Bordeaux is in the travel spotlight these days. For the past few years, the revitalized city has been grabbing headlines as one of the top destinations in France with a multitude of urban renovation projects, hot festivals, and buzzworthy new restaurants (bonjour, Joël Robuchon!). This week brings word from the world wine capital that the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux—considered the city’s top luxury hotel address since it opened in 2008—is now an InterContinental.
Situated across from the neo-classical opera house, the five-star hotel was sumptuously decorated by French designer Jacques Garcia with operatic flourishes. Swanky facilities include the Nuxe spa, roof terrace, magnificent reception rooms and Le Pressoir d’Argent restaurant by Gordon Ramsay. The InterContinental Bordeaux-Le Grand Hotel is the sixth establishment for the label in France. IHG signed a management contract with Financière Immobilière Bordelaise (FIB) this past July.
With 130 guest rooms (including 44 suites), the hotel has long been considered a symbol of the city, built by the famed architect Victor Louis in 1789.