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Nearly a year and a half ago we looked at this pair of Parisian palace hotels and said they were deep into their beauty sleeps: Hotel de Crillon had just about a year behind it, while Hotel Ritz was hammering away at renovating rooms and public spaces for fifteen months already. While there is progress to report, both hotels are still far off from waking up.
We’ll flip the order this time and make a stop on Place de la Concorde first, where today you will see a temporary façade larger than the Crillon itself hiding the construction quarters that have been erected (a better view of how that works below). Forget also that 2015 opening; it’ll be nearer the end of next year, if not 2017, before Rosewood will have its third European hotel.
In her capacity as Miss Dior, Natalie Portman is (unknowingly we assume) helping Hôtel Lutetia Paris hide during its three-year closure / renovation - and full hiding mode it is for the hotel on Boulevard Raspail in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, with half of the 1910 Art Nouveau façade covered by Miss Portman in part, and half by a giant external structure of construction quarters (below).
With final guests having checked out last April, and all contents of the hotel having gone on the auction block in May, the hotel is only ten months into that three-year overhaul, so don’t expect much before 2017 here. That sounds light years away, but with The Peninsula making its splash last summer (more on that soon), The Ritz Paris hopefully coming back by the end of this year, and Hotel de Crillon then picking 2016 for its return, that makes for a nice pace in Parisian Palace debuts, don’t you think?
When we stayed at Mandarin Oriental Paris a few years ago, we remember seeing a continuous flow of very glamorous people coming in and out of an entrance a few doors down on (extremely fancy) Rue St Honoré, with a hint of something equally glamorous inside visible. Investigating further, it turned out to – perhaps not surprisingly – the Hôtel Costes, long a celebrity draw, which has just been announced will pack its velvet, heavy drapes, and boudoir lighting into the Eurostar and bring some Parisian chic to London.
Working together with the Cadogan Estate, one of the biggest landowners in the city, it will open a 40-room hotel at One Sloane Gardens, just off of Sloane Square and up the road from the Sloane Club. Above the Victorian apartment building that will be converted into the hotel, which gives it almost a straight line to local favorite The Botanist across the square.
Every time we turn our heads away, a Paris hotel opens. Last week we had news of the ridiculously expensive La Réserve and the far more affordable Hilton Paris Opera; this week, we’re salivating over the opening (or should that be reopening?) of the Hôtel Les Bains.
Once a public bathhouse, then a cult nightclub, Les Bains, in the Marais district, was built in 1885 as Les Bains Douches, and was initially the most famous thermal spa in Paris – Marcel Proust took the waters here! Fast forward to 1978, and Andy Warhol and his ilk were living it up in the baths-turned-nightclub (designed by the then unknown Philippe Starck), which became the Studio 54 of Paris. The club closed in 2011, when it became a full-immersion art installation and artists’ residency. And now – draw breathe – it’s about to be a hotel.
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Paris hotels – they’re just like buses. You wait months for one swanky new one to open, and then two come along at once. Mon dieu!
Yesterday we showed you La Réserve, Jacques Garcia’s ridonkulously expensive new project in the 8th arrondissement. Today, let’s look at something far, far more affordable: the Hilton Paris Opera, which has just concluded its renovations.
The hotel is indeed near the Opera Garnier, also in the 8th arrondissement, near the Gare St Lazare. Formerly the Concorde, Hilton have poured €44m into the refurbishment, and the property now has 268 rooms, of which 29 are suites.
First, the good news: after a two-year wait, La Réserve Paris, Jacques Garcia’s latest project for hotelier Michel Reybier, opened this week. The first, and very lucky, guests checked in Monday.
And now for the bad: with rates starting from $1,262, it’s likely you’ll be waiting a little longer to try it out.
You know the story already, of course, but this joins Geneva and St Tropez for the La Réserve brand, it’s in the 8th arrondissement, just off the Champs Elysées near Place de la Concorde, and is a petite place with just 40 rooms. We say “rooms” but 26 of these are suites, and four are presidential suites.
Q: Which hotel group expressed solidarity with the Paris terror attacks by adding its name to the #jesuischarlie campaign?
A: Probably lots of them.
Q: Which hotel group tried to piggy-back into people’s minds on the back of the Paris terror attacks by tagging photos of its new hotel with #jesuischarlie in an attempt as clumsy as it is offensive to use a global movement of solidarity as a marketing tool?
