PHOTO: The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. (Photo via Flickr/Gary Ullah)
Hilton has announced plans to open a second property in central Paris under its flagship brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts.
Scheduled to open during 2019, the Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower will be in view of the iconic French landmark that's poised to celebrate its 128th anniversary later this month.
Hilton has signed a management agreement with owner Compagnie de Phalsbourg to operate the 118-room hotel, which will be located in the 7th arrondissement. Compagnie de Phalsbourg president Philippe Journo said the company acquired the site in 2014 with the intention of transforming it from a commercial space to an upscale hotel.
The site is located on Avenue de Saxe next to Place de Breteuil. It also leads toward the Champ de Mars, where visitors can explore the Eiffel Tower.
Construction is set to begin shortly, and highlights will include a fitness center and an executive lounge.
Renowned French designer Philippe Starck will head interior design of the property, while luxury and upscale hotel specialist Atelier Cos will be in charge of developing the hotel's architectural concept.
"Since marking the return of our core brand to central Paris in 2015, expanding its presence in the city has been high on our agenda," Hilton's senior vice president of development Patrick Fitzgibbon said in a statement. "This hotel and our partnership with Compagnie de Phalsbourg is a statement of this intent as we continue our focus on galvanizing our growth in France."
In his own statement, Hilton's full-service brand management regional head Andreas Lackner said, "Paris remains one of the most enviable cities in the world for any traveler."
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"Our existing Hilton Paris Opera is one of the brand's most popular properties amongst our global network of loyal customers and we cannot wait to begin welcoming guests to this new property within such proximity to so many Parisian landmarks."
The Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower is just one of several new properties Hilton has planned in France. Earlier this month the company announced a pipeline of at least nine hotels comprising more than 1,000 rooms across the country scheduled to open in the coming years.