The 124-year old hotel opposite the rail station Gare Saint Lazare will be completely overhauled before the Hilton flag starts flying by the end of 2014. Given the ginormous tourist destination that Paris is, it may surprise you that this will actually be the first “proper” Hilton hotel in the city. Current options are limited to Hiltons at both Charles de Gaulle and Orly airport, in the business-y La Défense area, and the Trianon Palace Waldorf Astoria in Versailles. The hotel will have 266 rooms, an Executive Lounge, and a number of food & beverage outlets. For good measure, Hilton is also constructing a hotel and conference centre in Chantilly, a half hour outside of Paris, due to be finished in 2015.
Much sooner than the Paris transition, things will be changing in Berlin, where on February 1st, the Concorde will be rebranded as the Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm. Renovations will take place from then right through to the fall, including MyBeds showing up in the 311 rooms, and updates to the lobby, restaurants, and bar. This is the second Sofitel in Berlin (the existing hotel is on Gendarmenmarkt), and a new hotel is also underway in Frankfurt, scheduled for 2015.
What does this leave Concorde with? In Paris, it’s down to one hotel: Concorde Montparnasse. Other than that, there is Hotel de la Cite Concorde in Lyon, Villa Massalia in Marseille, Hotel de la Paix in Geneva, a hotel in Tunisia, and two in Egypt. We’ll have to wait and see how long those are going to stick around for.
[Photos: Concorde Hotels]