Martinez’s Ercoli heads Paris’ Crillon

Sylvain Ercoli has been appointed General Manager of the H™tel de Crillon, it was announced by Marie-Beatrice Lallemand, Chief Operating Officer of Concorde Hotels & Resorts.“We are delighted that Mr. Ercoli joins the group after a short interlude in London,” said Ms. Lallemand.  “He is a wonderful professional who did a fantastic job with the repositioning of the H™tel Martinez, Cannes (also a Concorde Hotel.)  His innovative management style included the opening of Zplage and the Givenchy Spa at the Martinez.  Mr. Ercoli will support the H™tel de Crillon in a renovation, beginning 4th quarter of 2007. Additionally, he will be included in the development of the Crillon brand.

Sylvain Ercoli is known for his attention to detail and creative management style.  A graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in New York, he has managed some of the most prestigious hotels throughout Europe.  He was General Manager at the H™tel Martinez in Cannes from 2001 to 2006, General Manager of the Byblos St. Tropez and the Byblos des Neiges at Courchevel (1999-2001), General Manager of Le Touessrok and Le Saint Géran on Mauritius (1995) and Manager of the Hotel Ritz (1988) and George V (1993) in Paris.

A native of Nancy, France, Mr. Ercoli served in the French army as a paratrooper stationed on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.  He began his hotel career as a result of an advertisement in a newspaper for a night auditor at a local hotel.  From there he moved to the Ritz Paris.

The H™tel de Crillon is steps away from the boutiques of the Faubourg St.-Honoré, within walking to the Champs Elysées, Avenue Montaigne, the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens.  In 1758 architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel drew up the plans for the future “Place Louis XV,” including two palaces fronted by a Corinthian colonnade.  One of the palaces was initially home to the Duc d’Aumont, who decorated it in the sumptuous French style of the period.  In 1788 the Comte de Crillon acquired it, and gave it his name.  The palace remained in the prominent Crillon family until 1907 when the Société des Grands Magasins et des H™tels du Louvre transformed it into a palace hotel.  The hotel opened March 12, 1909 and has hosted some of this century’s most illustrious guests, serving as temporary residence and stopping place for royalty, statesmen, artists and celebrities.