Hotel de Crillon – Paris, Ile de France, France

Unique among the Palace Hotels of Paris

The world’s most-visited city has a noble share of grand hotels, but when you step from the busy Place de la Concorde into the quiet marbled lobby of the fabled Hotel de Crillon, you’ll see why this one stands apart.

The only luxury palace hotel in France still French-owned (by the Taittinger family), the Crillon is a serious splurge but a guaranteed high point of a visit to the City of Lights. The 18th-century building is suitably grand and stylish for the crowned heads, famous entertainers, and celebrated VIPs who fill the hotel’s livre Por. Diplomats from nearby Embassy Row use the distin­guished bar as an unofficial United Nations.

Tout Paris seems to stop by for a late after­noon tete-â-tete or a leisurely tea in the ele­gant Jardin d’Hiver. Just off the lobby, Paris’s finest hotel restaurant offers inspiring views of the Place de la Concorde and its famous obelisk. The menu at the top-rated Les Ambassadeurs is presented with snap-to but friendly service beneath frescoed 20-foot ceilings with massive crystal chandeliers. Everything about this magnificent hotel and restaurant radiates quality and refinement, opulence and comfort.

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