Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes opens its doors

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Published on 15 November 2023

Nestling in the historic Chartrons district of Bordeaux, the five-star Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes hotel is the fruit of a collaboration between the Pichet property group, the hotelier Ennismore (Accor) and the famous designer Philippe Starck.

With 97 rooms and suites, the hotel offers a Japanese restaurant, Morimoto, a bar, a spa with swimming pool and fitness area, as well as two conference rooms. The many trompe-l'œil and mind games immerse guests in a captivating visual and sensory experience. Some rooms and suites open onto private terraces, while two suites can be linked together for special events, giving access to a rooftop terrace.

Historically, the building at 81 Cours du Médoc, familiar to all Bordeaux residents, tells the story of the Hanappier and Calvet cellars. Built in 1871 and extended ten years later in a neo-Gothic style by architect Charles Brun, the structure bears witness to two centuries of intense winemaking activity. It bears the scars of a devastating fire in 1966, which destroyed part of the cellar. In 2018, the Pichet family commissioned Philippe Starck to transform the site into a refined five-star hotel, harmoniously blending history and modernity.

"Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes was born of a love affair between the West and the East. In the West are the terroir, the roots, the experience and the talent of Bordeaux. The unexpected comes from the East, from Japan, with a different talent, a different tradition, a different experience that has found its way here like a cuckoo bird nesting. East and West, not confused but superimposed". - Philippe Starck

"At Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes, our guests are taken on a real voyage thanks to the culinary talents of our chefs, the different combinations of flavours and the techniques they use. But also thanks to the unique atmosphere of the dining room, designed by Philippe Starck. - Bruno G.Tailly, General Manager of Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes

"Following on from the creation of the cellar at Château les Carmes Haut-Brion, it was an obvious choice for us to choose Philippe Starck for the architectural design and artistic direction. Through this project, history and modernity come together to arouse emotion and offer an experience marked by strong, immersive novelties". - Patrice Pichet, Chairman and CEO of the eponymous group.




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