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Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa : the pure Luxury

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Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa


Five years ago, the Grand Hôtel
de Bordeaux opened its doors
after a colossal renovation.
Situated 25 minutes from
Bordeaux-Merignac Airport,
it provides an ideal environment
for pleasure as for business.

Originally designed by Victor Louis in the 18th century, it was redesigned by renowned interior designer Jacques Garcia in 2007, with marble, Bordeaux stonework, fabrics in warm shades of plum, mauve and deep red. Today the hotel is revered for its magnificent style, its gourmet restaurant ‘Le Pressoir d’Argent’ (1 star Michelin and 3 chef’s hat at GaultMillau), and its 148 guest rooms and suites, many with views overlooking the Opera.
In June 2011, its owner Michel Ohayon has entrusted its management to Yan Vacher who previously represented him in the running of the hotel. Between history and modernity, his essential aim is to make this jewel of Bordeaux’ hotel business inescapable to all epicureans, wine lovers of the whole world.
The new managing director has for main task to complete and optimize the international positioning of the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa, member of “Leading Hotels of the World”, to make it a luxury and lifestyle address par excellence! Actually, his project is ambitious: "We have forged partnerships with major wine Houses. We are going to make oenological special events by proposing entertainment that will take place either at the Grand Hôtel or in the chateaus". This activity is centralized in a dedicated department, the Wine Concierge Service.

Situated at the heart of the world’s most famous vineyard, the hotel offers the rare opportunity for guests to discover the treasures of the most prestigious wineries of the region. Based on their extensive knowledge and enviable connections with the iconic Châteaux of the region, 5 Wine Concierges including 4 «Golden keys», create tailor-made programmes for both wine connoisseurs and amateurs, to allow them access and experience the Bordeaux great wines’ universe, traditionally not accessible to the general public.
The Wine Concierge Service at the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa has been specifically created to offer a wide range of functions; from handling all the logistics for the organization of private tastings or visits to providing guests with exclusive access to the finest Grand Crus of appellations such as Margaux, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion, Pessac-Léognan, Sauternes…
For those who wish to combine the secrets of fine wines with those of Bordeaux’s exceptional cultural legacy, the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa can devise bespoke experiences including helicopter transfers to one of the region’s majestic Châteaux, a luxury picnic lunch prepared by Chef Pascal Nibaudeau in true gourmet restaurant «Le Pressoir d’Argent» style, presented in the finest Limoges china and served by a personal waiter in the intimate surroundings of the vineyard.

La piscine

La suite royale
The Wine Concierge Service offers as well the chance to spend an afternoon discovering the Bordeaux Opera or
tasting oysters at an oyster farm of the Arcachon Bay. Other privileges are also reserved for clients of The Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa, as the unique opportunity to enjoy a private tasting with the Chef Sommelier and an expertise in the management of cellar.
“The launch of the Wine Concierge Service is a significant step for the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa. It will enable our guests to enjoy the quintessence of some of the finest Chateaux. We dedicate all our efforts to provide our guests with the highest level of expertise in the world of wine but also to constantly improve the quality of their stay and experiences in our hotel”, Yan Vacher explains.
But the quality and excellence of the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa does not stop there. In November 2012, it embraces his roots and its 19th century’s heritage to revive the famous Brasserie Le Bordeaux under its original name. Opened in 1850 on the Place de la Comédie, the Café de Bordeaux immediately found a special place in the heart of the Bordeaux people. Aforetime frequented by legendary figures including French novelist Victor Hugo, Le Bordeaux is today one of the rare jewels of the city to remind these traditional establishments of former days, bringing back its outdoor terrace overlooking the Grand Théâtre.
Overseen by Executive Chef Pascal Nibaudeau, Chef Olivier Garnier is in charge of this mythic brasserie and signs menus with traditional and local dishes. Built on two levels, Le Bordeaux was conceived in the Belle Époque spirit. Even there, Garcia’s signature is present: clear and generous curtains, lamps with pleated lampshades, décor made of old postcards and photos of former Bordeaux. Upstairs, large tables offer convivial moments conducive to sharing of big cuts of meat such as suckling pig, poulard of Bresse or hare à la Royale, accompanied by the best crus of Bordeaux in magnum or double magnum!
And to complement its luxury and dream offer, the hotel has just opened a prestigious Nuxe Spa “Les Bains de Léa.” Inspired by the Roman baths and splendour of Antiquity, this 1,000sqm space is housed on three floors of the hotel, revealing a magnificent terrace with Jacuzzi but also a fantastic 360-degree view over Bordeaux! A majestic place, just like the hotel, totally dedicated to well-being.

Yan Vacher

Le Bordeaux

La terrasse de la suite royale.
Yan Vacher so wants to enhance the fame of the Grand Hotel locally but also internationally: “As soon as we touch on the wine sector, we are in the field of luxury, whether it is about traders, enthu­siasts, journalists or buyers. The big novelty is the arrival in force of the Asian customers. This year, we felt a change in the profile of our clientele: in the opening, it was composed of 65% of French people; today we have 70% of foreigners. Furthermore, groups represented 65% against 45% today.”
2013 should be another excellent vintage for the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa which positions more than ever as a prestigious destination and a unique experience to live in Bordeaux.
Dominique Peyral-Bon
Photos: Guy Charneau,
Alain Caboche

Grand Hôtel Bordeaux & Spa
2-5 Place de la Comédie - 33000 Bordeaux
Tél.:+33 (0) 5 57 30 44 44