Radisson SAS to open hotel in heart of Paris

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PARIS -- The Radisson SAS Hotel Champs Elysees, the first Radisson SAS in Paris, will open in February on an Avenue Mareceau site that from 1957 to 1999 was the headquarters of fashion design house Louis Vuitton. The 46-room boutique hotel is just off the Champs Elysees, within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe.

Constructed in 1880, the property was torn down and has been in the process of reconstruction since 1999, when architect Raymond Ichbiah took over the building's lease from Louis Vuitton, a Radisson SAS spokeswoman said.

The new seven-story building's facade reflects the original structure's Hausmannian style, named after the architect Baron Hausmann, who modernized the French capital during the 19th century. The hotel has underground parking; a wine bar, and the Champs, a bistro with outdoor seating in a courtyard garden.

Room rates will start at $373 per night for standard accommodations and $454 for a slightly larger superior room. The hotel also has three junior suites, available for $620 per night, and an executive suite, priced from $889 per night. All rooms have a balcony; the executive suite and one junior suite have a terrace. Two rooms are equipped for travelers with disabilities.

Radisson SAS expects an average business mix of 40% leisure and 60% corporate, shifting more heavily to leisure in summer. Commission is set at 10%. The Radisson SAS Hotel Champs Elysees can be booked through the CRSs or by calling (800) 333-3333.

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