THE ARMANCETTE At Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Springs From The Foot Of MONT BLANC



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Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce is a Small Village located between Saint-Gervais-les-Bains et Les Contamines-Montjoie (10 kilometers from Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and attached to the City since 1973 by “l’Arrêté Préfectoral du 29 Décembre 1973”). The Armancette Group establishments started their Activities in the Small Village by buying an Old Bakery and transforming it into a 5* Hotel & Spa, claiming to be designed to satisfy the Needs of Customers in Search of Something Different.

There are very few Holiday Companies bringing the Mass Market to the Area and the majority of Chalet Operators that were offering Catered Accommodation to Guests have now closed their Doors and the remaining ones are Independent “Owner-Run” Chalets, whilst some new Luxury Chalets are built and planned. Therefore some Towns and the Ski Area , which is the 3rd largest in France with 445 km of piste (eg. Megeve, Combloux, Les Contamines, La Giettaz) avoid the Heavy Congestion of some of this Resort’s more Famous Neighbours. Investment in the Ski Area in terms of New Lifts and Snow Cannons is High.

The main Railway Station for Saint-Gervais is the Gare de Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet. The Fabulous and Historic Mont Blanc Tramway departs from Le Fayet Station and reaches the Nid d’Aigle Station at the Bionnassay Glacier at an altitude of 2372 m (7800 ft). The Saint-Gervais–Vallorcine Railway departs from Le Fayet Station and takes you to Chamonix and across the Swiss border to Martigny. Numerous other Destinations throughout France (including Direct Trains to Paris) can be accessed from the main SNCF Station at Le Fayet.




– 4088 Route de Saint-Nicolas, 74170 Saint-Germain-Les-Bains (Haute-Savoie – France)


The Armancette Group Establishments can be found in the Charming Village of Saint-Nicolas de Véroce in the Heart of the French Alps. The MONT-BLANC is the Highest Mountain in the Alps and the Highest in Europe West of the Caucasus Peaks of Russia and Georgia. It rises 4,808 m (15,774 ft) above Sea Level and is ranked 11th in the World in Topographic Prominence. The Mont Blanc Massif is popular for Outdoor Activities like Hiking, Climbing, Trail Running and Winter Sports like Skiing, and Snowboarding. The Three Towns and their Communes which surround Mont Blanc are Courmayeur in Aosta Valley (Italy), and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Chamonix in Haute-Savoie (both in France).

L’ARMANCETTE 5* Hotel & Spa is well situated to allow you to be seduced by the enchanted Peaks, that keep watch whatever the Season. You can discover a Region rich in exploration and conviviality. To take the opportunity to recharge your Batteries and experience New Emotions (for Singles, Couples, Families, Companies in search of Conferences or Retreat far from the Noise of Famous Stations…).
Every Detail was carefully planned at the Armancette’s 5-Star Hotel (17 Luxury Rooms). It boasts uniquely Decorated Rooms, a Gourmet Restaurant (with Chef Julien Darcy & the Gastronomic Menu created by Antoine Westermann – 3* Michelin) and a Tea Room (both being open to the Public), Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools, a Spa, a Terrace and a Concierge. Next to the 5* Hotel, we have The Mont Joly, a Mountain Lodge, officially due to open in 2020. Soon also to open, Three Chalets : Aster, Carline and Silène, being situated on the Plateau de La Croix, just six minutes from the Village Centre on the edge of the Ski Slope. The Charttrix Ski Slope runs in front of the Chalets, making it easy to leave and come Home.
The Armancette wants to emphasize its Singularity with being able to offer access to a Conference Room in a Chalet in the Heart of the Alps which seems to be the ideal location for Business Seminars, Team Building Days and any other Business Event. A “Bar, Brasserie, Sitting Room and Billiards Room” is planned to open soon. The Rotisserie Restaurant “Le Truc” has a Brasserie menu of Local Cuisine Named after Mont Truc, the Mountain opposite the Mont Joly Mountain Lodge. The Restaurant will maintain a certain Traditional Spirit.
The Home Made Pâtisseries, Viennoiseries and various types of Bread offered by the Tea Room have such success that a Full Operational Bakery in on the Schedule…. Anyway, to conclude with all those anemities, a Full Time Conciergerie will be also provided…. The Sign of High Luxury Range of Services to answer the Needs of a Broad Range of Local and International Clients with Competitive Prices.



