When reviewing photos of our travels, there is often one that catches our eye – because it turned out especially well, or because it features an iconic monument or landscape of that destination. Sometimes, our favourite photo is neither the most beautiful nor the most emblematic, but the one that evokes a certain feeling, bringing to mind an encounter or anecdote that transformed a particular trip into an indelible chapter of our own life story. A magical souvenir that conjures up memory upon memory.
Just as your most unforgettable journeys have that one evocative photograph, your MGallery stay promises a Memorable Moment. Each hotel curates its own local experience – one that makes a story come alive, one that will become part of your own history.
No matter how long your wish list, there is surely space on it for these Memorable Moments.
Since La Belle Époque, the history of the Échiquier has been written alongside that of the legendary Opéra district. The hotel is a cornerstone that celebrates local life, from the design of its guest rooms and suites to the Art Nouveau mosaics, paintings and woodwork in the common spaces.
It is, therefore, no coincidence that Olivier begins your tour with a cocktail in the Roaring Twenties luxury of Le 38 Lounge Bar. There the Échiquier’s walls begin to speak. For example, you’ll learn that in the 16th century, long before it was a hotel, your new favourite Parisian haunt was Henry IV’s hunting lodge. The exploration continues in nearby streets and around monuments, ending with the visit’s highlight: the Panoramas, Jouffroy and Verdeau passages. Your personal guide relates numerous anecdotes that shed new light on these superb covered galleries, as emblematic as the nearby Folies Bergères, Les Galeries Lafayette or Le Grand Rex. So many stories to tell and for you to remember when you come back to explore shops, restaurants and tea rooms.
Le Louis Versailles Château hotel is replete with nods to the splendours of the nearby palace, from images of Le Nôtre gardens adorning guest room ceilings to the superb chandelier in L'Alcôve bar and restaurant.
At the gateway to the Palace of Versailles, this harmonious and hushed haven did not have to look far for its Memorable Moment: a two-hour horseback tour of the Park, the largest section of the royal estate with 800 hectares of fields and forests. Savour the tranquillity of lush corridors and the majesty of the Grand Canal before the crowning moment of this privileged visit: a delicious break en plein air, complete with bubbly.
A storied building that has graced the Old Port since 1816, the Grand Hôtel Beauvau is situated in one of the most beautiful spots in the Phoenician city. Soak in views of Fort Saint-Jean, La Bonne Mère basilica and ships gliding before you from wrought-iron windows and balconies. But to find out more about another Marseillais emblem, MGallery takes you to MuSaMa.
As you explore the traditional interiors of the Musée du Savon Marseillais (Marseille Soap Museum), you will learn the history of a product known throughout France, as well as all the secrets of its artisanal fabrication. Then put your new knowledge to good use as you make your own bar of soap with the aid of a master savonnier. This workshop is a fun and enriching experience that allows you to relive your Provençal holiday each time you inhale the fragrance of your unique souvenir from Marseille.
There are as many Memorable Moments as MGallery hotels. But beyond just luxury and quality, the identity of each stunning property rests on this one promise: to transform your stay into an unforgettable experience. Where would you like to make memories next?