Paris travel – Best Hotel – Editors pick

Paris Travel- Best Hotel- Editors Pick

Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée Looks to the Future 

( Courtesy of Plaza Athenee Press Release)


Having celebrated its first 100 years, Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris is looking ahead to the next

century. In keeping with Dorchester Collection’s continuous investment in taking the luxury

experience to new levels, the iconic hotel will undergo a partial restoration to integrate additional

buildings creating six new guest rooms, eight suites, a ballroom and two event spaces.


Over the past several years, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has had the opportunity to purchase three buildings

surrounding the hotel. These include a townhouse to the right of the hotel on 29 avenue Montaigne;

a townhouse on rue Clément Marot; and the building where Le Relais Plaza is located.

Despite every effort to maintain the hotel’s activity during this period, François Delahaye, COO of

Dorchester Collection and general manager of Hôtel Plaza Athénée, has resolved to close the hotel to

preserve the guests’ comfort and convenience whilst the developments take place, commencing on 1

October 2013. In Summer 2014, Hôtel Plaza Athénée guests will rediscover the warm, refined

surroundings of the hotel ready to embrace its next century. In the meantime guests will be

welcomed by Le Meurice, also part of Dorchester Collection.

The subtle restoration will revitalise the hotel and will be carried out with the utmost sensitivity;

great care will be taken to retain the charm and quintessentially Parisian character of the hotel.


The interior decoration of the suites will be led by Marie-José Pommereau who previously completed

the redesign of other suites including the hotel’s Royal Suite in 2012. Similar to her earlier projects,

Pommereau will blend contemporary features with Parisian tradition in harmony with the vibrancy of

the hotel and its fashionable location. The Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée restaurant and Le Bar

will be redesigned by the Paris-based Jouin-Manku agency, and Bruno Moinard will be responsible

for La Galerie des Gobelins, La Cour Jardin and Le Relais Plaza as well as the event rooms.

François Delahaye states, “Hôtel Plaza Athénée is one of the world’s most legendary properties with

a rich heritage and prominent location in the heart of Paris. While it continues to rank as one of the

top hotels in the world, the subtle refurbishments will revitalise the hotel and lead it into its next

century. Hôtel Plaza Athénée is a home away from home for its guests and our vision for the new

developments is to create somewhere that will continue to enchant both local residents and

international travellers alike for the next 100 years and beyond.”


The hotel has entrusted Artcurial Briest Poulain F. Tajan* to auction several pieces of furniture and

artwork. Pieces will include the famous bar from Le Bar created by Patrick Jouin in 2001; the Art

Déco style furniture of the Relais Plaza brasserie; and the emblematic spoon and fork sculpture

created by renowned artist and illustrator Jean-Michel Folon, which currently stands at the entrance

to the Alain Ducasse restaurant. The pieces will be exhibited from 4 – 6 October 2013. The auction

scheduled on 7and 8 October 2013 will take place at Artcurial in the Hôtel Marcel Dassault situated

at 7 rond-point des Champs-Elysées and will be conducted by co-chairman François Tajan and

associate director Stéphanie Auber.

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