THE NEXT STEP — PARIS — PRINCE DE GALLES
Dine in Style - served by masked waiter - at the Prince de Galles
Prince de Galles chief bartender Roberto Catalano (behind the mask) prepares a non-alcoholic cocktail: the FREE#1 at the hotel's new bar 19:20. Fruity, sparkling and refreshing, the Free#1 is made of S. Pellegrino Bitter, mango juice. Topped with cherry shrub flambé.
ONE OF OUR LATEST BOOKS focuses on the history of the Prince de Galles (Prince of Wales) Hotel in Paris. In the heart of Avenue George V, it is one of Paris’s most definitive Art Deco buildings. Opened in 1929, it experienced the stock-market crash of the same year, was occupied by the German Wehrmacht during World War II, and only closed for major renovations in the early 2010s.
I talked with general manager Gerald Krischek-Cruypelans:
Gerald, how hard has 2020 and the Covid-19 crisis been for you so far?
The pandemic forced the Prince de Galles to close from mid-March until mid-September, for the first time in its 91-year history.
During the lockdown we engaged with the local community and supported local charity organisations by providing them with food supplies.
We quickly learned to adapt to this new and fast-evolving environment thanks to our great associates and developed new packages and offers that have been successful in attracting local French and Parisian guests.
We created our "19.20"
The Hotel reopened fully in September – we used the lockdown time wisely and created our new Lounge and Bar 19.20* and freshened up our beautiful Patio.
THE NEXT STEP
In spring 2021, we will be opening a new Restaurant named after famed Chef Akira Back**. During the past months, we have applied a very strict hygiene protocol under the name ‘Commitment to Clean’, which reassures our guests and associates. Safety has become the new Luxury. We are confident that travel will eventually bounce back, once people feel it’s safe to travel again. For the long-term, I am optimistic, but in the short run, I think we must be prepared to face some more challenges that we’ll have to tackle. However, I am sure of one thing: We are here to stay and so are our guests.
* 19.20, LE NOUVEAU BAR À COCKTAILS - RESTAURANT DU PRINCE DE GALLES ... go to
The hotel: Prince de Galles
The city: Paris
The general manager: Gerald Krischek-Cruypelans
The address: 33 Avenue George V
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