September 2016

Newsletter - September 2016

Newsletter - September 2016

This newsletter brings you the latest news about AccorHotels Group and its brands. For more information, please contact the press department at:

52 employees graduate from the AccorHotels Academy

The AccorHotels Academy, a training organization accredited with the FAFIH (French Hotel Industry National Training Insurance Fund), is going to award PQCs (Professional Qualification Certificates) to 52 employees of the Pullman and the ibis Styles Roissy Charles de Gaulle, establishments that have recently opened within the Paris – Charles de Gaulle hub.
To facilitate the integration and upskilling of new employees, the AccorHotels Academy has, in collaboration with the hotels’ HR Managers, developed and held training sessions leading to three PQCs recognized by the hospitality industry: Housekeeping PQC, Restaurant waiter/waitress PQC and Receptionist PQC. In addition to expertise specific to their occupations, the teams received training specific to their respective brands and to AccorHotels’ corporate culture. Over the course of a year, employees alternated between attending theory lessons in class or online, and putting them to practical use in the field, each employee being monitored by a referring tutor.
The presentation of certificates will take place on September 16 at 4pm in the Pullman Paris Roissy CDG Airport, attended by the CEO of HotelInvest France, the Talent and Culture Department (HR Division) France and the CEO of Fafih.
The PQC is a certificate of qualification within a specific occupation in a professional industry. Created by this industry’s Joint National Employment Commission (French Commission Paritaire Nationale de l’Emploi or CPNE), it refers to a description of activities and capabilities. In relation to professionals, it holds an equivalent value to that of a National Education Diploma.
The 18 campuses of the AccorHotels Academy around the world are governed by three major missions: developing employees to ensure customers receive service levels of faultless quality, supporting the Group’s development through occupational skills training and spreading the Group’s values and culture throughout the company.

Sofitel continues its flavor tour of France with gourmet stops:
in the fall, Paris welcomes Lyon
From September 19 to 30, the Hôtel Scribe Paris - the birthplace of cinema - managed by Sofitel and its Chef Sébastien Crison, have invited Christian Lherm, the Executive Chef of the Michelin starred restaurant les Trois Dômes, to introduce the gastronomy offered by the City of Light.  
These two experts will work hand in hand to produce a limited edition menu drawing on the repertoire and influences of each. The Lyon-based Chef will showcase the culinary wealth of his region by adding to the menu delicacies such as Pike Quenelles à la Lyonnaise, Sauce Nantua (a béchamel sauce with crayfish butter) and Supreme of Chicken stuffed with crayfish.
With two pairs of hands, the Chefs will showcase their expertise, from Le Lumière restaurant’s breakfast buffet through the room service menu and L’Obscur Bar. This event is part of “Gourmet Stops”, a Sofitel hotels initiative in France aimed at promoting one region’s gastronomy within a hotel in another region.
Hôtel Scribe Paris, managed by Sofitel
1 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
+33 1 44 71 24 24

Strike Beach at the Pullman Paris Centre-Bercy:
open air bowling parties
Between September 5 and 30, the Pullman Paris Centre-Bercy hotel is extending summer with a unique open air bowling concept: Strike Beach. A bowling alley, reinterpreted in a new setting on a temporary terrace with sun loungers, table soccer, a photo booth and a food truck. The chance to challenge your friends to an evening’s fun after work or to spice up your team building while taking advantage of the last few rays of sunshine! To take part, all you need to do is go to reception to register as a team. At the end of the event, the four teams with the highest scores will go head to head on the final evening on Thursday September 29 to win overnight stays at the Pullman Paris Centre-Bercy!
Bowling – €5 per game / Pastis 51 Rosé/Piscine/Classique – €4 - Pastis 51 & bowling package – €9 - Food truck – €14

Pullman Paris Centre-Bercy 
Le Point Bar - 1 rue de Libourne
75012 Paris - Line 14 - Cour St Emilion metro station, France
Tel: +33 1 44 67 34 79

September 18, 2016, Hôtel Molitor – MGallery by Sofitel
opens its doors on heritage days.

