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Hôtel de Crillon

Address: 10 Place de la Concorde

Neighborhood: 8th Arrondissement

City: Paris

Phone: 011-33-1-44-71-15-00

Website: www.crillon.com

Expert Review

Smack in the center of Paris, this gorgeous neo-classical palace groans with 17th-century tapestries, chandeliers, Louis XIV chests, and gilt furniture, despite its 2008 renovation by French architect Thierry Despont. Once the palace of the Duc de Crillon until recently owned by the Taittinger clan (the famed Champagne makers), this centuries-old property is thought to be the most French of the city's luxury hotels. Upstairs, the Louis XV-style rooms, are luxurious yet not exactly cozy. The best suites have fantastic views overlooking the Egyptian obelisk in Place de la Concorde. The garden terrace and other common areas downstairs are lovely, but for a true Marie Antoinette moment, try the decadent menu at 3 Michelin-starred Les Ambassadeurs restaurant in the former ballroom of the Ducs de Crillon. Talented young chef Christopher Hache has been making waves since his arrival in 2010; the restaurant was awarded its third star after his arrival. 2009 Smart Luxury Award winner

Tags: luxury | expensive | historic | smart luxury winner | jim's pick

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