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Accor and Arora announce agreement to bring iconic Fairmont brand to Windsor 

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December 2, 201





Leading augmented hospitality group Accor and Arora Group, one of the UK’s leading hotel owner-operators, today announced the signing of a prestigious luxury hotel, Fairmont Windsor Park. The hotel is currently undergoing a substantial multi-million pound redevelopment and is set to open in the second half of 2020.

The hotel will be the third Fairmont property in the United Kingdom, joining The Savoy in London, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, and Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland, and demonstrates the growing partnership with Arora Group.

Located adjacent to Windsor Great Park and Savill Gardens, the Windsor property is located on the former site of Savill Court Hotel and Spa, which was owned and operated by Arora Group. The site is being completely redeveloped to create a property in line with Fairmont’s globally-recognised standards.

With more than 75 locations around the globe, Fairmont is known for its grand and awe-inspiring properties, many of which are steeped in history and positioned as being at the heart of their local communities. The Windsor hotel promises to redefine luxury in the UK hospitality market, embracing the eclectic lifestyle of its location and boasting over 200 bedrooms and opulent suites, as well as a Royal Suite with exclusive access to a private section of the spa and wellness area.

The hotel will feature an impressive 2,500 square metre spa and wellness area, curated by leading industry experts, that will include both an indoor lap pool and outdoor vitality pool, treatment rooms, salt room, Hammam and Japanese foot spa with views over the courtyard and fire pit.

As part of its food and beverage offering, the hotel will have a tea lounge, specialist dining restaurant and a champagne bar serving champagne and wine from specially selected vineyards around the world. Additionally, there will be an all-day dining venue offering dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients, incorporating a private dining space and a gin bar.

In one wing of the hotel, Fairmont Windsor Park will offer 16 elegantly designed meeting rooms including an 800 square meter pillar-free ballroom with the capacity to cater events of up to 700 guests and two stunning event spaces with natural daylight, access to private terraces, as well as bespoke landscaped gardens for outdoor functions.

Marc Dardenne, Chief Operating Officer, Luxury Brands, Accor Europe, said: “Through strategic investment, exceptional brand management and focused operations, Accor has established itself as a leader in the global luxury hotel market with a dedicated portfolio that includes many of the world’s most prestigious brands. We feel Fairmont is an ideal match for this remarkable hotel asset and look forward to showcasing all the brand has to offer in historic Windsor.”

Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman of Arora Group, commented: “We are incredibly proud to bring the prestigious Fairmont brand to Arora’s growing portfolio of hotels. Over the last decade our estate has grown significantly, with this amazing new hotel joining our other flagship properties. Our team cannot wait to open the door to our first guests and ensure they receive the absolute highest standards of service in this beautiful property. This is so much more than a hotel – the dining options, stunning spa facilities and event spaces on offer, all set in this beautiful country location, make it an unmissable experience. We are so proud to be opening in Windsor and to have the Fairmont brand added to our portfolio.”

Speaking of the new signing, Thomas Dubaere, COO, Accor Northern Europe, added: “The signing of Fairmont Windsor Park with Arora Hotels reflects our expertise in the luxury segment and is an extremely exciting addition to our luxury portfolio in the UK. The signing also underlines our ambitious regional expansion plans demonstrating the UK’s continued role as a key global market.”

Sinead Hughes, Director of Grove Developments (the construction division of Arora Group) added: “Our development and construction team feel very privileged to be bringing to life what will be a high-quality luxury hotel in a country estate setting. To oversee such an ambitious project has been particularly rewarding and together with the Fairmont brand and we cannot wait to present the finished building, which with its striking design, opulent finishes and traditional exterior Jacobean architecture synonymous with the locale, will leave a lasting legacy”.

Source : Accor and Arora Group








Is Celebrating

Its 5th Birthday



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November 2019

Each Room greets you with Voluptuous Spaces and is decorated to resemble an Artist or Collector’s Suite. You can find Touches of the Modern Bohemian in the Photographs, Paintings, and Saint-Luc Style Furnishings. The Eclectic Variety of Works by Christian Bassot, Véronique Durruty, Christophe Dugied, Caroline Touzet, Jean-Pierre Porcher and Cyril Destrade-Léveillé. You can choose from 29 Types of Rooms….

