La Grande Maison is located in the historic city of Bordeaux, a city known for its exceptional wine and the named European Best Destination 2015, highlighting its cultural significance architectural beauty. The hotel faces the Bernard Magrez Cultural Institute which is housed in an 18th century Labottiére mansion, with two major exhibitions held there each year. A number of conferences are also held at the mansion, such as ‘Les Nuits du Savoir’, placing La Grande Maison at the heart of some of the most significant cultural and intellectual gatherings in Bordeaux. The concierge service is on hand to arrange reservations for shows, exhibitions and a limousine and car hire service can be arranged. Bicycles are also available.
There are just six exquisite rooms at La Grande Maison, each named and with its own unique design. The ‘classic’ Sagesse room creates a sense of harmony and calm, while ‘prestige’ rooms, including Passion d’une Vie, Hermione, Contemplation, Lumiére and Espérance, each have a unique ambience and feel, with décor and features specially designed to enhance the experience. All rooms feature embroidered fabrics by Pierre Frey and Houlés furnishings, highlighting the focus on sophistication and elegance.
Dining is truly the highlight at La Grande Maison, with signature dishes from Joël Robuchon; the chef with the most Michelin stars in the world. The cuisine is distinctly French and is innovative and modern in nature, with a menu that changes with the seasons. There are two venues, the gourmet restaurant and L’Olivier, the former offering an elegant and stylish dining experience and the latter creating a more casual and relaxed atmosphere. Fresh pastries are prepared by the in-house baker and the breakfast, which is served in L’Olivier, is made complete by the specially prepared Joel Robuchon jams. In the evening, L’Olivier is transformed into a lounge, where guests can enjoy cognac, single malt whiskies, cocktails, champagne and, of course, exceptional wine. The wine list is impressive, offering all of the Grands Crus Classes and number of others from the Bordeaux region, constituting an unparalleled choice of 259 different wines.
While guests are not busy savouring the exquisite tastes of the restaurant, they can enjoy a complementary tour of the Cultural Institute or explore the vineyards of Château Pape Clément and Château La Tour Carnet. Wine workshops allow guests to create their own unique creations under the guidance of the cellar master and wine tasting at Pape Clement introduces all the wines from the 40 Bernard Magrez estates. Guided tours of the Châteaux and the wine production process are available and guests can even take to the water in a wooden ‘pinasse’ to search for oysters in the Arcachon Basin.
20 minutes by car(13km) from Bordeaux–Mérignac Airport (BOD)