If you want to be in the center of it all, treat yourself to a room at the iconic Hôtel de Crillon. Located directly on the Place de Concorde, the location is ideal for exploring some of Paris’ most famous landmarks, including the Jardin des Tuileries, the Louvre, and the Musée d’Orsay.
While all of this is at your doorstep, the interiors of the Hotel de Crillon make it difficult to want to leave. The hotel is impeccably furnished in a style that combines opulent elements of the former palace with fresh, modern furnishings and art. The florals, which are changed twice a week, are among the most stunning in the French capital.
With Universelle Buly 1803 products in the guest rooms and fabulous butler service, no detail is overlooked. For example, prior to our arrival, we were asked what our son’s interests were so the room could be adequately personalized. When we arrived, there were blue and white balloons in the room, as well as a stuffed elephant from a noted brand (with the Hotel’s monogram embroidered on its foot), and a model vintage Citroen. Totally above and beyond. They had also set up a luxurious crib and a beautiful changing station at the end of our bed stocked with luxurious French diapers in a porcelain bowl.
You won’t want to miss the Les Ambassadeurs bar, which features live jazz music each night. It’s always been one of our favorite martini bars in Paris because the hotel has its own band, so you know the music will always be reliably good. It’s also a breathtaking space – you could stare at the frescoed ceiling for hours. We also love their whimsical cocktail menu that folds out like a map and is inspired by the different Arrondissements of Paris.
We had dinner at Jardin d’Hiver, starting with cocktails and small bites of lobster rolls and oysters. Finally, we were presented an oval copper pan with a veal chop for two, ladled with sauce and chanterelle mushrooms on the side. The Hotel de Crillon also offers a pretty unique Michelin-starred dining concept in which the chef builds a menu around your choice of wine. The restaurant has a no-children policy, which is a bit unusual in France. If a child-free dining experience is important to you, here’s one of the few addresses in Paris for that.
We were really interested to see prior to our visit if the experience at Hotel de Crillon lived up to its reputation and it 100% does. For more Paris recommendations and experiences, get The Paris Black Book.
Note: Hôtel de Crillon. provided support for the reporting of this story.