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Hyatt Scoops Up 4 Iconic French Hotels, Brings Andaz To Paris

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February 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM | by | ()

Just as we were slowly rolling into the weekend last Friday, Hyatt dropped a little bomb on us with the news that no less than four iconic French hotels will be brought into the Hyatt family, doubling the group’s presence in the world’s most popular tourist destination.

The four hotels are film-festival favorite Hotel Martinez in Cannes, the Palais de la Mediterranée in Nice, and the Hotel du Louvre and Concorde La Fayette in Paris. Read on for more details on exactly what’s going to happen from April this year onwards (including Andaz à la française).

Starting in the southeast, on the glamorous Côte d’Azur, the 409-room Hotel Martinez will be re-branded as Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez. Impossible to book during the annual film festival unless you’re Brangelina (although we know they prefer the Hotel du Cap), the Art Deco rooms and public spaces will get a makeover as part of the transition.

We expect some to scoff and say that the Martinez should have been scaled as a Park Hyatt, but we guess it probably had its size and massive conference facilities (27,000 square-feet) against it when that decision was made.

Further to the east, the Palais de la Mediterranée will be known as Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranée. Facing the city’s coastal boulevard, the Promenade des Anglais, the hotel is recognizable for its open façade several stories above ground, behind which are an extensive terrace and the indoor-outdoor pool. Renovations are planned here as well.

We used to live about half an hour away from these hotels, and knowing both, kind of can’t believe that they will become Hyatt hotels. Each offers a different, but quintessential Riviera experience, which we hope will remain no matter the changes.

Over in Paris, it will unfortunately take two to three years to transform the historic Hotel du Louvre into Andaz Paris. Until then, the 177-room hotel will be part of the Hyatt group with its current name. Little else is known at this time, but location-wise, the future Andaz will be hard to beat, with all of Paris right outside the hotel’s front door.

Iconic for perhaps slightly different reasons than the other three, chief among which is that it’s one of the few tall buildings in Paris and a bit of an eyesore, the Concorde La Fayette will become the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. We’ve actually stayed here a number of times as well, and at 950 rooms, it’s huge. We can also only hope Hyatt will take the current mix of renovated and non-renovated rooms and start afresh with all of them, because they need a proper overhaul.

All four hotels currently belong to Concorde Hotels. We have to wonder what direction that group will take, with these four departing, and the Lutetia moving to The Set Hotels (of London’s Café Royal and Amsterdam’s Conservatorium), it’s shrinking at a rapid pace.

The four new Hyatt hotels will be bookable on the Hyatt site from April onwards. A Superior room at the Hotel Martinez starts at €183 ($250) on a weekend in March, with Superior rooms at the Palais de la Mediterranée at €256 ($349), at the Hotel du Louvre at €315 ($430), and at the Concorde La Fayette at €119 ($162).

[Photos: Concorde Hotels]

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