FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

L’Écrin, Hôtel de Crillon, Paris Review

by Irvina Lew

Apr 27, 2022

© Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

eFlyer Reviews

Michelin-starred dining and visiting royal palaces are highlights of any trip to Paris. L’Écrin, within Rosewood’s Hôtel de Crillon, is a “two-fer,” because it delivers the Michelin hallmarks — superb food, fine wines, faultless service and elegant surroundings — within a Neoclassical palace, commissioned by Louis XV, circa 1758. My own limited (but personally, memorable) history there, dates to 1990, when the French publisher who translated my first book hosted me and an editor of Madame Figaro at lunch at the opulent Les Ambassadeurs.

I recall glancing up at Baccarat crystal chandeliers under a 25-foot decorated ceiling, gazing at oversized mirrors framed in seven shades of marble and staring through tall windows of the iconic Egyptian Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde. I was thrilled to stay at the hotel some years later, though my husband, who became ill soon after check-in, slept at the American Hospital in Paris, where the English-speaking doctor whom the concierge called arranged entrée.

In 2018, I returned to see the total restoration and makeover after its four-year closure, and re-discovered the historic landmark’s original details: high ceilings, pink marble floors and black, gold-trimmed wrought iron stair rails. There was an elegantly contemporary décor in newly reconfigured public spaces; a brand-new, bi-level SENSE spa; and a popular, all-day-to late-night cabaret lounge installed in the sumptuous former dining room, now called Bar Les Ambassadeurs.

I sipped Champagne in Jardin d’Hiver, a winter garden, peaked into the adjacent L’Écrin, the new gastronomic dining room, and noticed why it’s named: “jewel box.” It’s an impeccably stunning, 22-seat salon, decorated with a pale palette, warm velvets, sofas-for-two, plus splendid mirrors, drapes, artwork and chandeliers. I vowed to return for dinner.

The occasion took place in October, 2021, and started when the sommelier presented Champagne Jaquesson, vintage 2006, Cuvé 736 in a footless glass (the stem ended with a small, circular bauble), like those that Queen Marie Antoinette, who took piano lessons in the palace, favored. On that evening, Michelin-star Executive Chef Boris Campanella custom-created our multi-course meal according to our food preferences: “At L’Écrin, the wine dictates the dish, and the vegetables dictate the plate.” Since then, they’ve enhanced the protocol: the Wine Director, along with Sommelier Xavier Thuizat, guides guests to choose wines for which Chef Campenella and Pastry Chef Matthieu Carlin curate a paired, seasonal menu.

Our amuse tastings arrived in an open log; my favorites were a stuffed brown mushroom rolled in brioche crumbs and roasted; hazelnut-praline stuffed celeriac rolled in hazelnut and roasted; plus an oven-roasted cauliflower from Brittany, with cauliflower purée, sweet pepper and lemon caviar. Simmered Slagou chickpeas originating from Chef Campanella’s home region were served with a crispy fresh Tomme crayeuse cheese and crunchy celery and celery leaves. Then, we enjoyed macaroni stuffed with thinly sliced artichoke and white truffles from Alba. This dish was topped with a Isigny cream and parmesan cream glaze.

The rosy, sliced veal chop was roasted in semi-salted, organic Haute Folie butter from Normandy, served with herb-stewed parsnips, glazed apple, Dauphiné nut praline and veal jus and paired with Meursault 2018 Henri Boillot. It was regal, and much recommended.

L’Écrin, Hôtel de Crillon, Paris

10 Place de la Concorde
75008 Paris, France
tel 33 1 44 71 15 17


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.


Insta Feed
Dec 9, 2022

Best Places to See Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year

Pantone recently unveiled its color of the year for 2023. The highly anticipated announcement has become a tradition, each year introducing a new color to represent the coming year. In 2021, Pantone declared 2022 to be the color of Very Peri 17-3938, a blend of purple and blue. For 2023, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Viva magenta 18-1750. A shade from the red family, this color represents a new signal of strength. Brave and fearless, Viva Magenta is rooted in nature and embraces joy and celebration.

Alaskan Wild Wonders by Celebrity Cruises

Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.

December 2022
Dec 9, 2022

Hidden Gem: Discover Istanbul’s Vibrant Balat Neighborhood

The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.

Dec 9, 2022

Icelandair Welcomes New North American Gateway: Detroit

Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.

8 Reasons to Press the Green Button and Visit Ireland

Start planning that long-awaited trip to the island of Ireland. With all travel restrictions now lifted, there has never been a better time to visit.

Dec 9, 2022

Winter Walking Trips with The Wilderness Group

If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:

Dec 7, 2022

Holiday Happenings at Historic Hotel Boulderado, Colorado

A giant, sparkling white fir tree and decadent holiday brunch in a historic Rocky Mountain setting? Please and thank you! It’s all happening at historic Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. Guests will be greeted by sparkle and light as they enter — the hotel’s enormous lobby tree is a local tradition, chosen each year through a partnership with Native Nursery in the nearby town of Golden.

Luxurious Adventures Await.

Discover why Global Traveler readers named Cunard® the Best Large-Ship Cruise Line for seven consecutive years. For a limited time, book your voyage during Cunard’s Explore with More promotion and take advantage of lower fares*, up to $1,200 Onboard Credit†, Free Specialty Dining for Two^, 50% Reduced Deposit††, and more. Choose from an array of exciting journeys, including Transatlantic Crossings and voyages to Alaska, the Caribbean and Canada & New England.

Dec 7, 2022

Tel Aviv: The Perfect Winter Destination

Travelers constantly look for their next bucket-list vacation, but with Europe getting colder, why not travel to a destination that is sunny year-round? Tel Aviv is the perfect getaway to escape the  cold winter months. Whether traveling solo, with friends or family members, here are some must-do activities in Tel Aviv.