MGallery expands in France
MGallery, which currently has over 50 hotels in 18 countries and five continents, continues its expansion. By 2015, the brand aims to have 100 establishments worldwide, with over one third, or more than 30, in France. "These three hotels, which are operated under franchise agreements, chose to join the MGallery Collection and are all perfect illustrations of the soul we want to give the brand. In accordance with the group's announced "asset light" strategy, we have made this type of expansion a priority for our network: the Hôtel de la Cité, Burdigala and Parc Beaumont are all based on this operating model. MGallery continues to expand in France with three openings due soon in Paris, Lyon and Southern France", comments Julie Grégoire, CEO of MGallery France.
The Collection's three new establishments, located respectively in the heart of the medieval fortress city of Carcassonne, in the center of Bordeaux and on the edge of Pau's Parc Beaumont, each boasts unique, distinctive personalities and exceptional settings.
Hotel de la Cité: traveling back in time
The timeless charm of Hotel de la Cité, which was built in 1906 in neo-gothic style, has lasted through the centuries. There is an air of mystery about this five star hotel and guests will be charmed by its many secrets. The 61-room hotel has two restaurants: "La Barbacane", a fine-dining establishment run by Michelin-star chef JérômeRyon and "Chez Saskia", a privileged setting for breakfast or a relaxed meal. Both restaurants spotlight regional specialties and artisanal products. The hotel boasts its own wine cellar and a large selection of wines with advice and recommendations provided by its wine steward Georges Gracia.
Contemporary refinement in the world's wine capital
Hotel Burdigala takes its name from the ancient Gallo-Roman city that is now Bordeaux. The hotel, created by the Gaillac family, opened in 1988. It has a typical Bordeaux 18th-century-style white stone facade that blends in perfectly with the city's traditional architecture. The hotel was entirely refurbished during the summer of 2011 and now features contemporary, sober, refined interiors. Satin sheets, upholstered bedheads, noble materials and shades of grey give the 75 rooms and eight suites a cozy, stylish atmosphere. The wine cellar, right next to the restaurant, boasts a very good selection of fine Bordeaux wines to enhance the gourmet food served in the hotel's restaurant, "Le Jardin de Burdigala", which gives pride of place to local products.
A balcony with a view of the Pyrenees
Hotel Parc Beaumont has 80 rooms and suites designed by architectural firm Camborde-Lamaison. They all boast magnificent views of the Pyrenees and are ideal for a relaxing stay. At the hotel's restaurant, "Le Jeu de Paume", the chef creates dishes that feature local products, for example, salmon from Casteit, duck from Biraben and OssauIraty ewe cheese, so that guests can enjoy a unique gourmet experience.
The bright and comfortable meeting rooms feature large bay windows overlooking the park and offer business customers the latest amenities and cutting edge technologies. The hotel also has a spa, a heated swimming pool, a sauna, a hammam, a jacuzzi and a beauty salon. The fragrance of green tea essence is dispelled in the spa, bedrooms and corridors.
"The network's expansion in France reflects our international ambitions. In 2012, MGallery plans to open over ten hotels worldwide, notably in the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Hungary and the Pacific region," concludes Frédéric Fontaine, Senior VP Global Marketing Mercure and MGallery.
MGallery: "Memorable hotels by Accor".
MGallery is the high-end hotel Collection of the Accor group, first worldwide hotel operator, with over 4,200 hotels and 145,000 employees in 90 countries.
Each hotel of the Collection stages with talent a unique personality and story, experienced by guests through its architecture, interior design and services. Hotels are inspired by "Heritage" origins, with places filled with history, by a "Signature", a personality who contributed to their decoration or stylish aesthetic universe, and by "Serenity", the promise of a relaxing moment in a natural or urban retreat . All hotels of the Collection invite guests to promising "Memorable Moments".
Launched in September 2008, the MGallery collection has rapidly expanded to cover five continents with 50 hotels and will grow to over 100 locations by late 2015. Visit www.mgallery.com to discover the collection of "Memorable hotels by Accor".
Accor, the world's leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe, is present in 92 countries with nearly 3,500 hotels and 440,000 rooms. Accor's broad portfolio of hotel brands - Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Adagio, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and hotelF1 - provide an extensive offer from luxury to budget.With more than 160,000 employees in Accor brand hotels worldwide, the Group offers its clients and partners 45 years of know-how and expertise.
Debra Kelman Loew