The Esprit de France story began at the initiative of its founder, Christophe Paluel-Marmont. A lover of beautiful historic estate houses, a great lover of art, and owner operator of hotels in Paris, he wanted to create a club for owners of hotels and estate houses, gathered around a common passion: heritage, art, and history.
His intention was to unite the strengths of everyone, in order to share experiences, to make available the expertise acquired, and above all to get together among enthusiasts.
Remarkable for their historical or contemporary architecture, the Esprit de France residences and hotels, located near places of Art and History, go beyond the simple notion of lodging, to introduce a cultural dimension. They offer their guests a unique experience.
Whether châteaux, estate houses, country houses, hotels... they all have their character. Each room in them is unique, imbued with the spirit of the place.
Enjoying a stay in an Esprit de France property means the promise of a timeless, unforgettable journey through France.
What is the symbolism behind the Esprit de France logo?
The ancient oak reflects the union between a rich past and a promising future, between respect for History and the advantages of modernity. Its many leaves, connected to the branches, symbolise the Esprit de France members.
A hotel in our collection not only has to have an unmatched ambience and hit the right style notes, it has to tick our ‘certain something’ box: the welcome should be warm, without fuss or formality; rooms should be seductive and supplied with thoughtful extras; drinks must be perfectly mixed and dinners delicious; and, crucially, the stay must be memorable for all the right reasons.
A Smith hotel has to be…
Splendia is a LUXURY HOTEL BRAND. We provide a curated selection of exceptional hotels worldwide and best-in-class service to discerning travellers. We are more than a simple online travel agent... We travel the world visiting destinations and hotels. We establish a committed relationship with our carefully selected hotel partners, ensuring that they offer you the best. We make people dream about their next GREAT ESCAPE.
Splendia was founded in 2004 by Elie de Coignac and Benoît Durand, who met in Marrakesh and shared a passion for e-commerce and luxury travel. Impressed by the traditional riads they found and frustrated by the limited online presence of these hidden gems, they set up a website dedicated to exceptional hotels.
Splendia hotels are selected for their luxury status and distinctive character. We only accept the best, and we travel to top destinations to find them. We establish a committed relationship with our partner hotels, ensuring that they offer the best to our customers.
To make it, a hotel must have exceptional qualities: location, architecture, design and services are all key aspects of our criteria. We include a range of hotel types, so we have something for every occasion. Whether it’s a chic boutique hotel, an elegant villa, a beautiful 5-star hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, a cutting-edge design hotel, or an enchanting riad, we have found the perfect hotel for you.