n the heart of Monaco, and among such auspicious surroundings as the Casino Monte-Carlo, Café de Paris and the Jardins des Boulingrins, stands a true icon of the Principality; the majestic Hotel de Paris.
A Belle-Époque masterpiece of architecture, its longstanding position as the jewel in the luxury Monegasque hotel market has been no accident. It was founder and visionary François Blanc’s intention to create “a hotel that surpasses everything that has been created until now”. 150 years later, that sentiment still holds true.
The Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo will engage in a renovation program from October 2014 until September 2018. This will ensure that the Hotel de Paris continues to satisfy the ever-more demanding requirements of the luxury hotel clientele.
The renovation will concern the whole of the establishment, with restructuring both of public areas and of service facilities. Total capacity will remain similar to the present figure (107 rooms and suites), while the surface of rooms and suites will be greater and the proportion of suites increased.
Major innovations include the creation of a garden courtyard in the centre of the establishment and enhanced use of the roof space with the installation there of a new fitness, spa and pool area, superlative suites, and a “rooftop villa” with its own private pool and garden. These renovations and creations will ensure that the Hotel de Paris continues to satisfy the ever-more demanding requirements of the luxury hotel clientele.
The hotel’s historic facade opposite the Café de Paris will remain intact. Its legendary Lobby and Cellar, and its emblematic establishments such as the Bar Américain, the Salle Empire, the Louis XV and the Grill, will all continue to exist.
Architects Richard Martinet and Gabriel Viora have been given the task of perpetuating and sublimating the spirit of the Hotel de Paris as it inspired their predecessors Jules Laurent Dutrou and Edouard-Jean Niermans, while giving it new roots in the 21st century so that its legend may live on.
For the Société des Bains de Mer, it was always imperative that the external renovation of the Hotel de Paris allows for a continued integration with the urban landscape. Standing as it does between the faithfully restored Hermitage Hotel and the future real estate complex of the Sporting d’Hiver, great care has been taken to ensure the hotel does its part to retain an aesthetic synchronicity within the area, without compromising its legendary status. So while the original facade of the hotel will remain unchallenged, a refined and conceptual style will emerge from the third floor upwards, culminating in two horizontal glass lines underlining the final floors.
In its way, the Hotel de Paris is emblematic of Monaco as a whole; both share a passion for preserving and honouring their unique history, while simultaneously and whole-heartedly embracing the 21st Century. It’s how both the hotel and the principality are able to continue to attract a modern world of business and investment, while never losing sight of what it was that set them apart in the first place.
The Hotel de Paris is scheduled to fully reopen in September 2018.