An Abandoned Parisian Department Store Is Reopening With an Ultra Luxe Hotel in 2020

La Samaritaine in Paris

One of Paris’s most historic department stores is reopening after a 15-year closure — and it's coming back in style.

La Samaritaine, a part of the LVMH conglomerate, is "undergoing a bold and innovative renovation project in preparation for its much-anticipated renaissance" and is expected to reopen to the public in April 2020.

The department store is expected to carry more than 600 fashion, home decor, and kitchenware brands, but the spectacular architecture will remain reason enough to visit. The building is renowned for its glass ceiling and grand staircase, and the renovation put more than $550 million into bringing it all back to its 1905 glamour.

When the building — which was named a historic national monument in 1990 — opens in 2020, it won’t just be a shopping center, it will also feature a hotel from the ultra-luxe French brand Cheval Blanc (a favorite of Beyonce).

The Cheval Blanc Paris will have 72 rooms, 46 of which are suites, each with a view directly overlooking the Seine. But it won’t come cheap. The opening rate is expected to be about $1,270 (€1,150) per night. With that nightly rate, guests will enjoy access to Paris’s largest hotel swimming pool. And if you book the hotel’s largest suite, you’ll have your own private pool on one of its two levels. The hotel will also feature a Dior-branded spa and three gourmet restaurants.

Parisians will have the opportunity to move into one of the building’s 96 new apartments that span across Rue de l’Arbre-Sec.

“This will be a magnet,” Jean-Jacques Guiony, president of La Samaritaine, said, according to Le Parisien. “It’s a mixed project because people are going to live here, others will come to work. Tourists and Parisians will be welcomed.”

The legendary space first opened in 1869. It was a cultural fixture during the Belle-Époque and the leading department store of early 20th-century Paris. But by the 1970s, sales were on a decline. The building closed in 2005 after failing a safety inspection and has sat waiting for its grand re-debut ever since.

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