Le Cinq Codet is a 5-Star Hotel located in the very chic 7th Arrondissement, between the Eiffel Tower and the Invalides Museum. It is a Place that one does not expect, a Building dating back to the 30s. In a Contemporary and Understated Style, owing to its White Wood, Opulent Looking leather and Warm Colours, the Designer, Jean Philippe Nuel, took advantage of the Large Volumes of a Former Telephone Exchange to design 67 Rooms and Suites with Exceptional Volumes.

LE CINQ CODET Hotel is part of 2L Connection Hotels, owned by CARAVELLE which is a Family-Owned Diversified Group that invests in Industry and Services. The Group has more than 20 years of experience in investing in France through majority private investments and reference minority listed investments. From 2012 to 2017, under the Leadership of Hélène Martel-Massignac (†2018), the Group pursued its Investment Strategy in in bonis companies especially in Industry, Services, Tourism and Hospitality…. The 2L Collection Hotels Group : Le Cinq Codet (in Left Bank Paris), Château d’Audrieu in Calvados, Le Château de Fonscolombe in Puy-Sainte-Réparade (Provence).

Partnership between Le Cinq Codet and Artist Arthur SIMONY (Street-Art Artist) was announced during the 5th Year Celebration of the Hotel, on November 4, 2019 the latter exhibiting some of his Works in the Restaurant “La Chiquette”. He also created specially for the Hotel a Giant Piece of Art inside the same Restaurant (a Giant Graff made of Interlaced Words – on the Outside Wall of the Restaurant, unveiled during the Celebration Evening).

With the Presence of Myriam KOURNAF-LAMBERT, General Director of 2L Collection


With Artist







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The First Stone Ceremony represents the Official Start of Construction for this Iconic Skyscraper. As of 2022, the Tower will accommodate more than 5,800 Employees in Working Spaces that will rank among the most Innovative, Welcoming and Environmentally Friendly in Paris La Défense. The event also highlights a Significant Step forward in the Alliance between the Architects of HEKLA Project Ateliers Jean Nouvel, and the Six “Creatives” brought together around him.

This Event is also an Opportunity for Project Leaders to introduce the “Creatives,” a Collective of Talented Young Men and Women, all Symbols of French Excellence, who have come together around Jean Nouvel. This Singular Collective is made up of :
– Edouard Detrez, Entrepreneur, Founder of Le Fauteuil Roulant Français,
– Grégory Dupont, Trainer with the French National Soccer Team,
– Ramy Fischler, Designer,
– Marion Flipo, Chef and Entrepreneur,
– Julia de Funès, Philosopher,
– Rand Hindi, Data Scientist and Entrepreneur.


Located 300 meters from “Cœur Transport” in Paris La Défense, HEKLA Tower is part of the Initiative to redevelop the New Rose de Cherbourg Neighborhood as a Social and Business Hub. Paris La Défense has planned a high-quality Redevelopment Project which involves transforming the Former Highway Interchange into a Landscaped Pedestrian Walkway that will provide access to HEKLA Tower while establishing New Links between La Défense and Puteaux. This Architectural Exploit illustrates the Commitment to meeting the most demanding Criteria in terms of Health, Comfort and Well-Being for Future Users and Stakeholders. A Next-Generation Tower, HEKLA aims to achieve the Highest Levels of French and International Environmental Certification: it is aiming for HQE, BREEAM, LEED, EFFINERGIE+ Four Certifications, in addition to WELL Label for 5,800 Future Users Well-Being and WiredScore Label for a Perfect Connectivity in HEKLA Tower.

On Monday, June 17, 2019, Patrick Albrand, President of Hines France, and Serge Fautré, Chief Executive Officer of AG Real Estate, laid the Symbolic First Stone of HEKLA Tower in Paris La Défense. Mr. Patrick Devedjian, President of the Hauts-de-Seine French department and of Paris La Défense, Ms. Joëlle Ceccaldi-Raynaud, Mayor of Puteaux and Mr. Jean Nouvel, Architect for the Project, were in Attendance, along with Jean-Marc Coly, CEO of Amundi Immobilier, and Grégory Frapet, Chairman of the Management Board of Primonial REIM, the Two Companies having acquired HEKLA Tower, as well as Bateg, Subsidiary of VINCI Construction France.

