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Hotel du Crillon, Paris

A classic example of 18th century aristocratic extravagance, this former residence was where the French allied with the US during its battle for independence from Britain. The treaty signed here was designed to protect them from a common enemy - the British - indefinitely, but lasted until the 1800s when relations became strained following King Louis XVI's execution during the French Revolution. Still it made its mark in history and continues to do so as one of the finest hotels in Paris and Europe since 1909. Located on the Place de la Concorde in the centre of Paris, the hotel features 147 guest rooms and suites featuring classic Grand Siecle furnishings. Guests are within strolling distance of the city's most famous landmarks and monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, le Jardins des Tuileries and the Louvre and the best in haute couture shopping along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (home of Hermes) and Rue Royale.

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