Listen to the owners and then start to dream,”
says Rochon. “Respect the building and bring it back to life.”
He listened, and the message was clear: preserve the all-white interior and keep the traditional spirit of the hotel, while
bringing it into the modern age. When it opened in 1909, with
a rotunda designed by Gustave eiffel, the hotel offered the
latest conveniences; a century later it was time for an upgrade.
Rochon worked with architect Luc svetchine to create more
spacious rooms and suites, while adding La Residence, a
mix of eight suites with private pools and 16 deluxe rooms
overlooking the Mediterranean, as well as a sybaritic spa, and
a casual restaurant called La Veranda. one thing that hasn’t
changed is the legendary pool, carved from a rocky bluff and
reached by a funicular, where pierre Gruneberg is celebrating
his sixtieth year as swimming instructor. Another fixture is the
Michelin-starred Restaurant Le Cap.