The Hôtel de Crillon in Paris is a historic luxury hotel, a stone palace on the Place de la Concorde, first opened in 1909 — in a building dating to 1758. After an extensive renovation of four years, the hotel reopened on the 5th July 2017, managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and decorated by Chahan Minassian.
With 78 rooms, 36 suites, 10 Signature Suites, a gastronomic restaurant, brasserie, bar, spa, hair salon, and barber shop on the premises. Today, Brabbu invites you to see inside the striking update of the historic Paris hotel and discover why this is the city’s most elite hotel.
“I like the idea of a slightly theatrical arrival,” says Chahan Minassian, one of the three interior designers working alongside artistic director Aline d’Amman and architect Richard Martinet for the renovation. Above we can see the designers took this idea to the next level, making sure this beautiful view would mark the guests’ experience in the hotel. It’s the Bernstein Suite overlook over the Eiffel Tower.
The hotel was made distinctive in its approach to hospitality as an equally modern but much more discrete hôtel particulier — a grand private residence. After the renovation, smaller rooms with low tables and classically minded contemporary furnishings provide the feeling of being in a well-dressed home.
Tea is served in the Jardin d’Hiver, a place that takes its aubergine theme from the original light fixtures dressed with amethyst drops. Here, the elephant in the room is Baccarat, designed in 1878.
The social parade is something of a tradition for the Crillon, and for that reason, in the various public spaces on the hotel’s ground floor, guests can “sit with privacy, yet see and be seen.” For example, the brasserie offers outdoor seating in the “Cour d’Honneur.”
The hotel, which has attracted celebrity guests over the decades including Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson, and Madonna, was originally built in 1758. A twin building also overlooks the emblematic Place de la Concorde.
About Chahan Minassian
Chahan Minassian is an interior designer and gallery director who, after studying interior design in Paris, joined the prestigious firm of Ralph Lauren where, for seven years, he was the creative director for Europe. In 1993, he created his own agency, Chahan Interior Design, rapidly attracting commissions from all over the world.
His style is a subtle, enigmatic sophistication, drawing on luxurious materials such as lacquer, bronze, eel skin, and tortoiseshell. His designs reflect a passion for exotic ambience and space, beautiful modern interior design.
Combining the typical French interior design trends with a global overview, Chahan Minassian succeeds at playing with style and materials. The interiors he designs has a warm, voluptuous opulence and surely that was the key that made him sign striking projects throughout the world and become a trendsetter in the interior design industry.