France: The new generation accommodation company Sonder has grown in France after acquiring the management and operations of the Atala hotel in Paris.
The 48-room property, located near the Champs-Elysées, includes several suites with views of the Eiffel Tower, a garden and a terrace, as well as works by notable artists on display throughout.
To oversee Sonder’s operations and continue its expansion in the region, Jean-Charles Denis has been appointed General Manager France. He held previous positions at Interstate Hotels & Resorts as COO, as well as other leadership roles in IHG’s finance, business and operational functions.
Martin Picard, Co-Founder and Global Head of Real Estate at Sonder, said: “France is one of the world’s leading tourist destinations and a must-see for all global hotel companies. With our business roots in Montreal, France is also of special cultural significance to us and we are delighted to make our entry into this country with a property just steps from one of the most renowned and iconic avenues.
“We are continuing our aggressive expansion in Europe, North America and the Middle East. France is the tenth country where Sonder operates and we look forward to continuing to deepen our relationships with local stakeholders in France, ”he added.
Sylvain Maillard, deputy for Paris in the National Assembly, declared: “In these difficult times for the tourism sector, I am happy to welcome Sonder, who has chosen to settle in my constituency, near the avenue Champs Elysées. This project contributes to the local economy as well as to the strengthening of the tourist offer and allows a sophisticated digital experience.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Sonder operates in more than 35 cities across ten countries, and has approximately 15,000 active and contracted units worldwide. The company partners with real estate owners and owners to rent hotels and apartments and design, manage and operate them.
Sonder’s expansion in France follows the announcement of the company’s plan to be listed on the stock exchange through an ad hoc acquisition company Gores Metropoulos II.