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As first European hotel for the "1 Hotels" eco-luxury hotel group, the Aurore building will be located in the heart of the 13th arrondissement. The hotel will have 140 rooms, including 23 suites, a café, a restaurant-bar with a panoramic view, as well as a 1000 m² fitness centre and spa and the "Nuage Café", a coworking café. Within the project, a second building will house a youth hostel, the Slo Living Hostel, with 179 beds, as well as a cabaret designed by La Bellevilloise.
As a complement to the existing Paris Expo accommodation offering, the hotel provides an innovative and ecological concept through its affordable urban lifestyle positioning. Many environmentally responsible features will be implemented here, such as preventing water, energy or food wastage, as well as sorting and recycling of waste. The 340 rooms range from single to family to dormitory rooms. There is also a restaurant, a bar, a shared kitchen, and a panoramic rooftop with views of Paris.

Paris & Ile-de-France

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Échirolles, on the south side of the French Alpine city of Grenoble, offers something unusual: a semi-urban environment just a few minutes from the ski slopes. And in the midst of it all, an unforgettable hotel. PoMo is named, one presumes, for the style of its design, a post-modern mélange of contemporary colors, bold graphics and typography, and handsome modernist-inspired architecture and furnishings.
It’d be difficult to miss the Hotel des Dromonts. Not only is the architecture truly eye-catching, but it’s also, until recently, been the only game in town. Granted, it’s not a large town, nor an old one: it’s Avoriaz, one of a string of purpose-built ski resorts built in the French Alps in the 1960s. The quirky building, angular and pyramid-esque, was inspired by Le Corbusier’s designs for economic urban dwellings, maximizing vertical space and providing great views from every room.
This gleaming white palace opened its doors in 1913. Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and French singer Edith Piaf were early guests to savour its elegant Louis XVI-style dining room restaurant and unabashedly luxurious Empire salons. In 1981 a fire gutted the building and it was not until 1990 that the Imperial reopened as a glamorous four-star hotel evocative of its glamorous belle époque heritage.

Alpes - French Alps

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Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has built an eco-hotel in a French mountain village, made up of 14 cabins that dot the hillside "like boulders on a slope". 48°Nord is a landscape hotel located in Breitenbach, a hamlet situated between the Vosges and Alsace regions in the northeast of France.
Set in the beautiful medieval winemaking village of Riquewihr, Jean-Lucel Brendel awaits you in his Michelin starred restaurant, informal Alsatian 'stube' and avantgarde rooms fusing the contemporary with history.
Le Pavillon 7 is a design boutique hotel located in the historic Alsatian town of Obernai with the Oberkirch Castle and Kappelturm (clocktower) within walking distance. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with a TV and a private bathroom. Free access to relaxation area with sauna, fitness room and massage room. A number of restaurants can be found nearby.


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Year opened: 2021. Stay here for #design #boutique
The DNA: The Experimental Group recently took over the 1907 Belle Epoque style hotel and will refurbish and relaunch the hotel within its portfolio of boutique hotels and award winning cocktail bars.
Year opened: 2014. The DNA: Conceived by Accor, the 145-bed property blends hotel, hostel and private rental formats, and has teamed up with Quiksilver and Roxy surfwear brands to help define the experience built around the surfing way of life. The interior features open spaces flowing from indoors to outdoors, which includes an extensive leafy garden.


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This is a place of pure peace; a pocket of beautiful wilderness and isolation where you can step off the spinning merry-go-round of urban life and recharge your weary batteries. Auvergne is a secret pocket of France that few tourists hear about - a green landscape of pine woods and ancient volcanic plateaus. And right in the middle, at the edge of Lac du Pêcher, sits this 300-year-old farmhouse turned ecolodge. No neighbours, just absolute silence and staggering views.
There are chateaux, and then there are chateaux. This one, near the village of Bort l’Etang in the lush Auvergne countryside, is the real deal, a relic of the 14th century. Fully rebuilt after falling on hard times in the 18th, it nevertheless comes complete with turrets, towers, and crenellations, like something straight out of a fairy tale or a period drama. It also comes with 19 hotel rooms and suites.


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This historic five star hotel, part of the MGallery Collection, opened in 1884.
Arranged across four heritage buildings, 31 rooms and suites will be converted from 2022 into chic sanctuaries starting with Villa Christine. The phased opening of the hotel will also see a COMO Shambhala Retreat, the first of its kind in France. For the project, the COMO Group will again collaborate with esteemed designer Paola Navone to complement the historic 18th century property with her contemporary touches.
With greet, Accor is throwing off the shackles of formality and focusing on meaningful essentials. Created in 2019, the brand greet invites its guests to take a breathe, take the time to socialize, and share some authentic moments. The first greet hotel is now open in Beaune, France.

