Has Deceased Owner Of Famed French Hotel Left It To The Dogs?

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Uncertainty surrounds the future of one of the most famous grand hotels in Europe after the property’s flamboyant owner and chief executive died at the age of 95 without an heir – amid speculation that she may have left her hotel to animals.

Jeanne Augier personally ran the striking pink-domed Negresco hotel, in the French Riviera city of Nice, for more than 60 years after inheriting it from her father in 1957. She died this week in her 96th year and legal disputes are reportedly already underway about what will happen to the hotel.

In 2009, it was reported that Augier planned to leave the hotel and its profits to a new foundation devoted to animals and the poor. A great lover of dogs, she championed both causes, and she was determined to keep the hotel out of the clutches of international hotel chains. Whether dogs will inherit her hotel has not yet been determined.

The Negresco opened in 1913 in Nice and quickly became a favourite with European royalty. It has more than 140 rooms, each with its own unique furnishings and French art “collection pieces.”

The property has always been open to pets and guests are encouraged to bring them along.

Augier famously told Microsoft founder Bill Gates that he was not rich enough to buy her fabulous hotel.

In an interview with French newspaper Liberation in 2009, she said: “I must have a hundred offers a year to buy the Negresco. It’s out of the question.”

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.


Alice Colody - January 21, 2019 @ 18:10
Great thank you

Alice colody - January 21, 2019 @ 18:08
GREAT MOVE -Thank you

RAMONA AMORMINO - January 16, 2019 @ 13:37
I love this....I salute her...would love to visit her hotel with my dogs !!

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