The Hotel de Crillon is one of the most emblematic heritage buildings in Paris and it is here that several great moments in history took place.
It hosted some of the greatest events in history
Built in 1758, the Hotel de Crillon enjoys an unrivaled location overlooking the Place de la Concorde. This famous palace also boasts a history steeped in glory and sophistication, which represents the best of France. Built in 1758, the Hôtel de Crillon enjoys an unrivaled location overlooking the Place de la Concorde. This famous palace also boasts a history steeped in glory and sophistication, which represents the best of France. With its perfectly proportioned neoclassical architecture and façade, the hotel was designed to bewitch. It has indeed fed the fascination of several generations of guests and has hosted some of the greatest events in history.
created to welcome the greatest ambassadors of the world
The building has seen the reign of two French kings, the French Revolution, the rise and fall of the Napoleonic Empire and the birth of the League of Nations. In 1758, King Louis XV commissioned the greatest architect of his time, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, to build twin structures overlooking Place de la Concorde. The result was a masterpiece of typical 18th century architecture. Behind one of the facades, a sumptuous private residence decorated by the best artists and craftsmen of the time. Originally, the Hotel de Crillon was created to welcome the greatest ambassadors of the world. Long owned by the illustrious family of the Counts of Crillon, this private residence was transformed into a luxury hotel in 1909 at the instigation of the architect Walter-André Destailleur.
A lot of showbiz stars
Quickly, the Hôtel de Crillon also began to attract showbiz stars : Douglas Fairbanks, nicknamed « the King of Hollywood », or the dancer Isadora Duncan, who came to meet the Russian poet Sergei Essenin at the Crillon… Charlie Chaplin also came to Paris in 1931 to present « The lights of the city ». And he will return to the Crillon in 1954 where, sensitive to the cause of the poor that he has often embodied in his films, he will welcome the Abbé Pierre, who has just launched his appeal in favor of « sleeping outside », and will offer 2 million dollars to his Emmaus movement.
The end of festivities
The Second World War will put a stop to these festivities. In June 1940, the Germans took over the Hôtel de Crillon, which they initially made the headquarters of their military command. But after the war, the diplomatic and artistic ballet could resume. General Leclerc, the liberator of Paris, goes to the Hotel de Crillon, as does the first Secretary General of the United Nations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 is elaborated there. In the early 1960s, secret discussions took place in the hotel between German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Israeli negotiators about the reparations Germany was prepared to pay Israel. Another historical anecdote: The Salon Marie-Antoinette, in which the queen would have taken music lessons, as suggested by the Flanders tapestry « The singing lesson » -18th century-, overlooks one of the most beautiful classical terraces, surrounded by superb Corinthian colonnades, dominating the Concorde.
Hotel de Crillon, Place de la Concorde Paris