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Plaza Athenee, prestige at its climax

December 7, 2011
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With its orange curtains and flowers, the Plaza Athenee Palace is one of the landmarks of the Avenue Montaigne, one of Paris poshest streets, forming one side of the golden triangle. The hotel, built in 1911 now belongs to the Dorchester Collection Group, a Brunei investment firm.

Its façade is a masterpiece of French classism and elegance. Its status of “Palace” has recently been confirmed by the French government, which did not come as a surprise since the Plaza Athenee is considered by many to be the most glamorous hotel inParis, epitomizing French elegance. The almost 200 rooms have been renovated in the last 2 years. Most of them offer a spectacular view on the Eiffel Tower. If you already have an accommodation for your stay inParis, a visit to the Plaza restaurant may be a stunning experience. Chef Alain Ducasse who  runs the « Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee », offers guests an innovative cuisine, while le Bar du Plaza is a nice place to have creative, if not to say avant-garde, cocktails.

Regarded as a Parisian institution, the history of the building is filled with anecdotes. WWI famous spy Mata Hari was arrested at the Plaza Athenee in 1917. The Kennedys were also frequent customers. The management fuels the myth by frequently hosting famous productions, such as The Old, The New and The Deadly and more recently Rush Hour 3, the final episode of TV show Sex and the city or a Dior commercial featuring Jude Law. Trendy events are also organized on a regular basis. Last year, the Disney movie Raiponce premiered there. This summer, designers revamped some rooms for its junior clientele with themes such as Barbie or Hot Wheels. And every December, it has become a tradition to install an ice-skating rink in the hotel courtyard.

Plaza Athénée – 25 avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

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