The Regent Bordeaux Opens In World-Renowned Wine Capital

Minneapolis, MN | June 02, 2008

Regent Hotels & Resorts, a global leader in luxury hospitality, today celebrates the opening of The Regent Bordeaux. The 150-room property is the first luxury hotel to open in France's renowned wine capital, a revitalized destination for international luxury travelers.

Named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007, Bordeaux offers access to the region's storied vineyards as well as its historic city center. With increased TGV train service from Paris, expanded flight schedules at Merignac Airport, and more tastings and tours at its storied wineries and chateaux, the region is attracting renewed interest from global travelers. As the first five-star hotel in the city center, The Regent Bordeaux provides guests with the ultimate luxury experience in the wine capital.

The hotel is comprised of eight buildings linked to an historic palais. It is located in the heart of the city, opposite the Opéra National de Bordeaux and steps from the Golden Triangle's luxury shopping district.

"We are pleased to continue the global growth of Regent Hotels & Resorts as we mark the debut of The Regent Bordeaux in this exciting destination," says Bjørn Gullaksen, President of the Regent Luxury Group. "The hotel is a luxury landmark, offering guests unmatched service, amenities and location that are representative of Regent Hotels & Resorts worldwide."

The Regent Bordeaux features interiors by world-renowned Jacques Garcia, whose work includes New York's Spice Market and L'Hôtel, Hôtel Costes and the Ladurée tearoom in Paris. Garcia realized his vision for the hotel's elaborate design scheme by extensive research of its historic neighbor, the Opéra National. The hotel combines Garcia's trademark bold color palettes and whimsical Louis XVIII and XIX flourishes with classic Bordelais elegance.

Among the hotel's 128 rooms and 22 suites are eight Prestige Suites, which offer guests a distinctly Bordelais feature—in-suite wine bars available for private sommelier service and a customized list of bottles, to meet individual guest preferences.

The hotel offers several dining and lounge options. Fine dining restaurant Le Pressoir d'Argent features haute seafood and a multi-story wine cave, lined with thousands of regional bottles available in the restaurant and for guest purchase. The Victor Bar is an intimate cocktails venue named for Bordeaux' famous Victors: writer Victor Hugo and architect Victor Louis. Brasserie L'Europe, which opened to the public in March 2008, offers a Belle Epoque-style wine bar and innovative regional menu, and has already become a favorite among trendy Bordelais. Other property highlights include chic nightclub Black Diamond and L'Orangerie, an outdoor dining patio and garden.

The Regent Bordeaux also offers Fashion Avenue, a 1,000-square-foot luxury gallery within the hotel. Fashion Avenue features boutiques from Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Burberry, Van Cleef & Arpels and Chopard, among others. For guests interested in an exclusive private shopping experience, the hotel can arrange for after-hours access to these top designer boutiques.

Later this year, The Regent Bordeaux will become the first hotel in Bordeaux to offer a luxury spa. The 10,000-square-foot Les Bains de Léa Spa will feature its own line of signature cosmetics, 12 treatment rooms, an indoor rooftop pool and breathtaking city views.

The opening of The Regent Bordeaux marks the latest landmark in Regent Hotels & Resorts global expansion. Existing European properties include award-winning hotels The Regent Berlin and The Regent Zagreb, Croatia. Regent has five additional global developments scheduled through 2009, including The Regent Maldives, a private island resort in the Indian Ocean; The Regent Phuket Cape Panwa, Thailand; The Regent Dubrovnik, Croatia; The Regent Bangkok, Thailand; and The Regent Manila Bay, the Philippines.

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