Bourgogne - Burgundy

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Located in the Hôtel de la Monnaie, the prestigious building on the Place des Lices in Rennes, the Mama Shelter in Rennes is made up of a group of five buildings from different periods, all of which are listed as heritage sites. The hotel will feature 119 rooms, "all unique", three bar-restaurants including a panoramic restaurant, a rooftop terrace, a spa with a swimming pool.
Year opened: 1859. A significant refurbishment completed at the beginning of 2019 has freshened up the hotel with a new look and new amenities while still respecting the history of the building. Original features to look out for include the flooring in the bar and lobby, and the gorgeously old-fashioned lift. Black and white photographs depict days gone by and blue and white striped walls, which reference the Breton flag and Dinard’s beach tents, add a vintage seaside feel.
Hôtel Barrière L’Hermitage, old-money, solid 5-star traditional luxury on the spectacular 9 km beach of La Baule. Surrounded by immaculate gardens where the buzzing of bees mingles with the distant splash of the waves, it’s been attracting the moneyed since 1926. Churchill, the Agha Khan, Aristotle Onassis, and Maurice Chevalier have all stayed.

Bretagne - Brittany

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Just under an hour’s drive to the west of Paris, on an estate spanning both sides of the Eure river, is the Château de Primard, a stunningly well-preserved 18th-century Directoire-style house that was, until recently, a private home. And as of 2021, that’s no more — the magnificent Primard is now a 40-room luxury hotel complete with a destination-worthy restaurant and the first Susanne Kaufmann spa in France.
When hoteliers Alice and Jérôme Tourbier set their sights on opening a sister property to Les Sources de Caudalie—their wine palace and spa in the vineyards of Bordeaux’s Château Smith Haut Lafitte—and stumbled across an 18th-century castle in the Loire Valley, they decided to look no further. “This is a magnificent but largely unexploited region,” says Alice. “We wanted to dust off its staid historic reputation by combining culture with viticulture.”

Centre - Val de Loire

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Perched high above rolling vineyards with sweeping, far reaching views over the Marne Valley is the luxury Royal Champagne hotel, a former coaching inn which Napoleon used to visit. The building has been extended with a Modernist wing. Interiors are light and effervescent, the food is sensational and the spa is a destination in its own right. Nearby, Epernay (Champagne’s capital), and the city of Reims, are just a short drive away.
La Caserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa, Autograph Collection, is exceptionally located in the historic heart of Reims opposite the Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Offering just 89 rooms, including 17 suites, half of them boast breath-taking views of the Cathedral. This former fire station is part of the Art Deco architectural heritage that marks the reconstruction of Reims in the 1920s.
The building, a mansion from 1862, and transformed into a hotel in 1880, has kept the character of its old stones and today offers the charm, comfort and authenticity of a luxury hotel.

Champagne - Ardenne

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The rustic-chic Domaine de Murtoli is located on a beautiful, beach-fringed, private 2,000 hectare estate in the south-west corner of the Mediterranean island. The (private) beach itself is a three kilometres unbroken stretch of biscuit-coloured strand and sheltered, secret creeks. There are 13 properties, ranging from two-person bergeries (shepherd's huts) to a fortress-style maison de maître sleeping 12, with separate accommodation for guests' own staff. Crowd-free Corsica...
This stylish hotel is set in a 17th-century palace and has been decorated by Nathalie Battesti, student of Andrée Putman and Christian Liaigre and boast a large art collection with works by Anish Kapoor, Kim Tschang Yeul and Manuel Mérida. The serene atmosphere invites guests to linger in the spacious modern rooms, the garden of olive and palm trees and the swimming pool.
This charming hotel boasts a unique cliffside location above the Bonifacio harbour. The main building was renovated in a contemporary fashion in 2008 and has a wonderful pool and a restaurant/bar. Three suites are located in an annex down by the waterside.


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Fifteen years after Hilton left Cannes (Noga Hilton, now JW Marriott), it returns with its lifestyle Canopy brand. The present Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel will be renovated under supervision by acclaimed Paris-based, Belgian designer Ramy Fischler. The 143-unit is situated across the Old Port from the Palais des Festivals – home to the Cannes Film Festival.
The Villa Plageron B&B is a hidden gem nestled in a seemingly wild area of the French Riviera. It features four large rooms with terraces offering breathtaking seaviews over the opulent Mediterranean and gardens below. A small stone staircase will take you down to a pretty sand and rocks cove.

