Situated at 25 avenue Montaigne (8th), the Plaza Athénée is, like Le Meurice, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, the two palaces being members of the Dorchester Collection.
Opened in 1913, a few steps from the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées inaugurated in the same year, the palace has 146 bedrooms and 45 suites, whose decoration varies on different floors of the hotel: classic, Louis-XVI style and Regency, or art deco.
The celebrated designerof the hotel is Patrick Jouin, a disciple of Philippe Starck; after redesigning the bar, he has just finished the refurbishment of the starred restaurant “Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée”.
A project for extension work currently under consideration
The palace is also renowned for its pastry chef Christophe Michalak, world champion in the discipline in 2005, for its Christian Dior institute (whose fashion house is also on avenue Montaigne) and for a skating rink at Christmas time. Not forgetting “Barbie” and "Hotwheels" bedrooms created one summer and reserved for children of rich clients.
Run by François Delahaye, the Plaza Athénée has no shortage of projects. In June 2011, the palace purchased three buildings on avenue Montaigne and in adjacent streets amounting to 5,000 m². A project to connect the buildings is under consideration but work will not begin for 18 months to 2 years.