A French chef and restaurateur and a French wine magnate have joined hands to open a new hotel and restaurant in the scenic port city of southwestern France. Joël Robuchon and Bernard Magrez have the thrown the gates open to offer an exclusive and utterly thrilling experience at the La Grande Maison, Bordeaux. Nestled in a 19th century Bordeaux mansion, the hotel-restaurant features two dining rooms and six guest rooms.
Ideal for a city which has long been a destination for serious wine drinkers and patrons of the arts, the new opening in Bordeaux will allow all to raise a toast to the enchanted experience under one roof.
Originally designed for a renowned Bordeaux lawyer, the mansion has been given a contemporary makeover, while keeping the Napoleon III style intact, by designer Frédérique Fournier. The large wrought iron gates open onto a wonderfully restored garden including a two-thousand-year-old olive tree named Pliny the Elder.
The six luxury guest rooms combine charm, elegance and sophistication with a reworked Napoléon III style, decked out in floral pinks, greens and violets, and sparkling raspberry. More luxury is found in form of Braquenié embroidered fabrics by Pierre Frey in silk taffeta, Houlès soft furnishings, Moissonnier furniture, Horus taps, Carrara marble and grey travertine, Hermès products in the bathrooms, Terres d’Hermès perfume for him and Jour d’Hermès for her.
Each deluxe room unfolds a story with its own character.
The guests at the residence can indulge at two restaurants, the fine-dining degustation dining room headed by Joël Robuchon and more casual restaurant L’Olivier, each offering a different experience.
The gourmet restaurant accomodates about forty diners in two stylishly refined rooms including the library which belonged to the former owner. Those wishing to unwind in a less formal ambiance can visit L’Olivier. With more of a casual Lounge Bar style it can seat twenty four diners in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Diners can be rest assured that they will be served a cuisine characterised by innovation, modernity but also tradition with classic French dishes. In the opening week La Grande Maison rolled out a meal of four courses with a main course of beef Rossini and duck foie gras.
Situated in the heart of a rich architectural and cultural heritage, La Grande Maison is close to all of Bordeaux attractions. Starting from $520, each room comes with 24-hour room service and free Wifi & broadband internet access.