Book Review: Hôtel Plaza Athénée – Celebrating its first 100 years, Hôtel Plaza Athénée in the elegant heart of Paris is looking ahead to its next century. Following a yearlong renovation, guests are rediscovering the warm, refined surroundings for which the hotel is legendary.
Located within one of Paris’s most prestigious districts, the Plaza Athénée remains at the center of fashionable and artistic Parisian life. This stately volume opens the doors of this magnificent place, through previously unpublished documents and interviews with those whose lives have intersected there, recounting the life of a mythical hotel.
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François Simon was food critic for French newspaper Le Figaro for more than twenty years; he currently hosts the Paris Dernière show on the Paris Première television network. Simon has launched a Web site, simonsays.fr, he regularly contributes to publications including Air France magazine and L’Officiel Homme, and he continues to write books devoted to the art of living well. For Assouline, Simon has also written The Provence of Alain Ducasse (2001), Paris Hotel Stories (2003), Toscane(s) (2004), Jean-Paul Hévin (2007), and Cuisine & Cravings of the Stars (2008).
A stratigrapher, historian, writer, and poet, Pascal Payen-Appenzeller has a passion for the piano as well as for contemporary art, of which he is also a collector and a critic. He is the author of numerous books on Paris, including the first encyclopedia on the city, Champs-Élysées: dictionnaire historique, architectural et culturel, 1er tome (Gourcuff Gradenigo, 2013), as well as the original edition of Hôtel Plaza Athénée, published by Assouline in 2004 in collaboration with the hotel.
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