Group Barrière Closes Paris Flagship Hotel for Renovation

Starting in 2013, the Group Barrière embarked on major renovation projects of its luxury establishments. As we previously reported, the Normandy Barrière in Deauville unveiled a big makeover last year, and the Group Barrière has also heavily invested (more than 210 million euros) in hotels across France including Hôtels Barrière Le Majestic Cannes, Le Gray d’Albion Cannes, Le Royal La Baule and L'Hôtel du Golf Deauville.

The latest news—after the glittering launch of the Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges in Courchevel this winter—is that the flagship Paris hotel has shuttered for a massive renovation and expansion project, closing its gilded doors just after its legendary Fouquet’s brasserie hosted the A-list movie stars attending the 42nd César awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars) on February 24. Located at the prestigious intersection of the George V and Champs-Elysées avenues, Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s Paris will reopen again in summer 2017 with restored rooms, restaurants, and spa. What’s more, the luxury hotel will add 19 new rooms and suites with Arc de Triomphe views in 2018.

In other big news for the Group Barrière, the Hôtel Barrière L’Hermitage La Baule—the legendary hotel in the fashionable Atlantic coastal resort of La Baule—will reopen on March 31 after a top-to-bottom renovation. Interior designer Chantal Peyrat waved her wand over the rooms and public spaces: the Lobby, the Grand Café, le jardin, le bar Les Evens, and the Spa Diane Barrière. L’Hermitage was constructed in 1926 as a “palace” by François André, who famously first created Deauville and La Baule as "resorts." Pictured above, the hotel promptly became a hot spot for high society.

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