Following an extravagant renovation, the Hôtel de Crillon is reborn as an ode to Parisian history
Behind the palatial exterior of the Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, 260 years of history reverberate throughout the halls. The fabled Parisian landmark—resurrected last summer after a four-year renovation—has borne witness to Marie Antoinette’s music lessons, Benjamin Franklin’s signing of the Treaty of Alliance with France, and a roster of legendary hotel guests, from Igor Stravinsky to Andy Warhol.
“The challenge was to bring new life [to a property whose] architecture is so highly protected,” says Chahan Minassian, one of four Paris-based designers tasked with reimagining the hotel’s public and private spaces—including 78 rooms, 46 suites, four restaurants and a spa—without erasing its legacy.
Minassian, whose portfolio spans chalets in Gstaad to midcentury California residences, to The M Building showroom in Miami’s Wynwood Art District, balanced the neoclassical build’s 18th-century bones and ornately paneled rooms with modern color schemes, bespoke furnishings, and fanciful antiques and objets d’art. “We injected the spaces with new themes, inspirations and proportions; novelties, like painted ceilings; and the know-how of French artisans,” says Minassian. The outcome? “A new timelessness.” Rooms from $1,350; rosewoodhotels.com.
Written by ANUSH BENLIYAN.
Photography by ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS.