Découvrez l'histoire de l'hôtel, de l'école ainsi que leur évolution au fil des années !
The hotel Lesdiguieres, real institution, passed through the twentieth century and became a historic monument which nowadays belongs to the heritage of the city of Grenoble. Entirely refurbished the hotel Lesdiguieres works in pairs with the students of the catering industry school. At that time, there were only four establishments in France which were managed by students and teachers. It is a good way for students to have a professional experience and to improve their skills by practicing as in the real catering work world. This hotel, conserved a warm and comfortable atmosphere, emphasize by its restaurant, its 24 rooms
The history of the hotel Lesdiguieres begins in 1896 when Mr. Alfred Viallet became the owner of a charming 40 room hotel surrounded by a huge park and a lake. This place was very appreciated by the fishermen.
In 1917, thanks to the decision taken by the Minister of trade and industry, the hotel became one of the first “hotel-school”. It used to work in association with the department, the city of Grenoble and the state.
In 1932, (fifteen years later), the city of Grenoble acquired the public park of the hotel and enlarged it. In 1963 it became officially the biggest Catering and Hospitality French School of the Alps.
In 1975, as a lot of high schools, Lesdiguieres was nationalized but kept a legal status “department-region” with a municipal management.
In 1977, Le clos d’Or De Vigny opened. It was the extension of Lesdiguieres High School. This area was only for students who wanted a « Professional Training ». In 1981, the municipal council allows to private a part of the park and that’s how all the Beaumarchais Site was created just behind the hotel. More than 13 500 m² were build for the new high school. The principal Bernard COHEN did formalize the opening of the new site in 1992.
In 1993, the Rector of the Academy of Grenoble involves a reflection about the policies of the different trainings for students in catering schools. He’d like to improve the teaching and the education in the hospitality management filial for the city of Grenoble. In this way, Bernard COHEN, reached to gather the 3 different sites (Clos d’Or, Beaumarchais, Hotel of the Park) and create a one and only school which belongs to the locals authorities called “Lycée des Métiers de l’Hotellerie et du Tourisme de Grenoble”. After, he decided to invite the training manager of the group of the Chamber of Commerce and industry of Isere. He wanted to create new degree course called “BEP, BAC PRO, BAC TECHNO, Mentions complémentaires” and other more theoretical like BTS et LICENCE.
In 1994, all the labors and the hotel succeed with a contractual arrangement and sign a partnership charter. The city of Grenoble retroceded the Hotel Lesdiguieres to the Rhone Alps region for a long lease.
In 2000, at the start of the new school year, Lucie BELCHIOR became the new Principal of this catering school. She continued the projets of refurbishment oh the establishment. New premises were build and ready to welcome more students. The renovation works were finished in 2004. Nowadays, the students of this catering School have a complete hotel building to practise. (Hospitality and meeting rooms, classe rooms, storage rooms etc.) The kitchen and the restaurant of the hotel were also completely refurbished. The new organization due to the different equipments layout, allows the students to have the best work conditions. Classrooms were built behind the hotel to welcome all the apprentice of the school.
2002 to today
In 2002, the School got the label “Catering Industry and tourism High School”. According to the good job of the educational team of the school, it became famous over the years. Nowadays, the Hotel Lesdiguieres tries to adapt its services depending on the guests requests which are different over the years. To finish, the hotel can participate to the training period of his students in association with their theoretical internship in class. It keeps its authentically character thanks to them. It is now the best Catering School Establishment of the region.