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Boutique hotel, La Vue, in Bordeaux region goes on sale

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Boutique hotel, La Vue, in Bordeaux region goes on sale

The family-owned La Vue, a luxury hotel and wedding venue that is sheltered inside a former 17th Century Cognac distillery, is up for sale – and Hotel Designs, for the first time in the publication’s history, is keen to find a buyer for the family…

2020 has proven itself to be the year of distressed assets, with characterful hotel properties around the world being sold to the chains. However, there is nothing distressed about La Vue, a perfectly placed boutique hotel that has potential to be something incredible on Europe’s independent hotel scene.

Situated right at the centre of a triangle drawn between three major cities in France – Bordeaux, Cognac and Angouleme – La Vue is a luxury boutique gem set in one acre of land, which is surrounded by vineyards and spectacular views.

The 15-key property, which was refurbished in 2018 and reviewed in The Telegraph shortly after where it was described as a “tasteful, secluded little gem” and dubbed the “Tuscany of France”, is home to five three-bedroom self-catering gites, which are attached to a spectacular Manor House with en-suite guestrooms, bar, bistro and staff accommodation.

The hotel and wedding venue is located in a small village called Birac, which is roughly 1 hour and 20 minutes from Bordeaux, 30 minutes from Cognac and 25 minutes from Angouleme. Previous guests have often tied in trips to La Vue with visits to St Emilion, Pauillac and other famous wine making domaines. Cognac lovers are well catered for too in the eponymous city – with tours of Remy Martin, Martel and Courvoisier available. Adjacent to La Vue is an organic Cognac maker called Jean Luc Pasquet who supply the hotel and offer tastings and tours.

“The hotel has recently been granted preliminary approval from the local authorities for a further 50 beds.”

La Vue itself is a former 17th Century Cognac distillery, and is architecturally very typical of the Charentes region. The current family who own the property acquired it in 2017 from a British couple who had been running it as a wedding venue for many years, primarily catering to British guests. In 2018 it underwent a complete overhaul to bring it up to a standard where it could be relaunched as a high-end wedding venue. 

An outdoor pool iun between barns in La Vue

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Outside, there are two swimming pools and a small spa and wellness area that is complete with sauna and steam room, plus staff accommodation facilities. The landscape has a beautiful lawn to the rear surrounding the pool deck, and a pergola that is suitable for outdoor dining. At the rear there is an observation deck with views that stretch across the valley, and that frames spectacular sunsets.

What’s more, the hotel has reported a strong pipeline of bookings running into 2022, and it has recently been granted preliminary approval from the local authorities for a further 50 beds – the site for the proposed expansion is a currently disused cognac barn.

To find out more details about this boutique hotel, and to be put in touch with the owners, please email us on the editorial desk. 

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Checking in: Hôtel Chais Monnet, Cognac

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Checking in: Hôtel Chais Monnet, Cognac

Four years after Hotel Designs got the on-the-boards industry sneak peek of Hôtel Chais Monnet, editor Hamish Kilburn checks in to the luxury hotel in the heart of Cognac…

Positioned in close proximity of Cognac’s Charente River, Hôtel Chais Monnet took chief architect Didier Poignant of Paris-based Ertim Architects four years to plan, and a further 26 months to convert into a reality.

Built in the 19th century, the site that was the childhood home of Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European Union. The building had sat uninhabited since 2004 before the decision was made to transform the trading house into a majestic, five-star getaway, combining traditional architecture with cutting-edge contemporary design.

The luxury spa hotel was described as a “modern take on traditional French luxe” when Hotel Designs first caught wind of the project in 2016. In simple terms, the restoration has given the buildings on site a new lease of life.

I would go one step further, though, to say that it has reopened up the destination’s history books, perhaps to a different chapter. For starters, during the restoration process, the architectural plans included adding a new contemporary structure ­­– a rare find in and around the low-level city of Cognac.

Image caption: The arrival experience allows guests to capture the two original buildings on the site that used to be wine cellars | Image credit: Hôtel Chais Monnet

Image caption: The arrival experience allows guests to capture the two original buildings on the site that used to be wine cellars | Image credit: Hôtel Chais Monnet

Despite the property being centrally located – only a ten-minute walk down to some of the great cognac houses in the region – the hotel’s space is not sacrificed, nor is it limited in its ambitious design. Guests arrive through a long driveway, past two retro Citroen 2CVs, and enter the hotel via a walkway that cuts through the two original limestone buildings, which used to be wine cellars. Bridging together these structures at the end of the pathway is a magnificent glass-box building. Inside, the lobby, which evokes a strong first impression and proof that architecture styles of different eras can, in fact, work in harmony.

Image caption: The hotel is a classic tale of old and new architecture meeting in harmony | Image credit: Hôtel Chais Monnet

Although this was very much a heroic rescue operation to retain the site’s heritage, the layout of the hotel allows for a modern design scheme to filter into all areas. Separated off the side of the lobby, making it ideal for locals as well as guests to enjoy, is the characterful Cognac Bar. As well as serving more than 400 varieties of the spirits (I counted them), the bar features quirky lighting, residential-style furniture and idiosyncratic artefacts for good measure.

Image caption: The Cognac Bar | Image credit: Hôtel Chais Monnet

The majority of the hotel’s facilities – the 92 guestrooms, 13 suites, a wellness area and two restaurants – are sheltered in new-build glass structure that is covered with corten steel tendrils. The striking and unrestrained design of the framework compliments the contemporary, light and airy interiors that can be found in each guestroom and suite. With a safe colour scheme of whites, cream and the occasional accent of red in the soft furnishings, the rooms very much channel the spirit of Cognac to evoke a home-from-home, relaxed residential look and feel. Elements such as a rose-gold clocks from Karlsson and arresting chandeliers above the beds add a contemporary layer to the design, while subtle biophilic references in the artwork inject the strong sense of place, far removed from metropolis life.

Image caption: One of the hotel's stylish guestrooms | Image credit: Hôtel Chais Monnet

Image caption: One of the hotel’s stylish guestrooms | Image credit: Hôtel Chais Monnet

The bathrooms, complete with geometric-patterned surfaces and large bath tubs, are contemporary spaces. Quality brands in these generously sized areas include Kohler and Allia Paris basins, Grohe taps and showers and quality WCs from Ideal Standard.

Beneath the guestrooms and suites, the hotel’s spa wellness facilities include an impressive 25-metre indoor and outdoor pool, which allows guests to soak in the natural landscape while enjoying R&R from exploring the city. In addition, the spa also features a modern jacuzzi, a sauna, a handful of massage therapy rooms and a state-of-the-art gym.

Image caption: The 25-metre indoor and outdoor pool inside the hotel | Image credit: Hôtel Chais Monnet

In the two restaurants below, the sites heritage – and its connection to wine – is deeply ingrained in the design scheme. In the gourmet brasserie, Le Distillerie, a wooden ceiling and beams evoke a casual dining experience that is aptly centered around seasonal eating and using fresh, locally sourced produce. The hotel’s fine-dining option, meanwhile, is located on the lower level. Les Foudres, provides an unparalleled entrance that welcomes guests to dine amongst ancient Cognac barrels in the building’s historic Chais.

Since opening its doors in 2018, Hôtel Chais Monnet has become rooted into the community that surrounds it. There’s no better example of this than its recent initiative to freshly prepare and deliver 365 cooked meals to the town’s hospital during the COVID–19 pandemic. Cognac-born pastry chef Isabelle Bovy has paired up with the hotel’s very own pastry chef Camille Roché to create a substantial yet balanced menu to sustain and satisfy these health workers.

The two chefs created a delicious menu which included a starter of quinoa salad, followed by a main course of beef and Grenailles potatoes and finishing with a sweet and sticky lemon cake. “We have enough kitchen space to ensure that everyone can cook safely,” commented Hôtel Chais Monnet’s General Manager, Arnaud Bamvems. “If we can help those in need, let’s do it!”

My conclusion of Hôtel Chais Monnet is that looks can often be deceiving. Its compelling old-meets-new architectural style has unlocked the opportunity for a modern luxury hotel to operate seamlessly on a historic site. Its carefully and sensitively curated design scheme allows for an effortless flow between all areas so that guests and locals alike can be part of the renaissance of Cognac.

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Four Seasons opens Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève

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Four Seasons opens Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève

The new hospitality addition will become a sister property to existing Four Seasons Hotel Megève, which opened in 2017…

After meticulous renovations and more than EUR 10 million of investment, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel has opened its doors. Beautifully complementing the existing Four Seasons Hotel Megève, which opened in December 2017, the historic five-star hotel of the Edmond de Rothschild family will extend the exceptional luxury offerings in Megève.

“When we opened Four Seasons Hotel Megève, we knew we were creating something truly exceptional in a very special destination,” said Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “With the addition of Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, the guest experience will be enhanced even more with expansive, beautifully-appointed chalets as well as a Michelin-starred dining experience at Prima, now officially under the Four Seasons brand. Together with the Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, we have elevated the history, elegance and charm of Megève to extraordinary new heights.”

Along with 25 rooms and suites, Chalet Eve also features the recently awarded Prima Restaurant by Chef Nicolas Hensinger, which now boasts one Michelin Star, adding to the exceptional dining experiences in Megève. Chalet Eve also features a spa with a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool for guests to enjoy the natural surroundings from indoors or outside.

Bathroom with wooden walls and modern shower

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“It has been wonderful to partner with Four Seasons, an iconic luxury brand, on a project that has been part of my family’s history for many years. We have brought to life a vision for Megève that extends many generations, and created a hotel experience like none other in the region,” said Ariane de Rothschild, Chairwoman of the Board of Edmond de Rothschild Group.“I look forward to offering new and returning guests of Megève a new experience within this wonderful destination with Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois.”

Ideally located at the foot of the ski slopes of Mont d’Arbois in the upper region of Megève, and only two kilometres from the existing hotel, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois are named after Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild’s first three daughters. The main chalet, renamed Chalet Eve, was bought by Edmond de Rothschild in 1960 to host a celebration to inaugurate the renovation of the family’s very first hotel, Le Palace des Neiges.

Modern and traditional interiors in chalet

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Chalet Noémie was built in 1927 for Baroness Noémie de Rothschild by French architect Henry Jacques Le Même, and was initially the family’s private chalet. Its location offers the ultimate in privacy, yet features large windows from which to enjoy the idyllic surrounding scenery. The chalet combines the charm of an old farmhouse with a modern twist.

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, deeply involved in the project and the destination, commissioned the renovation from Thierry Curty, under the artistic direction of Pierre-Yves Rochon, who was also the designer in each of the Four Seasons hotels in France. Through successive renovation phases encompassing all the chalets and suites, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois have been successfully modernised while conserving the charm of bygone eras.

Each chalet features its own personality; Chalet Eve has kept itstraditional style, Chalet Noémie featuresclassic luxury décor and refined elegance and Chalet Alice offers a bohemian chic atmosphere. The character and décor of each chalet has been curated to offer distinct yet complementary experiences for guests.

