Hôtel de Crillon

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Hotel de Crillon is an architectural masterpiece of the 18th century. Situated near the Rue du Faubourg St Honoré, it is within walking distance of the Champs-Elysées and the Louvre Museum. Over the years this 18th century renovated palace has become the favorite haunt of world leaders, both political and artistic. This five star hotel has 103 guest rooms and 44 suites and is regarded as one of the oldest and most elite hotels of the world.

History

In the year 1758, King Louis XV commissioned the celebrated architect and designer Louis Francois Trouard to build two identical stone palaces on both western and eastern sides of the Rue Royale. These palaces were originally intended to serve as government offices. Later the palace on the west was converted into a luxury hotel. It soon became a favorite haunt of the royalty and allegedly Queen Marie Antoinette and her friends went there for their piano lessons.

In 1788 the mansion was acquired by the Count of Crillon only to be forcedly taken away from him during the French Revolution, It was ultimately returned to the rightful owners after the Revolution. The family then ran it as a hotel till 1907, at which time it came under the possession of Société du Louvre. With a view to transforming the structures while maintaining the original opulence the hotel was turned over to architect Destailleurs. It then underwent restoration and renovation for two years at the end of which time it was reopened to the public. Today the Hotel is under the control of the Tattinger family and is managed by Anne-Claire Tattinger, the chairperson of the management board.

The rich and famous

The opulence of the Hotel, with its 17th and 18th century tapestries, gilt furniture and exquisite pieces of furniture have over the centuries attracted the influential people of the world to it. Presidents Wilson, and Richard Nixon, Elizabeth Taylor, Count Victor Lustig and Hassan II of Morocco, among others, have been proud to call The Crillon their home away from home.