Today marks the reopening of Hôtel de Crillon, a Rosewood Hotel—one of Europe's most exclusive hotels—giving brides everywhere even more reasons to tie the knot in the world's most romantic city (according to this year's Brides Honeymoon Awards). Fresh off an extensive four-year restoration, this Place de la Concorde landmark joins the similarly revamped Ritz Paris on the list of Parisian "I do" hot spots.
But Hôtel de Crillon isn't just a modern-day venue; Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were married in front of what is now Place de la Concorde in 1770. And given that the hotel itself dates back to the 18th century, the recent revamp was more restoration than renovation—executed by a team of architects, master craftsmen, artisans, and designers—any Crillon nuptials will be instantly imbued with a strong sense of history and place.
At the helm of this project was architect Richard Martinet, who led the restoration and renovation of the landmark-status façade and second-floor reception rooms. Interiors, meanwhile, were overseen by Artistic Director Aline Asmar d’Amman, who worked in partnership with fellow Paris-based designers Tristan Auer, Chahan Minassian, and Cyril Vergniol to execute the 124 guest rooms. Fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld was even tapped to decorate two OTT fourth-floor suites fronting Place de la Concorde called "Les Grands Appartements." While each designer put his own unique spin on his respective spaces, the overall effect is a well executed marriage (excuse the pun) of both past and present: Objets emblematic of the hotel’s history (amethyst chandeliers, gold and crystal Baccarat decanters) can still be found throughout what are now lighter, more refined public spaces and sleek, monochromatic guest rooms.
But when it comes to hosting your wedding at Hôtel de Crillon, it's all about the venues. While Crillon has six unique spaces, here, we break down our top two, plus other need-to-know details:
Salon des Aigles
Overlooking Place de la Concorde, the 1,001-square-foot Salon des Aigles encapsulates the rich heritage and expert craftsmanship of the Hôtel de Crillon. The palace’s grandest venue can be combined with two other salons to accommodate up to 220 guests for a reception.
This historic 646-square-foot room is perhaps the most exceptional space. Expect guests to be wowed by the gilded light fixtures, sculpted walls, parquet floors, and antique statues as you seat 30 people for dinner or 60 for cocktails. Want to wow your friends and family even more? Book the adjacent 398-square-foot terrace overlooking the Place de la Concorde, which seats an additional 30 guests (80 for cocktails) and has picture-perfect views of the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Les Invalides, and other Parisian landmarks.
The Food and Decor:
Couples who choose Hôtel de Crillon are in luck: Flowers are be executed in-house through the hotel's partnership with famed floral designer Djordje Varda, who also works with the Eden Rock resort in St. Barth. Catering will likewise be handled internally—couples can partner with Michelin-starred Chef Christopher Hache on the menu and pastry chef Jerôme Chaucesse, whose masterful wedding cakes will surely match the grandeur your chosen venue.
The Honeymoon Suite:
Robb Report estimates that each of the 124 rooms cost roughly $1.8 million to execute (hence the $1,800 per night price tag). But if you really want to go all out, book one of the 10 signature suites, including the top-floor $28,000-per-night Leonard Bernstein suite, with champagne-colored walls—and an outdoor patio overlooking the Eiffel Tower, of course.