For 60 years, the Molitor has been the most popular swimming pool in the French capital. Its two huge pools, its galas and its avant-garde ambience were the stuff of dreams for all of Paris. Shut down in 1989 and classified as a Historical Monument, this location, with the support of gallery owner Magda Danysz, was until 2012 home to street artists, thereby making the space the biggest urban art location in the city with the empty pools becoming the preferred target of graffiti artists.
The marks left by these artists mean that all the trends and techniques which mark this movement can be immediately appreciated. During the hotel renovation project, it was important for the architects to preserve this link between art and living space.  Molitor has thus invited a large number of artists to redesign the walls of the winter pool cubicles, which the public will be able to come and see between 12pm and 6pm on Sunday September 18, 2016 during the European Heritage Days.
On this occasion, visitors can enjoy a guided tour and attend a live performance by four renowned street art artists: Katre, Vinie Graffiti, Hopare and Jace. Not to be missed!

Hotel Molitor – MGallery by Sofitel
13 rue Nungesser et Coli, 75016 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 56 07 08 80 

Opening of the Mercure Toulouse Centre Saint Georges Hotel

The new design of the hotel - understated, elegant and extremely contemporary - recalls the architectural and cultural heritage of Toulouse. The hotel terrace now offers a relaxation space around a swimming pool. The 148 rooms have also been redecorated and refurbished to offer visitors the highest levels of comfort.

Located in the very heart of Toulouse, the “pink city”, just yards from the symbolic Place du Capitole, the architect designers Joseph Grappin and Roberta Molteni have completely redesigned the look of the hotel to anchor it in a living space that is conducive to warmth and leisure travel. Among the new features, a spectacular staircase structured around the reception and the entrance to the hotel directly leads into a cocktail bar, the Mahogany Club, which is open to everyone and offers an impressive menu created and designed by a mixologist!
Following extensive renovation work, the Mercure Toulouse Centre Saint Georges Hotel is unveiling its new spaces, combining modernity, comfort and aesthetics, to the widest audience.
Hôtel Mercure Toulouse Centre Saint Georges
Rue Paul Vidal 31000 Toulouse

photo: ibis styles Bialystok

Six new locations in Poland for ibis brands!
The ibis brands are continuing their expansion in Poland, adding two new ibis and four new ibis Styles to their 25 existing hotels.
Located just a few steps from Warsaw’s main train station, the ibis Wroclaw Centrum (112 rooms) is an ideal starting point for exploring the city, Poland’s jewel in the crown, and the historic center in particular. At the heart of the small, calm and relaxing village of Suchy Las, the ibis Poznań Pólnoc (77 rooms) allows adventurers to discover the surrounding area during long and breathtaking hikes!
The ibis Styles Bialystok (129 rooms) boasts a sauna, a gym and the chance to escape into nature, surrounded by trees and birds, while remaining close to cultural attractions like the Branicki Palace and the Podlaska Opera. Continuing this same spirit of harmony and tranquility, the ibis Styles SiedIce (101 rooms including four apartments equipped with a kitchenette) offers a design based on nature, with plants of all kinds and colorful flowers. The ibis Styles Gniezno (70 rooms) invites guests to take a journey through time, through medieval times and the history of the country. Located a few steps from the historical market square, the cathedral and the museum of the origins of Poland (Muzeum Poczatkow Panstwa Polskiego), the hotel is part of a unique complex situated in the old town. Lastly, the decor of the ibis Styles Nowy Sącz (57 rooms) offers the chance to immerse yourself in the heart of a town that has been home to many Polish scientists, with an ambience that is reminiscent of the alchemist Sendivogius and the history of Nowy Sącz. 

AccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,000 hotels, resorts and residences, as well as in over 2,500 of the finest private homes around the globe. Benefiting from dual expertise as an investor and operator through its HotelServices and HotelInvest divisions, AccorHotels operates in 95 countries. Its portfolio comprises internationally acclaimed luxury brands including Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel LegendSO Sofitel, Sofitel, onefinestay, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, and Swissôtel; as well as the popular midscale and boutique brands of Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter and Adagio; the in-demand economy brands including ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget and the regional brands Grand Mercure, The Sebel and hotelF1.
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