Bessé Signature is a young, dynamic and enthusiastic hotel group. We are guided by a vision of luxury and perfection that is both relaxed and demanding. A vision tailored to a new generation of guests, different to the clientele of traditional palaces.
Whether your preference is sport or nature, theatre or cinema, shopping or museums, whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, our hotels are designed for you. In tune with the modern age, each of our hotels is defined by its own original and distinctive personality. They offer a combination of comfort, efficiency and a relaxed atmosphere. And because they are unique, they will meet your every wish.
Welcome to Bessé Signature!
Anne Jousse - CEO
A pure “Haussman” style Parisian building, bearing witness to centuries of change, an ideal location close to Paris ‘Golden Triangle’ and the Place de l’Etoile - the Hotel Vernet is a great institution in the 8th arrondissement of the French capital. A tribute to French elegance and craftsmanship, the interior design by François Champsaur instantly sets it apart.
From the moment you step through the doors, fine materials transport you to a world of luxury, while the colours and clean lines of the furnishings and works of art add a very up-to-the-minute lightness and sophistication. In tune with the world and its times, the Hotel Vernet plays with light and reflections, emphasising the delicacy of a shade or the richness of a texture, to create an atmosphere that is both full of life and far from any ostentation.
The light and shimmering decor of the bar sets a scene that is both intimate and light, like the sparkling bubbles of a fine champagne. A fresco on the ceiling, painted by Jean-Michel Alberola, adds an elegant touch as well as an element of surprise.
This is by no means a typical hotel bar. That is clear from the start. It is a place in which people meet and mingle, in an atmosphere ranging from hushed to hypnotic, sedate to vibrant, depending on the mood of the moment. One bar, with many faces. In short, a place that surprises and attracts a Parisian and international clientele.
Under an imposing glass dome designed by Gustave Eiffel, the Hotel Vernet’s restaurant is a temple of sensory pleasure. You could almost imagine yourself in a collector’s private home, with works by contemporary artists displayed here and there on the walls. In a quieter and more intimate setting, the salon Or is an ideal setting for private parties of around ten guests.
The menus are all about simplicity and perfectly executed flavours. A difficult balance to achieve. Surprising, amazing and astonishing the taste buds with inventive combinations of exquisite flavours, reviving childhood memories with forgotten recipes, creating a menu that reads like a culinary travel journal, reinventing French classics in new enhanced incarnations... this is the philosophy of the V restaurant, an essential port of call in the French capital.
The traditional “Haussman” style building gives the bedrooms of the Hotel Vernet impressively high ceilings. The emphasis is on comfort and discreet luxury, encouraging a sensation of well-being and cosy intimacy. Wood is very much in evidence, with a Hungarian point parquet floor and an oak wall. The interior décor creates a feeling of soothing warmth, a million miles and yet so close to the vibrant Parisian streets.
The atmosphere extends to the bathrooms, elegant oases with Carrara marble sinks and glass mosaics. Careful use of space, perfect proportions and stylish fittings...every detail has been carefully thought out to ensure the most peaceful and luxurious of experiences.
Back in 1880, the splendours of the Second Empire were making way for the glory days of the Belle Époque. The Marquis de Sers, an officer, politician, and above all a man of the world, drew inspiration from these two influences to design his residence close to the Champs Élysées. Over the years, while always retaining its original spirit, the building has undergone various modifications and expansions in response to changing needs linked to the evolution of the surrounding district and the expectations of the hotel’s clientele.
Today, the hotel is a flamboyant symbol of classic French style, seamlessly incorporating modern-day technology and services. Its most striking features include: a 22-meters gallery, a monumental staircase, a drawing room and an impressive library. Making the Hotel de Sers a destination of choice among discerning international travellers on their visits to Paris.
Take space and light, glass and marble, cosy atmosphere and trendy interior design, discerning Parisians and international travellers. Shake them all up, and the result is the S’bar. Under a ceiling illuminated by arabesques, it never fails to charm. On certain evenings, jazz and glam rock spice up after-work drinks. A calm and timeless setting that caters to every pleasure.
The restaurant’s mirror effects continue the theme, intriguing the eyes and enchanting the heart. The patio too, sheltered in winter and open to the skies in summer, is a haven of peace, far from the bustling city streets. Take the opportunity to sample a beautifully presented platter of three caviars, complemented by a glass of vintage champagne and carefully selected accompaniments.
Christophe Hay has headed up the kitchen team at the Hotel de Sers since 2008. His great love of regional produce and seasonal dishes is inspired by his native region, the central area of France. Before taking up this position, he spent five years developing his cosmopolitan style in the kitchens of some of the finest restaurants in the United States.
This exposure to gastronomic cultures has resulted in extremely creative cuisine. It is a skillful blend of tradition and modernity, with dishes such as white asparagus, lemon mousseline and tuna with smoked albacore, or roasted Saint-Guénolé langoustines, quinoa tabbouleh, peppermint or chilled pea soup with lemongrass. Under his management, the restaurant of the Hotel de Sers, with its very imaginative contemporary design, has become one of the trendiest fine dining establishments of the Champs Élysées.
