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15 NOVEMBER 2023

Mondrian Bordeaux opens in the city’s Chartrons district

Mondrian Bordeaux will bring a unique experience to the city with its ever-evolving programming that appeals to the culturally curious and bon vivants alike.


Designed by Philippe Starck, the 97-room hotel is located within a 19th-century landmark that formerly housed the wine cellars of Maison Calvet. For two centuries, the building stood as the beating heart of the wine trade in this area – crenellated bays framing the main entrance and coat of arms set above the arched doorway nod to the city’s historical commercial links with the British Isles. Now reimagined as Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes, the building once again stands as a beacon of beauty and excellence.

Drawing influence from Eastern and Western traditions, spaces flow and overlap in perfectly executed harmony. The soft, earthy colours naturally derived from the elegant local stone and brick and the organic motifs of the deep pile rugs and carpets are juxtaposed against the striking modernity of the rough concrete reminiscent of the former winery’s stores. Japanese-inspired elements bring sophistication while the warm lighting courtesy of the lamps and lanterns set throughout the hotel acts as a unifying thread.

Rooms and suites at Mondrian Bordeaux have been designed as intimate spaces, bathed in soft, harmonious light. Several rooms and suites open onto leafy private terraces, and two of the hotel’s suites can be connected for exclusive events, giving access to a majestic rooftop terrace.

Mondrian’s debut in Bordeaux also marks the first European outpost for celebrated Japanese Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who is behind the menu and concept for the hotel’s restaurant Morimoto Bordeaux. Bringing the essence of Japan to the hotel, the menu features sushi, sashimi and Chef Morimoto’s signature dishes such as Peking duck, alongside oysters from the Arcachon Basin and French desserts. Once a month, the lounge will play host to an intimate gastronomic table, where guests can enjoy a wine/sake pairing specially created by Chef Morimoto and his team. The joyful, festive spirit of the Izakaya culture reigns here – The cellar is a tribute to the origins of the building, housing over 10,000 bottles, including prestigious Bordeaux wines alongside a curated international selection.

For those looking to relax, the Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes’ wellness area – with a swimming pool, spa, hammam, sauna and fitness room – is a welcoming place bathed in light and dedicated to holistic well-being. The hotel has partnered with French contemporary cosmetology brand Codage, renowned for creating bespoke blends of active ingredients tailored to each skin type, to provide spa treatments.

Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes embodies the essence of Mondrian with its vibrant location, visionary design and imaginative dining concept, and also demonstrates that progressive thought and new perspectives can be rooted in a reverence for heritage and history. Perfectly capturing the “Spirit of the Age”, Mondrian Bordeaux Les Carmes maintains an intrinsic link to the past, whilst keeping an eye very much on the future.

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