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A view of Paris from the terrace of Suite Bernstein.
Les Ambassadeurs bar features restored original chandeliers and ceilings.
Ceramist Peter Lane created a mural for the hotel’s updated pool area, designed by decorator Chahan Minassian.
Forty different types of marble were used in the Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel’s remodeling, spearheaded by designers Tristan Auer, Cyril Vergniol, Aline Asmar d’Amman and Minassian.

A Study Abroad

by C California Style

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.



This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of C Magazine.