Côte d'Azur - French Riviera

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The lobby is as splendid as when it was built in 1924, with grand chandeliers, mahogany panelling and the original Art Deco lifts. Elsewhere the décor has been updated to feel plush but contemporary, while the bar next to the lobby retains its clubby English air with red leather bar stools and more wood panelling.
The new hotel, purpose-built for Mama Shelter, makes a rather imposing impression on the Lille skyline. You certainly don’t need to worry about getting lost; you can spot the building’s distinctive pointed roof and large Mama Shelter sign from the near the train station. The building does lend itself well to chain’s contemporary urban style, with concrete grey walls, dark carpets, and the brand’s signature black ceiling (brightened up with coloured chalk graffiti) in the public areas.
Housed in a former 18th-century "hôtel particulier", Clarance is a luxury boutique hotel honoring its past by preserving original design features like parquet flooring, chimneys and period mirrors, and lending contemporary touches through wall murals and furnishings. Common spaces feature contemporary works by French and international artists. The hotel is located a few minutes' walk from Lille's historic city centre.


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The DNA: Château & Village Castigno is an extraordinary hotel, one built on the “distributed” model — its rooms and common spaces are not concentrated in one structure, but spread throughout the village, in houses and buildings that are helpfully color-coded to set them apart from this living village’s remaining private dwellings.
This 18th-century chateau makes an idyllic country retreat, set amongst green fields and roaming Camargue horses. The superb design blends period features with contemporary comfort, and each room is wonderfully unique. Hiking, swimming, and cycling are all on offer, and foodies will love the ‘slow food’ cuisine.
In the first lines of his final novel, The Garden of Eden, Ernest Hemingway describes the natural beauty and lively port of Aigues-Mortes in the south of France. The city, with its charming medieval historic center, remains the same, but Hemingway’s characters never saw anything like the Boutique Hôtel des Remparts, a restored military barracks that opened as a hotel in 2018.


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The DNA: Its Art Deco façade is as grand and elegant as can be, but from the moment you arrive at reception, flanked by bins full of comically oversized pencils, it’s clear that Collège Hotel intends to go all-in with its back-to-school theme. Fortunately it’s handled with charm — and, lobby aside, a sense of subtlety and proportion — and the hotel’s location, in the stunning Vieux Lyon district, is just about perfect.
Design by Patrick Norguet. Set in a former Prefecture Building on the borders of the river Rhône, Okko Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette offers striking modern interiors, an ironing room, a fitness centre and Okko Hotel's signature Club Lounge for breakfast, appetizers, drinks and unlimited soft drinks. Rooms come with air conditioning, a coffee machine, an iPod docking station, a satellite flat-screen TV and a bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Some rooms overlook the river.
The village of Grignan, at the foot of a medieval castle, surrounded by fields of lavender, is emblematic of what makes the south of France special. And while Le Clair de la Plume doesn’t quite encompass the whole of the village, it feels like it does — with rooms and suites in several different buildings. It’s a remarkably immersive experience.

Lyon & Rhône

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One of the oldest hotels in Marseille (opened 1816), the venerable Beauvau has history and atmosphere to burn. Feeling its age but recently revamped for its 200th birthday, it radiates comfortable, shabby-chic romance and sits right at the heart of the action on the Old Port.
This is the place to come to “boire et manger” with France’s in-the-know creative set. Bring a suit for a dip off the rocks, or be among the lucky few to score a dinner reservation or one of the five small, but cozy sea-facing rooms.
Behind the building’s bland, modern façade lies a fizzing, high-energy, festive world sprung from the brain of super-designer Philippe Starck. Marseillais slang expressions adorn the lift walls, the black ceilings are chalked with arty graffiti and witty, whimsical details abound, almost to the point of sensory overload. Behind all the textured, multi-coloured busyness, it’s cunningly designed and the fixtures are of high quality.


