Spring 2021: the new Hôtel de la Marine opens its doors in Paris
After four years of immense restoration and renovation work, the iconic Hôtel de la Marine will finally open its doors, in two phases.
First, in spring 2021, the hotel will unveil its 18th century apartments, furnished by the stewards of the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, along with its 19th century state rooms, as well as a restaurant, a café and a gift shop. Then, in autumn 2021, the former tapestry room of the Garde-Meuble will host the Al Thani Collection, one of the most prestigious private collections in the world.
This year’s premier cultural event, the opening also marks the appearance of the first site along the Paris Region Food Tour, a major initiative to promote French cuisine and local know-how.
Through 4 exclusive interviews (in French), discover the secrets of the Hôtel de la Marine. Its history, its exceptional restoration, its heritage spaces and its impact on the Paris Region Food Tour.
The new Hôtel de la Marine
In 2021, a new chapter began for this iconic Parisian site, which has become a place where visitors from all walks of life can enjoy culture, fine food or a leisurely stroll.
Upon entering the site, a contemporary, pyramid-shaped glass canopy designed by architect Hugh Dutton greets you in the dazzling Cour de l’Intendant, where the ground sparkles with an array of LED lights embedded in the carpet.
On the “bel étage” – the first floor – you’ll reach the lavish apartments and reception rooms, historical gems that will take you back through time in this Enlightenment-era palace, with its sumptuous decorations and precious artwork and furniture. When you walk out onto the iconic loggia overlooking the Place de la Concorde, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view unlike any other. You’ll have to wait until autumn 2021, however, to see the amazing exhibition galleries for the Al Thani Collection.
Discover the exclusive interview with Philippe Bélaval, President of the Centre des monuments nationaux, who presents the project for the new Hôtel de la Marine (video in French):
The history of the monument
Between the Champs-Élysées and the Jardin des Tuileries, the Hôtel de la Marine is a superb architectural complex created in the 18th century by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, chief architect to King Louis XV. Until 1789, it housed the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, which managed the furniture and artwork that decorated the royal residences, before becoming the headquarters of French naval staff for more than two hundred years, until 2015.
In 2017, restoration work was begun by the National Monuments Centre, under the supervision of Christophe Bottineau, Chief Architect of Historic Monuments – a wonderful example of a renovation that adds contemporary touches, while preserving the original site.
Discover the exclusive interview with Christophe Bottineau, Chief Architect of Historic Monuments, who tells you about the birth of the Hôtel de la Marine, the architectural counterpart of the Hôtel de Crillon and the Automobile Club de France on the Place de la Concorde (video in French):
Fine dining at the Hôtel de la Marine
French cuisine has been nurtured and enriched and throughout the ages thanks to the voyages and discoveries of the French Navy.
Gastronomy and the art of living are naturally featured during tours of the new hotel, which also offers a first-hand tasting experience with its two food locations. The restaurant north of the main courtyard features a menu designed by Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège, which will take you on a sensory journey filled with unforgettable flavours. To the south, the Café Lapérouse is a bustling spot dedicated to fine food and sharp palates. Accessible all day through the main courtyard and the arcades of the Place de la Concorde, it is ideal for a refreshing break.
Gastronomy and the art of living are also featured prominently in the gift shop, with its wide range of books and souvenirs evoking the history of the monument and the Age of Enlightenment. It is freely accessible.
Discover the exclusive interview with Yann Queffélec, writer, who tells you about the influence of the Navy in the history of gastronomy (video in French):
The Hotel de la Marine and the Paris Region Food Tour
A showcase for French culinary heritage, the Paris Region Food Tour is a new label that highlights and promotes the best dining locations in the city and the surrounding region. Featured alongside five other major food spots, the Hôtel de la Marine is the first location to open its doors.
The other locations are: the former Poste de Versailles, the Halle Gourmande de Saint-Ouen, the Cité du Goût de Noisiel, the Pavillon France from the Exposition Universelle in Milan (re-assembled in Tremblay-en-France) and the Maison des Fromages de Brie in Coulommiers.
Yet another way in which the hotel’s opening represents a landmark event for the year.
Discover the exclusive interview with Babette de Rozières, in charge of gastronomy in Paris Region, who presents Paris Region Food Tour (video in French):
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- Copyright image: © Jean-Pierre Delagarde / Centre des monuments nationaux