During this Official Ceremony, Participants had the Chance to live the “HEKLA Experience,” admiring the Breathtaking Views from the Top of the Future Tower thanks to a Virtual Immersive Elevator: a LED Video Wall positioned at 180°. They also enjoyed a Sneak Preview of 3D Visuals depicting the Project. This Exhibition will soon be installed in the HEKLA Marketing Suite, located on the Esplanade near the Construction Site, to offer Visitors a Stunningly Realistic Tour of the Building’s Indoor Spaces.


– About Paris La Défense :

* The Fourth Most Attractive Business District in the World according to the EY-ULI 2017 Barometer
* 180 000 Employees, 42 000 Inhabitants, 45 000 Students
* 500 Companies, 41% Foreign Companies, 75% Headquarters and 15 from the Fortune 500,
* A Territory covering 564 ha, with 31 ha of Pedestrian Areas, and 69 renowned Works of Art.

– The Main Achievements in the Long Term by Paris La Défense :

* The Creation of a Hanging Garden on a Ring Road, transforming it into a Pedestrian Space/Soft Modes open to Walking and Sport Activities.
* The Requalification of Part of the Circular Boulevard as an Urban Boulevard
* The Creation of Comfortable Intersections between Puteaux and La Défense,& Particularly the Redevelopment of a Central Square at the Crossroads of the Avenue du Général de Gaulle.
* The Creation of a Park from Underused and Neglected Green Spaces, in Synergy with the Hanging Garden.
* Stores.











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June 12th, 2019






A unique living space for celebrating, working, meeting people and above all … staying in!

Novotel Annecy Centre has been refurbished to create

a genuine “indoor hub”.





The design has been completely overhauled and the hotel renovated based on one central theme – the world of sport and the mountains. Raw materials such as stone, wood and leather have been used throughout the hotel to create a relaxed, warm and imaginative space connecting the inside to the outside.


This extensive refurbishment helps to satisfy customer demand more effectively by providing a venue that is at one with Annecy, an invigorating city of sport and celebration. Just like the city, the hotel draws on indoor / outdoor inspiration, with a vibrant atmosphere thanks to an elegant yet functional layout. It is the perfect place to enjoy a drink, grab a bite to eat, work, play or just unwind.
The 95 guestrooms have been revamped, featuring décor that is totally inspired by the outdoors. Spacious, contemporary and adaptable, a magnificent mountain landscape rises from behind the headboards to immerse visitors in the world of the hotel and the destination.
A gym is available, featuring a wide range of equipment including rowing machines that accurately replicate the movement and fluency experienced in reality (such as on a lake).
Sport extends beyond the gym, with a fitness trail on the staircase that connects each floor. Squats, cardio workout, calories burned with each step up – everything has been designed to create a genuine “indoor hub” in the heart of the hotel!


What’s the CRAIC! This Irish expression refers to a mindset, a lifestyle. It’s about having fun, time to relax and enjoying it to the full! This new restaurant, which only draws on Irish inspiration for its name and attitude, was created by Fabrice Gratreaud, Managing Director of the hotel, with 26 years’ experience within Accor Group, and his highly dedicated teams.
Just a short walk from the train station, The Craic restaurant was designed as a place of relaxation, giving travelers and locals alike the chance to unwind and enjoy good food. The different areas are structured around a central food bar conducive to sharing and socializing.
Mathieu Laville, the talented young chef at the helm of the restaurant, draws inspiration for his eclectic culinary approach from his extensive travels. After holding several positions in France, he went to live in Australia and then Asia (in Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia). While there, he discovered a different kind of cuisine, full of new flavors and textures. Since then, he has promoted modern fusion cuisine. Combining memories of his travels with local produce, his creations are rich in both flavor and emotion.

– Unusually for Annecy, the restaurant will be open all day, from 7am to 10pm (and until midnight every Friday and Saturday).

Boasting a giant screen and a DJ booth, the bar offers an extensive menu of drinks from around the world, with a focus on beers, fruit juices and whisky from the surrounding Savoy region! The Barista is there for coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, and aperitifs and sharing platters as well as cocktails in the evening.

The Craic will also have an outdoor terrace, open all year round – a vibrant space in tune with the seasons, featuring a fire basket, pétanque, various games, etc.

