The Lancaster, in rue de Berri, just off the Champs-Elysées in the heart of Paris, is one of Europe's most charming hotels, with an undisputed reputation for impeccable standards and service. It was called ‘one of the last bastions of traditional hospitality in Paris’ by The Observer newspaper. It’s not all about tradition though. Recently done up by the same team behind Claridge’s in Dublin, The Lancaster is a hotel very much at ease with both its history and the very latest in style and technology. The Lancaster has always been run like a luxurious private home, filled with a fascinating collection of furniture , antique clocks, paintings, chandeliers, lamps, tapestries, velvets, silk and damask, crystal and porcelain. Its courtyard, once the stables of the private house, is one of the prettiest in Paris.

How the Stage was Set
1889: The hotel was inaugurated
1996: Major renovation work was undertaken after the hotel was acquired by its current owner.

1889: The Lancaster was originally a private townhouse containing four apartments on four floors, in the style of those of Paris' Plaine Monceau. It was the private house of Monsieur Santiago Drake del Castillo, who had acquired the land ten years earlier from the Prince and Princess de Hennin.
1925: Emile Wolf, a Swiss hotelier, purchased the building, which he set about transforming into an hotel. He named it The Lancaster after the city of Lancaster in England.
1925-8: Wolf added four more floors to the structure, originally made up of four apartments.
1930: The hotel’s renovation was complete. With the aid of his housekeeper, daughter of a famous antique dealer, Wolf filled the rooms with antiques and works of art.
1996: Grace Leo Andrieu acquired the hotel from the Savoy Group. Like Emile Wolf 65 years previously, she personally oversaw every detail of the hotel’s renovation, including, the restoration of much of the hotel's extensive collection of pictures and antiques.

The guest-list of The Lancaster reads like a Who’s Who, with star names including: From the World of Entertainment Greta Garbo Clark Gable Sir Alec Guinness Marlene Dietrich Gregory Peck

Régis Lecendreux
Jean Michelle Defnos

66 Rooms
The wealth of Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture adds an inimitable Parisian chic to the rooms though it has to be said many of the pieces are high quality 19th century copies now collected in their own right. A typical example is found with the Louis XVI style bureau à cylindre which is decorated with marquetry music trophies in palissander olive and lemon wood. Although English in origin, the desk was made to appeal to the Victorian interest in pre-Revolutionary France. The chiming of numerous antique clocks floats through The Lancaster. Particularly appealing examples contained within the hotel's collection are a ormolu-mounted bright green rococo clock. Another equally aesthetic timepiece dates from the years when Napoleon was Consul (1799 - 1804) - its motifs of palm leaves, lotus flowers, gilt-bronze sphinxes were inspired by Napoleon's Egyptian campaigns which unleashed a flurry of pharonic decoration. A rococo boulle clock by Ifenne sits on a bracket in the Grand Salon, opposite a 19th century canal scene by Felix Ziem (1821 - 1911).
La Table du Lancaster – creative, light and elegant with Chef Michel Troisgros. ------ Tapas Jabugo-Monferrato ------ Salon Fontenoy ------ Salon Berri
Try Chef Michel Troisgros’ Sunday Lunch at the Table du Lancaster. The hotel’s location couldn’t be better, just steps away from the Champs-Elysées with its cafés, restaurants and shops and close to must-see sites such as the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens.
Fitness and sauna with views over Paris.
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Country: France
City: Paris
Opening date: 1930

Note from the Host

General Manager Valentino Piazzi
Hotel Manager: Jean Paul R. Congard


7, rue de Berri , Champs Elysées
75008 France, Paris

Tel: +33 1-40 76 40 76
Fax: +33 1-40 76 40 00

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