Accor Hotel Updates in France
Pullman, Accor's upscale brand and France's leading upscale hotel chain, is revolutionizing the interiors of its five Parisian hotels, with refurbishments scheduled to be fully completed in early 2014. This ambitious overhaul, baptized "Pullman Paris Live", involves the renovation of over 2,500 rooms and the reinventing of 28.000 square feet of public areas so the establishments will be even better equipped to cater for the needs of the brand's cosmopolitan clientele of seasoned travelers. After the transformations, the Paris Pullman hotels (Montparnasse, Bercy, Tour Eiffel, La Défense and Charles de Gaulle Airport) will showcase the new approach to upscale hospitality invented by Pullman: an experience that blends efficiency with pleasure and a lifestyle where business and relaxation are not inconsistent.
Set to open in February 2013 is the Carlton Lyon hotel. Despite being fully renovated in 2012, it has retained its authenticity and personality, blending contemporary comfort with sophistication. Featuring 80 rooms, the hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Bellecour metro stop and is the ideal base for exploring Lyon, with its opera house, museums and the St. Jean cathedral.
Last year, MGallery debuted several other properties in France including the Hôtel de la Cité in Carcassonne, Hotel Burdigala in Bordeaux and Parc Beaumont in Pau.
Mercure, Accor's midscale hotel group, offers 237 hotels in France and has launched a revolutionary renovation concept developed by the internal teams in collaboration with two French interior design firms, Studio Marc Hertrich & Nicolas Adnet and Design Studio Didier Rey.
The concept enables the renovation of Mercure hotel rooms and/or bathrooms with a 40% reduction in cost, time and noise. By capitalizing on "lean management" methods and good component management practices in the auto industry, the rooms and bathrooms are refurbished by module.
By using an extensive combination of choices, this concept preserves the identity of each hotel in terms of atmosphere and interior decoration. A trend book provides two different design options for each of the proposed room styles (contemporary, classical and traditional). For each of the three proposed styles, designers have selected specific equipment, furniture, materials and color schemes that enable a wide range of combinations. In addition, with the innovative e-design device "configurateur Dédicaces", previewing the rooms in 3D will be possible before any decisions are taken.
In a constant drive to offer greater comfort, well-being and modernity, ibis Hotels -- the economy market leader in Europe -- well-being and modernity in the economy hotel segment, ibis has redesigned all its welcome areas. The aim is to establish a new sense of design and a new layout for common areas, i.e. lobby, reception and bar/lounge.
Ibis Hotels also introduced a revolutionary new bedding concept that represents the first time a hotel chain has designed an entire bed. This truly revolutionary new-generation Sweet Bed is designed around customers' cultural habits to provide unsurpassed comfort in its category.