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Paula Butler

(301) 380-4327
Paris, France -  6 May 2009 - 

Opening today, the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe combines an ultra-modern design by renowned Paris architect Christian de Portzamparc with the best of the Renaissance brand experience.  The 118-room hotel offers an incomparable and historic location, contemporary and comfortable guest rooms, chic public spaces and an innovative restaurant pairing French and Indonesian cuisine. 

“The Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe is our latest gem in a global portfolio of more than 140 hotels and resorts,” said Tina Edmundson, senior vice president, lifestyle brands and Renaissance operations.  “Set in the heart of Paris, the hotel provokes the guests’ sense of discovery, offering cutting-edge architecture, intriguing interiors and a restaurant and lounge that is undeniably Parisian – all with a touch of the exotic.  Matching up nicely with Paris is our equally exciting and highly distinctive Renaissance New York Hotel 57 -- two major openings in two fabulous cities.”

Built on the site of the famous Theatre de l’empire, the hotel is already causing a buzz in Paris design circles.  Portzamparc materializes values of modernity as well as comfort and quality.  The hotel’s signature wavy, all-glass exterior pays homage to the historic architecture on the Avenue Wagram.   Ground-floor retail shops, selling modern home furnishings, fit perfectly with the location which is quickly becoming a design hub in Paris.  The hotel also has direct and exclusive access to Salle Wagram, the famous banquet and event venue built in 1865 that has been fully restored according to Portzamparc’s design.

Just steps from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs-Elysees, the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe has spectacular views of Paris from its top floors.  The hotel’s guest rooms and 22 suites are classically styled but contemporary, with warm, vibrant colors, artfully balanced with just the right amenities to accommodate both business and leisure guests.

Makassar Lounge & Restaurant, a new dining concept in Paris, combines the exotic with the familiar, blending French Provence bistro flavors with authentic Indonesian dishes, such as  Be Pasih Mepanggang (marinated and grilled sword fish, sweet potato with shallots), Satau Ayam (brochette of marinated chicken, yellow rice) and Gendag Mekuah (papaya soup, gambas, mussels and spices).  The Sulawesi chef’s table is an intimate private dining space.

The word Makassar derives from the name of a precious wood and from the harbor of the Indonesia archipelago, once a hub of the world spice market trading in pepper, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg.  This heritage inspired the general tone of the simple but creative menu created by Executive Chef Jose Bangard in collaboration with Consultant Chef Heinz von Holzen, resident of Bali for more than 15 years and a recognized expert and author on Indonesian cuisine.  Open all day and evening, guests can easily enjoy a drink, a snack or a full meal. 

The restaurant design, by Henry Chebaane, mixes a sense of relaxation and discovery with an exotic tone, while maintaining a very Parisian spirit of the place where the Theatre de l’empire once stood.  Velvety indigo blue mixes with bronzed buffalo leather, dark wooden floors and silver curtains with provocative leather glints, and a shadow theater brings life to the restaurant’s main wall, with a sequence from “Ramayana,” an Indonesian epic of love, good and evil.

A destination in itself, the Makassar Lounge Bar features a glass counter backlit with sketches from the worlds of fashion, theater and film, and a glass-encased wine cellar presenting regional wines and wines from Oceania, all served by the glass.  The Makassar Lounge Culture Bar offers signature cocktails of with an Indonesian accent: Musim Panas (fusion of old Asia with European spirits), Hutan Bakar (fine, aromatic cocktail with flamed sprigs of rosemary), and Kilat (elegance of champagne with vodka and fruity touch of pear). 

Guest amenities include a 70-square-meter fitness center and a business center open 24 hours a day.  For social events and conferences, the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe offers 150 square meters of space that can be divided into two sections or five breakout rooms in varying configurations.  A terrace of more than 200 square meters is available for cocktails and coffee breaks and overlooks gardens and the event venue Salle Wagram, which will once again be associated with music and trendy parties.

Technologically advanced, the hotel offers wireless Internet access throughout the building, and guest rooms are fitted with VoIP telephones, wired and wireless Internet access, high-definition, LCD televisions and digital connectivity panel allowing guests to connect their laptops, camcorders, digital cameras, video games and more.  Opening rates begin at € 289 per night.

Both the Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe and the Salle Wagram are owned by Empire SAS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Altarea SA, a publicly traded French company.  The hotel operates under a management agreement, with Alex Fiz as general manager and Daunia Cesari as hotel sales leader The Arc de Triomphe hotel is the company’s fourth Renaissance hotel in Paris.  For reservations and information, visit or call 800 228-9290.

Renaissance also recently opened the beautifully restored historic Eden Roc, a Renaissance Beach Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida.

Renaissance Hotels & Resorts is an upscale hotel chain with more than 140 properties in 28 countries that speaks to passionate travelers in search of authentic local discoveries whether their trip is for business or leisure. Renaissance Hotels & Resorts has recently welcomed three new gems to its global collection -- the ultra modern Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel, the beautifully restored historic Eden Roc, a Renaissance Beach Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida and the chic Renaissance New York Hotel 57 in Manhattan.  These properties add to a collection already defined by distinctive and well-known icons such as the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, the Blackstone Renaissance Hotel in Chicago, the Shelbourne Dublin Renaissance and the Renaissance Beijing.   Renaissance hotels participate in Marriott Rewards, the guest reward program that allows members to earn points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. 

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