Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris

January 4, 2016 by Laura Gomez


The Hôtel Plaza Athénée is located on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, the home of Parisian Haute Couture. In the heart of the triangle d’or area, the hotel is only few steps away from the River Seine.

The Haute Couture address in Paris

The newly refurbished Hôtel Plaza Athénée is the epitome of Parisian luxury with spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower.

Since 1913, Hôtel Plaza Athénée has been welcoming guests delighted to stay on avenue Montaigne, the heart of Haute Couture. Today the hotel is still perfectly positioned for those wanting to explore the city’s designer fashion boutiques. Discover the hotel’s subtly updated Parisian interiors and beautiful new event rooms, inspired by Haute Couture, including the beautiful new ballroom.Stay in luxurious comfort overlooking either the Eiffel Tower or the charming courtyard with its signature red awnings, perfect for al fresco summer dining and in winter features its own ice rink.

Le Bar du Plaza Athénée has been lavishly redesigned and with mixologist Thierry Hernandez at the helm you can expect exceptional cocktails. Alain Ducasse, world-renowned multiple Michelin-starred chef, oversees all the hotel kitchens. In his Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée restaurant experience a new culinary concept amidst a stunning ceiling of crystal. In contrast, the listed Art Deco Le Relais Plaza is a chic and ever-popular Parisian brasserie, which hosts popular jazz nights.

To indulge in total serenity, Europe’s only Dior Institute is another hotel highlight, offering exclusive spa treatments in a stylish setting including a specialist manicure and pedicure area.

The Hotel Plaza Athénée opened on Avenue Montaigne on April 20, 1913. The hotel’s first manager Emile Armbruster named it. Composers and artists regularly dined at Plaza Athénée after performances.At the time, Jacques-Léon Colombier, winner of the London Gourmet Prize, was the head chef of the hotel’s restaurant. The Hotel Plaza Athénée remained open during World War I. In the 1920s Jules Lefebvre expanded the hotel’s size with the addition of apartment hotels, the restaurant La Cour Jardin and two salons. The Le Relais restaurant became a cafeteria for American soldiers during the Liberation of Paris. In 1947, Christian Dior established his couture house next to the hotel. Georges Martin became the new hotel director in 1963. In 1968, the Forte Group purchased the Hotel Plaza Athénée.

From 1998 to 2000, the hotel was renovated under the management of François Delahaye. He chose Alain Ducasse to supervise the hotel’s catering services and create a menu for the hotel’s new restaurant Alain Ducasse. Ducasse obtained three Michelin stars at his Plaza Athénée restaurant in 2001. Additionally, Delahaye appointed pastry chef Christophe Michalak at La Galerie des Gobelins and Philippe Marc as chef of Le Relais Plaza.

In 2001, the Dorchester Collection acquired the Hotel Plaza Athénée on behalf of the Brunei Investment Agency. The Brunei Investment Agency purchased the hotel buildings purchased the hotel’s buildings in 2003. That year, Laurence Bloch was appointed hotel manager. Bloch commissioned the interior decorators Bettina Mortemard and Marie-José Pommereau to update 194 rooms and suites. In 2008, the Dior Institut was opened at the hotel. In 2012, the Hotel Plaza Athénée was awarded the palace distinction, the highest achievement of luxury in France.

In August 2014, re-opened after a 200 million euro expansion and renovation.The renovation integrated additional buildings, created six new guest rooms, eight suites, a ballroom and two event spaces.

The majority of the hotel is classically French, except for the seventh and eighth floor that are done in Art Deco.The Hotel Plaza Athénée flies red canvas awning over every window and displays window boxes with geraniums.

There are several restaurants in the building. In 2000, Alain Ducasse chose the Athénée for his haute cuisine restaurant. It serves dinner on weeknights and lunch on Thursdays and Fridays. Other eateries include the Relais Plaza (classical French cuisine), La Cour Jardin (Riviera-style cooking), La Galerie des Gobelins (breakfast, light lunch, tea and pastries) and Le Bar du Plaza, a popular night spot. Famous chefs to have worked there before Ducasse include Jacques Pépin.

Other amenities include a sauna and steam room. In 2008, the Dior Institut was opened at the hotel and is run by Dior staff.

“Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée” three stars restaurant. French cuisine / Opening hours:

Monday to Wednesday: 7.00AM – 11.00AM | 7.30PM – 10.00PM
Thursday to Friday: 7.00AM – 10.30AM | 12.30PM – 2.00PM | 7.30PM – 10.00PM
Saturday to Sunday: 7.00AM – 1.00PM

Hôtel Plaza Athénée
25 avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris FR
+33 1 5367 6665
+33 1 5367 6666