Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow
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Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow

‘Once upon a time, the palace of tomorrow’ is Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris‘ tagline, and it underlines two crucial components. To begin, ‘Once once a time’ remembers the beginning of the Hotel’s tale, focusing first and foremost on honoring its past and identifying where the Hotel’s core rests. The Haussmannian architecture, the front, the lobby, the wood paneling of Le Bar, La Galerie, the “haut de cuisine” restaurant, La Cour Jardin, and Le Relais Plaza are all included among Paris‘ historic sites. Furthermore, the Hotel’s relationship with its guests contributes to the essence of the Hotel as well as its connection with its employees, some of whom have worked at the Hotel for over thirty years.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow

The second part of the Hotel’s motto, ‘the palace of tomorrow’, looks to the future and considers how best to integrate the iconic palace into the modern world without betraying the heritage of the property. The challenge here was to subtly enhance the Hotel’s homely atmosphere for our current guests whilst considering a style that would appeal to the following generations. Internationally acclaimed interior designer Bruno Moinard has been chosen by the Hotel to design the lobby, La Galerie, La Cour Jardin, the Salon Organza and the new ballroom named the Salon Haute Couture. In order to create a spectacular yet discreet atmosphere, without changing the Hotel’s concept, Bruno Moinard has placed emphasis on a subtle silver color scheme complementing the existing features of the Hotel highlighted by light effects, be they natural or electric.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow

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Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow

“Today, luxury is found in detail, in the seam, the lining, in what remains unseen, in surprises. Not in extravagance or overtly opulent decor.” – Bruno Moinard

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow

When entering the lobby, guests will be instantly immersed by Haute Couture. Floral displays add to the welcoming atmosphere and are changed every week. Bronze, marble, and brushed oak furnishings have been designed, along with wood paneling on the walls. The beautifully designed mosaic floor is adorned with a rug inspired by a crystalline motif, which echoes the large chandelier. Created in 1936, Le Relais Plaza is a chic brasserie that has become one of the capital’s go-to destinations over the years. Under the direction of Bruno Moinard, Le Relais Plaza’s refurbishment in 2014 predominantly consisted of redecorating a few elements of the restaurant. Particular attention was paid to detail, such as the lampshade crafted in folds of fibrous plaster, as well as the furnishings and the newly extended bar area. Following the arrival of Chef Jean Imbert in September 2021, as director of all kitchens, the Relais Plaza is for him the first project that he reveals at the Plaza Athénée. For this project, the chef wanted to offer a cuisine driven by values that are dear to him, inspired by his grandmother, with iconic dishes but also many new products from Parisian brasserie cuisine.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow

Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku have adopted a bold and creative approach to Le Bar, plunging guests into a distinctive and dreamlike atmosphere. Known as one of the top evening destinations in Paris, Le Bar has been designed to create an innovative setting. Using a contemporary style, the space is decorated with a blend of blue and brown tones. The ceiling is hidden under an installation composed of wreaths of fabric reminding drapes of an Haute Couture dress whilst the oversized bar in transparent resin levitates within the space. The chairs and sofas are elegantly designed with saddler topstitching, inspired by some of the finest vintage cars in the world. In the evenings, the glass disk-shaped lamps, like a pearl of a neckless, shed a dim and more discreet light creating an intimate ambiance. Since October 2018 the bar will be featuring an exclusive collection of truly exceptional Dom Pérignon white and rosé champagne, including Vintage, P2, P3 and Magnum, Jeroboam, and Mathusalem. This unique selection, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world, can be savored onsite or added to a fine wine collector’s private cellar.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris: Once Upon A Time, The Palace of Tomorrow

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