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The Peninsula Paris Takes Home the European Hotel Design Award

The elaborate combination of heritage restoration and complex structural challenges of the Peninsula Paris has seen the design honoured by an international panel of judges



BY Andrew McDonald

December 8th, 2015


The award was announced at the European Hotel Design Awards’ 2015 ceremony in London, late November to an audience of some 800 representatives from the world’s finest hotel companies, architecture firms and interior design practices.

The Peninsula Paris received the prestigious award for both its creative excellence and commercial viability, the two core criteria for the judges. Being either aesthetically impressive or meeting client and customer needs alone is not enough.

This prestigious award recognises the effort involved in the hotel’s elaborate renovation and restoration. The original hotel is over a century old, having been opened as one Paris’ premier grand hotels in 1908. With 400 rooms, the project’s complexity was compounded by the heritage nature of the historical building.

Ultimately, the renovation combines the preservation of beautiful Haussmannian architecture with modern technical and structural work. Three levels of underground basements were reconfiguring, creating 200 rooms. In a testament to how painstakingly accurate a restoration process the Peninsula Paris saw, the restoration work itself took four years, in contrast to the two years required to initially build the hotel.

A joint venture between Katara Hospitality and The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotel, the Peninsula Paris offers the beauty, charm and heritage of a classic, turn of the century hotel, with the comfort and technology of 2015.

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