PHOTOS: Paris’ palatial hotels may be in for trouble amid coronavirus pandemic

The fanciest hotels of Paris, often referred to as palaces, previously pulled in at least 80% of their guests from outside Europe, a route now closed because of international travel restrictions thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, most of the ultra-luxury hotels went into months-long hibernation, from which they will only begin to emerge at the end of this month.

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A chandelier hangs illuminated behind shutters in the closed Le Bristol hotel, one of the 12 high-end hotels in Paris that are classified as palaces, ahead of reopening, in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. As the capital of the world’s No. 1 tourist destination, Paris has no shortage of hotels for all tastes and wallets, from the dumpy dive to the pillared palace, where a single night can set you back as much as 30,000 euros ($35,000). (Bloomberg)

A chandelier hangs illuminated behind shutters in the closed Le Bristol hotel, one of the 12 high-end hotels in Paris that are classified as palaces, ahead of reopening, in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. As the capital of the world’s No. 1 tourist destination, Paris has no shortage of hotels for all tastes and wallets, from the dumpy dive to the pillared palace, where a single night can set you back as much as 30,000 euros ($35,000). (Bloomberg)

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A vintage ice cream truck sits outside the closed Hotel de Crillon, one of the 12 high-end hotels in Paris that are classified as palaces, ahead of reopening, in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

A vintage ice cream truck sits outside the closed Hotel de Crillon, one of the 12 high-end hotels in Paris that are classified as palaces, ahead of reopening, in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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A doorman wearing a protective face mask stands outside the La Reserve hotel, one of the 12 high-end hotels in Paris that are classified as palaces, in this arranged photograph in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

A doorman wearing a protective face mask stands outside the La Reserve hotel, one of the 12 high-end hotels in Paris that are classified as palaces, in this arranged photograph in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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A Rosewood Hotels plaque sits on display outside the closed Hotel de Crillon, one of the 12 high-end hotels in Paris that are classified as palaces, ahead of reopening in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

A Rosewood Hotels plaque sits on display outside the closed Hotel de Crillon, one of the 12 high-end hotels in Paris that are classified as palaces, ahead of reopening in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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A luxury handbag sits in the window display of the Louis Vuitton luxury goods store, operated by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

A luxury handbag sits in the window display of the Louis Vuitton luxury goods store, operated by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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An employee sanitizes the front doors of the Prada SpA store on Avenue Montaigne, in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

An employee sanitizes the front doors of the Prada SpA store on Avenue Montaigne, in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask passes the Christian Dior SE flagship luxury goods store, operated by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask passes the Christian Dior SE flagship luxury goods store, operated by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Bloomberg)

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