The owners of the Hilton Arc de Triomphe recently won a court case to strip Hilton of its hotel management contract in place since 2004. The decision may leave central Paris without a Hilton brand hotel.
News reports indicate the ruling in favor of property owner Société Immobilière et Hôtelière du Parc Monceau argued something to the effect that Hilton “had changed its business strategy leading to the serious breaches of its obligations”. Apparently the court agreed with the owners that the hotel could be a 5-star property with different management.
A French-language news source with a Google translation to English gives one of the more colorful depictions of the events.
Giving reason to the owner of the hotel under the “shortcomings” of the Second World hotel chain, the court terminated the management contract of 2003, according to this judgment, which AFP has been copied from the registry.
He gave three months to SIHPM – which has taken over the past few weeks is the management of the hotel – for “to withdraw any reference to the Hilton brand,” leaving until October 5 for renaming.
I particularly like the phrase “Second World hotel chain” in reference to Hilton Worldwide. Sounds to me like Paris has #FirstWorldProblems.
Looks like the Hilton Arc de Triomphe may be a memory by October 2012. The Hilton Arc de Triomphe website is still up at this time.
Ironically the Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris hotel was a TripAdvisor Travelers Choice 2012 Winner in Luxury and Family categories.
Perhaps they were primarily second world voters from the USA.
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