Traditional chalet looking interiors with deep red furniture and wooden ceilings

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The timeless decoration of alpine chalets remains throughout, with wood-framed windows, exposed ancient beams, aged pine wood, rough stone and traditional alpine fabrics. The interior materials combine in a playful mix of textures, the tactile fabrics creating an eye-catching look and feel. The Rothschild family has left its mark throughout, with the distinct style of each chalet reflecting Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild’s daughters’ personalities.

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Germany, France and the UK lead European hotel project development

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Germany, France and the UK lead European hotel project development

Latest hotel development statistics from the TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION database show the three nations account for 50 per cent of the 1,514 projects that are currently in the pipeline for the region…

Germany, the UK, and France are currently dominating a “booming European hospitality market”, as stated in a report by TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION. The latest data to be published indicates that the three nations account for 50 per cent of the 1,514 projects currently in the pipeline in Europe.

Germany currently has 382 projects in its own pipeline, which means that it alone is accounting for around one quarter of the upcoming hotels in Europe. The UK, meanwhile, is hot on its heels, with 287 projects in its own pipeline. Meanwhile, there is a significant dropoff between the U.K. and third place France, which has 91 projects in its own pipeline.

Other destinations in the top 10 include Spain (72 projects in the pipeline) and Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, and Ireland, all of which have less than 70 hotels each in their project pipeline.

The report concludes that Europe’s strong performance is due to Germany being a significant driving force in the hospitality space, as well as globally dominant tourist destinations such as France, Spain, and the UK.

According to TOPHOTELCONSTRUCTION, the 1,541 hotels currently in the pipeline for Europe will ultimately yield as many as 251,730 new guestrooms.

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Canopy by Hilton to make its debut in France in 2020

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Canopy by Hilton to make its debut in France in 2020

Canopy by Hilton is poised to make French debut with two hotels in Paris (2020) and Bordeaux (2021)…

Hotel giant Hilton has announced its intention to introduce its upper upscale lifestyle brand, Canopy by Hilton, to France. Two new hotels – Canopy by Hilton Paris Trocadero and Canopy by Hilton Bordeaux Chartrons –  are set to welcome their first guests before the end of 2021, following management and franchise agreements.

“Paris and Bordeaux are exceptional destinations, and these new hotels are meticulously designed to celebrate their respective neighbourhoods,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President, Development, EMEA, Hilton. “Hilton’s expansion in France is gaining further momentum, with plans to triple our portfolio in the next five years. The introduction of new brands including Canopy by Hilton is testament to the quality of partners we are working with to grow across the country.”

Canopy by Hilton hotels are thoughtfully curated to appeal to travellers seeking a locally inspired experience, with unique interiors that are influenced by the culture and history of the neighbourhood. Guests are welcomed by friendly Enthusiasts with expert local knowledge and recommendations and are invited to immerse themselves in the experience with local food and drink tastings and use of the complimentary Canopy by Hilton bicycles to explore the city.

“Travellers want a hotel to help them get the most out of travel and experience the best of a great neighbourhood – Canopy by Hilton allows our guests to do just that,” said Gary Steffen, Global Head, Canopy by Hilton, Hilton. “Designed with their immediate surroundings, local art, culture and cuisine in mind, Canopy hotels redefine the lifestyle hotel category.”

Canopy by Hilton Paris Trocadero

The 123-key Canopy by Hilton Paris Trocadero is scheduled to be the first Canopy by Hilton to open in France. Slated to open in mid-2020, the hotel is located in sight of the place du Trocadero and Palais de Chaillot in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, a cultural hotspot with several galleries and attractions such as the Palais Galliera and Palais de Tokyo museums.

Construction has already started on the property, which is being transformed into an open and inviting space in touch with Canopy’s local design influences.

The hotel is owned by a French institutional investor and will be operated by Hilton under a management agreement. The hotel is located at 16 Avenue d’ Eylau, Paris.

Canopy by Hilton Bordeaux Chartrons 

Canopy by Hilton Bordeaux Chartrons is expected to open in early 2021. The new-build property will be constructed in the Chartrons neighbourhood, overlooking the Garonne River. Chartrons is famous for its waterside bars and dining, antique shops and vintage boutiques.

The hotel will offer multiple dining options, including a spectacular rooftop restaurant, bar and pool overlooking the river and Bordeaux’s city centre. The hotel’s design will draw on the area’s history as an industrial hub, made famous by its eponymous wine, which is produced in vineyards around the city.

The hotel is owned by SAS RE Hotels, an affiliate of SAS Groupe Reaumur France, and will operate under franchise agreement. The hotel is located at 85 Quai des Chartrons, Bordeaux.

The introduction of Canopy by Hilton in France marks Hilton’s fourth brand entry in France in as many years, following the debut of Curio Collection by Hilton in 2017, Hilton Garden Inn in 2018 and Hampton by Hilton in 2019. The new Canopy hotels join spectacular European properties in Reykjavik and Zagreb, with a further hotel under construction in London.

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Hilton Garden Inn opens first hotel in France

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Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre Opens as the Brand’s First Property in France, offering Guests Access to World-Class Hospitality in the heart of France’s Wine-Growing Region…

France’s hub of the famed wine-growing region, Bordeaux, has drawn the attention of Hilton Hotels’ upscale yet affordable brand Hilton Garden Inn as it launches its first hotel in France.

The new 166-key hotel joins an existing nine Hilton properties in France, which will be managed by Naos Hotel Groupe.

The highly anticipated property offers business travellers and holiday seekers access to Hilton’s globally recognised hospitality service in the heart of one of France’s cultural hubs. The hotel is located in the centre of Bordeaux and references motifs from the location throughout the interior design.

“We are delighted to bring the Hilton Garden Inn experience to guests staying in the beautiful and exciting city of Bordeaux,” comments Vincent Digne, General Manager. “Infamous for the production of its local wine, Bordeaux is also known for its landmark 11th century cathedral, 18th to 19th century mansions and public gardens lining the curving river quays. Bordeaux offers travellers a sensorial escape, and we look forward to enriching travellers’ time in the city with our renowned approach to hospitality, whether it is taking comfort in our spacious and fully equipped guestrooms or dining at our unique restaurant with stunning riverside views.”

The well-appointed modern and airy 166 guestrooms include 35 family rooms, 29 deluxe rooms, 17 suites and five wheelchair accessible rooms.

Designed for both leisure and business travellers in mind, the indoor event spaces at Hilton Garden Inn Bordeaux Centre includes more than 250 square meters of banquet space, make it an ideal riverside venue for hosting or celebrating a special occasion. Business travellers can take advantage of the hotel’s spacious meeting rooms that are modern and fully equipped for any event.

The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa opens as region’s first five-star contemporary hotel

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The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is the region’s first five-star contemporary hotel set in the hills above the area’s most famous villages – Champillon and Hautvillers, of Dom Perignon fame…

The storied history of Champagne – the world’s most iconic wine regions – has taken on a new dimension with the launch of the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa. The new hotel has made its debut as the destination’s first contemporary luxury hotel, embracing the lush bounty of the wineries and the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Reimagining a wine-country retreat for all seasons, local Reims-based architect Giovanni Pace has designed the property in the style of a contemporary amphitheatre, incorporating the original 19th Century Post House where it is said that King Charles X of France stopped over before heading to Reims for his coronation. Each of the 49 rooms and suites affords spectacular views of the Champagne valley, appointed with Hermès amenities and state-of-the-art comforts.

Unparalleled views of Champagne

The original property has been closed since 2014 after it was acquired by Boston-based Champagne Hospitality collection, a group of boutique luxury hotels and spas that includes the award-winning Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa in St. Barths. The hotel is led by Nicolas Béliard, formerly General Manager of the Peninsula Paris. “It is my great pleasure and privilege to introduce Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa,” said Béliard. “We have embarked upon something absolutely unique in this very special place, enveloping our guests in a sensory experience that is wholly restorative and as uplifting as the bubbles in a glass of champagne. The beauty of our surroundings will be matched only by the inner sanctuary we have created at Royal Champagne.”


Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa is home to the region’s first world-class destination spa spanning 16,000ft2.  In partnership with acclaimed French brand Biologique Recherche, the wellness centre comprises nine treatment rooms; state of the art fitness facilities; a wood-lined yoga studio; eucalyptus-infused sauna; manicure and pedicure stations, and a mosaic-tiled Hammam. Completing the experience are two temperature-controlled, chaise longue-lined swimming pools – one indoor, one outdoor – along with dedicated staff who deliver invigorating juice blends and guide guests to multiple relaxation lounges.

The contemporary hotel, nestled into its surroundings, opens as a modern retreat that caters effortlessly to the modern traveller while also embracing both its location and the vast history of the land that it sits on within both its exterior and interior features.

Light, modern public area

BEHIND THE SCENES: the newly unveiled Radisson Blu Hotel Nice, France

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Following the reopening of Radisson Blu, Nice, Hotel Designs caught up with design firm Trevillion to find out what challenges it faced when refurbishing both the guestrooms and meeting and events areas of the hotel…

Located on the famous Promenade des Anglais, Radisson Blu, Nice, has recently undergone monumental refurbishments as part of a colossal €12 million upgrade. Commencing in 2015, the hotel can now announce its completion which features new guestrooms, two new restaurants, upgraded public areas and a programme to enhance the hotel’s Meetings and Events space.

The visionary design firm behind the renovated guestrooms and M&E areas is Trevillion. “The location calls for an holistic approach to the interior design solutions providing a casual yet smart environment condusive to both leisure & corporate guests,” says Design Director at Trevellion, Frances Blackham.


Rooftop restaurant/bar overlooking striking Mediterranean views

The hotel now shelters more than 330 guestrooms, all offering a stylish and contemporary feel with a Mediterranean design that fits perfectly with the hotel’s seafront location.

Designing relevant interiors while remaining sensitive to the heritage of the building and the location it surrounds was one of the major challenges faced by Blackham and her team. To combat this, the designers turned their attention to natural elements. “We have used a clever use of new intelligent material types in the guestrooms, which is married with simple detailing and encompassing all the facilities expected by the international traveller,” explains Blackham. “This has transformed many existing elements retained within the rooms and delivers a new aesthetic and meets the expectations of the Radisson Blu brand.”

Guestroom with natural tones and light interiors

The now bright and spacious guestrooms are dressed in natural tones with grey and blue accents, providing a clean and fresh feel. In-room technology is enhanced with the addition of smart TV’s.

Faced to re-imagine the interiors of the M&E areas, Trevillion’s main task was to create a light, airy atmosphere without the luxury of natural light to play with. “A windowless environment required an approach that would deliver a unique appeal across the hospitality sector,” Blackham explains. “Illuminated artwork together with a neutral pallatte delivers a fresh upbeat environment for both functions and corporate use.”

