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Paris & Ile-de-France
Alpes - French Alps
Bourgogne - Burgundy
Bretagne - Brittany
Centre - Val de Loire
Champagne - Ardenne
Côte d'Azur - French Riviera
Lyon & Rhône
Normandie - Normandy
Pays de la Loire | Loire Valley
Poitou - Charentes
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.
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.
The newly signed, 264-room voco Paris Porte de Clichy (a rebrand from a Holiday Inn, another IHG brand) will be designed by Oscar Lucien Ono, founder and director of interior design agency Maison Numéro 20 and will be one of voco hotel’s flagship properties, with particular attention being paid to the use of sustainable materials.
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.
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.
The DNA: The 20 room hotel honors its neighbor’s past by recreating the atmosphere of a Belle Époque-era atelier. Sitting across the street from Académie de la Grande Chaumière, the art school straddling Montparnasse and Saint-Germain-des-Près - which has helped to nurture legends like Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, and Tsuguharu Foujita since its founding in 1904 - guests take in works from contemporary artists and sketch for hours on the daybed sofa in the salon-like lounge.
The DNA: Saint James Paris is a reimagination of a neoclassical château in the 16th arrondissement that includes a fine dining restaurant, library bar, and serene spa. Featuring a mélange of classic and contemporary design notes that recreate a Parisian townhouse evocative of French ‘art de vivre'.
The DNA: Housed within a Haussmann building near the Champs-Elysées in the chic 8th arrondissement, the Hôtel Elysia “is a romantic story that plays with the codes of Parisian clichés,” says local designer Oscar Lucien Ono. A muted palette of gray and white in the public areas allow the neo-Art Deco accent pieces to shine, notably statues found throughout the property that recall those by Auguste Rodin and Alberto Giacometti.
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 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.
Ever since opening their first hotel in Milan in 2004, the Italian jeweller has been quietly building a mini chain of contemporary luxe hotels “Made in Italy” in the world’s top spots. A consistent brand image (unusual for most chains), the new Paris outpost is no exception: Dedar fabrics, cashmere blankets and art by Gio Ponti. Naturellement, there is a top class Italian restaurant by three-star Michelin chef Niko Romito and guests can indulge in the Bulgari Spa with indoor pool.
In the former headquarters of entrepreneur Thierry Gillier’s fashion brand Zadig & Voltaire is his new venture, one of the French capital’s best new hotels. The 32-key building on Rue Saint-Roch is the work of French interior design company Festen and art director Franck Durand. And it’s a real treat. The mood of the restaurant Brasserie Emil feels like a lively scene from a Claude Sautet movie, complete with French fries served on monogrammed silver platters.
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.
Not far down the coast from St. Tropez, in the seaside villages of Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, is a hillside escape that promises a respite from the see-and-be-seen atmosphere of some of the French Riviera’s busier locales. La Villa Douce promises a gentle life, and it delivers it, though with perhaps a dash more modern style than you might expect.
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.
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.