Hôtel de Crillon A Rosewood Hotel
What We Love
- Fantastic central location on the Place de la Concorde
- Centuries of history; this is where Marie Antoinette took piano lessons
- Updated amenities including WiFi and flatscreens TVs
- Exquisite dining, including brunch at Les Ambassadeurs
- Ornate gilded style in the public spaces
What To Know
- Rooms can vary in size and decor
- This is a grand, traditional hotel; those looking for a cutting-edge scene are better served elsewhere
- This is a five-star property with five-star prices on site
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
The Hôtel de Crillon is Paris at its most majestic, a grande dame hotel that embodies traditional French design with white glove service to match. It’s impossible to ignore the historic feel of the place: one enters through a soaring with caramel-colored marble ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and massive urns of red roses. Everyone from King George V to the Dalai Lama and Madonna has stayed here, and Marie Antoinette took piano lessons in the ballroom that now bears her name. The 147-room Crillon has a certain lived-in feel but, refreshingly, was updated in 2004 from its 18th-century roots with modern amenities like WiFi and flatscreen TVs. Even in Superior Rooms, crystal chandeliers hang from high ceilings, walls are painted soothing shades of Wedgwood blue, stereos are set to classical, and many of the floor-to-ceiling window views are of a manicured courtyard. The hotel’s weekend brunches at Les Ambassadeurs restaurant are a highlight, attracting an international mix of stylish Parisians and hotel guests. While there are many historic sleeps in the City of Light, if you’re looking to explore more of Paris, the Crillon is the perfect place to start.
In the Area
The hotel is just a short walk from many of Paris’s notable landmarks, like the Louvre and Les Tuileries. Fight the lines and order a super-rich cup of hot cocoa at Angelina at 226 rue de Rivoli, equidistant between the hotel and the Louvre. For a heartier meal, secure a reservation at La Société, an art-sprinkled, ultra-chic restaurant designed by Christian Liaigre and tucked away in a 19th-century building at 4 Place Saint-Germain. Afterwards, you’ll find retro tunes, a fashionable crowd, and plenty of cocktails at Le Montana at 28 rue Saint-Benoit. Money still burning a hole in your pocket? Hit the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to pay homage to the world’s best fashion houses — Dior, Chanel and Hermes, to name a few.
How to Get There
I was greeted like a royalty from the moment I arrived in the luxurious Maybach to the moment I departed. The room was immaculately clean, the public areas luxuriously appointed, every detail was well thought out. The room was extremely comfortable and quite, the bed to die for! The renovation that ended in 2017 really made an impact. Wonderful bar les ambassadeurs, amazing dinner at the Brasserie and great spa treatment. TOP of the line, really well managed. Kudos to the teams and to who leads them. Thank you to David and Valerie in housekeeping, Jean Luc and Kareem at the door and Aurelie in the restaurants.
Wonderful staff and beautiful hotel with so much eye for detail.
Specially Karim welcomed us with his kindness and fun loving energy.
We only spend one night in this hotel but with no doubt, the best experience ever.
We just spent four nights, five days in Paris at the Hotel de Crillon - just about everything was perfection. The hotel has been recently renovated and it is gorgeous. Service was fantastic -- we had breakfast included at the hotel Brasserie -- we were seated immediately, breakfast buffet was varied and delicious. Every aspect of the hotel was 5-star: our Butler, Victoria was incomparable -- upon hearing that it was a celebration for our 20th anniversary, my 70th birthday, and my husband's 74th birthday, she couldn't do enough for us (all the Butlers were great). We could not have asked for anything more. As it happened, our son and his girlfriend who were traveling with us, became engaged, and Victoria went out of her way to make the entire experience special for all of us. Others of note: the entire concierge staff was wonderful and responsive, and Hamza was especially wonderful, in hailing our taxis.
The only very minor negatives I can think of were the lighting system in the room - the buttons were difficult to manipulate to get the lights to turn off and on. And our room 510, faced out to a building (ambassadors residence) that felt very close up (about 10 ft. from us) so there is effectively no view. Room 525, faces a courtyard -- much better.
Bottom line, is that this hotel is managed by professionals who go out of their way to make every minute enjoyable and trouble free. I would not hesitate to recommend Hotel Le Crillon to anyone who wants a wonderful experience in a Palace style hotel in Paris. We would stay there again in a heartbeat.