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    France: six establishments join the luxury club

    France: six establishments join the luxury club

    Six new hotels, including Lutétia in Paris that reopened in 2018 after four years of work, have joined the very exclusive club of palaces, a distinction that can now claim 31 luxury hotels in France.

    Born in 2010 to promote five-star hotels "exceptional", this distinction is awarded for a period of five years, said Atout France who oversees it, in a statement released Thursday.

    Among the new palaces, only the Lutétia - emblematic hotel of the Left Bank built in 1910 and whose renovation, a cost of 200 million euros ($ 295 million), was signed by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte - is in the capital.

    Two are located in the Courchevel ski resort (Savoie): the Barrière les Neiges hotel, owned by the Barrière and L'Apogée group, opened in December 2013. Operated by Oetker Collection, this establishment belongs to the family group Maisons Pariente and Xavier Niel, the founder of Iliad-Free.

    The others are located in Saint-Tropez, for the hotel Le Cheval Blanc, formerly the Residence of the Pine Forest bought by the LVMH group, which opened in May 2019, in Vence (Maritime Alps) for the Château de Saint Martin and Spa, operated by Oetker Collection, and Puy-Sainte-Réparade (Bouches-du-Rhône) for Villa La Coste, owned by Irish businessman Patrick McKillen.

    These new distinctions now carry the number of institutions holding this distinction to 31 in France.

    This seal was created to frame an appellation hitherto free to use and to promote prestigious establishments on the international scene, where the competition is more and more intense.

    To compete in this category, you must be a five-star establishment, have at least 12 months of activity and fulfill certain criteria related to a luxury establishment.

    In particular, it is necessary to have an "exceptional geographical location", to emphasize a "particular historical, aesthetic and / or patrimonial interest" as well as a "tailor-made service", specifies Atout France.

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