150 years of transformation at the Hôtel de Paris
Surrounded by debris, filled with construction workers and towered over by cranes, the Hôtel de Paris in its current state may surprise you. With the end of renovation works scheduled for 2018, the huge construction site has exciting possibilities in store for the hotel built over 150 years ago.
However, the photos prove that this is not a singular episode in the long history of the Hôtel de Paris, which has already undergone several periods of construction, demolition, reconstruction, renovation, and extension which, according to founder François Blanc, aimed to offer guests the best of the best in luxury hotels.
In 1884, twenty years after it was built, its facade changed dramatically when a glazed gallery was added to the front of the restaurant. In 1890, a rotunda was added to the hotel which still exists today. Seven years later, two floors were added. In 1909-1910, the hotel was completely demolished and rebuilt in a more modern style. In 1959, four floors were added beneath the rotunda, and a restaurant that has since become a gourmet favourite, Le Grill, was added to the top floor with its famous open roof.
In 2018, the Hôtel de Paris will have transformed once again. The beauty of the paradox is that its new face will enable it to remain faithful to what it has been for more than 150 years. Everything must change to remain the same…