Michel Cottray has just joined the Hotel Martinez team – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt – as General Manager.
Married and the father of two adult children, he is particularly enthusiastic about returning to the Côte d’Azur, which he knows well, having already managed several hotels there and notably cut his teeth in the profession in Cannes.
Michel Cottray was born and raised in the Ve district of Paris. Very young, he was immersed in the world of gastronomy and occasionally helps his parents who run a delicatessen shop there. His father, who had dreamed of working in the hotel industry, gave him a taste for it and it was by moving towards this orientation that he graduated from the Grande Ecole hôtelière Jean Drouant in Paris, then obtained an MBA in Hotel Management. Tourism of the University of Applied Sciences of Chur in Switzerland.
He began his career in 1983 with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts group as Catering Manager at the Sheraton Luxembourg Aerogolf In 1986, he joined the city of Cannes at the Sofitel Le Méditerranée for two years, before returning to the Starwood group again and moving evolve to the positions of Resident Manager then General Manager in establishments of the group under different brands. For 4 years, he managed the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas in Australia and then successively supervised The Westin Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua in Bali and The Westin Grand Hotel in Frankfurt.
In 2007 he was promoted to Regional Director for the South of France. Based at the Méridien Beach Plaza Monte Carlo in Monaco, he was also in charge of the Méridien Nice, Le Méridien Juan-les-Pin and the Elysée Palace Nice until 2012. He was then transferred to the position of complex general manager for two spectacular resorts. luxury hotels in Greece, The Romanos and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, before returning to France where he headed Le Méridien Etoile in Paris from 2014 to 2016. He then left Starwood Hotels & Resorts for the Intercontinental Hotels Croup group in Hong Kong before returning to Europe in October 2017 to his last post at Steigenberger /con Wiltcher’s in Brussels, the grand hotel in the European capital, operated by Deutsche Hospitality,
Epicurean by nature, Michel Cottray has been an honorary member of the Conseil Magistral de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (International Gastronomy Association) for nearly 12 years. He is also a lover of vintage cars and enjoys driving his 1967 Citroën DS21.
Today, at the helm of the flagship of La Croisette, Michel Cottray will be maneuvering to continue the major transformation project of the hotel which recently revealed its wellness area L’Oasis du Martinez as well as its Penthouse Apartments. ranked among the largest suites in Europe.
I am very happy to be joining Cannes, a city in full transformation, which is asserting itself as the essential destination of the Mediterranean. Its hotels, including of course the Hôtel Martinez, are taking up the challenge and are part of a subtle but also emblematic renaissance of Côte d’Azur savoir-vivre. Projects abound and it is with great enthusiasm supported by a top-performing team that I wish to write the next pages of our beautiful history.
About Hotel Martinez
Inaugurated in 1929, the Hotel Martinez embodies the Riviera of the Roaring Twenties. A friendly, carefree and joie de vivre atmosphere that makes it the unmissable rendezvous on the Croisette and the address for personalities from all walks of life.
Inspired by his Art Deco style, the Côte d’Azur and the world of yachting, the architect Pierre-Yves Rochon has revived this iconic place, recreating the perfect harmony between generous nature and a Mediterranean way of life through of the 410 rooms and suites. Located on the seventh floor, the Penthouse Apartments recently unveiled their new decor dedicated to Cinema, in tribute to Isabelle Huppert, famous French actress and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival. These two prestigious apartments offer a total area of 1250 m², which are among the largest Suites in Europe. The Hotel Martinez has also just opened a new unique space dedicated to well-being: L’Oasis du Martinez. This haven of tranquility extends over 2,800 m², offering many activities to relax and take care of yourself. The Oasis du Martinez was designed as a botanical garden, shaped by natural elements where stone and wood paths meander through two distinct gardens, leading you between the coolness of the shade and the warmth of the Coast sun. of Azure. Also, ‘La Plage’, ‘Le Jardin’ and its mythical ‘Martinez Bar’, without forgetting the restaurant ‘La Palme d’Or’, 2 Michelin stars, orchestrated by Chef Christian Sinicropi… are all places that invite travelers to share the simple pleasures of the Riviera in a chic and relaxed atmosphere… Events are not to be outdone with 12 modular lounges of 2500m² which can accommodate conventions, seminars and events in any season.
About The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
More than a compilation of independent, one-of-a-kind hotels, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand is a thoughtful selection of collectable stories. Whether it’s a modern marvel, historic gem, or revitalizing retreat, each property offers stimulating environments and experiences that inspire guests seeking elevated but unscripted service when they travel.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company driven by its purpose: to care for people so they can perform at their best. As of June 30, 2022, Hyatt’s portfolio comprised more than 1,150 all-inclusive hotels and resorts in 72 countries on six continents offering brands within the Timeless Collection with Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Residence Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House® and UrCove ; the Boundless Collection (Sans Limite) such as Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt ; the Independent Collection with The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, and JdV by Hyatt™ ; the Inclusive Collection with Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Vivid Hotels & Resorts®, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services and the Trisept Solutions® travel technology platform.
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Appointment of Michel Cottray, General Manager of the Hotel Martinez – TendanceHotellerie