To add to the overall transformation of the hotel, the public areas and lobby have been fully renovated and the ground floor bar and restaurant, Le 223, is sporting a sleek new look. Meanwhile, Calade restaurant, is superbly positioned on the hotel’s rooftop and offers some of the finest views of the Côte d’Azur.

Hyatt plans for first dual-branded hotels at Charles De Gaulle Airport

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The project will mark the first dual-branded hotels in Europe and the introduction of Hyatt’s select service brands in France.

Hyatt Hotels has revealed plans for its first dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels in Europe, after an affiliate of extended-stay operator Cycas Hospitality entered into a franchise agreement with another Hyatt affiliate.

The hotels are being developed by French real estate company Kaufman & Broad, with the opening of Hyatt Place Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport and Hyatt House Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport in the second half of 2020 marking the introduction of Hyatt’s ‘select service’ brands in France, bringing the total number of Hyatt-branded hotels in the country to 10.

Hyatt says the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands are rooted in consumer research indicating that guests seek stylish, comfortable, seamless experiences that accommodate their lifestyles and familiar routines. As such, the two brands offer casual hospitality and purposeful service in what is described as a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment.

Hyatt Place Charles De Gaulle Airport will bring the brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere, spacious guestrooms with distinct sleeping and living areas, and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings, to guests looking for a relaxing and uncomplicated place to stay before beginning the next leg of their journey.

Hyatt House Charles De Gaulle Airport, meanwhile, will offer apartment-style suites with fully equipped kitchens, providing guests with the spaces and places that help make them feel more like home.

The two hotels will offer an array of shared services and amenities that meet the needs of transient and extended-stay guests.

With a combined total of 430 rooms, the 309-room Hyatt Place hotel and the 121-room Hyatt House hotel will share conference space, an extensive all-day dining/bar facility, a gym, and a large swimming pool, a rare amenity in this location.

“We are delighted to announce the first Hyatt Place and Hyatt House dual-branded hotels in France, which highlights the growing relevance of Hyatt’s select service brands by way of franchise agreements in Europe,” said Felicity Black-Roberts, vice president of development – Europe and North Africa, Hyatt. “With this exciting, first of its kind development for Hyatt in Europe, we will be able to cater to a mix of travelers by offering two brands in one location.”

“We are proud to continue our relationship with Hyatt. Opening our first properties in France is a major milestone in our international rollout plans, taking advantage of the growing and widely untapped market for select service and extended stay hotel concepts in Europe to bridge the gap between hotels and home,” said Asli Kutlucan, partner at Cycas Hospitality.

“This realization demonstrates our expertise in hotel residences and proves our ability to respond to the hotel residences industry demand”, said David Laurent, Senior Vice-President Commercial Property and Major Urban Projects of Kaufman & Broad. “It also shows the capacity of Kaufman & Broad to develop several complex projects and meet the expectations of the population density and the new customs of the city.”

There are eight Hyatt-branded hotels currently open in France, including Park Hyatt Paris-Vêndome, Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, Hyatt Regency Paris Charles de Gaulle, Hyatt Paris Madeleine, Hôtel du Louvre, Hôtel Martinez, Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée and Hyatt Centric La Rosière.

Hyatt Regency Chantilly is currently under development and is expected to open in autumn this year.


Four Seasons Hotel Megève

Four Seasons Hotel Megève opens in French Alps

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The first Four Seasons mountain experience in Europe is now open in one of the most beloved resort areas in the French Alps – welcome to the new Four Seasons Hotel Megève.

The only hotel located directly on the slopes of Mont d’Arbois, just five minutes from the charming medieval town of Megève, Four Seasons Hotel Megève is the newest addition to one of Europe’s most important mountain resorts.

When not enjoying the mountain air outdoors, guests can relax inside at the 900 square metre (9,700 square foot) Spa, the largest in the region, with six spa treatment rooms including a VIP couple’s suite sauna and steam, salon and fitness centre. Spa Director Aurianne Hurelle particularly recommends the Sodashi Asian-European Fusion Body Massage after a strenuous day on the slopes, or the rejuvenating Swiss Perfection facial treatments. The Spa also offers osteopathy and physiotherapy sessions on request, and a tai chi program focused on martial arts and health.

Surrounded by large outdoor terraces, Four Seasons Hotel Megève boasts a unique indoor-outdoor swimming pool, complete with massage jets and underwater music, and an array of lounge chairs, recliners and a fireplace at the poolside.

Finally, when it’s time to turn in after days in the sun and long evenings indulging in Megève’s sophisticated après-ski scene, guests of Four Seasons Hotel Megève will find chic and contemporary alpine accommodations – most with fireplace and balconies, and all with picture-perfect mountain and valley views in 55 guest rooms and suites.

Four Seasons Hotel Megève also offers several indoor and outdoor meeting spaces for small corporate or social events. Four Seasons Hotel Megève is open seasonally, each winter between December 15 and April 15, and each summer from June 1 to September 30.

Maison et Objet

Get ready for Maison et Objet 2018

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Providing the ultimate lifestyle hub, Maison et Objet 2018 is the biggest event for the industry professionals and design aficionados to discover the new trends and expressions in a wide range of sectors, including decoration, design and furniture.

The upcoming edition is set to return to Paris’s Nord Villepinte, from 19-23 January 2018 and promises to deliver a creative, diverse and business atmosphere full of uniqueness.

MAISON&OBJET PARIS now offers a clearer perspective of three main areas: MAISON and its wide range of interior decoration, organised into different worlds; OBJET, the show’s concept store, ideal for retailers; and finally INFLUENCES and its unique itinerary. A new offer that has been created to facilitate communication and the unearthing of new products.

Like in the previous editions, the prestigious venue has already named the designer of the year, the extremely versatile Dutch designer Cecilie Manz (above). The Dutch designer is always experimenting and, in January, she will present her latest pieces. The exhibition will feature existing products and new designs, displayed in a warm and cosy atmosphere, a theme that is evidently delineated in her creations.


3rd citizenM property to open in Paris at Gare de Lyon

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The citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon Hotel, which is now open, is the 3rd citizenM hotel in France and is located a short walk away from the Gare de Lyon station.

It features 338 rooms and as with its sister properties the hotel is home to innovative tech amenities including; self check-in; completely customisable guest rooms via touchscreen MoodPads; communal workspaces; meeting areas fitted with Smart TVs; furniture by the renowned Swiss brand Vitra; canteenM – the 24 hour grab & go style canteen that has a full service cocktail bar, and outdoor space such as an open air patio and cloudM – a rooftop bar offering stunning views of the river Seine and the city.

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon HotelThe property also features a selection of specially commissioned art works by popular Dutch artists Jetske Visser & Michiel Martens who have created a install called “Reflecting Holons” which combines bubbles and light that continually shine, move, and dance in the entrance area creating a visually interactive arresting spectacle.

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon Hotel
In addition to this the hotel also houses a bespoke mural by French street artist Mast Cora, and a fresco by Romain Froquet to name a few.

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon Hotel

Terre Blanche

Terre Blanche triumphs at World Luxury Spa Awards

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Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort has been awarded ‘World’s Best Luxury Golf Resort Spa’ and ‘Western Europe’s Luxury Hideaway Spa’ in the 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards.

Focusing on rewarding and praising spas that have outshone beyond the normal means necessary, these recent accolades pay homage to Terre’s Blanche’s five star service and extensive spa facilities.

Terre Blanche’s two-story spa is home to 12 treatment rooms, 2 private suites, an Infusion Tea room, a spacious 20m swimming pool, sauna, steam room, laconium, hammam, fitness centre and relaxation room with a tropical shower and ice fountain, suiting to every spa goers needs.

New for 2017, Terre Blanche recently announced a new spa partnership with luxury organic cosmetics brand KOS PARIS, reinforcing the hotel’s dedication to eco-solutions and protection of the surrounding Provencal countryside.


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Disneyland Paris plans to open Marvel-themed hotel

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According to reports in the Daily Telegraph last week, Disney is planning a Marvel-themed hotel at its Paris park.

The Disneyland Paris opening will be a reworking of its current hotel, Hotel New York and will be renamed Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, with displays of props and costumes from numerous Marvel films and television shows, as well as artwork inspired by the original comic books.

The exterior will resemble Stark Tower, Tony Stark/Iron Man’s Manhattan skyscraper, if early rumours are to be believed.

Inside, the four-star hotel will offer 565 guest rooms, as well as a distinctive New York-inspired décor that, from the renderings, also appear to resemble Iron Man’s fictional high-rise hideout. An opening date has not, as of yet, been revealed.

The hotel was announced at the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim. Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, said: “We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud.”

“I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport our guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others!”, he added.

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citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon to open August 1st

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Located in the arrondissement de Reuilly, on the northeastern bank of the Seine, this newest member of the citizenM family is a must for sightseers, pleasure seekers and business-doers alike.

Some may say three’s a crowd, but citizenM say ‘mais, oui’ to a third pad in the glittering City of Lights. Joining citizenM Charles de Gaulle and citizenM La Défense, their latest hotel is in the beating heart of one of Paris’ most exciting, up-and-coming districts.

citizenM Paris Gare de LyonLook forward to 1 August 2017 when citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon flings open its doors to guests. Across the 338 rooms you can expect their signature brand of affordable luxury for the people. Each room boasts king-size beds, rain showers and mood pads that control the temperature, brightness and colour – yes, colour – of the lights. There’s free movies too.


Outside your cubby hole, the lobby is a home-from-home, filled with books, art, a fireplace and a carpet that recreates the slow ticking clock of the Gare de Lyon station. As with all of citizenM hotels, it’s filled with unique artworks, including the mesmerising installation by Studio Martens & Visser, Reflecting Holons, which transforms the entrance into a magical light and movement show of floating, dancing bubbles. Okay, okay – perhaps not exactly like your own living room.

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Need to graft? The societyM meeting rooms will inspire your next lightbulb moment. Peckish? canteenM offers food and drink, healthy and indulgent, day and night. And when it’s time to wind down with a cocktail (or three), head up to cloudM for panoramas over the city. Looking out over the Seine, soak up views of timeless icons – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame – new features such as a the Cité de la mode et du design and, all the way in western Paris, the Grande Arche. Be sure to wave to citizenM La Défense while you’re up there.


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Introducing Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel – Paris

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Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel re-opens after undergoing an extensive four-year restoration. Dating back to the 18th century, this historic treasure is decidedly reborn as a luxury hotel for 21st century travellers.

Located in the heart of Paris at 10 Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de Crillon’s past provides a rich backdrop for its modern-day story. During the hotel’s closure, master craftsmen, artisans and designers worked tirelessly to strike a deliberate and delicate balance between conservation and transformation, and today the hotel emerges as an elegant expression of the spirit of Paris and a celebration of the French art de vivre.

