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Address:  25 Avenue Montaigne
Paris, 75008
Tel:  1 53 67 66 67
Owner:  Brunei Investment Agency, Dorchester Collection
Restaurants/ Bars:  Restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Le Relais Plaza
          La Cour Jardin, Le Bar du Plaza Athénée, La Cave du Plaza Athénée
          La Galerie des Gobelins, La Terrasse Montaigne
Architects/ Interior Design/ Artwork:  Patrick Jouin, Gérard Margeon
          Dominique Azzi, Marie-Hélène Deveaud, Marie-José Pommereau
Guestrooms:  146 rooms and junior suites
          45 suites
          Royale Suite
          Terrasse Eiffel Suite
          Two Eiffel Suites

Details:  Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée offers seasonal cuisine with natural tastes,
          and was awarded with three Michelin Stars
          Le Relais Plaza offers French cuisine by Philippe Marc, and ‘Swing´in Relais’ jazz
          La Galerie des Gobelins offers teas, cakes and pastries by Christophe Michalak
          and Jean-Marie Hiblot
          La Cour Jardin opens in summer and during winter features an ice rink
          La Terrasse Montaigne offers light, refined cuisine
          The hotel features the ‘Plaza’ bicycles for its clients
          Christian Dior chose Plaza Athénée to express his talent - some of his creations
          were photographed in the hotel, he invited his best customers to lunch there,
          took his own meals, and named some of his designs ‘Plaza’, ‘Athénée’ and
          Celebrity guests - Ava Gardner, John Travolta, Sharon Stone, Frank Sinatra,
          Monica Bellucci, Christian Dior, Rudolph Valentino, Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper,
          Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, Nancy Reagan,
          Ford family, Maurice Chevalier, Jane Fonda amongst others

Interior:  The Haussmann-style building features high ceilings, fireplaces and stucco
          Plaza Athénée is decorated with French traditions of interior design, including
          wood paneling, silks, felt-lined taffeta curtains, fabrics, deep-pile carpeting,
          trimmings and damasks, all made by French small businesses
          La Galerie des Gobelins takes its inspiration from Avenue Montaigne and
          La Cour Jardin features red umbrellas and Virginia creeper
          La Terrasse Montaigne faces Avenue Montaigne
          The Garden was designed by Patrick Jouin, and the awnings feature
          reproductions of Fragonard paintings
          Le Bar du Plaza Athénée´s redecoration respected its heritage, conserving the
          wood wall panels
          The Bar is divided into two parts - the first one set round a long glass counter
          with Louis XV style metal stools, stainless steel tables and Murano
          micro-chandeliers, the second one features a hand-tufted carpet,
          leather armchairs and large paintings, creating a cozier atmosphere
          The Plaza Cellar was redesigned by Gérard Margeon, Dominique Azzi and
          Marie-Hélène Deveaud
          The Dior Institut at the Plaza Athénée´s environment is an extension of the
          couture house, featuring the brand´s signature touches and emblems in a
          luxurious setting decorated with precious materials, silver and white medallion
          chairs and mirrors, and highlighted by iridescent textures and lighting effects
          Dior Institut counts with a central pool, arched arcades, five treatment rooms
          (including a double VIP room), relaxation and herbal tea lounge,
          fitness space, hammam steam bath and sauna
          The rooms of the first six floors are decorated with Louis XIV, Louis XV and
          Regency style furniture
          The rooms of the seventh and eighth floors are decorated in Art Decó style
          The Royale Suite is the largest suite in Paris, with four bedrooms,
          four bathrooms (one with steam room and a Jacuzzi), two lounges,
          an office and a gallery kitchen, most of them with great views

History:  1867 - Opening of the Grand Hôtel Athénée on Rue Scribe by Louis Raphaël
          Bischoffsheim to provide accommodation to Athénée Theatre´s guests
          1911 - Jules Cadillat planned to open the Hôtel Plaza on Avenue Montaigne,
          close to the place to be, Théâtre des Champs Elysées
          April 1st, 1913 - Alleged opening, delayed because of name conflicts
          Emile Armbruster added the name ‘Athénée’, after the hotel he managed but
          had recently closed
          April 20th, 1913 - Opening of
Plaza Athénée at 25 Avenue Montaigne, designed
          to spend the evening after a show, became the meeting place of music
          composers and performers
          The sixth floor was reserved for families
          Jules Cadillat contacted chef Jacques-Léon Colombier for the restaurant
          1920s - The hotel doubled its size, stretching from 21 to 27 Avenue Montaigne
          Opening of the Courtyard Garden, Le Régence and Marie-Antoinette lounges
          designed by Jules Lefèvre
          1934 - Plaza Athénée closed its doors
          La Séquanaise bought the building
          1936 - François Dupré bought the name ‘Hotel Plaza Athénée’
          Reopening of the hotel
          Opening of Le Relais Plaza, an Art Decó ‘chic bistro’, designed by Constant
          The rooms on the seventh floor were turned into studio apartments
          1939 - The occupying forces requisitioned the hotel
          The staff secured the wine, linen, tapestries and silverware
          1947 - Opening of Christian Dior boutique on Avenue Montaigne to be close
          to the Plaza Athénée, becoming his second home
          1963 - A major programme of renovations took place
          1968 - Protest against the sale of the hotel
          The hotel was purchased by The Forte Group
          1995 - Renovation of Le Régence, Le Relais Plaza, La Cour Jardin and
          La Galerie des Gobelins
          1979 - Redecoration of the hotel, reflecting events and festivities in other
          1996 - The Forte Group sold the hotel to Granada
          1997 - The Plaza Athénée was purchased by the Sultanate of Brunei
          2000 - Plaza Athénée´s full renovation
          Opening of Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée
          2001 - Dorchester Collection started to manage the hotel on the behalf of the
          Brunei Investment Agency
          Opening of Le Bar du Plaza Athénée designed by Patrick Jouin, the first trendy
          bar in a luxurious hotel
          2003 - Brunei Investment Agency purchased the hotel buildings
          Redecoration of the bedrooms
          Redecoration of Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée by Patrick Jouin in a
          modernized Louis XV style
          2005 - Creation of the Royale Suite
          2006 - Creation of the Terrasse Eiffel Suite
          2008 - Opening of the Dior Institut at the Plaza Athénée on the third floor,
          the first one in France
          Inauguration of two suites and a bedroom designed by Marie-José
          Renovation of La Galerie des Gobelins
          2010 - The hotel was awarded ‘living heritage company’ status, the first hotel
          to be distinguished with that title
          May 2011 - The Plaza Athénée obtained the official distinction as a ‘palace’
          hotel, at the first session
          2013 - Celebration of its
100 year anniversary

Dorchester Collection

Category:  Hotel Group
Address:  3 Tilney Street
London, W1K 1BJ
Tel:  0 20 7629 4848
Owner:  Brunei Investment Agency

Dorchester Collection Properties:  The Dorchester, The Beverly Hills Hotel, Le Meurice,
          Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Hotel Principe di Savoia, Hotel Bel-Air, Coworth Park,
          45 Park Lane, Le Richemond
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