A remarkable lifting later, the palace on Place de la Concorde attracts all the most influential movers and shakers in Paris, including celebs and personalities on the lookout for lowkey luxury (Claudia Schiffer, Emily Ratajkovski and Michael Fassbender wer recently seen here…). And it’s precisely from there that the Hôtel de Crillon 2.0 draws its amazing success. Rid of the gilded pomp and circumstance of the past, the new decor is resolutely contemporary, without forgetting its prestigious pedigree. Good news, you don’t need to be a billionaire to spend a VERY privileged moment there...
Infiltrate the Les Ambassadeurs bar, and you will understand. Entirely rethought by interior architect Chahan Minassian, the place is chic, elegant and wonderfully cosy (marble walls, thick wall-to-wall carpeting, large sofas, rock chains), with a fabulous view on the obelisk, if you please.
And the ambiance? Unrestrained ! Jazz, rock, hip hop, every evening musicians and DJs come shake up the happy who come to enjoy couture cocktails by Meilleur Ouvrier de France Christophe Davoine (€21). To be noted for cocktail buffs, the head barman can concoct a potion specially to your taste—such is the palace style. Cool also, the 150 different champagnes by the glass, from great names to independent producers, so you can chill around a few high-end tapas: blinis of smoked salmon, accra of codfish, pickled veggies, €14 each.
The killer detail: if you are impressed by what the staff is wearing, you should know that these are all exclusive creations signed Hugo Matha, the hot new designer.
The bluffing op: a lunchtime formula including main dish+ café gourmand at € 45. This is sure to impress your other half. Make a date…
Open from noon to 2am.
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