In keeping with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ concept in which each property reflects its location’s history, culture and sensibilities, Hôtel de Crillon’s design has been reinterpreted through the collective work of leading architects, designers, artisans, and artists. History has been brought to life with a fresh and modern twist, while beloved and unique objects emblematic to the hotel’s history can still be found throughout the property, from the amethyst chandeliers to gold and crystal Baccarat decanters.

This ambitious project required an unprecedented level of care and dedication. Owner representatives Ramzi Wakim and Laurent Dusonchet (Avangard Advisory), together with a handpicked project management team, orchestrated the renovation.

Architect Richard Martinet led the whole restoration and renovation, including the landmark façade and grand reception rooms on the second floor, which are classified heritage landmarks.

Under the Artistic Director Aline Asmar d’Amman who insured the coherence of the whole design project, and drove and inspired the interior designers, the hotel’s interiors were created by four Paris-based designers: Tristan Auer, Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol and Aline Asmar d’Amman (Culture in Architecture). The approach was to respect history, while simultaneously injecting a modern attitude and a touch of Parisian irreverence.

Hôtel de CrillonKarl Lagerfeld, renowned designer and a great 18th century admirer, has decorated two exceptional suites on Place de la Concorde and together called ‘Les Grands Appartements’, which convey his personal vision of French chic and modernity. Landscape architect Louis Benech, with his subtle hand, conceived Hôtel de Crillon’s whimsical courtyards.

Hôtel de Crillon’s 78 rooms, 36 suites and 10 signature suites embody an expressly Parisian residential style that is equally warm and refined. The rooms and suites are elegantly decorated with bespoke furnishings, beautiful antiques and carefully chosen objets d’art.


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Curio Collection opens first French property on Riviera coast

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Hilton has announced the opening of Grand Hotel Des Sablettes Plage, Curio Collection by Hilton. The hotel was hand-picked to be a part of the collection.

As the first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in the region of Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur, the hotel joins a collection of more than 35 distinctive, upper upscale hotels and resorts around the world.

Situated in a historic 19th century building, Grand Hotel Des Sablettes Plage is perched above the breathtaking beach of Les Sablettes in the coastal city of La Seyne sur Mer. With 75 fully refurbished guest rooms and suites, including a 200 square-meter Presidential Suite with sweeping sea-views, the hotel’s décor is a clever mix of modern and classic elements to pay homage to the building’s legacy.

Room at Grand Hotel Des Sablettes PlageIn addition to soaking up the pristine private, sandy beach and the charming shops and restaurants of Promenade Jean Charcot, guests can also delve into the culture and history of the city of Toulon just 10km away, immersing themselves in the lush greenery of Port-Cros National Park and facing all heights with cable car shuttles to Mont Faron.

“Grand Hotel Des Sablettes Plage is the latest hotspot on the stunning and historic French Riviera, offering guests a truly unforgettable and unique experience to unwind and explore everything this remarkable location has to offer,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio Collection by Hilton. “As we continue to expand our distinctive Curio Collection we are delighted to debut our first property in France, and soon to open property in Paris.”

The spacious rooms and suites offer optimal comfort, including a leather travel chest containing complimentary soft mini-bar items, an espresso machine, and an open bathroom complete with complementary products. As an added unique benefit, each room features a spyglass to discover boats out on the open sea. The hotel offers one of the largest ballroom’s in the city with picturesque views, holding more than 350 guests.

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Kengo Kuma to develop ‘eco-luxury’ 1hotel in Paris

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Kengo Kuma is planning a Parisian project which hopes to incorporate sustainability and hospitality design into an ‘innovative eco-luxury hotel’ which will ultimately serve as a landmark, as well as a popular destination.

The building, which will be called ‘1hotel Paris’ will be bedecked with greenery, becoming what the firm is calling a ‘green lung’ for the neighbourhood. Wooden façade panels will overlap and be arranged in a certain way to blur the shape of the structure.

1hotel Paris - Kengo Kuma + AssociatesIn a comment, the firm said: “Within a series of repetitive volumes along the Avenue de France, our design strategy was to develop a sculptural form, as if shaped by natural erosion, allowing light to reach the avenue below.”

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The centre of the hotel will be open, with inner rooms with private balconies overlooking a series of gardens below. On the roof, the hotel will have a rooftop terrace overlooking the bustling neighbourhood. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2022.

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citizenM says ‘Hello’ to Paris La Défense

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The trail-blazing Dutch hotel group citizenM will open two exciting new hotels in Paris this summer including a hotel in the heart of Paris”s business district, La Défense and a flagship property opening in August in central Gare du Lyon. With its existing hotel at Charles de Gaulle airport, citizenM will now have three hotels in Paris all offering affordable luxury, smart technology and clever design.

citizenM La Défense is now open within the bustling business district of Paris, located to the west of the city. La Défense, best known for its iconic arch-shaped building, the Grande Arche, is currently undergoing a major revamp, complete with sprawling terraces and gardens, new avenues and towers, organic restaurants and fashionable bars.

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At the ground level entrance guests are greeted by coffeeM, citizenM’s own coffee bar concept which was first introduced at the Tower of London flagship last year. This vibrant space has been adorned with a ceiling fresco featuring a repeat-pattern of Andy Warhol photo-booth selfies. societyM meeting rooms are located next to coffeeM and provide wonderfully creative environments which are perfect for hosting meetings and workshops. The breakout space features a playful Parisian kiosk.

citizenM Paris La DefenseFrom here, two escalators, a new design element for citizenM take guests up to the Check In and Living Room. Alongside each escalator is citizenM”s signature shelving, featuring a range of colourful and quirky objects, from Eames birds to artworks, books and curiosities.

citizenM Paris La DefenseThe elevator up to the Check In is cladded from ground to first floor with a bespoke mural by Paris and NY based AVAF, an artists” collective who have previously created pieces for citizenM Bankside and Shoreditch.

citizenM Paris La DefenseThe Living Room is the heart of citizenM, providing space to work, eat and socialise. At citizenM La Défense, the Living Room is on the first floor and enclosed by a glass façade with a large terrace. The Living Room also features collectionM, citizenM”s retail component offering easy travel accessories, inspiring gifts and books. Here another piece of bespoke fresco adorns the ceiling, created by local artist Romain Froquet.

canteenM forms the lively heart of the public area. Together with intimate booths and communal tables this is the place to drink, eat and meet. With a design nod to French cuisine and its reliance on traditional copper pans, the walls here are clad with copper.


New hotels join Small Luxury Hotels Of The World

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This May Small Luxury Hotels of the World is welcoming five new luxury properties to its portfolio. Introducing a brand new eco-certified hotel in Cap Corsica, a newly opened palazzo turned boutique retreat in Rome, a serene forest dwelling in Izu, Japan and a sophisticated retreat wrapped up in bright botanic gardens in Puerto Vallarta.

Le Domaine Misincu: Corsica

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Due to open in June 2017, set in 35 hectares of natural parks and gardens, Le Domaine Misincu will be the only five-star rated environmentally friendly and eco-certified luxury boutique hotel in the region of Cap Corsica. Highly protected, savage and unspoilt in natural beauty, Cap Corse is the last remaining “wild” part of the island and therefore nicknamed as “the island on the island” which sets its history apart from the rest of the island. Aiming for Corsican modern luxury living at its best, Le Domaine Misincu is an epitomised “barefoot casual luxury” experience with a holistic approach. Contemporary yet traditional in style, the hotel pays homage to Corsican heritage and the outstanding beauty of its natural surroundings coupled with 21st century amenities for today’s luxury leisure travellers. Whether it is the vast range of local products in the F&B outlets, Corsican fabrics, materials and woods to be used for anything interior design or the fleet of Tesla cars available for guests, any stay here is to reflect an authentic Cap Corse experience.

Casa Velas: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Found amidst blooming grounds of tropical flora, the adult-only hotel and ocean club, Casa Velas, sets the scene for a perfect romantic seaside escape. The 80 suites offer guests a private piece of luxury in the botanic gardens and the wooden beams and furniture and earthy tones are inspired by traditional Mexican designs. The hotel is just minutes from the beach, an 18-hole golf course and the buzzing boardwalk of Puerto Vallarta. The treatments at Casa Velas Spa draw on ancient wisdom and local ingredients, with treatment rooms for couples and singles, a hydrotherapy area and beauty salon. The on-site restaurant, Emiliano, is an AAA Four Diamond rated a la carte fine dining restaurant, headed up by one of the area’s leading chefs, serving Mexican and international cuisine. Alternatively guests can opt to take a short stroll to the Ocean Club for Asian-inspired cuisine and cocktails on the beachfront.

Margutta 19: Rome, Italy

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This brand new Roman boutique hotel will open its doors on July 1 2017. Tucked away on Via Margutta – known locally as ‘the artist’s street’ thanks to famous prior residents such as Picasso and Stravinsky, this elegant palazzo has been given a modern make over. Despite its city location Margutta 19 provides a chic and restful escape, away from the buzz of Rome. The 16 rooms have been styled in gentle shades of sage and ivory, with parquet floors, travertine marble bathrooms, king size beds and Frette linens. Classic and deluxe suites overlook the cobbled Via Margutta and its terracotta buildings, while the Garden Suite comes with its own 43 square metre terrace. Restaurant Assaggia is courtesy of angelo Troiani who serves his own inventive spin on Roman classics, including recipes handed down through generations of the hotel owner’s family.

ABBA Resorts Izu: Izu, Japan

Situated on the stunning Jogasaki coast, ABBA resorts Izu is an intimate, 30 room retreat, featuring an indulgent Neen-spa and three world-class restaurants serving French and Japanese fare. Built in the ryokan style of a traditional inn, the luxurious Abba Resorts Izu, blends seamlessly into its ancient forest backdrop. The resort’s natural garden was created from diverse lava formations and the villas come with their own open-air bath, filled with warm, soothing mineral waters flowing in from the Ukiyama Hot Springs that Izu is known for. The rooms are designed to calm and soothe, with woven tatami straw mats and other natural touches in abundance.

São Lourenço do Barrocal: Monsaraz, Portugal

This 200 year old family run, fully working farm-come-luxury boutique retreat (main picture) seamlessly blends contemporary scandi-style décor with vintage homestead touches. Every element of the hotel celebrates its Alentejo surroundings. Guests can wander the grounds, take a seat in the wooden deck chairs amongst the orange grove, stroll through the wine and vegetable garden, take a dip in the pool or pack up a picnic and cycle to the estates lake. At night guests are invited to enjoy farm-to-table dining at the onsite restaurant, where classic Alentejo flavours are served up using home grown and locally sourced produce alongside the winemakers selection from the onsite vineyard. The 40 rooms, suites and cottages are a tasteful mix of old and new, with white fabrics, wool blankets, carefully selected vintage features and farm views. Certain suites and cottages also come with a private terrace, perfect for star-gazing. A spa by organic Austrian brand Susanne Kaufmann, features an oak wood hot tub and an outdoor pool, as well as a variety of treatments.

