1370 - 1671 home of the Villeroys, State Advisors,
pied-à-terre of the Bourbons, Kings of France. 1545Marguerite de Navarre discovers our "Hôtel de Villeroy Bourbon" (VB) while living at the Louvre. 1646 - 1654Louis XIV spend parts of his childhood in our mansion.
The 5 in our logo does not only represent the Grand Hotels5 Stars.
It is part of our historic staircase Nicolas "V" de Villeroy, teacher of Louis XIV, build in 1640.
The presence of the young King left an aura to our house ...
1671 Cremerie de Paris became a avant-garde Telecom company
Horses were carryng mail from the VB mansion in Paris
to Pajot & Rouillé or Thurn & Taxis post relais around western Europe.
Many of these postal places, also called Cheval Blanc, Lion d'Or, Relais de la Poste, turned into Hotels.
1869 - 1970 Cremerie de Paris became a cheese store at the Halles Centrales food market. This was the time we had a special connection to the World of Grand Hotels. Many Grand Hotels came alive during the turn of the century....
Everybody was fascinated by the beauty of Rue des Halles
the young Empress Eugenie had once imagined
from her Biarritz summer residence, the Hotel du Palais.
She liked to show the Pavillons Baltard and Cremerie de Paris to her visitors. 1870 Eugénie had to leave France but she lived until 1920 and told the stories to a little girl,
who later repeated them to her own children,
among them Anastasia Romanov, great-aunt of the editor of this website. 1970 The story came to an end with the departure of the Halles Centrales foodmarket.
But when a place has a lot of magic,
sometimes a story that left
is a story that returns ...
1987 Cremerie de Paris reopened
as a Sony Phone Boutique growing into the first Internet Cafe in Paris. The Cybercafe reconnected us to the World of Grand Hotels ...
The first visitors were rare, a few Americans travelling through Paris where internet was still unknown.
Many were send by the concierge of the Ritz as if Cesar Ritz had told him to help us a little.
One was the assistant of Dr Jon Postel, he pushed us how to get iconic domain names
like our Two LetterVB.com
1999 Others came to for "internet lessons" : Princess Soraya, had been to many Grand Hotel as the Queen of Iran
She inspired us to create a Hotel History website
... Guy de Rothschild knew the financial aspects of many Hotels Aimée de Heeren once a Secret Service agent and girlfriend of Joseph Kennedy Jr
knew more about Grand Hotels than anybody we could possibliy meet.
Back in 1923 she had already been to the Opening Party of the Copacanbana Palace.
Aimée discovered Cremerie de Paris in 1938 with Dmitri Romanov and Coco Chanel,
in love with the N°5 of our staircase you find in our logo.
Everybody had lots of "Hotel Stories" sometimes really crazy & funny.
A books should be written - at least you find some of them in Grand Hotels of the World.com ...