Paris superstar hotels rush to renovate amid palatial competition

The hotel bar where Ernest Hemingway used to while away the hours is now a Starbucks cafe. The swimming pool no longer exists. But the five-star Claridge hotel on the Champs-Elysées has restored the 110 rooms and suites above, where glitterati such as Edith Piaf, Coco Chanel and Marlene Dietrich once stayed, to celebrate its centenary. Continue reading…