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Hilton Hotels & Resorts to open hotel in view of the Eiffel Tower

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Hilton has announced that its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand will add a second property in central Paris, Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower.

The plans were unveiled at MIPIM this week in conjunction with owner Compagnie de Phalsbourg with whom Hilton has signed a management agreement to operate the 118-room property. The renowned French visionary designer Philippe Starck will be in charge of the interior design of the property.

Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower will be located in the 7th arrondissement, renowned as the district of choice for Parisian and the home to France’s National Assembly, a range of museums, the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower itself. The site on Avenue de Saxe, sits next to Place de Breteuil and leads towards the Champ de Mars.

Construction is due to begin shortly on adaptation of two adjacent buildings from the 1900s and 1970s. Additional features to be found within the property include a fitness centre and executive lounge. Philippe Starck will be in charge of the interior design of the property to bring French elegance and flair into the historical building while Atelier Cos, who specialise in luxury and upscale hotels, develops the architectural concept for the property.

Andreas Lackner, regional head, full service brand management, Hilton added: “Paris remains one of the most enviable cities in the world for any traveller. Our existing Hilton Paris Opera is one of the brand’s most popular properties amongst our global network of loyal customers and we cannot wait to begin welcoming guests to this new property within such proximity to so many Parisian landmarks.”

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New Le Meridien Etoile shines in Paris

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French hotel group Le Méridien has opened its new 4-star hotel in Paris. The French capital itself has been a clear influence on the 1,025 room development, with “etoile” meaning star in French, possibly a reference to Paris’ nickname, The City of Lights.

Following the hotel’s transformation, the property now boasts reimagined guestrooms, suites and the transformation of the hotel’s public spaces, including the legendary Jazz Club Etoile and brand’s signature lobby concept: Le Méridien Hub. Design was by French interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel.

Following the transformation of Etoile, the property now boasts reimagined guestrooms, suites and the transformation of public spaces

Located in the 17th arrondissement, anchored by Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, the hotel is the largest hotel in central Paris. The redesign of the hotel’s rooms was led by Nuel, while London-based firm Michaelis Boyd restyled all the public areas; both draw inspiration from the brand’s mid-century modern design aesthetic.


Andre Fu: Designer of public spaces for new hotel, Villa La Coste, Provence

Andre Fu: Designer of public spaces for new hotel, Villa La Coste, Provence

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Architect Andre Fu and his design studio AFSO is working on a number of high profile projects due to unveil this year. Amongst the list of key commissions is the most highly anticipated Villa La Coste, nestled within the poetic Chateau La Coste in Aix en Provence, France.

Set against the Luberon mountains, Château La Coste is an organic winery where visitors can also explore an exceptional art and architecture trail with works by such renowned artists and architects as Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Richard Serra, Frank Gehry, Louise Bourgeois and Tadao Ando.

Villa La Coste is a brand new purpose-built luxury hotel inside the vineyard that comprises 28 villas and public spaces. Inspired by the true artisanal spirit of the vineyard as well as the breathtaking artistic vision of the chateau, Fu was commissioned to create key destinations within the Hotel, including the Salon, the Bar, the Library and the destination Pavilion Louise Restaurant opening this spring. Fu seeks to instill a ‘contemporary Provençal’ design experience into the project, whilst overlaying his own signature language of ‘relaxed luxury’.

The Library, Salon, Cave Cellar and Bar
Located at the garden level of Villa La Coste, Fu’s vision was to craft a sequence of discreetly elegant spaces that would allow guests to lounge and discover. Beginning in the Library with its adjoining Cellar, Salon and Bar, the experience is designed to mirror the sense of being in a private collector’s maison.

Andre Fu: Designer of public spaces for new hotel, Villa La Coste, Provence

Fu has used beautiful solid aged timber wood and brushed Botticino Crema marble to create the sense that while the spaces are contemporary, they are also timeless, a defining feature of so much of Fu’s work. Lighting is soft and subtle, with guests immersed in a candlelight environment in the evening to convey a sensuous sensibility.

The Pavilion Restaurant
February 2017 sees the opening of the Pavilion Louise Restaurant by renowned chef Gerald Passedet. Passedet’s restaurant in Marseille, Le Petit Nice has three Michelin stars.

Pavilion Louise, located in a modernist free-standing glass pavilion which appears to float above an extensive water pond, is designed by Fu to celebrate the union of architecture and gastronomy. The centerpiece of the dining room is a prominent sculpture, The Couple, by Louise Bourgeois, is suspended from the ceiling in the centre of the room.

Andre Fu: Designer of public spaces for new hotel, Villa La Coste, Provence

“Chateau La Coste has a very special atmosphere and this has been a remarkable project for me, to work so closely with its owner Paddy McKillen. I saw my role as creating a sense of intimacy, of relaxed luxury, designing these spaces for people rather than as spectacles in themselves.” says Fu of his involvement in the vision for Villa La Coste.

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Project Spotlight: Osborn Interiors at Hotel Le Toiny

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Hotel Le Toiny is known for luxury, privacy and 5-star service. The goal of the refurbishment by Osborn Interiors was to bring a hint of glamour to the public spaces, without compromising on the comfort which is the focus of this hotel.

The new elegant reception includes a unique commissioned ceramic swirl artwork made on a Belgium linen canvas. Adjacent to this is a fabulous bespoke piece of furniture constructed out of aged teak with blue inlaid resin. The neutral colour palette leaves the attention on the extraordinary materials within the space and ensures a sense of calm. Sky high bookcases constructed of leather, echo the reception desk, upon which sit the totally unique sand filled lamps. These lamps are the only ones in the world, made especially for the hotel, and contain a blue sand stripe, mimicking the horizon.

An adjacent cosy, chic library space continues the neutral palette with the addition of mirror and chrome highlights, trunk tables and linen sofas, for a comfortable yet fun contemporary feel.

Moving into the restaurant a pop of the hotel’s signature blue links with the sea and sky beyond. Guests are surrounded by unique items such as centuries old fossilised giant clam shells, and materials including 18th century barn wood and natural limestone. The bespoke coffee table encases a champagne bucket for the very necessary glass on arrival. New cosy corners of seating give each table it’s own unique feel, relaxed and intimate.

Overlooking the pool the new bar is the high point of the glamorous transformation of the space. Natural oysters sunk into resin, with a marble top, make up the unique bar with mother of pearl joinery behind. Dramatic lighting ensures that the space sparkles night and day. Finished off with the bespoke pink bar stools, this is a fun, interesting space.

Moving down to the area surrounding the pool, the focus here is really on calm and comfort. New elegant bespoke oversized loungers, constructed of bleached teak and other furniture chosen to encourage guests to lounge long past sundown, next to the atmospheric firepit.

In the guest rooms a neutral colour palette, achieved with acres of Belgium linen, and a range of natural materials and textured accessories encourage relaxation. Attention to detail with unusual rope handles, and hand-made stools out of sandblasted wood and leather handles, sit next to petrified wood tables. A mix of modern and more traditional Gustavian furniture ensures the scheme honours the spirit of St Barth’s whilst being contemporary enough for the sophisticated clientele.

Bee Osborn is an internationally respected interior designer, who has a long association with the island of St Bartholemy.

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Hilton launches architecture, design podcasts for select hotels

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Hilton Worldwide is for the first time launching a series of podcasts that will act as audio guides to landmark hotels within its European portfolio.

With a focus on architecture and design, the podcasts tell the hidden story behind five hotels from a variety of Hilton brands to encourage guests to see the buildings as more than a place to lay their heads.

Hotels selected for the podcast project have been hand-picked by Hilton’s in-house architecture and design team. The collection includes iconic restoration projects in Paris and Hamburg, a refurbishment inspired by a little known corner of Dublin, a London conversion on the city’s artistic South Bank and a first of its kind, design focused concept in Reykjavik.

Curio by Hilton Reichshof-Hamburg lobby

Over the past five years, Hilton has significantly expanded its dedicated team of experts focused on the architecture and design of each property. The team works collaboratively across the entirety of Hilton’s portfolio covering a diverse array of locations, brands and projects. The team’s philosophy is centred on creating a sense of place that reflects the destination – not just the city or country, but the hotel’s district, neighbourhood or even street.

By working with local designers and consultants, Hilton’s design and architecture team ensures that each hotel not only encapsulates an all-important sense of place and the DNA of its brand, but showcases the very best of each location. This can range from commissioned artwork to mark an important moment in time, the inclusion of furniture and soft furnishings from celebrated local workshops or the preservation of historical artefacts for the public to enjoy for decades to come.

Curio by Hilton Reichshof-Hamburg lobby

Gordon Coles, ‎Senior Vice President, Architecture, Design and Construction, EMEA, Hilton, said: “Whilst our hotel guests are excited to explore a city’s architecture or its design hotspots during their visit, the hotel itself can be overlooked – it is sometimes seen as just a place to lay your head or enjoy a nice meal after a long day of sightseeing or business meetings. We want to challenge this misconception by revealing the hidden stories of five very special European hotels. Each podcast tells a very different tale reflecting the diversity of our projects, but we hope listeners will be inspired to take a closer look at their hotel after learning a little bit more about its history and hearing one or two secrets.”

Canopy by Hilton, Reykjavik

Chris Webb, Senior Director, Interior Design, EMEA, Hilton, said: “Every project is unique, so we approach each hotel with a blank canvas. Creating a sense of place is our core aim – it enhances our guest experience by making their stay more authentic, but it also makes people feel more at home. There is a risk that this could become pastiche, so we spend a lot of time getting under the skin of each location to identify lesser known or quirky flourishes that are still true to the building itself. Each of the five hotels featured in the podcast series are a testament to this approach, from preserving historical features for future generations in Paris and Hamburg to creating interiors that reflect and celebrate a particular neighbourhood in Dublin, London and Reykjavik.”

The five hotels profiled in the new audio guides are Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre (Iceland); Hilton London Bankside (United Kingdom); Conrad Dublin (Ireland); Hilton Paris Opera (France); and Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton (Germany).

Hotel Les Neiges, Courchevel 1850

Sneak Peek: Hotel Les Neiges, Courchevel 1850 opening December

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Founded in 1912 by François André and subsequently developed by Lucien Barrière, Diane Barrière-Desseigne, and Dominique Desseigne, Barrière has thrived over the decades to become the top French casino brand and a benchmark for luxury hotels.

Through its exceptional establishments, the group incarnates the symbols of French prestige, refinement and elegance and has always placed excellence of service at the heart of its concerns. In Les Neiges, Barrière takes to the ski area for the first time in its history.

