History & Concept

With it's new five-star hotel in Bordeaux, the Hotel Le Palais Gallien, the Le Boutique Hotels Collection group is further developing its original concept: to renovate the jewels in the crown of French architecture in order to give them a new lease of life by offering them the modern services associated with the most prestigious luxury hotels.

Explore the history of the hotel’s premises

It was in the 19th century that Mr. Barbe, an inhabitant of Bordeaux, requested the services of Swiss architect Camille Martin (1877-1926) for the construction of a private residence in the Bordeaux city centre. The original central building was constructed in 1895.

At that time the street was called rue Saint Sernin in honour of Jean of Saint Sernin, director of the Institute for the Deaf until his death in 1816. The city then renamed the street after Abbot Charles-Michel de L'Épée, one of the founders of the specialist education given to those suffering from hearing impairment. The abbot had participated in the creation of the French national institution for the Deaf in 1786, a historical monument that can still be found at 87, rue de l'abbé de L'Épée.

This five-star hotel in Bordeaux was therefore originally a private residence where several different well-known Bordeaux families made their home until 1968. In 1968 a highly regarded and well-known doctor whose professional physiotherapy activities required the development of dedicated areas for his patients’ fitness and well-being programmes decided to extend the building. A new building was constructed in the garden.

The hotel was renamed Hotel Le Palais Gallien in memory of life in this district of Bordeaux during the Gallo-Roman period. Just a few meters away, the Bordeaux amphitheatre, known as “Palais Gallien” by local residents, is the only visible remains of the second century. During the period in which Bordeaux was still known as Burdigala, this Roman arena was one of the city's focal points.

A thriving local venue in Bordeaux

More than a small luxury hotel in Bordeaux, the Hotel Le Palais Gallien is also well loved rendezvous point for the local Bordelais. Its gourmet restaurant and cocktail bar offer a welcoming luxury setting for business meetings as well as convivial evenings with friends.

The gourmet restaurant La Table de Montaigne showcases traditional dishes of the Bordeaux region revisited by Chef Younesse Bouakkaoui. Open to the general public as well as hotel guests, it is indisputably a key venue for sampling the gastronomy of the Bordeaux region.

The Palais Gallien Cocktail Bar has the same ambition. Open to hotel guests and visitors alike, it provides an exceptional setting for all occasions right in the heart of Bordeaux city centre. Its elegant and warm welcome is conducive to enjoying and sharing a moment of pleasure and relaxation. Each month the teams at the Palais Gallien Cocktail Bar invite you to enjoy a new cocktail or rediscover an old favourite.

In a lively setting that honours the finer pleasures of life, various themed events take place throughout the year. With the possibility of tasting Bordeaux grand cru wines or enjoying a cocktail or two, the Palais Gallien Cocktail Bar is the perfect setting for an enjoyable evening.