WHERE TO STAY

Where Paris - - Interview Weekend Getaway -

Both in re­sponse to the city’s tourist boom and its pop­u­lar­ity as a busi­ness and meet­ing venue VINEXPO, the world’s most pres­ti­gious wine and spir­its ex­hi­bi­tion was founded here in 1981 and has been held here ev­ery other year since then, Bordeaux has be­come an ex­cel­lent ho­tel town with ad­dresses of charm and dis­tinc­tion for all bud­gets.

For an ex­pe­ri­ence of sump­tu­ous lux­ury in an his­toric set­ting, noth­ing beats the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal – Le Grand Ho­tel, which is lo­cated in the heart of the city just across the street from the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, both build­ings were cre­ated by the ar­chi­tect Vic­tor Louis in 1776. The lush dé­cor of the 130 rooms at this his­toric ho­tel is the

work of cel­e­brated Paris in­te­rior de­signer Jac­ques Gar­cia, who chose a Napoleon III theme that in­cludes rich jewel-tone colours, fab­ric­cov­ered walls and brass light­ing fix­tures.

One of the best fea­tures of this prop­erty is Les Bains de Léa, its su­perb Nuxe spa on the 5th floor. This com­plex in­cludes an in­door pool, sauna, ham­mam and treat­ment cab­ins where a va­ri­ety of mas­sages and beauty regimes are of­fered. The spa also has an out­door jacuzzi open in good weather where you can have a good soak while en­joy­ing a spec­tac­u­lar view of the Grand Théâtre across the street. The ho­tel also has two restau­rants, Au Pres­soir d’Ar­gent, a gas­tro­nomic ta­ble, and Le Bordeaux, a brasserie serv­ing sim­pler food. Ser­vice is flaw­less at this pres­ti­gious and very com­fort­able prop­erty.

For any­one who prefers a smaller mod­er­ately priced ho­tel, the Ho­tel de Tourny also has a very con­ve­nient cen­tre-city lo­ca­tion and a lot of charm. This twelve-room bou­tique prop­erty oc­cu­pies two 18th cen­tury town­houses that have been joined to­gether and given a stylish con­tem­po­rary dé­cor that con­trasts with his­tor­i­cal ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments. Ser­vice is charm­ing, too.

An­other op­tion is the very good value 97-room Mama Shel­ter, a hip French ho­tel chain with a great vis­ual sense of hu­mour in the in­te­rior dé­cors by Philippe Starck at all of its prop­er­ties. The Bordeaux ho­tel oc­cu­pies a former mod­ernist of­fice build­ing known lo­cally as the Gas Tower, and the rooms are very spa­cious and com­fort­able, with tongue-in-cheek dé­cors of chil­dren’s masks used as light fix­tures and graf­fiti and quotes painted on the walls in pub­lic spa­ces. Over­all, the at­mos­phere here is young and fun-lov­ing, which re­flects the client, al­though the lobby bar and restau­rant with a menu by Guy Savoy is as pop­u­lar with the lo­cals as it is with ho­tel guests. Friendly staff and a very handy lo­ca­tion, too.

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