By Miranda Katz
The century-old hotel will incorporate new buildings, allowing for the creation of six new guest rooms, eight new suites, a ballroom and two event spaces. These changes are all in keeping with Dorchester Collection’s continued efforts to elevate guests’ luxury experiences and further its goal of developing an impeccable group of luxury landmark hotels.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée has recently purchased three buildings surrounding the hotel: a townhouse on 29 Avenue Montaigne, a townhouse on rue Clément Marot and the building containing the restaurant Le Relais Plaza. The restoration will integrate these new acquisitions with the existing hotel, enhancing the property while retaining its Parisian quality and charm.
COO of Dorchester Collection and General Manager of Hôtel Plaza Athénée François Delahaye chose to temporarily close the hotel in order to preserve guests’ comfort and convenience. The hotel will close for the restoration on October 1, 2013 and reopen in May 2014. From October 4 to October 6, 2013, an exhibition of several pieces of the hotel’s furniture and artwork will take place. In addition, an auction, conducted by Artcurial Briest Poulain F. Tajan, will occur on October 8, 2013 in the Hôtel Marcel Dassault. Pieces will include the famous spoon and fork sculpture by Jean-Michel Folon, the RelaisPlaza brasserie’s Art Déco style furniture and the Patrick Jouin-designed bar from Le Bar.
Marie-José Pommereau will lead the interior decoration of the suites, blending traditional Parisian elements with more contemporary features. The Jouin-Manku agency will redesign the Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée restaurant and Le Bar, while Bruno Moinard will oversee the renovation of Le Galerie des Gobelins, La Cour Jardin, Le Relais Plaza and the event rooms.
“Hôtel Plaza Athénée is one of the world’s most legendary properties with a rich heritage and prominent location in the heart of Paris,” Delahaye said. “While it continues to rank as one of the top hotels in the world, the subtle refurbishments will revitalize the hotel and lead it into its next century. Hôtel Plaza Athénée is a home away from home for its guests and our vision for the new developments is to create somewhere that will continue to enchant both local residents and international travellers alike for the next 100 years and beyond.