Crillon puts its history up for sale, Hayari is here 13 April 2013
Crillon puts its history up for sale, Hayari is here. From Euronews
One of Paris’s great hotels, the Crillon, is selling off its fixtures and fittings ahead of a major renovation in a rare sale that is giving everyone with some money to spend the chance to have a little piece of history, and luxury, in their home. The articles range from artworks to furniture to lampshades and fine wines.
The famed Hotel de Crillon, which overlooks the Place de La Concorde at the base of the Champs Elysées in Paris, will close this weekend for a two-year renovation. King Louis XV commissioned the building, which was built in 1758.
The Hotel de Crillon in Paris, one of the world’s oldest luxury hotels, is closing this weekend for a two-year-long makeover that includes a new spa and sweeping renovations.
As the venerable Paris institution located on the foot of the Champs Elysees prepared to close, veteran guests and celebrity habitues bade good-bye to the staff in a wistful and sombre atmosphere.
“We are exceedingly sad. We have been coming here for 32 years. This place is magic. It’s real class here, no bling bling,” said Bernie Schumacher, a 66-year-old Belgian.
“Thank you for all these smiles during all these years,” she said, bidding goodbye to the concierge Serge.
The stone building was commissioned by French King Louis XV and built in 1758. It is one of two twin buildings overlooking the emblematic Place de La Concorde, where French King Louis XVI was guillotined.
French actor Christophe Lambert, who lived in the hotel for three years, said the Crillon was “unlike any other hotel”.
“The staff are very close to you,” said Lambert, the star of the “Highlander” series, who also played Tarzan in a remake of the Lord Greystoke story.
“Today I use it as my office,” the US-born star told AFP, vowing to return when the hotel reopens in the spring of 2015.
The staff took pains to explain that while innovations such as a basement spa were planned, the hotel’s classic look would not be tampered with.
“We will not touch the historic salons on the first floor but we will redo all the 147 rooms, the ground floor and the two inner courtyards,” said Sandrine Daban from the Crillon’s public relations department.
The hotel’s starred Les Ambassadeurs restaurant is offering a luxury farewell dinner on Saturday night, dreamed up by chef Christopher Hache and patissier Jerome Chaucesse and priced at 280 euros ($359), excluding drinks.
It features scallops served with black truffles and the dacquoise, a dessert cake from southern France made with layers of almond and hazelnut meringue and topped with chocolate mousse.