The Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux Gets New General Manager

Here's a name to remember when booking a trip to the south of France: Michel André Galopin has been named the new general manager of The Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux. (Read all about the property here!)

Born in Seine-et-Marne, France, Galopin began his career at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, followed by Paris' legendary Ritz and Plaza-Athénée. After some time at the Westminster in Paris, Galopin worked several years in Asia, including the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, the Regent in Hong Kong, and the Peninsula Hong Kong. At the latter, he worked with designer Philippe Starck to develop the restaurant Felix.

In 1998, he returned to France and opened boutique hotel Le Vendôme in Paris. He was then appointed general manager of the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat - a position he held for almost 12 years. Under his leadership, the hotel received the "Five Star Diamond Award" at ITB Berlin, and became a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World.

A French national, Galopin graduated from the Cornell Hotel School in the U.S. and the Wine & Spirit Institute in London. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, and Vice President for France of EHMA. In 2007 he was named Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite in France.

Galopin succeeds Nathalie Seiler-Hayez, who has been appointed new general manager of The Connaught in London.

The Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux opened June 2008. Jacques Garcia completely renovated and redesigned the 150-room property, linking together eight historic structures. Property highlights include the Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant Le Pressoir d'Argent, in-room wine bars in eight Prestige Suites, upscale cocktails lounge the Victor Bar and L'Orangerie, an indoor/outdoor winter garden.

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