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Which hotel was originally home to millionaire businessman John Jacob Astor IV?

If you guessed Maison Astor Paris, Curio Collection by Hilton (1907) in Paris, France, you guessed correctly!

Maison Astor Paris, Curio Collection by Hilton was founded by avant-garde American businessman John Jacob Astor IV in 1907. Born in 1864 into the prominent Astor family, who had made their initial fortune as fur traders in the early 1800s. Astor himself was an inventor, real estate builder, investor, and lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War. He commissioned the seven story building to be built in 1907 as his Paris home. Astor had fallen in love with the City of Lights in 1905 and decided to move there with his new wife, Madeleine, after his 1909 divorce from his first wife. It was there that the two planned to make their main home during their extended honeymoon in 1911.

Astor had been a part of the hospitality world since the mid-1890s, when he built the Astoria Hotel on the Astor family property in New York. It was meant to rival his cousin’s hotel, the Waldorf Hotel, but instead the two joined to become the Waldorf-Astoria, a hotel known for its opulence and affluent clientele. Astor perished on April 15, 1912 in the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic, just seven months after marrying Madeleine. He had deposited his five months pregnant, 18 year old wife into the last lifeboat to leave the ship. She survived, and gave birth that August to Astor’s last heir, John Jacob “Jakey” Astor V.

Continuing Astor’s legacy of luxury and grandeur, the home became the Maison Astor Paris, changing through the years but always upholding the standard. In 2018, the hotel began an extensive refurbishment, due to joining the Curio brand by Hilton. The full renovation included updating the décor and style inspired by Parisian interior design, with large windows, high ceilings, and intricate molding.

Learn more about Maison Astor Paris, Curio Collection by Hilton and book your next stay.

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