Hôtel Plaza Athénée lobby
Design

Warm Welcome

March 04, 2019

The hotel lobby is a space of passage and partaking, of grandeur and one-to-one exchange. Like the very first note in a musical score, it sets the tone for all that is to come and is the finishing note of perfect resolution.

Touchpoint of service

Beyond setting the tone with its distinctive interior, the lobby is also an important touchpoint of service. It is where guests become orientated before their stay, or where others stop by temporarily for a drink and a moment of calm. Describing Hotel Eden’s library-themed La Libreria, Architectural Digest notes: “You won’t even have to put down your book to get a drink a trolley makes its way around the space, where bartenders will craft cocktails tableside.”

Hôtel Plaza Athénée lobby

Far from the constant motion of travel and the bustle of urban streets, a hotel lobby is a place of civility.
It is an invitation to have seat, relax, and enjoy your stay.

The 20 Best Hotel Lobbies in the World

“There may be no greater indicator of a hotel’s quality than the lobby,” writes Ryan Smith in Architectural Digest’s early 2019 article entitled ‘The 20 Best Hotel Lobbies in the World’. Dorchester Collection properties Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Hotel Eden in Rome and Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris ranked seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

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