France: Hyatt has entered into a management agreement with Socomix for the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, France.
The historic hotel will be the third property in France to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, alongside Hôtel du Louvre in Paris and Hôtel Martinez in Cannes.
As the sixth property in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Europe, the 142-room hotel will mark a significant milestone for the brand’s growth. In addition to Hôtel du Palais, Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London and Parisi Udvar Hotel in Budapest are expected to open under this brand before the end of 2019.
Originally called Villa Eugénie, the Hotel du Palais was built in 1855 by Napoléon III for his wife Eugénie de Montijo. The hotel will be fully renovated “by renowned design companies, including Atelier COS, honouring traditional French luxury and the hotel’s rich heritage”.
A partial reopening is set to take place between July and October 2019, and final renovations are scheduled to be complete for a full reopening in June 2020. New features will include renovated guest rooms, two revitalised signature restaurants, a new lounge and bar, as well as restored public areas to create a lively local atmosphere for guests.
“Hôtel du Palais provides Hyatt with a unique opportunity to take on a property steeped in rich national history, significantly strengthening our European resort offering for Hyatt overall and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand in particular,” said Guido Fredrich, regional vice president, development Europe. “We have seen some significant additions to the brand throughout the course of this year and our priority remains expanding its footprint in a meaningful way. Hôtel du Palais, with its exclusive location, elegant design and unique story, is a perfect fit for The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand.”
“We are delighted to work with Hyatt to convert this landmark building. The iconic Hôtel du Palais will be a great addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt due to its rich history and personality,” said Michel Veunac, president at Socomix. “The renovation will maintain the Second Empire style which defines Biarritz and assures its reputation as a refined sea resort.”