Famed designer Philippe Starck worked on the hotel's restoration
Real estate group Pichet, lifestyle hospitality company Ennismore and designer Philippe Starck have announced the opening of Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes, a new hotel in the heart of Bordeaux's historic Chartrons district.
The five-star property offers 97 rooms and suites, an elegant Japanese-inspired Morimoto restaurant and bar, a spa with swimming pool and fitness area, and two conference rooms.
Housed in a historic 19th century building, Philippe Starck, accompanied by Jean-François Le Gal from architecture firm Advento, renovated the facade and interiors to create the five-star hotel.
The rooms and suites have been designed by Philippe Starck as "cocoons, intimate spaces bathed in soft, harmonious light". Priority is given to natural materials (leather seats, wooden doors, boiled wool curtains) and to earthy colours. Everywhere, the eye is drawn to trompe-l'oeils playing mind games; for example, hollow-moulded concrete walls feature poetic messages reflected in opposing mirrors.
Several rooms and suites open onto private terraces planted with lush greenery, and two of the hotel's suites can be connected for special events, giving access to a grand terrace on the building's roof-façade.
Morimoto Bordeaux restaurant serves maki, sushi, sashimi and chef Morimoto's signature dishes such as lacquered duck and oysters from the Arcachon Basin.
The spa comprises four spacious cabins offering a wide range of treatments including reflexology, shiatsu, sophrology (a dynamic relaxation method developed by neuropsychiatrist Alfonso Caycedo) and guided meditation sessions. Products are by the French vegan cosmetology brand Codage.
The fitness centre is open 24/7 to hotel guests and members by subscription.
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