A: This may surprise you – it was everyone’s favorite East London hipsters at The Hoxton.
Yesterday, as the eagle-eyed Evening Standard noticed, the Hoxton posted a couple of photos of its forthcoming Paris property to its Facebook page. They looked pretty wonderful, actually. But the caption was less so:
W Paris – Opéra, the W brand’s one and only property in France, has opened their new cocktail bar focused on American whiskeys, Bar Brûlé. This Thursday-Saturday soon-to-be hotspot is tucked away on the first floor of the hotel and overlooks the grand Garnier Opera house.
Bar Brûlé, which the hotel is dubbing the “embassy of American whiskeys,” takes its name from the French word for burnt, which was sparked by the entire hotel’s creative concept of "a spark triggered by the fusion of the energy of New York and the city of light."
Headed up by chief barman Emeric Aguilar, the bar menu features over forty rare American whiskeys from micro-distilleries and cocktails that are divided into three categories: Old-Fashioned, Modern Classics and Originals.
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Europe’s busiest airports had a good year last year: citizenM arrived at Paris Roissy – Charles de Gaulle, the first European Element came to Frankfurt, and of course, the shirtless men of Moxy welcomed us at Milan Malpensa. With the last two of those openings courtesy of industry giants Starwood and Marriott, it seems appropriate that the latest news comes from Hilton Hotels, which is reflagging the former Kempinski hotel at Munich airport as the Hilton Munich Airport this month.
With that step, the almost proverbial “airport Hilton” is now available at each of the seven largest European airports (that’s London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris CDG, Munich, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Rome). There is more to the change in Munich than a different badge on the front door though, and construction in Amsterdam to replace its dated 1970s hotel is moving along too.
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¡Feliz año nuevo! We're getting ready to close out 2014 with our year-end awards, happening later today but before we go, here's one last Hotel News Briefs for the year. Enjoy! We'll be back with a full slate of news on Friday. Well, maybe Monday if we haven't recovered from the hangover then.
LA RESERVE PARIS HOTEL TO OPEN ON JANUARY 19: In just a few short weeks, French hotelier and vintner Michel Reybier will open a companion hotel of sorts for the existing La Reserve Paris Apartments. The 40-room hotel La Réserve Paris Hotel will open in a Haussmannian mansion off of Champs-Elysées at 42 Avenue Gabriel. The large rooms and even larger suites, all designed by Jacques Garcia, will pay homage to the Belle Époque era with "muted lighting, antique furniture, lush fabrics and regal colors." There will also be a spa onsite with three treatment rooms, a gym and a 52-foot indoor pool. Rooms at the hotel on January 19 start at 1,100 Euros a night for a deluxe room, shown above. Not that flush? Consider the Generator Paris instead, opening on February 1.
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Well, Christmas surprise – things have moved quickly. It’s now taking bookings from 1 February.
The building is, of course, an old office block in the 10th arrondissement, 15 minutes walk from the Eurostar at the Gare du Nord. It’ll be the biggest Generator so far with 950 beds. We only have renderings, so far, but there are more of them, now:
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OhEmGee. There is already so much hotel news flying around this week and it's ONLY MONDAY. Needless to say, we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. So here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
· FAIRMONT NO LONGER IN PLACE AT BOSTON'S BATTERY WHARF HOTEL : The Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel in Boston was recently sold and the Fairmont brand was ousted as of October 27. The hotel will now be known as The Battery Wharf Hotel & Spa. It will be managed by a Canadian company, Westmont Hospitality Group.
· FAIRMONT ALSO HAVING ISSUES IN BERMUDA BUT PICKS UP BARCELONA: Just after the $90 million redevelopment of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, and their brand new marina, The Princess Marina, the hotel's owners are now trying to ditch the Fairmont brand. A report came out today about a lawsuit filed in NYC by the hotel's owners and as expected for these type of owner-manager lawsuits, it's not pretty. Read the full list of accusations, and Fairmont's response, here. Meanwhile, Fairmont has announced they will pick up the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I in Barcelona.
· ANOTHER AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT IN THE WORKS: We're closing in on the grand opening of the first AC Hotel by Marriott in the U.S. (in New Orleans) but we've got a tip on another AC location. Sorry, it's not as exciting as NOLA. Woodbine Development, Inc is bringing the AC brand to the Park Place Development in Irvine, Calif.