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This beautiful, contemporary decorated b&b is set in a 15th-century house and offers four spacious rooms with individual facilities. It is located in the pretty medieval hilltop town of Montcuq on the Jacob's Way.
This contemporary hotel is located in the heart of the Gorges du Tarn. It even has its own swimming spot directly on the river, or when the water is too cold, enjoy the swimming pool.
Built on a remote hilltop in the Aubrac region, this is a food destination in itself. Sébastien Bras follows in the footsteps of his father, an ambassador to his native terroir. Rooms follows the architecture of the restaurant built over 15 years ago, still cutting edge with its avantgarde architecture. The architecture, austere like the surrounding countryside, reflects its codes and materials - the light, the vegetal and the mineral - interpreting them in a pure, contemporary style.


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Year opened: 1913. The Belle Époque style of the hotel is a picture of opulence. Dark tones, needlepoint sofas and armchairs, leather stalls and thick round rugs are all lighted by a multitude of chandeliers. In the constantly crowded salons of the hotel and at the noisy bar, the Normandy's style is a bit stuffy and tacky-ish. On the contrary the courtyard stands as a remote and relaxing place to sit and enjoy some quietness.
Dating from 1861, the Grand Hôtel was rebuilt in a Belle Epoque style in 1907 after completely burning down. Entering is like diving into a bygone era. The sumptuous hall with high ceilings and an impressive chandelier has inviting Epoque armchairs and sofas on which to read, relax and have a drink. One can also choose the hotel’s elegant bar, or the terrace on the beach.
An hour and change from Paris, and easy enough to reach from London, Normandy is a place that never lost its appeal, or its dramatic natural beauty. Just inland from Honfleur, by the mouth of the Seine, Le Domaine d’Ablon offers a high-end, boutique-sized Norman country escape — an estate whose original buildings have been divided into suites or converted into self-contained cottages.

Normandie - Normandy

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Amid the winelands of Anjou and Saumur is the 12th-century monastery of Fontevraud. Parisian design duo Jouin Manku worked on the cutting edge modern interiors of the hotel that re-opened in one of the monastery's buildings. Guestrooms have a reduced colour palette of beige with mustard-yellow accents and similarly rigorous materials: blackened steel, wood, wool and linen. The gourmet restaurant of the hotel is headed by Thibaut Ruggeri, Boucuse d'Or 2013 winner.
Less than two hours from Paris, between Chartres and Tours, at the entrance to the Loire Valley is Château de la Barre, a magnificent chambres d’hôtes with luxurious suite guest rooms and suites, sumptuous reception rooms and fine antiques throughout. It is surrounded by a private, 100 acres park with 16th century dry moat fortifications, its’ own chapel, flower gardens, fountains, and pond. It was recently reviewed by the Sunday Times as “France’s best chateau -chambres d’hôtes- by a stretch”,
The 18 treehouses are hidden in a forest i the heart of the Loire Country, a two hour drive from Paris. The owner-art trader was inspired by her travels to Australia and Japan, were architects brought the outside in. Trees grow through balconies and floor to ceiling windows offer mesmerizing views of the forest. The houses are accessed by steep stairs (they remain tree houses), but inside one lay's its head on feather cushions, just like in the region's many chateaux - only in a contemporary way

Pays de la Loire | Loire Valley

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The ducal Domaine des Etangs in the rolling Cognac countryside is a fabulous fairy-tale fiefdom of a hotel, with turrets, towers, meadows and mills. There’s a library, a super spa, seven lakes and a private collection of art to complement the estate’s gallery, spread across the sprawling 2,500 acres. The 11th-century chateau has been restored with only local rock, and the longère – a typical French farm building – now houses a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Poitou - Charentes

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Once an abandoned ruin, a personal passion for art and architecture has transformed this farm into a welcoming home away from home. Owners, Meilin and Christophe, have sought to create an invigorating hideaway, achieved through the use of upcycled materials and furniture, making every space wholly unique and exclusive, like a reception created from an old tractor's garage, a kitchen garden filled with organic produce on the lawn, an outdoor shower and abstract artwork threaded throughout.
At the foot of the Alpilles mountains is where you’ll find one of the most tranquil boutique hotels in France. Domaine la Pierre Blanche may not reinvent Provençal hospitality, but who says it needs to? Sometimes excellence is about taste and execution, the contrast of rough-hewn stone walls and weathered wooden doors with well-chosen modern furnishings and light, breezy contemporary décor.
This is a quaint, higgledy-piggledy property peddling a dream of untouched Provence, even if it’s all carefully curated. Old-fashioned street lamps cast a soft glow over mellow stone while the candlelit spa displays artfully placed bunches of lavender. The restaurant terrace and turquoise pool offer views of rolling hills carpeted in vineyards.


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