With The Unicorna designer boutique hotel, the high-end brand of the Accor group is establishing itself in the historic capital of Champagne.
Visit to an establishment steeped in history
Troyes has recently welcomed a new 5-star establishment: The Unicorn, the 54-room MGallery Hotel Collection Hotel & Spa, which constitutes a luxury offering for tourists and business travelers, particularly conference attendees.
Within the Accor group, MGallery only places its mark in places steeped in history. Developed on three facades, this hotel is located at 20 bis quai Dampierre.
Reconversion of a former gendarmerie
According to historical research, this vast building complex has undergone various uses since 1445: a simple school, then a convent and college, then the construction of two side wings to accommodate the national gendarmerie for two centuries. Following its closure in 2016, the Aube General Council handed over the barracks to Maxence Gublin’s G-Group, a local developer, to carry out a high-end hotel project.
A nod to Conrad Hilton
In addition to enjoying a view of the banks of the Seine, The Unicorn meets the three location criteria for hotels according to Conrad Hilton: “location, location, location”. In this case, the immediate proximity of the main commercial arteries of the city and especially the historic center with its countless half-timbered houses from the 16th century, and its numerous museums including the recent Cité du Stained Glass in a former Hôtel Dieu.
In short, an important cultural and heritage heritage. Added to this is good access with the train station located a 10-minute walk away and a MICE powerhouse: the Congress Center, located just a 4-minute walk away.
From standard rooms to suites
With a surface area of approximately 25 m2, the 37 standard rooms are available as double or twins. Spanning 30 m2, the luxury rooms have a marble bathroom. The surface area of the suites increases to 45 m2 and a wall separates the bedroom from the living room equipped with a sofa bed.
Laurent Maugoust, a graduate of the Camondo school, designed the interior architecture of The Unicorn. “This project allowed me to express my vision, this gap between the old building, the gendarmerie barracks and its 18th century wings without forgetting the codes of modernity, such as decompartmentalization for example,” he confides. A successful bet, even if the eggplant-colored paint of the room corridors appeals to some customers. But in the rooms, the presence of a fireplace as well as the combination of white and gray on the walls are appreciated.
No restaurant at the moment…
The spacious bar, which doubles as an intimate smoking room and extends into a terrace, serves light meals in the evening. It also hosts breakfasts. Ultimately, a restaurant should complete the offer.
In the basement, the Spa by Sothys, made entirely of Bali stone, offers a sauna and a swimming pool heated to 28 degrees. Whether you are a hotel guest or not, this wellness area is accessible provided you book a treatment, such as a massage for example. Nothing more natural.