as a palace by King Louis XV – Hotel de Crillon is among the most mythical and lavish hospitality settings in existence.

Situated in the heart of Paris on the world famous Place De La Concorde, and only steps away from the Champs-Elysees, Hotel de Crillon boasts the kind of history that only a former palace could possess. First occupied by Louis Marie Augustin, Duke of Armont and a celebrated collector of French and other works of art, the building was later purchased by its architect, Louis-Francois Trouard. In 1778, the building became part of international history when it was utilized as a venue for signing the first treaties between France and the United States; notable luminaries in attendance included Benjamin Franklin and Arthur Lee. A little more than a decade later, the building was purchased by Francois-Felix-Dorothee Berton des Balbes, Count of Crillon, but was soon confiscated during the turmoil of the French Revolution. In a rather interesting and macabre twist, King Louis XVI had his head taken in a guillotine in front of the building a few years later. In 1907, the Societe du Louvre purchased the building and ever since, it has been an iconic hotel of great distinction in Paris. Today, after a thorough refurbishment by famed architect Gabriel Hippolyte Destailleur that has seamlessly melded the hotel’s classical décor with 21st century style, Hotel de Crillon cultivates nothing short of an “a la francaise” lifestyle for its discerning international clientele. The hotel’s 147 guest rooms and suites feature a range of aesthetic pleasures including spectacular high ceilings, period floorboards, precious silk draping and gold leaf ornamentation. The hotel also offers exclusive Presidential apartments that have been frequented by notable guests including the late composer, Leonard Bernstein. Hotel de Crillon’s restaurant, Les Ambassadeurs – a fixture on the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurantslist – features the classical French technique of Head Chef Jean-Francois Piege, served in the former ballroom of the Duke of Crillon; the result is a meal of sumptuous decadence that is unparalleled in the city. Ultimately, a stay at Hotel de Crillon is a rare opportunity to experience the rich history of France while being pampered with world-class accommodations and service.

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