Perched between mountain and sky, Courchevel 1850 is a fairy-tale village like no other, where luxury and tradition come together. Nestled in the heart of Les Trois Vallées – the biggest ski area in the world – the resort offers over 600km of ski slopes and accommodation in luxury chalets as well as high-end hotels. Hotel Les Neiges benefits from an enviable location at the foot of the Bellecôte ski slope, with 42 rooms and suites on the slopes, and an easy stroll from the centre of Courchevel and its luxurious boutiques, and with sumptuous architecture and intimate décor.

Hotel Les Neiges benefits from an enviable location at the foot of the Bellecôte ski slope, with 42 rooms and suites on the slopes, and an easy stroll from the centre of Courchevel

Pass through the doorway of Hotel Les Neiges and enter the authentic refined and relaxed décor of a chalet. The mountain tradition – revisited. A fire in the hearth. Hardwood floors. And all around, grey stone columns flecked with silver. Right from the entrance, the atmosphere is welcoming, tasteful, all-encompassing. Stones, slate, shale, oak, pine and larch woods stained in blond, amber and grey shades decorate the well-appointed reception area. Here, the Barrière Spirit shines through.

Let the refined style and luxurious, welcoming décor of the 42 rooms and suites of the hotel sweep over you. Upon entering, the tone is set. The materials evoke ski marks in the powder, sunny slopes, fir tree bark, and glittering ice crystals. Inspired by the mountain setting, the result is captivating.

Bedrooms are swathed in sumptuous cashmere, plush fabrics, velvet and fur. The larch panelled walls and ceilings are reminiscent of traditional chalets, given a contemporary twist. Appreciate the discreet luxury of this tasteful and authentic chalet. And at the very top, sits the 310 m2 private apartment. The exquisite materials and attention to detail are the ultimate expression of luxury and elegance.

Take advantage of some quiet time in a cosy chalet bar. Surrounded by wood and stone, enjoy a fabulous cocktail with a view over the mountains around. The bar at Hotel Barrière Les Neiges is perfectly designed for enchanting occasions at the foot of the slopes. With its Studio Harcourt portraits arranged on the walls, guests are encouraged to spend a relaxing break, and to take in their surroundings under the gaze of cinema industry icons.

Hotel Les Neiges, Courchevel 1850

Nestled in the heart of the hotel, bathed in natural light, the Spa Diane Barrière reveals an entire world of sophistication. Commune with nature with the pool integrated into a wall of dried stones, like a waterfall carved in the mountain. In this space exclusively dedicated to your well-being, spa Diane Barrière Les Neiges boasts 6 treatment rooms, an exclusive suite for two with private hammam and sauna, an aquatic circuit (the resort’s largest), a 20-metre infinity pool, hammam, sauna, cold bath and fabulous outdoor jacuzzi.

Hotel Les Neiges, Courchevel 1850

Hotel Barrière Les Neiges
422 rue de Bellecôte, 73120 Courchevel 1850
+33 9 70 818 501

Staycity forges ahead in France with two key openings

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Leading aparthotel operator Staycity is putting France firmly in its sights with the announcement of two premises opening in the country in 2017.

Staycity already operates an aparthotel in the busy and popular 10th district of Paris, minutes from the Gare de Paris-Est transport hub, and will add Staycity Marseille to its portfolio when it opens for business in February 2017. The property, based in Marseille’s popular historical Vieux Port, will offer 108 apartments.

In Spring 2017 Staycity will open in Lyon in a purpose-built, 144-unit development in the city centre, within walking distance of the historic old centre and 10-minutes from the main business hub and train station.

“France has long been a mainstay in our expansion plans and we hope to add further properties in strategic sites in the coming years,” commented Staycity CEO Tom Walsh. “These properties and our existing premises in Paris, provide us with a firm base in France, which will help build our reputation as the go-to aparthotel operator for both leisure and business travellers.”

Staycity premises opening in the UK over the next 12 months include Manchester (182), London Covent Garden (106) and Liverpool (202). Staycity Aparthotels now has over 3,000 apartments across eight major cities across the UK and Europe with expansion plans which will take it to 15,000 apartments by 2021.


Hotel Chez Monnet, Cognac

Project Preview: Hotel Chais Monnet, Cognac

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Far removed from the bustling streets of European metropolises like London or Paris – the usual investment hotspots for British entrepreneur Javad Marandi – sits the grandeur of Chais Monnet and its vast cellars in Cognac.

Built in the 19th century, this stunning site is nestled in the heart of this quaint and oh-so-French town, with its cellars from 1845 adding to its charm. Having originally been the childhood home of Jean Monnet, one of the founding fathers of the European Union, it has sat disused. Until now.

In a €60 million investment personally financed by Mr. Marandi, the site is being transformed into a 15,000m2 luxury hotel, spa, restaurant and retail boutique complex, offering a “modern take on traditional French luxe”. Being on the doorstep of some of the great cognac houses, it will be the first complex of its kind in the region.

And, at a recent stone-laying ceremony in October, Hotel Designs was able to see the plans first hand. Believe me, they’re impressive. The project will include:

A five-star hotel with 100 bedrooms and suites, 14 apartments, two restaurants, a jazz bar and lounge, a 400m2 conference room, four meeting rooms, and a pool/spa.
Six boutiques to be rented to French brand retailers
A cultural meeting place commemorating Jean-Gabriel Monnet’s life and achievements

Its importance to the area was emphasised in the opening presentation by Cognac mayor Michel Gourinchas, who himself played a key role in championing the project, one that he is confident will have a great economic impact on the town and its surroundings.

“Here in the town we’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Since I’ve become mayor, we’ve asked ourselves a number of times what we could do with this site and thanks to this work we’ll be able to see a reality of what’s possible in a way that’s in the best interests of our town, its inhabitants, and tourists who can now benefit from an excellent site, which is in parallel with cognac – an excellent product,” he proudly tells the gathered dignitaries and press.

Hotel Chez Monnet, Cognac

Didier Poignant, chief architect on the project, Michel Gourinchas, mayor of Cognac and Javad Marandi, businessman and investor in the project addressing the crowd

He’s not wrong. Cognac is a gorgeous microcosm of the effortlessly pretty aesthetics of western France. The historic cobbled streets, the perfectly-manicured gardens in its centre and traditional architecture lining the serene River Charente that runs through it all point to a life-less-rushed; beauty and tradition combined. Two things at the heart of the design of the Hotel Chais Monnet project.

When I ask Mr. Marandi if this is why he chose this particular spot to bring a hotel to market, as opposed to the major centres of business and commerce in which he usually operates, he agrees.

The centre of Cognac

The centre of Cognac

“I certainly have an affection for this region, for Cognac, and for the rich variety of local delicacies, but I also see a clear business opportunity. Cognac is a world famous upmarket product and the heritage of the Monnet family is another valued contribution to developing a hotel that will have all prerequisites to become a major success for this type of investment while being equally beneficial for the city and its community,” he says.

But looking at the plans and speaking with chief architect Didier Poignant of Ertim Architects in Paris, what strikes me most is how much modernity is being brought to the project – in particular the striking façade of the Les Ceps part of the complex. I wonder for a moment how the reaction from the local Cognaçais has been to this overt blending of the historic with the ultra-modern, but Didier puts my mind at rest as he describes his extensive work with Architectes des Bâtiments de France in preserving French heritage in architectural projects.

Likewise, Javad Marandi echoes his assurances, adding: “I have only had positive and complimentary feedback on the designs [by Didier and his team], which are very elegant and chic and are befitting of the location whilst preserving the brand heritage of both cognac and the Monnet family.”

The locale might certainly be a departure for Mr. Marandi. As he himself tells me, Cognac is still a secondary tourist location within France and yet France itself is one of the most visited destinations worldwide. But with the “raw material” as he calls it – the name of ‘Cognac’ – attached to the project, there can be little doubt that this little pocket of France will be put on the map as a premium, upmarket location. With plans in place and construction under way, that vision is well on the way to becoming a reality. In his closing remarks, the mayor speaks of his excitement and impatience to see the project finally come to fruition in the spring of 2018.

That makes two of us, monsieur le maire…

Based on a visit in October 2016
Photos: Daniel Fountain // Weber Shandwick

Le Meridien reintroduces brand to Paris

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From the birthplace of the brand, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts has marked a milestone as its first-ever hotel and celebrated flagship in Paris revealed the completion of its multi-million dollar renovation.

Following the hotel’s transformation, the property now boasts reimagined guestrooms, suites and the transformation of the hotel’s public spaces, including the legendary Jazz Club Etoile and brand’s signature lobby concept: Le Méridien Hub. Design was by interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel.

Le Meridien Etoile

“With a stronger and more globally diverse portfolio than ever before, Le Méridien has hit its stride with guests and locals as well as owners and developers around the world,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to have the crown jewel of our brand shining brightly once more in the City of Light, as Le Méridien returns to its roots with distinctive design and bold Destination Unlocked positioning.”

Located in the 17th arrondissement, anchored by Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, the hotel is the largest hotel in central Paris. The redesign of the hotel’s rooms was led by French interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, while London-based firm Michaelis Boyd restyled all the public areas; both draw inspiration from the brand’s mid-century modern design aesthetic.

Paris hotelier gets green light for new 40-bed London hotel

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Famous Paris hotelier Jean-Louis Costes has been given planning permission for his first UK hotel, in London in partnership with Cadogan Estates.

The go ahead was given to architects ReardonSmith to convert the 19th century porperty at One Sloane Gardens into a 40-bedroom luxury hotel. The existing property was designed by Edwin T Hall, the designer of Liberty’s store in Regent Street. The 40 bedrooms will be spread across eight floors.

Jean-Louis Costes is responsible for the Hôtel Costes in Paris, which has now become a hotbed for celebrities and A-list Hollywood stars.

His UK debut in London will be designed internally by the French-born François-Joseph Graf and will be home to a rooftop extension encompassing a fine dining restaurant, a coffee shop and on the lower ground floor, a bar.

The new hotel has been described as bidding to have ‘the authenticity of an Edwardian hotel with the most contemporary infrastructure and servicing’, and all work ReardonSmith carries out will be in-keeping with the existing architectural style.

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Gérard Ronzatti completes floating hotel project in Paris

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Gérard Ronzatti, the French architect, has completed a floating hotel project in the French capital.

Off Paris Seine debuts as France’s first floating hotel and features 54 rooms in total.

Off Paris Seine - Gérard Ronzatti designed

The largest boat docked in the French capital, Off Paris Seine is situated near the Gare d’Austerlitz. “The floating hotel is in actual fact two floating facilities that are strongly articulated and connected,” said Ronzatti Architects in a statement. “An accordion pleats’ system permits to keep a feeling of discreet rolling in order to really give an experience of living on the water.”

Off Paris Seine - Gérard Ronzatti designed
The 80-metre-long hotel also includes a restaurant, outdoor terrace, which opens out onto the riverbank and a small marina for small vessels.

Photos: offparisseine.com

Kimpton hotel to open in Paris by 2020

IHG to debut Kimpton brand in Paris

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced plans to open the first Kimpton hotel in the home of European fashion and design – Paris.

