Some hotels make you sweet dreams and tell you great stories. Those famous people who slept there before you. Time for a night, enjoy a cloudless sleep in one of these legendary establishments.
1. Grand Hotel Nord Pinus in Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône)
Of Cocteau to Picasso or Hemingway , through the greatest bullfighters and photographers came to the festival in Arles, the Nord Pinus are countless famous guests who put their luggage in the lobby. Located on the Place du Forum , beating heart of Arles , facing the statue of Frédéric Mistral, the hotel owes much of its charm to the owner, great traveler. She reported his travels dozens of objects that sit in the elegant rooms on the ground floor, next to many photographs of artists.
2. Grand Hotel Bordeaux (Gironde)
Located in the historic heart of Bordeaux , is the most prestigious address in the capital of wine, with its splendid view of the Place de la Comedie and the Grand Theatre . Designed in 1779 by architect Victor Louis , with a neoclassical façade and Corinthian columns, the hotel has had a glorious past in the Roaring Twenties. It has hosted legendary hosts, such as Victor Hugo , who moved to the cafe, had this visionary sentence remained in the memories: «If one does not want there to be wars in Europe, create the Europe! «This palace has experienced a renaissance after its complete restoration in 2007, which was attended by the decorator Jacques Garcia.
The five-star hotel offers a spa, that looks like a Roman bath, on two floors, with a panoramic view of the city.
3. Grand Hotel Montenvers (Haute-Savoie)
Built in 1880, the Grand Hotel du Montenvers , near Chamonix , was created to accommodate the first mountaineers came to set foot on the sea ice . Perched at 1913 meters, with an incredible panorama on the needles of the Dru, he did not give in to the lure of luxury and has kept its simplicity . With 9 rooms and a dormitory in the attic, he is like a mountain retreat — comfort and warmth and more! Located near the Montenvers station, it allows, when the last train departed visitors, to enjoy serenely Sea of Ice and admire the sunset.
The hotel is open only in summer. From€ 45 per person per night half board (04 50 53 87 70).
4. Hotel of the Radiant City, Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône)
Designed as such by the architect Le Corbusier , the hotel is located in the heart of this vertical city, a symbol of utopian architecture , which stands on the Boulevard Michelet in Marseille. If the raw concrete building, its foundations and polychrome loggias have not always attracted the Marseillais, who called him willingly the » house of fada » radiant City today attracts visitors from around the world, where the unique experience of sleeping in this place mythical of contemporary architecture is a bargain.
5. Hotel du Palais, Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques)
It is indeed a palace , specifically the former summer residence of the Empress Eugenie , who was offered to him by her husband the Emperor Napoleon III . Built in 1854 in the Second Empire style, the building was converted into a hotel in 1893 after the sale of the Empress. Destroyed by fire in 1903, it was redesigned by Édouard Niermans (the architect of the Negresco in Nice) which was inspired by the ancient palace. Today, most rooms of this five star hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and readily recall the splendor of the imperial couple.
To discover this 154-room palace, visit the website www.hotel-du-palais.com
6. Hotel du Grand Balcon, Toulouse (Haute-Garonne)
It is in this mythical hotel and Centennial that down before their big crossings to the Africa or South America, the pioneers of Aéropostale: Saint-Exupéry, Mermoz, Bleriot … The room occupied by Saint-Ex Following today’s 32, reconstituted identically, with its original flooring, its tapestry, its basin, bidet and furniture of the 1930s amusing detail: the book of the Little Prince is open on the table! This five-star hotel also has a rated lift 1929, while the mosaics and moldings of the entrance gallery are protected. The current room decor is inspired by the world of air.
Just blocks from the Capitol, 8 and 10 Romiguières Street (www.grandbalconhotel.com).
7. Grand Hôtel Cabourg (Calvados)
Furthermore it is, with the adjoining casino, one of the most beautiful architectural ensembles of the Belle Epoque, and as such classified historic monument, the Grand Hôtel Cabourg was it a century ago, a prestigious accustomed: Marcel Proust. Weakened from childhood by chronic asthma, the writer went every summer between 1907 and 1914 in this resort on the Côte Fleurie, then fashionable. Exhilarated by the air of Cabourg, he spent whole nights writing in her room. He portrayed Cabourg (under the name of Balbec), his hotel and his worldly attendance In Search of Lost Time.
Accor has renovated the Grand Hotel and its four stars in a respectful contemporary logic of its Belle Époque splendor.
8. The Cabaret Normand, Villerville (Calvados)
A superstar of French cinema and a rising star of the New Wave share with earthy intoxication, at the counter of Cabaret Normand, signed dialogues Michel Audiard: we are at Villerville in 1961. Jean Gabin and Jean-Paul Belmondo turning scenes which soon become emblematic of a cult film, A monkey in winter. Two guest rooms have been furnished to the floor of the coffee shop made famous by the film of Henri Verneuil; if the Formica tables have replaced wooden ones, the place remains under an irresistible charm, with strictly identical front to the one seen in the movie!
A journey in the footsteps of the filming is organized by the Office of Villerville tourism, renamed Tigreville in the film.
9. The Negresco, Nice (Alpes-Maritimes)
Jewel of the French Riviera hotels, the Negresco remains one of the few independent luxury hotels of France, born under the impulse of a butler, Henri Negresco. We counted seven crowned heads when it was inaugurated in 1913. Its present owner, Jeanne Augier, has made a real palace-museum, spreading in the hotel floors and a collection of works of art that trace all periods of the history of France. Thirty films were shot in their suites, the lobby, the lounges or the restaurant.
The Negresco hotel website: www.hotel-negresco-nice.com
10. Hotel (Paris)
Archiconfidentiel, it is barely reported in the street. Yet it is a legendary hotel where plane the shadow of Oscar Wilde. It was here, in 1900, that the author of Dorian Gray ended his days in misery, broke and lonely. In 1967, Guy-Louis made it Duboucheron Hotel: an intimate and refined retreat, popular with Borges, Gainsbourg, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and other artists and dandies. Directed in 2003 by decorator Jacques Garcia, the Hotel is now a four-star discreet glamor, ordered around a skylight, with starred restaurant, vaulted pool and just 20 rooms, of which a tribute to Wilde and another Mistinguett.
Hotel (13 rue des Beaux-Arts, 6 th arr.), Can not be visited. Everything invites however to savor one of its original cocktails in the padded atmosphere of its bar.
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