The rooms and suites of the Hotel de Sers are in perfect harmony with the style of the hotel. Classic elegance meets modern high-tech equipment. In each room, 17th and 19th century paintings recall the building’s rich history, while multi-coloured Missoni fabrics reflect the omnipresence of design throughout the hotel.
From taffeta to wool and leather: only the finest fabrics and most noble materials make the grade, guided by comfort at all times. A charming touch for female guests, little rosewood furnishings set the scene for royal daydreams. As well as the two panoramic suites, with a magnificent terrace area from which guests can enjoy an amazing view of Paris, an apartment (80m2) offers a sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere, with all the pleasures of the French capital on the doorstep.
“J’habite à Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Et chaque soir j’ai rendez-vous avec Verlaine” (I live in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. And every evening, I meet up with Verlaine), sings Léo Ferré. The same can be said for the Hotel Bel Ami, situated in Rue Saint-Benoît, still haunted by the echoes of Sartre’s words and Vian’s trumpet. The hotel occupies the site of a 19th century printing works. The very same printing works that published “Bel-Ami”, the novel by Guy de Maupassant.
Today, the Hotel Bel Ami views life through a whole spectrum of pastel shades, shimmering on its walls and emphasising its contemporary interior design. In a sophisticated, happy and welcoming atmosphere, the hotel reveals its many facets. A destination for beauty and well-being for some, literature and music for others, the Hotel Bel Ami's gentle, elegant and daring spirit reflects the very soul of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
The Bel Ami Bar’s relaxed and convivial atmosphere has made it a popular meeting place for Parisians, with a reputation spread through word of mouth. More than simply a bar, it is an institution. After work or a show, free spirits from the district and further afield can often be found putting the world to rights, at times making or breaking reputations in the process.
Every evening, the Bel Ami Bar mixes up a virtuoso selection of cocktails, from the traditional to the dazzlingly original. Once a month, a literary evening sparks debate and imagination. Another of the many faces of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
A space wrapped in bright colours like a sweet, shimmering in the natural light flooding through the bay window. Below a huge suspended feature paying tribute to culinary pleasures, books talk of art while video screens beam out images of Paris.
The Bel Ami Café stimulates all sensations and whets every appetite. The café has become a favourite Saint-Germain weekend meeting place. Its Organic brunch boosts energy levels and lifts mood, ideal preparation for more shopping or strolling. Sweet delights are all made on the premises, with fruits and vegetables pressed to order. Vitamins are an added bonus.
The Bel Ami’s rooms intelligently and subtly recall the district’s artistic and intellectual influences. As well as its non-conformist element – with interior design interspersed with eclectic, unexpected or reinvented items, bathed in soft and carefully positioned lighting.
Definite luxury, understated elegance and discreet comfort are conveyed by enchanting lines, colours and materials. Resulting in special areas in which you quickly feel at home, ambassadors of good taste and design.
Interior designers have given each room its own individual style. All filled with the same sense of peace - timeless settings on the cusp of past and future. At the very heart of the city, the Hotel Bel Ami is a dream port of call for any traveller.
Institut Esthederm has selected the Bel Ami as the location for its first well-being area.
Its sense of peace, softness and sensuality has imperceptibly pervaded the entire hotel. Today, it is an essential addition, offering facial and body treatments for both men and women. As well as Spa-style relaxation treatments. Esthederm, a partner to health, beauty and well-being professionals, is a high-tech brand that has earned a reputation for its demanding standards and strong focus on aesthetics.
This quest for excellence reflects the spirit of the Bel Ami.
The Prince of Wales in Paris, Edward VII was fascinated by the ‘City of Light'.
Just a stone’s throw from the Opéra Garnier, the Bessé Signature group’s Hotel Edouard 7 pays him a well-deserved tribute. Renowned for his great zest for life, the aristocrat was the epitome of sophistication - a fashionable figure, a dandy.
Just like him, the Hotel Edouard 7 dresses with audacity, seduction, character and even theatricality.
The hotel’s recent renovation was based on a unique conceptual approach. Rich fabrics and flamboyant colours have come together to create a true work of 'haute couture’. Each area was designed like a silhouette to be dressed, based on a meticulous and intimate study of the British sovereign’s personality. While exercising a contemporary appeal, the hotel welcomes guests into its very heart, confiding whispered secrets.
The hotel Edouard 7 is situated on Avenue de l’Opéra, a very prestigious location steeped in the history and luxury of the second half of the 19th century. The interior designers’ inspiration for the hotel's new look was the most French of British monarchs: Edward VII, a very elegant man who captured many hearts.
His spirit is apparent from the moment you step into the hotel, with a colour scheme dominated by shades of red, black and purple. The impression continues through to the curved outlines of the reception desk, reminiscent of the King’s top hat, with the walls as his coat. We then have the bar, with its custom-designed furnishings, in place of his belt. This peaceful and welcoming setting has become a favourite stylish meeting place in the district. Edward VII would have enjoyed relaxing here, time and time again.