Situated in one of the city’s most sought-after districts, near the famous Paris Opéra, the luxury hotel is set to open its doors in 2020.

The hotel will be fully transformed with Kimpton’s signature bold and playful design to feature 149 guestrooms and 27 suites, luxury spa and fitness facilities, and a state-of-the-art meeting space overlooking the high-end Parisian streets, buildings and rooftops.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, acquired by IHG in January 2015, is renowned for its innovative design and personal approach to guest service, using perks and amenities to make guests feel truly at home. It inspires with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, a hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness options and complimentary bikes to explore the local area. Kimpton’s award-winning destination restaurants and bars are loved locally, and provide guests with an authentic taste of the city.

Angela Brav, IHG’s Chief Executive Officer, Europe says: “Bringing Kimpton to Paris marks another milestone for expansion of the brand into Europe, and we’re delighted to be working with AXA IM – Real Assets to bring Kimpton to France. This hotel will have one of the most coveted addresses in the city and is set to create unbelievable memories and experiences for guests – in the way that only Kimpton can.”

The Peninsula Paris

Peninsula Paris given prestigious ‘Palace’ accolade

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The Peninsula Paris, located within walking distance of the Champs Elysees and some of the city’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury boutiques, joins a prestigious group of Parisian hotels accorded the “Palace” distinction.

Bestowed by the French Tourism Development Agency, ATOUT France, the “Palace” status was created in November 2010 to reward hotel excellence and to assist in promoting the French way of life on the international stage. ATOUT France is the official agency in charge of developing tourism in France, and of awarding the “Palace distinction”, above the 5-star ranking, to hotels with exceptional character. The agency is responsible for promoting the development of the tourism industry as country’s largest economic sector; its primary mission is to maintain a detailed and permanent system for monitoring and analysing supply and demand in the tourist market.

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The hotel’s new General Manager, Ms Katja Henke, expressed her joy at the news: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious distinction. I wish to acknowledge the role played in this success by the hotel’s staff, who work every day to meet the highly demanding service standards for which The Peninsula Hotels group is known around the world.

“We will continue to work hard to ensure that this tradition of service excellence is maintained. I would also like to thank our partner, Katara Hospitality, who have allowed us to take part in this exciting adventure and who now have the honour of counting two establishments with the ‘Palace’ distinction in their portfolio.”

Opened on 1 August 2014, this first Peninsula Hotels outpost in Europe, in a joint venture with Katara Hospitality, instigated new standards of design, luxury and comfort. After more than four years of renovation and meticulous restoration, the iconic Haussmann building today offers 200 luxury rooms, including 34 suites. Five of the suites have private rooftop gardens offering a panoramic view of the most emblematic monuments in Paris.

Paris Peninsula

Responding to the demands of the modern luxury tourism market, the rooms at The Peninsula Paris are amongst the largest in the capital and amongst the best in the world when it comes to technology. All rooms and suites are equipped with The Peninsula Hotels’ latest interactive technology.

The property’s three restaurants showcase France and the Peninsula group at their best. In the heart of the hotel, Le Lobby restaurant is classic, elegant and characteristic of Peninsula hotels around the world. Open for breakfast through to post-dinner drinks and late-night suppers, it’s also home to the famous and sophisticated Peninsula Afternoon Tea. With a theme inspired by both Chinese and French opera, LiLi restaurant takes Cantonese cuisine in Paris to new heights and pays tribute to the Asian heritage of The Peninsula Hotels.

Paris Peninsula

Occupying a total of 1,800 sq m (19,000 sq ft), including a 20m (66 ft) swimming pool, The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Paris – voted Best French Hotel Spa in the 2015 World Spa Awards and Best European Spa in the 2015 Villegiature Awards – offering tailored treatments by SATTVA by Simply Peninsula, ESPA and Biologique Recherche, is completely dedicated to serenity, beauty and fitness.

Combining classic Parisian chic and world-class hospitality, The Peninsula Paris is a coveted location for memorable moments in the French capital.

Photos: Peninsula Paris

EquipHotel - Paris

Save the date: EquipHotel – 6-10 November

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For 50 years, EquipHotel has helped French and international hospitality and catering professionals to decipher trends, identify innovations, promote networking – with one goal: to propose new solutions and effective growth levers to every key players of the hotel & restaurant market.

Hospitality and restaurant professionals face challenges every day, especially in this current uncertain climate. EquipHotel represents a source of inspiration for them as well as a means to help their businesses grow.

Show facts and figures from 2014:
– More than 110,000 professionals (including 20% of internationals): hotel and restaurant owners, investors, buyers, prescribers;
– 1,600 exhibitors (including 30% of internationals);
– 30 business sectors;
– 500 chefs including 150 starred-chefs


UK contact:
Tel. : +44 (0) 208 910 78 21

Sales contact:
 International Sales Manager

 Tel: +33 (0)1 47 56 50 53

Amastan Paris

Amastan marks debut of urban brand with Amastan Paris

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Amastan Paris has opened and marks the first flagship of the new urban hotel brand, Amastan.

The hotel is situated in the heart of the elegant 8th arrondissement and offers a ‘curated home’ for the guests across 24 well-appointed guestrooms.

Located on a quiet street that links Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the Avenue des Champs- Elysées, the hotel brings a younger and livelier offering to one of the most distinguished and cultured neighbourhoods in the world. Inspired by the classic codes of Parisian apartment architecture, design studio NOCC has carefully considered each aspect of the hotel’s interiors and atmosphere in a way that is at once quietly eclectic, comfortable and gently understated.

Amastan Paris
Framed by a specially conceived architectural light scheme, the ground floor spaces feature striking petrol blue herringbone parquet floor playfully applied to the walls, a specially commissioned tapestry by designer Jan Kath, a two-story library wall and a long high table in ombré marble, together creating an atmosphere that’s at once intimate, warm and vibrant.

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The cosy rooms, allocated over six floors, also feature the signature blue parquet walls and flooring which provide a subtle contrast to the otherwise elegant and paired down aesthetic. The rooms include bespoke furniture in juxtaposing textures and materials including ash, lacquered oak, copper and brass, which play against the airy white accents seen in the bathrooms’ marble tiling. Guestrooms facing the back of the hotel benefit from beautiful garden views, some with their own private furnished balconies, a unique feature in the centre of Paris.

Amastan Paris
In the timeless style of a classic Parisian home, Anouk opens out through a set of large bay windows onto a lush internal garden, offering an evergreen haven where guests can enjoy a drink and a quick bite. This one-of-a-kind landscaped setting also features striking rock shelving that provides natural seating amongst over thirty different species of trees, plants and flowers. The bar and its garden are open to guests and can be hired separately for private events.

Adjacent to the hotel’s entrance, Amastan’s project space will be Paris’ first wholly dedicated to pop-up installations, welcoming collaborative projects predominantly in the worlds of art, fashion and design.

“I like to think of Amastan as a host greeting a dear friend as he or she returns to the city from a faraway exploration. Our aim is for our guests to feel like themselves, as though Amastan belongs to them and not the other way around,” said Zied Sanhaji, Founder of Amastan Hotels.


MGallery by Sofitel

AccorHotels’ MGallery expands to Paris, Rio de Janeiro

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AccorHotels has expanded the MGallery by Sofitel brand with the opening of Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet in the French capital’s 11th district near Le Marais, as well as Hotel Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro.

Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet, the first five-star hotel in Eastern Paris, located in the Bastille neighborhood, is housed in a building that was first a joinery workshop and then a chocolate factory known as “Maison Boutet,” according to the company. Vincent Bastie served as the project’s architect, while Astrid Dieterlen led the design.

An emphasis was placed on the renovation of mosaics and the Art Deco canopy. The building’s facade, dating back to 1926, was restored while its industrial heritage is seen in the lobby bar’s leather sofas and in the well-being area with its white and blue glazed tiles.

MGallery by Sofitel in ParisThe hotel has 80 guestrooms and suites. Paying homage to the hotel’s past as a place of craftsmanship, students from the École Boulle, an advanced public school of fine arts and crafts and applied arts, were selected to produce two signature suites, each with its own atmosphere. The 1,600-sq. ft., light-drenched Décléor Spa is dedicated to meditation and relaxation. The spa features an indoor pool with jets, steam room, sauna and two hydrotherapy showers.

Hotel Santa Teresa is the first MGallery by Sofitel in Brazil. According to Accor, the property showcases architecture preserved by the neo-modernist and eclectic colonial culture of Rio. The revitalisation of the surrounding neighborhood began a decade ago with the restoration of the hotel and helped to support sustainable and cultural tourism to the destination, according to the company.

MGallery by Sofitel in Rio de Janiero
The brand will continue its momentum with the openings of Palazzo Livorno MGallery by Sofitel in Italy’s Tuscany region this summer and Leicester Square MGallery by Sofitel in London is expected to open fall 2016.

Ritz Paris Hotel

Ritz Paris Hotel reopens after four-year, £111m renovation

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The iconic and classically-styled Ritz Paris Hotel has reopened following a four-year renovation, which was blighted by a major fire earlier this year. The Mohamed Al Fayed-owned hotel has undergone a top-to-bottom makeover since it first closed for renovations in 2012.

The property will only have 142 rooms and suites, compared to the previous number of 159, but not all of them will be immediately available as final touches are still taking place.

A major fire in January delated the hotel’s planned opening in March of this year. Instead, to celebrate its much-anticipated reopening this month, the Ritz partnered with director Zoe Cassavetes to make a short film centred around the hotel.

The refurbishment of the hotel, estimated at 140 million euros (£111 million) in 2012, was aimed at ‘sprucing up the ageing hotel’. It now boasts a summer restaurant under a movable glass canopy, a larger ballroom and the latest technology in its rooms.


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Bambi Sloan designs interiors for Hotel de JoBo, Paris

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Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, nicknamed Josephine by Napoleon Bonaparte and known as JoBo to her closest friends, possessed all the characteristics, including the most scandalous, to inspire an eternally contemporary Parisian venue.

Beyond a life story inextricably linked with history, her boundless curiosity and unconditional love of beauty made Josephine a resolutely modern muse. Passionate lover, mistress–wife, trendsetter and renowned as one of the most elegant women of the period, Josephine was a liberated woman before her time. Avant-garde and wild about decoration, she never stopped inventing, assembling and collecting, to adorn her various residences with the best, the most precious, the most original. It was for her that the first panther-skin rug was made.

Passing through the carriage door, visitors find themselves transported into Josephine’s dreamworld. The first surprise and shiver of excitement: a Napoleonic campaign tent covered in roses welcomes you into the hotel. Hotel de JoBo’s 24 rooms are spread over four floors and arranged around a hidden courtyard. The decor of this boutique hotel, which occupies a former 17th-century convent, was designed by Bambi SLOAN. Taking Josephine Bonaparte as her muse, her inspiration, she has used the style codes of the Napoleonic period, as well as JoBo’s love of roses.

