[PDF] press conference – 25/04/2013

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A NEW PAGE IN THE HISTORY OF MARSEILLE FOLLOWING 3 YEARS OF WORK TO TRANSFORM THE HÔTEL DIEU HOSPITAL INTO A 5 STAR HOTEL, THE INTERCONTINENTAL MARSEILLE – HOTEL DIEU OPENs ITS GATES ON APRIL THE 26TH 2013. On April 25th, 2013 Christian de Gournay, Chairman of the management board of Cogedim togr ther with Pierre Vaquier, CEO of AXA Real Estate, handed over the keys to Patrick Cescau, Chairman of IHG, in the presence of Jean-Claude Gaudin, Mayor of Marseille and Senator of the Bouches-du-Rhône. Symbolically, a fragment from an ancient Roman mosaic discovered in the foundations of the 12th century chapel was donated and will be on display in the hotel.

NOT JUST A 5 STAR HOTEL BUT PART OF THE HISTORY OF MARSEILLE

TRANSFORMATION OF A HISTORICAL BUILDING MORE THAT 10 CENTURIES OLD

194 rooms and suites, a 1,000 m2 conference centre, a Spa by Clarins with an indoor pool, saunas and steam baths, private terraces and fabulous views of the Vieux-Port and the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica!

It took 3 years for those chosen in the wake of the municipal competition organized by the city of Marseille in 2005, to transform de Hôtel-Dieu hospital into a 5 star hotel without altering its architecture, its history or its connection with this city and its inhabitants.

This is most cer tainly a genuine 5 star hotel offering all the services associated with this type of establishment. But it offers much more: the chance to be par t of this city’s history that has been preserved and indeed enhanced. The majestic stairways, vaulted corridors, French gardens and terraces of this magnificent building all bear witness to its own unique history. ACCESSIBLE TO ALL THE INHABITANTS OF MARSEILLE Part of the story and history of this unique site is accessible to all. From the cultural area hosting exhibitions that highlight the cultural heritage, to the forecour t with its superb view of the city, the Spa by Clarins, the bar and restaurants where room reservations are not a prerequisite. This is our way of revitalizing par t of our cultural heritage and giving something back to the inhabitants of Marseille.

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