And musicians are not to be outdone in this star-studded farandole. And one of them, Gilbert Bécaud, became the hotel’s first client on 7th December 1996, even before its official opening. “He came for a concert. He was the only guest seeing as no reservations had yet been taken. He stayed alone in his suite for three nights, with the entire staff at his disposal. It was a strange situation, because a hotel before its opening is a strange place to be. It is like performing on stage without any spectators.” “A friendly and joyful stay” concluded the crooner on his departure.