Special feature: creation of a bakery corner with local artisan bakers, brothers Yvan and Ulrich Masset. It’s a simple yet ingenious idea – to feature a high-quality neighborhood business, intended for a local clientele, which symbolizes traditional French craftsmanship in the eyes of international travelers. This Bakery Corner by The CRAIC & Comptoir du Pain may well become the place to go, whether to buy your fresh bread, grab a sandwich for lunch, or browse the delicatessen range, which includes jellies, Crozet pasta, Opinel pocket knives, Tétra flasks, delicious gateaux, etc., all from the Savoy region! An extensive range of snacks is also available (sandwiches, salads, soups) to eat in or take away. 

 The new Novotel will also feature 12 totally redesigned, contemporary, modular and high-tech meeting rooms with evocative names based on mountain sports such as Adrénaline, Foulée, Sprint, Envol, Glisse, Dénivelé, Altitude. The versatile 150 seat “Podium” amphitheater, featuring a giant Multi-Play screen has been totally revamped to open out onto the exterior, thereby providing natural light.
The creation of a 90m2 “Freestyle” meeting room, based on disruptive innovation, enhances the experience of a new generation hotel.
From the kitchens to the guestrooms, “responsible hospitality” is advocated by the Group through its corporate, social and environmental commitments. Short food supply chains, local expertise, and sustainable development are all favored.


Source : Novotel


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A Unique Immersive Technological Experience is given By FNAC DARTY Group, in the Heart of Le Marais in Paris (in a 500 m2 Flat) dedicated to the Best of New Technologies offering to simplify nour Daily Life. With this Ephemeral Living Space, the Group chooses to illustrate the best of Innovation with a Scenography allowing Visitors to understand how Emerging Technologies can simplify their Daily Lives…. Free Access Visits (educational and experiential tour) will be available from May 10 To May 24, 2019 (10 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris) with Booking first ( ). Even a Virtual Visit is offered in case of not being able to experience this Visit ( Families are also welcomed with Workshops dedicated to Children.

This Tour covers 15 Rooms (Kitchen, Bedrooms, Sitting Room, Bathroom, Dining Room, Home-Cinema Room, Office, Utility Room…), the Location (Flat) gathers for the first time the best of Innovation and Technology already available in Fnac & Darty Shops… The development of Technology has led to so many Mind-Blowing Discoveries, Better Facilities, and Better Luxuries, but at the same has dramatically changed our Daily Lives. Various Highly-Developed Gadgets, connected to the Internet, have changed the Way we communicate, use Humor, Study, Work, Shop, Play, and Behave.

The novelty of Constant Online Connections and Instant Communication may have begun to wear thin for Older Generations, but the next Wave of People have no such Qualms. Their Tech-Dependent Lifestyles are already causing Huge Changes in both the Professional and Private Spheres. We don’t leave Technology at the Workplace. In fact, our Private Lives might be even more Tech-Enabled than our Professional Lives. Anyone born before the Advent of Technology in their Daily Lives is considered a “Digital Immigrant.” Older Generations invented our Tech-Enabled Society, but the Generations born in this Millennium are the first True “Digital Natives.”

Both our Professional and Personal Lives are now Technology Dependent. While Older Generations are fighting back with Unplugged Retreats, the next Wave of Customers can’t picture their Lives without tech. They might not have anything to worry about. The Future favors these digital natives.

Examples onn how Technology has radically changed our Vision of Life :

– When you’re busy or don’t want to leave the home, online shopping is an easy way to buy what you need. To online shop, you’re only a couple clicks away from buying the things you need. There is no hassle and no need to make several trips to retail stores.

– Technology has changed how we watch television today. Cable companies are continuously rolling out new features which allow viewers to pause and rewind live TV, and record their favorite programs to watch later.

– Beyond television, technology has significantly changed the ways we find and consume entertainment in our daily lives (e-reader devices, Spotify, Apple Music, Smart TVs with access to streaming services and cable channels…)

– With the proliferation of online dating sites, you can register on a website, find a match and start to communicate at your own pace. Many people don’t meet face to face until they decide there is a connection. This allows you to live your life and protect your privacy while still getting to know someone new.

– New websites, platforms and applications will continue to be developed to revolutionize the way we live our lives. However, the latest internet technology isn’t always accessible on screens, and it’s called the Internet of Things (IoT). The internet of things allows everyday objects to be synced up to the internet through Wi-Fi. This makes their usual functions accessible remotely and automated through data available on the world wide web.