The Hotel Edouard 7’s distinctive symphony of styles and colours is fittingly complemented by an outstanding dining repertoire. At the piano, chef Christophe Hay, assisted by Rémy Fourmeaux, gives a virtuoso performance. Demonstrating both talent and daring, his creations blend tradition with innovation. “Light and inventive cooking, focusing on the product and its identity,” he explains.
Meat and fish are sourced exclusively from local producers, while fruit and vegetables are derived from organic farming. His menu changes with the seasons, adapting to both modern demands and the restaurant’s location. As illustrated by some rapidly executed dishes for lunchtime diners and opening hours aligned with those of the Opéra Garnier and Comédie Francaise.
Housed in a ‘Haussman’ style building, the Hotel Edouard 7’s 69 bedrooms and suites are divided over three “Couture” floors and four “Edouard VII” floors. Like a fairy tale ballet, the Couture rooms take on different forms and colours. They offer five distinctive atmospheres, with themes continuing from bedroom to bathroom.
On the top floor, guests can enjoy a view extending from Montmartre to the Louvre. The suites are named in honour of the King’s favourite Parisian ladies: Sarah, Lily, Melba, Alexandra, Alice...
Finally, the “Edouard VII” rooms are decorated in the colours of the jewels in the jewellery stores of the Place Vendome, from sapphire to ruby, each floor pays tribute to a precious stone. A velvet armchair or a cashmere rug, comfortable and stylish details reinvent tradition and inspire a relaxed take on life.
This is where it all began. Located in Missillac, in the Loire-Atlantique area of France, the Domaine de La Bretesche has retained its original 15th century charm. On its stone walls, shadows and flickering light inspire dreams. Situated at the heart of a 200 hectare park, this former residence of the Barons of La Roche-Bernard was purchased by Alain Bessé in 1994.
He transformed this swashbuckling setting into a prestigious hotel, a starred restaurant and famous golf course. Moreover, the hotel is a member of the famous Relais & Châteaux chain.
Over the years, cottages and villas, a brasserie, a spa and a business centre have added to the hotel’s attractions. Today, the first member of the Bessé Signature group is a haven of peace, a place of everyday good taste topped with a sprinkling of romanticism. Close to the town of La Baule and the beaches of Morbihan, it looks out onto the marshland of la Brière and its abundant nature.
The bar brings to mind the gentle charm of a British club. Housed in the former stable building, it serves its aged whiskies and fine champagnes in wooden stalls bearing the patina of time. The gastronomic restaurant occupies the site of the former carriage house, offering diners a view of the castle and lake. It too is distinguished by this same cosy and elegant atmosphere.
This is the domain of the talented Michelin-starred chef Ludovic Le Forestier. A perfectionist chef who specifies a limit of 60 diners for each service. From fish to game, and an imaginative selection of vegetables, his menu revolves around healthy and seasonal produce.
The wine cellar offers diners the finest French vintages to ideally complement the dishes. As for the brasserie, this is a place of shifting atmospheres, from breakfast to dinner and from lunch to afternoon tea. A place where golfers gather to discuss the achievements of the day.
The Domaine de La Bretesche has thirty bedrooms and one suite, all offering the same cosy and reassuring blend of luxury. The accommodation is located in the former outbuildings of the estate.
Each room has its own distinctive personality - all decorated with fine fabrics and bright colours. The result is a boudoir feel, in various incarnations reinvented over the centuries. From crenelated turrets to hundred-year old lime trees, the view never fails to appeal.
Guests can now also choose to stay in one of five split-level villas. Each villa has one or two bedrooms, a bathroom, terrace, living-dining room and a small kitchen. In this beautiful natural setting, the emphasis is on space and streamlined shapes. An independent living arrangement that by no means deprives guests of the hotel's services. Quite the reverse.
At the heart of a stronghold built over five hundred years ago, in an atmosphere of absolute peace, the Cour Carrée Spa occupies a setting steeped in history. Decorated in natural materials such as stone, slate, wood and pebbles, the atmosphere is one of minimalist luxury. Intense colours enhance the overall effect.
This very contemporary area features a heated indoor swimming pool, an infrared sauna and a cosy cocoon devoted to sensory pleasure. It is also equipped with water treatment areas and rooms for body treatments, where the expert hands of the skilled team create a sensation of well-being, purity and relaxation.
Regarded, and rightly so, as one of the most beautiful golf courses in France, this 18-hole championship course designed by Henri Cotton (par 72, 6015 m) attracts players from all over the world. Lined with oak trees, pines, white birches and red willows, decorated with rose bushes, hydrangea and rhododendrons, each hole poses a different challenge. As inspiration for a legendary drive, number 9 provides a breath-taking view of the castle.
Cottages located in the forest also await golfers, nature lovers and sports enthusiasts eager to enjoy the wide selection of activities available on the estate: golf, tennis, swimming pool, running, mountain biking, gym... And in the surrounding area: horse riding, activities on and by the sea, quad biking, etc.
46 bis, rue des Hauts Pavés
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