Hôtel des Cures Marines – Trouville
by Abdon FLORES
For those missing the old times when twin Normand cities Deauville and Trouville were the epicenter of social life in France, there is good news. The MGallery collection of Accor Group, in accordance with the city of Trouville and the Cofinance SAS group, transformed the mythical building of the Casino de Trouville into a hotel which name evokes the history of this city: Hôtel des Cures Marines.
The former Casino was designed in 1913 by architect Alexandre Durville. At the time, the 6,500 m² building was the most luxurious and big casino in France. Only a small section of it was devoted to Bains chauds, as thalassotherapy was referred then. But fashion and manners change and the year 1937 saw the casino becoming the city’s museum for over 20 years. Then, in 1959 the Cures Marines society of Trouville-sur-Mer established there its kingdom for 40 years. Finally, in 1999 the site closed indefinitely due to high cost maintenance.
The whole project was driven by architect and designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, whose talent can be seen at Molitor. The hotel has 103 rooms, 6 suites decorated with ancient frescos recomposed from fragments of the original décor. The place will be imbued in an atmosphere fluid and luminous, recalling the sea and dense literary heritage of Trouville (it was here that writers like Flaubert, Proust, Stendahl, and more recently Marguerite Duras, evaded themselves in order to write.) In fact, phrases in the walls can be read to remember such a past.
The bar looks like a sumptuous ball room. An imposing stairway links it to the restaurant; it has the purpose of an observatory too, since at its top it is possible to admire the full place. Chef David Drans, who worked for five years with Alain Ducasse, is in charge of the gastronomy aspect of the lieu. The heart, and reason of this place, is the spa and thalasso areas. They are inspired from the original Trouville bains de mer; here, the Institut des Cures Marines offers a variety of treatments including the so called mesotherapy by Filorga, the Gemology with precious stones, and all the Aquascience products for skin.
More info: www.mgallery.com