Grand Hotel du Louvre

Other Paris hotels may have the glamour, but the Grand Hotel du Louvre has the history. A stone's throw from the Louvre, its unmistakable facade stands as a timeless symbol of the birth of Hausmannian Paris, the modern city we know and love today.
Often referred to as the first hotel in the world by this name ("Grand"), we have to add a modest remark: the first grand hotel stood in London.

How the Stage was Set
HISTORY IN BRIEF 1855: The hotel opened for business. 1973: The Grand Hotel du Louvre became part of the newly formed Concorde Group.

Mid-19th C: Baron Georges-Eugène Hausmann transformed Paris. In under two decades he turned the cramped medieval city of old into the spacious modern metropolis we know today.
1855: Baron Hausmann commissioned the Péreire brothers, powerful bankers who heavily financed the reconstruction of Paris, to build a luxurious new hotel. Designed by the architect Alfred Armand, the Grand Hotel du Louvre was opened in 1855, just in time for the International Exhibition staged in Paris that year. It was the first luxury hotel in France – and the first ‘Grand Hotel’. 1860s: The Grand Hotel du Louvre boasted 700 deluxe guest-rooms, as well as two steam-powered lifts –the very height of modernity at that time– and wide staircases. A 1,250-strong staff kept operations running smoothly. There were guides and interpreters, an information desk, a post office, a telegraph room and an exchange bureau. The Grand Hotel was well-reputed for its culinary excellence, both French and foreign. 1870s: The owners of the Galeries du Louvre, a fashionable new department store across the street, bought the Grand Hotel du Louvre and shifted it to its current location on Place André Malraux. 1897: Impressionist Camille Pissarro took up residence at the Grand Hotel du Louvre 1898: The hotel’s management company adopted its present name, ‘Société du Louvre’. 1909: The Société du Louvre inaugurated the Hotel de Crillon. 1973: The Société du Louvre formed Concorde Hotels, grouping all of its luxury hotels into one subsidiary. Owned until recently by the prestigious Taittinger family, specialists par excellence in the fine art of luxury, Concorde Hotels is a global sales and marketing network covering over 90 prestigious hotels worldwide.

Famous guests of years gone by include Camille Pissarro and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (see Legendary Stories)
Camille Pissarro painted some of his famous Paris townscapes from the window of his appartment (today’s Pissarro suite). Pissarro endured prolonged financial hardship in keeping faith with the aims of Impressionism. Despite acute eye trouble, his later years were his most prolific. The Parisian and provincial scenes of this period include Place du Théâtre Français (1898) and Bridge at Bruges (1903). ------ Sherlock Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was so impressed with the hotel that he featured it in several of his famous detective’s adventures.
Managed by: Concorde Hotels
177 Rooms
Free WiFi Internet Connexion Annick Goutal Toiletries Luxury bathrobe and slippers TV with satellite channels and Pay TV Air conditioning and sound proofing Smoking and non smoking rooms 24-hour Room Service Mini-bar Voice mailbox Safe deposit box Hairdryer Magnifying mirror
Pissarro Suite
Brasserie du Louvre with Chef Roland Desbois. ------ Defender Bar - impressive cocktail menu.
This is a hotel immersed in the history, culture and arts of the City of Lights. The Louvre, Comédie Française, Palais Royal and Opera Garnier are all on its doorstep.
The hotel has eight private meeting rooms ranging in size from 194 square feet to 1464 square feet, all with air conditioning and high speed Internet access. The pick of the bunch is the Rohan Salon.
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Grand Hotel du Louvre
Country: France
City: Paris
Opening date: 1855

Note from the Host

General Manager Xavier le Ru


France, Paris
Tel: +33 (1) 44 58 38 38
Fax: +33 (1) 44 58 38 01

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