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The hotel with two names: from its opening day in 1929 (left) until the 1990s it was called THE PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL and HOTEL PRINCE DE GALLES < | >  The left picture shows the hotel's doorman today.

Prince de Galles

The Parisian hotel with two names! And it all started with a kiss! More than anybody else, Edward, the Prince of Wales (1910–1936), influenced the naming of this house. So it was called (see above) Prince of Wales Hotel and Hôtel Prince de Galles.

Unveiled for the first time in August 1929, there is another outstanding feature: the hotel had 150 rooms, but offered 160 bathrooms. Why? Some suites had two bathrooms, to enable couples to complete their toilets at the same time. A practical thing – as all couples know.

The Prince de Galles has counted among its guests Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich and Elvis Presley, Pele and Andre Agassi, to name but a few of the long list. By the way: located in Avenue George V, it is the eastern neighbour of the hotel George V. – named after the King of England, who, as we all know, was the father of the Prince of Wales. The two hotels, however, bear no family relationship.

The Prince de Galles (French for Prince of Wales) is the venue of the dramatic story of the struggle of the Prince of Wales for privacy and a self-determined life, the romantic love affair between author Erich Maria Remarque and actress Marlene Dietrich, singer Dalida and Luigi Tenco, ...

The related history dates back to the 19th century.

Arthur Millon (Président du Comité de l'Alimentation Parisienne)
(7 March 1852, Bernouil, Yonne — 1913, Paris)

1872: Millon arrives in Paris
1897: Millon buys the Café de la Paix
1901: Société Fermière du Grand Hôtel, todays Grand Hôtel InterContinental
1905: Arthur Millon forms the Société de l'Hotel Meurice and buys the Hotel Meurice with his partner Henri Wiener and transforms it with the help of architect Henri-Paul Nénot. Millon holds 27% of the shares. The new director is Fréderic Schwenter from Switzerland.
1913: Millon dies, his son André takes over.

1924: André Millon engages French architect André-Louis Arfvidson (1870 - 1935) to build a hotel in Avenue George V.

1926: During a visit to Paris it comes to a charming incident with the Prince of Wales at Gare St. Lazare, when a Parisian girl tried to kiss him. Following this Millon decides to name the hotel PRINCE OF WALES — PRINCE DE GALLES, in honour of the future King of England, who is a regular at the Hotel Meurice. Of course it should not only be named after but also welcome the Prince of Wales during his visits to Paris.

1929: the hotel PRINCE DE GALLE opens

1974: the Millon family sells the hotel. The American hotel chain Marriott buys it, in 1992 Sheraton takes over,

1993 – 1994 interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon renovates all rooms, the lobby, bar and the restaurant (Pierre-Yves Rochon, who has founded his hotel-interior-design specialised company in 1979, also renovates the neighbouring Hotel George V.).

Restaurant: Le Jardin des Cygnes – French cuisine, Chef Benoist Rambaud.
The restaurant also has a private extension, the Trianon.
Regency Bar

1998: Starwood operates the Hotel Prince de Galles.

2011–2013: the hotel closes for renovations. Again Pierre-Yves Rochon takes care of the interiors (lobby and floors=rooms and suites), the restaurant and the bar are designed by Bruno Borrione.

2016 The Most Famous Hotels in the World entertain research into the history of the hotel. Part of the result is this text.

Elvis Presley stayed here 3 time in 1959-60, while taking time off from his military service in Germany.

Manuel De Vasconcelos

Managed by: Starwood Hotels
138 / 44 luxury suites Rooms
30 Suites

Wireless High Speed Internet Access in All Guest Rooms (Charge) Smoke Detectors in Room In-Room Safe Alarm Clock Television with Remote Control Bathroom Telephone Hypoallergenic Pillows Mini Bar Voicemail Hairdryer Cable Channels Fax/Copier/Printer Patio View Room Outlet Adaptors Satellite Channels Writing Desk In-Room Movies DVD Player Speaker Telephone Walk-in Closet Rollaway Beds Direct Dialing Telephone

On the sunny side and right in the centre of Av. George V.

Fitness Centre ------ Beauty Salon

The hotel has 5 meeting spaces, catering for up to 200 attendees.

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Prince de Galles
Country: France
City: Paris
Opening date: 1929, 2 August
Architects: André-Louis Arfvidson (1870 - 1935)
First owner/Manager: 1927: built by André Millon / 1st. manager M.F. Schwenter

Note from the Host

General Manager

Gerald R. Krischek-Cruypelans:

'I am proud to manage this outstanding Art déco hotel in Paris, the city of grand hotels. It is so very special in its architecutral structure and perfectly kept in its original 1929 appearance. Interior designers like Pierre Yves Rochon or Bruno Borrione have added a modern flair in the most recent renovation. But stars like Erich Maria Remarque, Marelene Dietrich, Elvis Presley, great sportswomen and men and a long list of contemporary artists have built the legend. We treasure them in our memories.'


33 Avenue George V
75008 France, Paris

Tel: +33-1-5323 7777
Fax: +33-1-5323 7878

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