Two identical façades overlook the Place de la Concorde: to the east, the Hôtel des Monnaies, which now houses the famous Hôtel de Crillon luxury hotel, and to the west, the lovingly restored 18th-century architectural gem, the Hôtel de la Marine. “The Hôtel de la Marine was hardly open to the public at all before now, other than on European Heritage Days”, explains Delphine Christophe from the Centre des Monuments Nationaux, who managed the restoration project. “Now, visitors will be able to rediscover the whole building. ”
Your tour begins in the Cour de l'Intendant, where you will find the apartments once occupied by the various historic figures who ran affairs here. Then, explore the entire building which once housed the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne - the department responsible for the furniture and artworks in the royal palaces - before becoming the headquarters of France's Naval Ministry until 2015. You will also have the chance to admire magnificent contemporary features, such as the vast, mirrored glass roof designed by Hugh Dutton. Spanning 300 sqm, it covers the courtyard, bathing it in natural light.
Since opening its doors to the public following four years of restoration work, the Hôtel de la Marine has also become a destination for Parisian gourmets. Beneath its arches, the Café Lapérouse, an outpost of the legendary Bistro des Grands Augustins, offers diners a bistronomic menu, complete with some classics from its parent restaurant. In the Cour d'Honneur is the Mimosa restaurant, overseen by chef Jean-François Piège, who had the excellent idea of creating a simple bar offering devilled eggs (œufs mimosa) and more, a perfectly satisfying yet gastronomic stop-off.
Hôtel de la Marine
2 place de la Concorde
+33 (0)1 44 61 20 00