The redevelopment project in Paris that will produce The Peninsula Paris is on track, racing to meet a 2012 deadline. Once completed, it is expected to have 200 guestrooms and suites.
Jean Forrest, general manager for marketing, The Peninsula Hotels, said: "We hope that The Peninsula Paris will bring a new level of distinction to the Paris luxury hotel market." For some time, the Peninsula has been known to be searching for appropriate European locations, with its current portfolio limited to eight properties in Asia and the US. It’s ninth hotel, The Peninsula Shanghai, is due to open on October 18.
The Paris project is imbued with a lot of history. Constructed in 1908, the building first housed Hotel Majestic, frequented by luminaries such as American composer George Gershwin, then was occupied by the German army during the French Occupation and became the Unesco headquarters as well as the office of the Centre International des Conferences of the French foreign ministry. It was also the site of the 1973 Paris Peace Accord which ended the Vietnam War.
It is located on Avenue Kleber just off two of the city's most recognisable icons, Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees.
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