Discover the story of Jean-Philippe Cartier, serial entrepreneur, today at the head of H8 Collection, a luxury hotel group. His credo? To find and take over 4 or 5* hotels to give them a second life. And October had something to do with it...
H8 Collection borrowed twice on October, diversifying its sources of financing, to create a new cooking school and a spa at the Domaine des Hauts de Loire and to finance the renovation of the hotel Mathis Paris.
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An entrepreneur in the digital sector for 20 years, Jean-Philippe Cartier wanted to sell his company and considered buying a country house. But he had the opportunity to buy the Mas de la Fouque, a hotel he had known for more than 20 years, located in a region he particularly liked, the Camargue.
Despite not having experience in the hotel sector, Jean-Philippe was doubly motivated, both by the elegant and relaxed place he had created with his friends and by the entrepreneurial factor he had given to this project.
He signed in 2011 and so began the H8 Collection adventure.
Jean-Philippe Cartier has invested a lot in the concept, in marketing and decoration and has created a first place that seeks to succeed.
His initial goal was not to create a hotel group, so the story might have ended when he bought the country house. But he was presented with a new opportunity: the Hauts de Loire estate was for sale. And given the history and geographical location of the estate, the expectations of the new owner were very high. Jean-Philippe already knew this exceptional place, a Relais & Château full of history, located in the Vallée des Rois, in Loir et Cher, on the road to the most beautiful castles in France.
As a lover of land and heritage, he acquired the estate in 2014, at the same time creating the H8 Collection group. He then began a subtle phase of transformation in order to avoid losing the essence of the place, so he endowed the group with modern attributes in order to attract a demanding clientele and make them want to prolong their stay.
For the acquisition of the premises and their transformation, Jean-Philippe Cartier played with complementarity, combining traditional bank operators, BPI, and discovering October, a platform that fascinated him thanks to its innovative codes of efficiency: “It is a new fintech actor that offers a simple and extremely fast solution… And it covers the need for speed, which is everything”
Today, October has accompanied Jean-Philippe Cartier in the acquisition of 3 of the 8 prestigious H8 Collection hotels, including the Hermitage de Saint Tropez, the Hôtel Mont-Blanc in Chamonix, the Vieux Castillon, the Maison d’Uzès… The group’s ambition is to continue to develop in France, with several projects already underway: “We consider France to be the most beautiful country in the world and that we have treasures to discover in each region”.