– Food delivery can come in many different forms. Currently, there are many mobile apps that allow you to order delivery from your favorite restaurants. We’re not talking about your standard pizza delivery.

– One of the best ways technology has changed our lives is in keeping us safer. Through technology, we’re living longer than ever before. While there have been countless technology advances in hospitals and medicine, there are also new technologies we can use at home. These enhance our everyday lives with safety and protection.

– Smart security systems at home can also keep you safe from intruders. When these alarms go off, they can begin recording with a camera around your home, and will also alert security professionals. These systems also connect to an app that you can access on your phone. You can view live footage of what’s going on in your home or disable alarms remotely.

– From the invention of the microwave to the emergence of frozen foods, product companies are always innovating in the kitchen. ut in many ways, the fundamentals of cooking haven’t changed in decades. That may soon change, however, as tech begins to infiltrate the kitchen in more disruptive ways than ever before. Next-generation ingredients, robotic appliances, novel cooking methods, and other technology have the potential to fundamentally change what we eat and how we cook it.

– When it comes to revolutionary inventions of the 20th century, electric washing machines are right up there with automobiles and personal computers. With the press of a button, a load of laundry that had once taken in excess of four hours to clean was reduced to a 40-minute automated process.

– the world of home products is as innovative as its ever been, and tons of the newest inventions exist solely to make your life duties a heck of a lot simpler. In the cleaning and chores sphere, this means brilliant gadgets that zap away germs, roam around your house sucking up dust, and even freshen up your dry-clean-only suit for when Monday rolls around again.






Inauguration Re-Opening of the Hôtel Victor Hugo Paris Kleber, on May 15, 2019. With the Presence of :
– Jacques BLANC – Restaurateur engaged to renovate the Hôtel with Laurent MAUGOUST
– Vincent FERNIOT – Gourmet Journalist, Comedian, Musician, TV Host and Entrepreneur



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Situated just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe, the Hotel Victor Hugo Paris Kléber (****) offers a strategic location in a quiet street of the 16th arrondissement, in the heart of the French capital. The design of the rooms combines various harmonies with all the amenities necessary to a comfortable stay. A neoclassical environment, a tasteful contemporary style decor with Louis XVI furniture, all crafted by master cabinet-makers in the finest French tradition.

Historic Restaurateur Jacques BLANC took the Clallenge of renovating the Hôtel Victor Hugo Paris Kleber, right in the Heart of the 16th Arrondissement of Paris. His aim was (during Two Years) to highlight this building of the 30s giving an exceptional View on a pool of aerial water unknown to Parisians. To achieve this ultimate goal, he called again Laurent MAUGOUST (famous Architect-Designer) and gave him Carte Blanche. Both imagined this Timeless Boutique-Hotel as an Extension of a House where would be invited Friends for a stay. The whole work was to bring back to date the Art de Vivre of the Time of the Famous writer Victor Hugo.

VICTOR HUGO was a French Poet, Novelist, and Dramatist of the Romantic Movement. He is considered to be one of the greatest and best-known French Writers. Outside France, his most famous Works are the Novels Les Misérables, 1862, and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (French : Notre-Dame de Paris), 1831. In France, Victor Hugo is known primarily for his Poetry Collections, such as “Les Contemplations” (The Contemplations) and “La Légende des Siècles” (The Legend of the Ages). Hugo was at the forefront of the Romantic Literary Movement with his Play “Cromwell” and Drama “Hernani”. Many of his Works have inspired Music, both during his Lifetime and after his Death, including the Musicals “Notre-Dame de Paris” and “Les Misérables”. He produced more than 4,000 Drawings in his Lifetime, and campaigned for Social Causes such as the Abolition of Capital Punishment.

Though a committed Royalist when he was Young, Hugo’s Views changed as the Decades passed, and he became a Passionate Supporter of Republicanism ; his Work touches upon most of the Political and Social Issues and the Artistic Trends of his time. He is buried in the Panthéon in Paris. His Legacy has been honoured in many ways, including his Portrait being placed on French Currency.

