Wow! What a hotel. I decided to end our trip with a one-night stay at a “splurge” hotel as I thought that would be a nice way to put the cherry on top. After looking at many high end hotels like The Ritz, Mandarin Oriental, Le Meurice and Le Bristol, I settled on the Hotel de Crillon. I picked it because it’s a Rosewood property and I have had great experiences with Rosewood but also because it looked so gorgeous. The hotel was closed for 18 months while they completely remodeled and refurbished it and it recently reopened earlier this year and I loved the modern mixed with old aesthetic.
The hotel was formerly the palace of the Duc de Crillon and was built in 1758 and Marie Antoinette took music lessons here. It opened as a hotel in 1909 and was remodeled in 2016 and 2017. The hotel also worked with Karl Lagerfeld on some of the decor and design aspects as part of the remodel. The result really is stunning. The hotel is located right on the Place de la Concorde, which is at the start of the Champs-Elysee. It’s ideally located in a wonderful shopping district and near the original Chanel store and atelier on Rue de Cambon. Lots of guests had big shopping bags from Chanel, Hermes and other designer stores so I think it’s a popular spot for the well heeled who come to Paris for shopping. We arrived and check in was handled in a small private room where we sat down and were introduced to our butler who showed us to our room after giving us a little hotel tour. Each room was jaw dropping gorgeous!
The room was incredible as well. We were upgraded to a premier room so we had a street view and lots of windows and natural light. Our room overlooked the U.S. Embassy which is right next door. I also loved the subdued greys and taupes of the color scheme which is meant to mimic the color of the buildings in Paris. Our huge king size bed was covered with the softest, most luxurious linens. It gave new meaning to words “thread count.” I could sleep here all day.
The bathroom was also huge and they provide bespoke Buly bath products with their own signature scent. I took a wonderful bubble bath in the marble tub later that evening after dinner. The mirror also has a TV in it with a music selection of playlists developed by the hotel. The sound system was incredible – I believe it was Bang & Olufsen.
We also had a small desk area in a side nook and they gave us some savory and sweet snacks.
My favorite was the coffee and minibar area. They have leather bound nespresso makers that were made specifically for the Crillon. Doesn’t everyone need a leather coffee maker??? The minibar was well stocked with premium liquors and champagne and they even have pre-made cocktails (on the top shelf) that included a manhattan, G&T, an old fashioned, a Rob Roy, a cosmopolitan and a gin martini.
I think the most beautiful part of the hotel was the bar area. The ceiling is the original from the days when this was a palace for the Duc de Crillon. The chandeliers have been added. They have live music in here each evening and it was a lively scene in the evening. Steve and I stopped in for a kir royale and a manhattan. Drinks are expensive at about 30 euros a pop but it’s worth stopping by for one just to see this room.
After dinner that evening, we stopped in for a nightcap at the hotel terrace, which is part of the inner courtyard. You can also have dinner out here as well. We didn’t eat at any of the Crillon’s restaurants but the food looked good from what I saw. Unfortunately, I never made it down to see the hotel pool which is in the basement as I have heard it’s gorgeous. Apparently the pool has gold leaf tiles so it shimmers. The hotel also has a Rosewood Senses Spa but I didn’t have time to visit that either.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Crillon and the service was flawless. Their breakfast in the morning seemed a little chaotic but that is my only complaint. Overall, I enjoyed our stay here and I loved, loved, loved our beautiful room. This hotel is definitely a bit out of my normal price range but it was perfect for a one-night “splurge” stay and was a great way to end our vacation on a high note.