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In the 19th century, Baron Haussmann decided to redesign the shape of Paris streets and their architecture. In his major project to "change the face of Paris", he gave his name to Boulevard Haussmann, which was to become Paris’s "Triumphal Way" (this name still appears in the official administrative records of Paris).
The "Triumphal Way" starts in the heart of the Paris business district, continues past the city’s world-renowned luxury boutiques, and ends at the monumental Arc de Triomphe.
The last part of Boulevard Haussmann was inaugurated at the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1927, the Hotel Ambassador - which had no less than 600 rooms, each with a bathroom - majestically raised its imposing façade and became part of the Paris skyline. That same year, the Hotel Ambassador proudly hosted the official reception held in honor of Charles Lindbergh's historic solo flight across the Atlantic.
Since then, the Hotel Ambassador has been a meeting place for kings and heads of State from all over the world. It is said that during the French Fourth Republic, secret meetings were held in the Lindbergh Room that changed the course of political history.
During the 1930s, the Hotel Ambassador was the epitome of luxury in the finest traditions of the world's great hotels, with its crystal chandeliers, plush Aubusson tapestries, commissioned paintings, marble columns and antique furnishings. After the purchase of the hotel by the Concorde Hotels Group in 1987, nearly 25 million Francs (3.8 million Euros) were invested for the Hotel Ambassador’s renovation.
Today the Hotel Ambassador is operated by Marriott and it maintains the peerless style that contributed to its success during the thirties.
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