Hôtel Plaza Athénée: A Century of Luxury

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What happens when a hotel aims to be as totally lush and singular as a haute couture maison? You get Hôtel Plaza Athénée. It’s a traditional Parisian house that has radiated tradition, excellence and regard for over a century. Conveniently situated on a Avenue Montaigne, one of Paris’s many prestigious districts, a Plaza Athénée stays during a core of select and artistic French life. Of course, they’ve captivated a celebrity clientele for decades including Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper, and modern icons such as Anna Wintour, Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker and Penelope Cruz.

After a year of renovations, a hotel reopened in 2014, adding 6 new suites (renown for forlorn views of a Eiffel Tower) and 2 new rooms, as good as a strikingly complicated restaurant. The award-winning cook Alain Ducasse is behind a grill concept, that facilities epicurean French dishes and grandeous chandeliers.

It was a touch-up, not a facelift: a hotel still flies red board awnings over any window. The 7th and 8th floors are still finished in Art Deco, since a rest of a hotel is classically French. The window boxes still brief over with geraniums, and a lobby is still breathtakingly beautiful.

To applaud a hotel’s remarkable 100 years, Assouline launched “Hotel Plaza Athénée, The Couture Address in Paris”, with formerly unpublished documents, photos and interviews that relate a story of this fabulous palace. Here is a hide rise of a book and images that exhibit why Plaza Athénée is simply trés chic.

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