The devil is in the detail; reprints of period wallpapers, beams stripped back and bedecked in roses, bathrooms in mosaic tiles and marble … Bambi SLOAN slips into Rose’s skin, taking ownership of the rooms conferred to her, and bringing them to life with a touch of the unexpected, a splash of eccentricity, a grain of fun. “This is a hotel for both licit and illicit love affairs,” she confides.

This characterful hotel lives and breathes 24 hours a day with its cocktail bar, which also offers light gastronomic snacks, and a tea room with delicious French patisseries, all in a cosy and funky atmosphere.


Chateau de la Redorte

Introducing luxury hotel in southern France – Chateau De La Redorte

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The beautifully restored 19th century Chateau de La Redorte in the heart of France’s Languedoc region will open its doors to guests later this month.

The 25-suite hotel is the centrepiece of the Château de La Redorte vineyard estate, set on the picturesque Canal du Midi in the Minervois region, a gloriously untouched part of France.

Recently renovated by Propriétés & Co, the team behind the successful Couvent d’Hérépian boutique hotel, it is one of the grandest examples of a 19th century château built during Languedoc’s first ‘wine rush’.

Chateau De La Redorte

The chateau’s faded glamour has been restored and it now boasts an inimitable blend of authenticity and luxury, with the refinement and elegance of chic country-style decoration.

Formal rooms have been transformed into an elegant restaurant, which will offer the best in fresh, local cuisine. There is also a stylish wine bar and a mysterious ‘wine tunnel’, which connects the château to a future olive grove.

A luxury ‘Vineyard Spa’ will offer guests treatments using artisan products and outside, a 25-metre plunge pool is framed by the estate’s re-planted Mediterranean gardens. The Chateau de La Redorte Estate also includes its own vineyard, which will be brought back to life by master wine-maker Frantz Vènes.

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Renaissance opens hotel in La Republique, Paris

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Renaissance Hotels has opened its sixth hotel in the emerging neighbourhood of La Republique, Paris.

Conveniently located near Le Marais and Canal Saint Martin, Renaissance Republique – a former home for travelling artists – is ideal for experiencing the City of Lights’ newest ‘it’ district in style.

Inspired by the bohemian soul of the La Republique district, the hotel has been modelled by renowned interior designer Didier Gomez. Best known for his creations for Yves Saint Laurent, LVMH, De Beers, among others – his interiors give an overall contemporary feel with exotic woods and tawny leather contrasted with contemporary artwork in the guestrooms and public spaces.

Renaissance La Republique, Paris

Gomez’s design includes cross-cultural features including a sculpture from Africa in the lobby, furnishings from Asia in the guestrooms and local Parisian street art throughout. In his design, Gomez has brought the outside in with tree motifs in the guestrooms, cloud shaped ceiling lights and a specular vegetation wall in the hotel’s expansive outdoor terrace.

Renaissance Hotels recently announced its new global “Fearlessly Chic” design philosophy where indigenous touch points infused into the design of each unique hotel capture a spirit of wanderlust to inspire guests to explore the neighbourhood and discover the unexpected.

Renaissance La Republique, Paris
The 121 rooms, inspired by local artist workshops, feature natural wood and earth tones, which complement Tom Dixon’s “Art et Floritude” modern lighting, while vintage furniture by Jean Prouvet and Charlotte Perriand reflect the hotel’s unusual heritage.

“We designed Renaissance Republique with the local community in mind, first and foremost. We wanted to create a neighbourhood destination as we believe this is what today’s Next Generation traveller seeks from a hotel stay,” explains Gomez.

Renaissance La Republique, Paris

“The hotel features a high-low design approach that harmoniously incorporates luxurious high-end finishes with raw, gritty, concrete surfaces. Bold, contemporary and locally-inspired elements are infused into the various spaces of the hotel to captivate locals and guests and create moments of discovery.”

Renaissance La Republique, Paris

With six categories of rooms available, the Renaissance Republique offers some of the city’s largest hotel living space. The crowning glory of the hotel is the Penthouse Suite with a private terrace complete with Jacuzzi and outdoor cinema, with stunning views over northern Paris and the Sacré-Cœur basilica of Montmartre.

In addition to its Parisian charm, guests can expect the signature touches found across Renaissance Hotels that a feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of guests, including complimentary vintage bicycles for guests to discover Paris and mixology kits in the guestrooms.

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AC Hotels by Marriott opens in Marseille

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AC Hotels by Marriott has opened its fifth property in France, the AC Hotel Marseille Velodrome, in the heart of the city’s business district.

The 126-room hotel offers close proximity to key locations – such as Calanques National Park, Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, the historic district and the Vieux Port. The property is 30 minutes from the International Marseille Provence airport and 10 minutes from the Saint Charles train station.

Reflecting the contemporary architecture of the city, the guestrooms incorporate an urban colour-scheme with hints of bright colour, clean lines and hardwood floors. Furniture is lifted from the ground to create a sense of space and white linens are used to craft a look that is both refined and elegant.

Hotel AC by Marriott Marseille – ARCHIPEL Design Marseille from a’t render on Vimeo.

The hotel’s Oh Massalia restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine amid a landscaped garden. For small meetings and events, the hotel features one versatile space for up to 12 people featuring the latest technology. The hotel offers complimentary WiFi throughout all rooms and public spaces.

The new hotel joins AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, AC Hotel Nice, AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot and AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget in France. Marriott will bring 22 new AC hotels slated to open in 2016.

Le Belmont, Paris

Le Belmont, Paris (Daniel Goff)

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In March I made a long overdue trip back from the antipodean colonies to the motherland. To break up the frenetic efforts to see everyone, I took a short trip across La Manche to stay briefly in picturesque Paris and lodging at a French classic, Le Belmont.

Le Belmont is a four star hotel in the heart of the city. The building is a very old block, typical of Paris, and has all of the character that goes with it. Its location just off the Champs-Élysées is a major attraction, placing the hotel at the heart of tourist Paris. Both the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are a 10 minute walk and there is a metro station at the end of the street.

Le Belmont, Paris
The hotel is decorated in a pseudo Parisian Palatial style, cut with marks of modernism. The public areas filled with furniture leaning towards a French aristocratic persuasion but the rooms have modern colourful chandeliers and the fireplace is filled with colour-changing LED candles.

The corridors are somewhat confronting, as they lack good lighting, and as a consequence are very dark, emphasised by the paint colours. The bedrooms are in a typically extravagant style but with a clear budget restraint. While the headboards appear as velvet curtaining in the imagery, this is actually a printed fabric with a fabric panel across the top, to give a more three dimensional effect.

Le Belmont, Paris
Each room has a large flat-screen TV and a multitude of languages are catered for by the channels. The minibar is modestly stocked and priced and the staff were more than happy to uncork my bottle of vin de table I had bought at the shop around the corner. The bedrooms are well proportioned and feel cared for, although the shower-room door in my room appeared to be an old access door painted (badly) black. The en suite shower rooms feel luxurious, despite being restricted in size. The showers are generously proportioned and the complimentary toiletries are, appropriately, Hermès.

In the morning the small cocktail bar/lounge is used to serve breakfast. The offering is the usual cooked selection, along with an array of French pastries which are spectacularly delicious.

Le Belmont, Paris
The hotel also has a spa offering a plethora of treatments in a number of treatment rooms, as well as housing a Turkish bath and glass roofed gym. The area is designed with a more eastern feel, which gives a gentle contrast to the main hotel, without losing its Frenchness.

From a visit by Dan Goff in March 2015

Kyriad, Epinal, France

Kyriad, Epinal, France (Patrick Goff)

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Louvre Hotels Group brands are known to generations of UK travellers through France. My first visit to a Campanile in the 1980’s amused me. I watched travel-experienced Brits taking their own pillows to their rooms to use instead of the traditional French bolster. Thirty years on and the Louvre Hotels Group has undergone major change.

In 2005 Barry Sternlicht, the brain behind the revamp of Starwood and the introduction of the ‘W’ bought Louvre Hotels through his Starwood Capital investment arm and set about modernising and growing the Group. Sternlicht has enlarged Louvre Hotels acquiring Golden Tulip hotels as well as a number of luxury five star hotels, making Louvre Hotels Group the tenth largest hotel group globally with 1,000 hotels in 40 countries.

Kyriad is the two/three star brand within the group. Established in 2000 there are now 220 hotels with 12,700+ rooms in the brand and as with Campanile they have been redefined and over 30% have now been brought up to the new standard.

Kyriad, Epinal, France
Kyriad claims to be a guarantee of quality. In the past many British tourists would avoided an hotel at this level in France as they have been very poor. Kyriad challenges this perception, intending the brand to stand for quality with the “charm of variety” (as Camille Sassi, the brand manager describes it). Certainly, the quality achieved in approximately the 14 square metre rooms of the Kyriad Epinal I stayed in indicates that this challenge is being met.

To many UK tourists the idea of a French hotel with a TCMF will be a novelty, especially at the budget level. To have free Wifi only enhances the experience. Prices are comparable with Travelodge and garage parking is also available. At the Epinal Kyriad, in a tiny space the designer has managed to create a compact but comfortable room. The toilet is separate from the shower-room and the and the shower itself contains a powerful handset as well as a rainhead delivering good pressure and a very acceptable showering experience – far superior to that at some four star brands.

Also superior to some four star brands is the thinking in the creation of the room. It is a tiny space but the designer has managed to create a good work desk, a luggage rack and a wardrobe. The robe provides two separate hanging spaces the longer allowing wet outer garments to be separated from items such as shirts.

Kyriad, Epinal, France
Lighting is energy saving but ample, with good sized reading lamps at the bedhead. Lighting and extraction in the bathroom is also good, and the bathroom has ample shelf space for toiletries, again unlike some more prestigious hotels. Corridor lighting is on motion sensors and maximum use is made of daylight without losing the sparkle that artificial lighting can bring to public areas.

A new lift shaft added to the rear of the building with the connection points with the corridors and staircase used to increase areas for housekeeping stores. Public areas include a bistro, unfortunately closed at weekends in Epinal (except for breakfast) but well priced and attractive. There is a small bar in the public areas where local and French national newspapers are also provided.

This hotel was a shock, but a good one. I booked it as a stop on the drive back specifically because I wanted to see the impact on the brand that the acquisition by Starwood Capital may have had. As with Campanile, the change is a revelation. Brand standards are high, and as the ambitious growth plans are rolled out (an additional 70 hotels are being opened in 2011 across the group, a dozen in India alone) then the new standards will make hotels further up in the ratings system look to their own standards.

Skillful design added to clear standards works even in a small space. I look forward to having the opportunity to look at the bigger brother, Kyriad Prestige, as well as other Louvre Hotels branded properties in the future.

From a visit in October 2011. Words and pictures Copyright Patrick Goff