30 APRIL 2018
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After four years of major renovations, one of Lyon’s most iconic buildings, the Grand Hôtel-Dieu, was officially inaugurated on Friday at the start of a special festival lasting until 21 June.
The property, a former hospital, occupies a large city-centre site featuring five courtyards, gardens and passageways. Offices and upmarket restaurants and shops also form part of the new-look estate.
Officials say the inaugural festival is aimed at blending small-scale and grandiose events to make each visitor feel like a privileged guest with a two-month celebration including shows, performances, exhibitions and workshops.
The hotel said in a statement: “Hospitality and innovation are the pillars of the new identity of this unique venue that combines respect for history and modernity. Grand Hôtel-Dieu will become the new home to contemporary lifestyle.”
The renovation promises “a unique decor imbued with nobility, a blend of old-world charm and modern comfort … (the hotel) will provide a mixed offer of services that stands out from the crowd.”
Other aspects of the festival include a tribute to the original builders, activities focused on health and wellbeing and entertainment for children, while new entrances to the property will offer options for exploring the Lyon riverside.
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