Hôtel Victor Hugo Paris Kleber is a 1930s Building inspired by Art Deco Lifestyle. What is Art Deco ? The early 20th-century impulse to create “Modern” Design – Objects and Environments suited to a Fast-Paced Industrialised World – led to the development of Countless Expressions, all of which fall under the Rubric of Art Deco. But nowhere did Art Deco emerge more coherently than in France. The narrative of French Art Deco was firmly established by the time of the 1925 Paris Exposition, formed by the Designers, Museum Professionals, and Academics who had helped shape the style itself. While Designers elsewhere often rejected earlier Aesthetics, Materials and Techniques, French Designers sought Innovation by embracing History.

The Roots of French Art Deco are to be found in the Ancien Régime (the Political and Social System of France before the Revolution of 1789) and its time honoured Traditions of Apprenticeship and Guild Training. During the 18th Century, France established itself in the Forefront of the Luxury Trades, producing Furniture, Porcelain, Glass, Metalwork and Textiles of unsurpassed Refinement and Elegance. Paris became the Style Capital of the Western World…











Each “module” contain fully outfitted guest room






Rendering of World’s future tallest modular hotel



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April 28, 2019

The World’s Tallest Modular Hotel – which will carry a Brand of Marriott International – is on Track to be stacked in Late Fall in New York City with Prefabricated and Pre-Furnished Guestrooms. Once erected over a 90-Day Period, the 360-Foot-Tall Tower will represent a Milestone for Marriott’s Ongoing Initiative to encourage Hotel Developers in North America to embrace Modular for New Construction Projects. To be topped with a Modular Roof and Modular Rooftop Bar, the World’s Tallest Modular Hotel is expected to open in late 2020 as the AC Hotel New York NoMad.


“In North America, the Construction Process hasn’t changed significantly in 150 Years and it’s ripe for Innovation,” said Eric Jacobs, Marriott International, Chief Development Officer, North America, Select and Extended Stay Brands. “The World’s Tallest Modular Hotel in one of the World’s Greatest Destinations will act as a Game-Changing Symbol to ignite even Greater Interest in Modular among the Real Estate and Lending Industries.”
The 168-Room, 26-Story AC Hotel New York NoMad is scheduled to rise at 842 Sixth Avenue with Prefabricated Guestrooms arriving at the Hotel Site fully constructed, inside and out. Besides finished, painted Walls, each “Module” will contain a Fully Outfitted Guest Room – with Beds, Sheets, Pillows, Flooring and even Toiletries. The Hotel’s Roof and Rooftop Bar are expected to be produced using Modular Construction, and its more Customized Public Areas such as the Restaurant and Lobby are expected to be constructed using Traditional Methods.
Prefabrication is a Process that Marriott has found Typically reduces the Construction Timeline, Curbs Site Waste and Noise, and results in a Higher-Quality Product produced with Factory Level Precision. The Time savings comes from the Ability to perform Two Crucial Functions simultaneously – building the Public Spaces on Site while manufacturing the Guest Rooms Offsite.
Marriott, which has the Largest Pipeline of Hotels in North America, began researching Modular Construction in 2014 to offset lengthening Hotel Construction Times – a Trend attributed to the Nation’s Building Boom and resulting Labor Shortages. Since 2011, Marriott has seen the Average Time to build and open a Hotel in North America increase by as much 50 %, depending on Factors such as Location and Size of Property.
Since 2015, Marriott has been educating Owners, Franchisees, Architects, Lenders, Consultants, General Contractors and other Stakeholders across the Industry about the Benefits of Modular by hosting Town Halls, Factory Tours and Stacking Events. The Company also worked with Leading Modular Manufacturers to help them better understand the Untapped Demand that Hotel Development Companies represent.
Since the Launch of Marriott’s Initiative, the Company’s Development Partners in North America have opened 31 Marriott-Brand Hotels – all Low-Rise Structures – that incorporate Prefabricated Guestrooms and/or Bathrooms, including a Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites in Folsom, Calif.; a Courtyard by Marriott in Pullman, Wash., and three AC Hotels in Oklahoma City, Louisville, Ky., and Chapel Hill, N.C. To date, the largest Marriott-branded Modular-Built to open is the 354-Room, Dual-Brand Courtyard and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Property in Hawthorne, Calif., while the first to also incorporate a Prefabricated Elevator Bank was the Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites in Prairie, Wisc. Later this year, a Developer will start stacking the First Modular-Built Moxy Hotel in the United States in Downtown Oakland, Calif.
The Company continues Efforts to support Developers interested in leveraging Prefabrication, most recently launching Modular Versions of its Prototypes for Four of its Higher-Volume Brands : Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Underscoring its Commitment to igniting Demand for Modular Construction, Marriott this year is offering an Incentive to development Companies that leverage Prefabrication for Guestroom Construction.

