We have a special treat to kick off 2024 with guest Kevin Rigualt talking about what it’s like managing in Paris palace hotel bars, the creation of his new seasonal menu and what future events are in store for Les Ambassadeurs in the historic and world-famous Crillon.
About our Paris Palace Hotel Bars Guest: Kevin Rigault
This bar director at the Crillon bar Les Ambassadeur has previously worked at Andy Wahloo, Le Forvm, The London Edition, and Soho House and joined the famous palace hotel in September 2022. His first menu dedicated to seasonality was released in November 2023.
About the Crillon Hotel
Fronted by the majestic architecture of Ange-Jacques Gabriel, Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel overlooks the spectacular Place de la Concorde, one of the most beautiful city squares in the world. Built at Louis XV’s request, the hotel became the residence of the illustrious Count de Crillon and his family for many years and was transformed into a hotel in 1909 under the guidance of architect Walter-André Destailleur. Since then, its guest list has featured celebrities, politicians, artists, princes and queens, all attracted to the hotel’s unique and perennial reputation for excellence. Hôtel de Crillon has long since secured its iconic status as a one-of-a-kind property, a living testament to the very best way of life France has to offer. Following a four-year transformation, the hotel reopened in 2017 and now boasts 124 guestrooms and suites, four restaurants, Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a newly created swimming pool, three heritage landmark salons for meetings and functions, and more.
Products, People, and Places Mentioned in our Paris Palace Hotel Bars Episode
Paradiso bar Barcelona
Scarfes bar at Rosewood London
Cocktail of the Month for Paris Palace Hotel Bars episode: Vermont
50 ml (1⅔ oz) WhistlePig rye whiskey*
10 ml (⅓ oz) fernet branca mentha
10 ml (⅓ oz) maple syrup
sparkling water to top
Mix all ingredients except the sparkling water to a tall glass.
Top with sparklinig water and give a light stir.
* post recording notes: when I said “small amount of rye” in the show, I thought it was 15 not 50 ml. to clarify I don’t think 50 ml of a spirit is a “small amount”
If you enjoyed the Paris Palace Hotel Bars episode you may also enjoy:
Our review on the reponing of the bar (expect an updated review coming soon!)
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