Around the world, there are hotels that possess a special spirit, a strange allure, an incomparable charm. Together, they form a collection of properties unlike any other and, indeed, unlike one another. Curiosity compels their discovery. These hotels have a presence, a true soul arising from the history of the place itself or from the story of all those who have stayed there before; artists, icons, personalities, and more.
They are purveyors of a cultural, artistic and gastronomic heritage, presented with modern sensitivity and elegance.
Whether in Bangkok, Biarritz, Naples, Oran, or Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Carcassonne, each location is unique, and each hotel is a revelation that excites the heart and mind of every guest.
Welcome to the MGallery Collection.
Proust, Churchill, Kafka and Hugo Pratt all seem to still inhabit the hotels they frequented. Somewhere between tradition and modernity, their spirit is still alive at MGallery. The following stopovers are ideal for lovers of literature, history, comic books, and more.
"For a long time, I went to bed early...". Perhaps you have read only the first sentence of "In Search of Lost Time", or perhaps you know it by heart? Regardless, visit the Grand Hôtel de Cabourg and you will want to (re)read the complete works of Proust.
Regularly visited by the writer, the hotel draws you back to the time and place where his mind ran wild with ideas. One can't help but imagine him taking the train from Paris as a child, accompanied by his mother, nanny, and grandmother, arriving finally at "Balbec"; that imaginary place, a perfect location...
For Proust, literature was "real life, at last clear and explained". In reality, his "Balbec" was Cabourg, the seaside resort where the young Proust came to improve his health, and where he would later come to stay during the summer months. The Grand Hôtel invites you to relive the spirit of the Belle Époque – and perhaps also your childhood memories.
Travellers in Prague today cannot help but think of the city's most famous writer: Franz Kafka. The author of "The Trial" and "The Metamorphosis" stayed here for the greatest part of his life, writing texts with a strange atmosphere in the middle of Prague's Baroque period.
Kafka led a double life. He was an insurance officer following a tight schedule, and he was a wildly imaginative writer, whose style and concerns were informed by the bureaucracy of the era. Between 1908 and 1922, his days routinely consisted of work in the insurance company's office, followed by walks in Prague and dinner with friends (writers, philosophers and pianists). At night, Franz would write – often until dawn...
Franz Kafka passed away in 1924. His insurance company became the Hotel Century Old Town. In this Baroque location, you can still feel the presence of the genius who, every day, underwent the greatest of metamorphoses.
Sir Winston Churchill had more than one thing in common with King René, the Count of Provence. Like him, he was a politician, famous epicurean and lover of beautiful writing. Was it this shared destiny that drove the British Prime Minister to the Hôtel du Roi René to draft a part of his memoirs? Or was his choice based rather on the calm and elegant atmosphere of the City of a Hundred Fountains?
It is easy to imagine Churchill retracing his memories while walking along the Cours Mirabeau, or while meandering through the streets of the Mazarin district... We would like to catch him smoking a cigar on the terrace of the Café des Deux Garçons... We often wonder in what part of Aix-en-Provence he wrote this inspirational maxim: "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." How about tracing his footsteps...?
They say that every writer needs a place from which to draw inspiration. The saying is even more true for a comic book creator whose drawings reflect the mysteries of the surrounding world.
Hugo Pratt chose Venice, and especially the Hotel Papadopoli, as one of his home bases. The hotel reminded him of his Venetian childhood and he would often meet his friends at the bar. Located in the heart of the historic district, this extraordinary residence is a ticket to adventure: guests need only jump into a boat on the Canal Grande to explore the unknown...
Venice is bewitching - it is not easy to leave the city. Caught in her spell, Hugo Pratt created an entire album here. And, through his incredible drawings, the City of the Doges becomes the scene of Corto Maltese's many adventures...
Every MGallery hotel is the contemporary showcase of a unique story. And each hotel director has a fascinating talent: purveying a story. Four of them open their doors to give you a tour of their secret and inspirational world.
"The lagoon, green, blue, like Murano glass, changes colour before your eyes..."Francesco Paternostro, Director
Francesco Paternostro welcomes us away from the Venetian hustle and bustle. "Murano is glass, inspiration, art and patience, passed down over the centuries." With its contemporary architecture, LaGare Hotel Venezia is located inside a former glass factory of the 19th century. The skilled craftsmanship of the master glass-makers lives on in the hotel's passion for art.
"Murano is also an exceptional island, a place for rest and revival." In the 14th century, the island was chosen by a community of monks to build a monastery, which gave birth to the glass factory. Today, facing the lagoon, anyone can dream of how the monks or master glass-makers must have gazed out over it...
"Going back in time, getting lost in the passageways, reliving a different era..."Anne Gerber, Director
Every day, Anne Gerber marvels at the beauty and history of the hotel which has hosted tsars, princes and emperors.
In this 16th century hotel, she explains how the place was privy to "five centuries of history... We can never uncover all the secrets!". The director continues: "It has to be said that the architecture is very mysterious". From the courtyard to the upper storeys, it is easy to get caught in a daydream: if only the sculpted statues and hidden staircases could talk...
"The shock of an unexpected juxtaposition of styles; two schools brought together in the name of beauty."Thomas Evrard, Director
It is a man of taste who greets us at the Phoenix Hotel in Yogyakarta. Passionate about Indische architecture, Thomas Evrad celebrates "this unique blend of academic, colonial style and refined Javanese art".
The Phoenix Hotel is one of the brightest stars of this prestigious heritage. The Director explains how "the aesthetes of East and West have delighted in its unique atmosphere since 1918". We would like to follow them.
"Here, we live somewhere between the Parisian Belle Époque and the magic of Asia."Bodo Klingenberg, Director
The Hotel de l'Opéra is located right opposite a legendary monument. A timeless apparition, the Hanoi Opera is a replica of the Opéra Garnier in Paris. "Once you have seen the original, there is something deeply fascinating about viewing this building at the other end of the world," says Bodo Klingenberg, amazed by the Opera.
With its contemporary and theatrical architecture, the hotel invites guests to travel between different times and cultures: an experience in keeping with the Vietnamese capital and its old colonial heritage. Here, you are sure to enjoy regular changes of style in scenery.