Plaza Athenee: A century after its original inauguration the grand fashion avenue favourite has colonised three adjacent buildings to create six new rooms, eight suites, a ballroom and new function rooms, revisited the existing ground floor and brought in a trio of interior designers: Marie-Jose Pommereau to design the new suites, sybaritic variations on different historic epochs, Jouin-Manku for the Alain Ducasse restaurant and Le Bar, and Bruno Moinard for the Galerie des Gobelins, La Cour Jardin and the Relais Plaza brasserie. Although the Relais Plaza and the Alain Ducasse gastronomic restaurant are closed until September, Le Bar will be open this month, where guests can sample the Black Rose Royal cocktail invented for the occasion by master barman Thierry Hernandez. See www.dorchestercollection.com

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