Room with a View

It’s known as the sex­i­est ho­tel in Paris—quite an ac­co­lade in the city of love. vis­its the re­cently re­fur­bished Hô­tel Plaza Athénée and finds all the al­lure of France in one lux­u­ri­ous pack­age

Hong Kong Tatler - - Celebratory Feast -

Melissa Twigg

ne of the most renowned beau­ties in Paris has had a dra­matic facelift. Af­ter spend­ing months ob­scured un­der con­struc­tion tents, the cel­e­brated red awnings, scar­let gera­ni­ums and art deco bal­conies of the Hô­tel Plaza Athénée have re­turned, re­freshed and adding that Riviera joie de vivre to Av­enue Mon­taigne.

The 103-year-old grande dame is a na­tional trea­sure. Dur­ing the Lib­er­a­tion of Paris, the ho­tel’s dining room served as a cafe­te­ria for US sol­diers. In the 1950s, it was Chris­tian Dior’s home away from home. Car­rie Bradshaw stayed in one of the suites in the fi­nal sea­son of Sex and the City and, when the ho­tel re­opened last year, French for­eign min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius gave a rous­ing speech at the launch.

Since its in­cep­tion, the Hauss­man­nera palace has wel­comed ac­tual roy­alty, Hol­ly­wood roy­alty, heads of states and in­ter­na­tional bil­lion­aires—and to keep the world’s most glam­orous clien­tele com­ing thick and fast, the Dorch­ester Col­lec­tion re­cently footed the bill for a ¤200 mil­lion ex­pan­sion and ren­o­va­tion.

As well as re­design­ing the bed­rooms, spa and restau­rants, Dorch­ester bought three build­ings ad­ja­cent to the ho­tel and was thus able to add 14 guest rooms and three event spa­ces, in­clud­ing an op­u­lent ball­room that can seat up to 170 peo­ple.

The re­sult is spec­tac­u­lar—a mix of old­world charm and cut­ting-edge de­sign that’s quintessen­tially Parisian. “Ev­ery­thing has changed, but noth­ing has changed,” says the PR rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Vic­toire Grégoire, as

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