From 42 years to 42 days, the staff of Plaza Athénée, famously featured in case studies at ivy-league business schools, may have spent different amounts of time working at this legendary establishment, but T+L discovers, they all have a secret space within its walls that they find the most beautiful. Photographs by Adil Jain
Everything that makes this Parisienne landmark one of the world’s most distinguished hotels is still here: the red window awnings and matching flowers blooming on its Art Nouveau balconies, the sumptuous fabrics and period French furnishings, (not to mention unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower). But more than ever, it’s the Plaza’s legendary staff that makes all experiences here special. One year on from its opening we revisited them and asked the spaces in this institution that are closest to their hearts. We were amazed by the answers.
Running from the 1st to the 7th floors, this deep, optically mesmerising stairwell is a favourite feature with the hotel’s groom. “I like the big windows and the way the light comes through the stained glass and falls on wood. It’s like catching jigsaw pieces of pictures in different corners of the staircase.”
The Relais Plaza
Manager of this Art Deco restaurant, Werner Küchler marks this year as his 42nd year at the legendary establishment. Not surprisingly then, The Relais is his favourite part of the hotel. He rarely is seen anywhere else, ask his colleagues and they say, “He makes the story of the place and he wants to make its future beautiful too.”
Isabelle Maurin is a director at the hotel and calls the Galerie the heart of Plaza Athénée. The convivial and chic atmosphere of this meeting place is relaxing in a way. “This is where you see life and movement,” she says.
Rooftops in Paris offer the most magical and romantic views, but at Plaza Athénée, the terrace has two starry views—one above and another below. “When the weather is generous, we love being on the terrace. You can enjoy the weather and the Paris skyline, but the best part is to watch the most stylish icons walk down Avenue Montaigne below,” says the concierge staff.
Private Vegetable Garden
Romain Meder, chef at restaurant Alain Ducasse, loves this private space on the second floor. It is where he grows aromatics herbs, and since, it is not open to guests, he finds it the perfect place to have a moment to himself.