At the bottom of the Champs-Élysées is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world: the Hôtel de Crillon. After lavish refurbishment, this 300-year old monument recently received "Palace" status (a better than five-star classification introduced by the French government in 2010).
To reach this goal, epic renovation works were necessary: A €500 million budget, 4,000 people, including 150 craftsmen, working non-stop over a 4-year period to restore centenary frescoes, woodwork, and tapestries, some of which are classified as historical monuments.
From ceilings covered in feathers to sofas specially designed by Karl Lagerfeld, discover how the Hôtel de Crillon has been reborn under the artistic direction of Aline Asmar d’Amman. Between excitement and apprehension, this film takes us behind the scenes at one of the most beautiful luxury hotels, in the period leading up to its grand re-opening gala.
Direction: Marianne Maurice, Nathalie Conscience & Christian Huleu
Production: Martange Productions for France Télévisions
Available versions: French, English