DISCOVER OUR HISTORY
120 years of tradition and the french art of hospitality
120 years of service to guests who expect the very best,
120 years of art and fashion,
120 years of history,
and a future still to create.
OUR HISTORY AN EXPERIENCE
Creation of the Hotel Regina Paris Company
Established in 1898, the Hôtel Regina Paris company tasked the architect Armand Sibien with converting the residential building it had recently acquired. The building work didn’t alter the façades with their existing archways, where the famous riding school established by Antoine de Pluvinel, the principal squire for kings Henri III and Henri IV, once stood instead. Constant Baverez and his associate, both avid art enthusiasts, brought together the most talented artists and craftsmen of the day to create their hotel. The hotel is decorated with scrolls, mosaics, stained-glass windows, carved wooden window frames and decorative panelling. Crystal chandeliers and wall lights were expressly created for the hotel. The hallways were tiled with the now famous green ceramic tiles. Specially designed staircase newel posts are completely in keeping with Art Nouveau style.
Opening of the Regina Hotel
Opened in 1900, at the same time as the Paris Exposition Universelle, the hotel’s success was incredible, and an expansion soon became necessary. To the main building, dating from the Second Empire, located at the corner of the rue de Rivoli, two buildings were added in 1911 and 1912 on the rue des Pyramides. Rented with a leasehold agreement, these buildings allowed the hotel to expand all the way to the rue Saint-Honoré. Here, Armand Sibien built an opulent stone façade five storeys high, which is still there today, although this building is no longer part of the hotel. On the ground floor of this new building was the dining room with its extravagant Art Nouveau décor, which we know today only through old photographs.
Red Cross and Red Crescent Foundation
It was here in 1919, in the salons of the Hôtel Regina Paris, that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were founded. This event is commemorated with a marble plaque fixed on the façade, still present today.
Total renovation of the hotel
It was at the start of the 21st century that work began at the Hôtel Regina Paris to renovate the roof. These improvements quickly turned into a complete restoration of the hotel. And so yet again, the Baverez family didn’t do things by halves! During this building work, all the original decorative features were kept. Unfortunately, some of these could not be reused for their original purpose and so have been kept merely as a decoration and a souvenir of the spirit and soul of this unique place. For example, the lift, with its magnificent paned glass and carved wooden mouldings, has become purely decorative. The Louis XV-styling revisited in the Art Nouveau period is the quintessential charm of the Hôtel Regina. In 2015, the year of its 115th anniversary, the Hôtel Regina completed the building’s restoration and obtained its 5th star.
Obtaining the 5th star
In 2015, the year of its 115th anniversary, the Hôtel Regina completed the building’s restoration and obtained its 5th star.
The Hotel Star
In 2016, the revolving door was completely dismantled and restored. It is the last remaining door of its type in a Parisian hotel; it’s a true star, having appeared in numerous films, including Dalida, directed by Lisa Azuelos.
Opening of the wellness center
In 2018, the hotel opened its wellness center, with a fitness center, hammam and sauna.
This year, the Hôtel Regina celebrates 120 years of tradition and the french art of hospitality
Last remaining example of an Art Nouveau hotel in Paris; it offers guests a unique experience. Rooms and suites at the front of the building have the most beautiful views of Paris over the Tuileries garden and the Eiffel Tower. Guests can also admire the Louvre Museum, only a few metres away, the Musée d’Orsay, the Assemblée Nationale and the Grand Palais from these rooms and suites.
The famous Parisian Suite on the 7th floor not only offers these panoramic views, but thanks to a second terrace, also affords views of the Sacré-Cœur cathedral!
The Hôtel Regina is forward-thinking in its focus upon guest comfort. It is, for example, the only Parisian hotel to have won the ‘Hotel Quiet Room’ award which is the guarantee of a perfectly sound-proofed room. The hotel’s international renown is supported by an attentive team who are on hand to help. From the front reception service, through the team members on the floors and at the restaurant and bar, all members of staff have one single objective: guest well-being.
Innovation is continuous. For example, in upcoming weeks, guests will be able to open the door to their room with their smartphone.
A haven of calm, luxury and comfort, the Hôtel Regina hides its Belle Epoque charm behind a grand neoclassic façade. Its location on the rue de Rivoli, at the corner of the place des Pyramides, is one of the most prestigious: The hotel is across from the Louvre’s Marsan Pavillion and the Tuileries garden. Its incredible location is part of the reason the Hôtel Regina has had such a prestigious clientèle over the years. Discretion does not allow guests to be named, however amongst the famous guests in times past are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, and later, Walt Disney. Jeanne Moreau and Charles Aznavour have sung here… The unique décor has seduced more than one film director. It’s here that Swann in Love was filmed, directed by Volker Schlöndorf and with an exceptional cast including Jeremy Irons, Alain Delon, Ornella Muti, Fanny Ardant, Marie-Christine Barrault…
The unique décor has seduced more than one film director. It’s here that Swann in Love was filmed, directed by Volker Schlöndorf and with an exceptional cast including Jeremy Irons, Alain Delon, Ornella Muti, Fanny Ardant, Marie-Christine Barrault…
More recently, the Hôtel Regina has been a film location for scenes from La Douleur, based on Marguerite Duras’ memoir and starring Mélanie Laurent, as well as Mission Impossible 5 starring Tom Cruise.
This is how the Hotel Regina entered the legend of the luxury Parisian hotel industry and holds its place there with at its head, for 120 years, the same family, the Baverez