Two new Crowne Plaza hotels are opening in Europe this month: the Crowne Plaza Paris Republique and the Crowne Plaza London Kensington.

The 328-room Crowne Plaza Paris Republique, which opened today, is the fifth Crowne Plaza in France and the second in Paris, alongside the Crowne Plaza Paris Champs Elysees.

Built in 1865 during Napoleon III's reign, the building boasts the classic Parisian Haussman-style exterior and a historic inner courtyard. It is located just near the Republique metro station and three stops from the Gare du Nord, home to the Eurostar terminal, which features high speed trains to both Paris airports.

The 162-room Crowne Plaza London Kensington, set to open later this month, is located opposite the Gloucester Road tube station.

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