Hotel Plaza Athénée's current centenary celebrations will be brought to a premature end with the announcement that the hotel is to close for refurbishment.
A Dorchester Collection property, the hotel has been creating opportunities for expansion by purchasing neighbouring buildings and over the past several years it has acquired ownership of a townhouse to the right of the hotel on 29 avenue Montaigne, a townhouse on rue Clément Marot, and the building where Le Relais Plaza is located. The closure of the hotel will enable the integration of these additional spaces into the existing hotel, and will allow the creation of six new guest rooms, eight suites, a ballroom and two event spaces.
The hotel has said that restoration of the space will be “subtle”, with designers who have previously modified the hotel also involved in these latest developments. Marie-José Pommereau, who completed the redesign of the hotel’s Royal Suite in 2012, will take charge of the new suites’ interior design. The Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée restaurant and Le Bar will be redesigned by the Paris-based Jouin-Manku agency, and Bruno Moinard will be responsible for La Galerie des Gobelins, La Cour Jardin and Le Relais Plaza as well as the event rooms.
Hotel Plaza Athénée will close on October 1, 2013, with its reopening planned for May 2014. Although the announcement of the closure will mean a premature end to the property’s current anniversary celebrations, the refit is well-timed to ensure the property remains a popular address among luxury hotels in Paris.
The Ritz Paris closed for a major renovation in 2012 – its most significant and extensive since its 1898 opening - and it is scheduled to reopen in 2014 with a spread of new features and amenities including a new ballroom, summer restaurant and additional suites. First opened in 1758, Hotel de Crillon on Place de la Concorde is also currently closed while an extensive renovation and refurbishment is being undertaken; it is scheduled to reopen in 2015. The Four Seasons George V, meanwhile, recently enhanced its offerings by opening a new penthouse suite with numerous terraces and impressive views of the Eiffel Tower.