Source : Marriott International, Inc.


The HEKLA TOWER embodies


Designed by JEAN NOUVEL

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June, 2019

The Idea is to bring a Group of Young Talents around Jean Nouvel, the Creatives, who embody French Excellence in Fields such as Sport, Philosophy, Universal Accessibility, Gastronomy, Design and Artificial Intelligence, in order to think about the Daily Life of the Thousands of Collaborators who will work at HEKLA. This Group represents the Desire to deeply rethink their Working Environment in a High-Standing Building.

The Creation of this Group of Young Talents is an Innovative and Unprecedented Approach.

Designed by Jean Nouvel, developed by Hines and AG Real Estate and purchased by Amundi Immobilier, and Primonial REIM on behalf of their Funds, HEKLA is a Major Architectural Project that will be part of the Skyline of Paris La Défense in 2022 and will enrich the Architecture of Grand Paris. Both by its Exceptional Form and its Willingness to offer a new Experience, HEKLA will soon represent, in France and Worldwide, a Particularly Inspired and Creative Sequence of the Commercial Real Estate Sector.


– The group of “HEKLA Creatives” brings together :

** Grégory Dupont, Physical Coach of the French Football Team
Physical Coach of the 2018 World Champion Football Team, he is now one of Didier Deschamps’ Key Staff Members.

** Edouard Detrez, Entrepreneur
Founder of the bBand “Le Fauteuil Roulant Français”, Edouard travelled, in 2018, 710 km by Wheelchair across France to the Elysée Palace to discuss with Emmanuel Macron Disability in the Workplace.

** Ramy Fischler, Designer
In 2011, Ramy created his Own Design Agency in Paris, RF Studio. Among his Latest Projects : the Headquarters of Twitter France, the National Gallery Café in London and Community Kitchen Reffeterio Madeleine.

** Rand Hindi, Data Scientist and Entrepreneur
Founder and CEO of the Start-Up Snips, specialized in Artificial Intelligence. Rand was chosen by the French Government to lead the Reflexion Process around “the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Economy and Employment” in France’s Overall Strategy.

** Marion Flipo, Chef and Entrepreneur
Marion founded a Culinary Agency working for Catering Professionals, Artisans, Food Manufacturers, Food Entrepreneurs and Individuals.** Julia de Funès, Philosopher
In 2010, Julia founded a Philosophy-Consulting Firm, Prophil Conseil, which regularly works with Large Companies on Societal Issues.
These Personalities who joined to form the “HEKLA Creatives” Group, around Jean Nouvel, have expressed a Real Enthusiasm at the Idea of taking part in this Beautiful Adventure, that will contribute to shaping a New Daily Life for the Thousands of Employees (nearly 200 000 People) working in Paris La Défense. 220 Meters High, the Hekla Tower will develop 76 000 sq.m of Offices on 48 Floors at its planned Delivery in 2022, , with a Capacity of up to 5,800 Employees.


Located 300 meters away from the “Coeur Transport” in Paris La Défense, the HEKLA Tower is part of the Development of the New “Rose de Cherbourg” District into a True Urban and Green Living Space. The Developer, PARIS LA DEFENSE, provides a High Quality Transformation with the Requalification of the Ring of the Circular Boulevard that evolves around the HEKLA Tower as a Planted and Vegetated Walkway inspired by the New York High Line.
HEKLA embodies the Result of a Close Collaboration between Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Hines and AG Real Estate bringing in their Experience in Major Commercial Projects, as well as Amundi Immobilier and Primonial REIM bringing in their Confidence and Involvement in the Development of this Emblematic Project. The HEKLA Tower anticipates New Ways of Working and Living. Designed with a Strong Architectural Gesture, it will rebalance the Skyline of Paris La Défense. Hines, AG Real Estate, Amundi Immobilier and Primonial REIM are convinced that the HEKLA Tower is a Unique and Coherent Place for a Company with a “Major Business Project”.
Source : HEKLA Tower By Jean NOUVEL