Hotel de Crillon

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Hotel de Crillon

The Hôtel de Crillon is a former aristocratic palace on the Place de la Concorde in Paris ( 8th arrondissement ). Today it is a luxury hotel owned by Rosewood Hotels and one of the Leading Hotels of the World . After its renovation, the hotel has 74 rooms and 44 suites .


It is part of the western of the two palaces on both sides of the Rue Royale, which Jacques-Ange Gabriel designed as part of the planning of the Place de la Concorde as the northern edge of the Faubourg Saint-Honoré . As with Jules Hardouin-Mansart's Place Vendôme , the architect only created the facades and left it to the buyers to have the buildings on the plots behind them designed according to their own needs. Construction of the facades began in 1757. The two palaces were originally intended to serve as ambassadors' residences; after its completion in 1768, the eastern one, called the Garde-Meuble, housed the royal furniture and equipment room, and the western four private city palaces, including the Hôtel Crillon , which - apart from the facade - from 1758 according to the plans of the architect Louis François Trouard .

In 1776 he rented the magnificent city palace to the Duke of Aumont - who died there in 1782 - before selling it in 1788 to François-Félix-Dorothée Berton des Balbes , Duke of Crillon. François Félix de Crillon bought this building on April 20, 1788 for 300,000 livres and gave it his name. The Crillon family lived here for generations. It was confiscated during the French Revolution , but returned to the Duchess of Crillon in 1820 and was owned by the family who lived there until 1907.

On January 21, 1793, the last king of France, Louis XVI. , beheaded in front of the palace by means of a guillotine. The hotel has the status of a monument historique .


As a hotel in today's sense, it has only been functioning since March 11, 1909, initially under the name of Hôtel des Voyageurs , a grand hotel with 147 rooms at the time. The client was the Société des grands magasins et hôtels du Louvre - including two adjacent buildings on Rue Boissy d'Anglas - which converted it into one of the most luxurious and exclusive hotels in the world.

The Hôtel de Crillon was confiscated after the attack on France in 1940 and used as the headquarters of German troops in France.

The company was later controlled by the Taittinger family , and in 2005 the majority of the shares were transferred to the Starwood Capital Group fund .

After the Second World War, numerous West German politicians such as Helmut Kohl stayed at the Crillon during their visits to Paris. Woodrow Wilson also lived there during the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, as did Theodore Roosevelt , Herbert C. Hoover and Richard Nixon . Hotel guests included the Emperor Hirohito , King George V , Charlie Chaplin , Otto Hahn , Orson Welles , Leonard Bernstein (after whom a suite is named today), Elizabeth Taylor , Arnold Schwarzenegger and Madonna .

In April 2013 the hotel closed for renovation, it reopened on July 5, 2017 with two suites designed by Karl Lagerfeld .


  • Klaus Bussmann: Paris and the Ile de France . DuMont Art Guide, 5th edition. DuMont, Cologne 1985, ISBN 3-7701-1067-6 , p. 244.
  • Julia Droste-Hennings, Thorsten Droste : Paris. A city and its myth . DuMont-Reiseverlag, Cologne 2003, ISBN 3-7701-6090-8 , p. 301.
  • Jacques Hillairet: Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris . Editions de Minuit, Paris 1963, ISBN 2-7073-0092-6 , p. 376.

Web links

Commons : Hôtel de Crillon  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Century Company, The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine , Volume 71, 1906, p. 260
  2. ^ Reference on a page of the French Ministry of Culture , accessed on January 20, 2016
  3. La métamorphose de l'Hôtel de Crillon annoncé pour 2015., 29 March 2013, accessed on 7 April 2013
  4. Le Figaro of July 5, 2017, L'Hôtel de Crillon rouvre ses portes, après quatre ans de travaux , accessed on July 6, 2017

Coordinates: 48 ° 52 '2.3 "  N , 2 ° 19' 17.4"  E