The trail-blazing Dutch hotel group citizenM will open two exciting new hotels in Paris this summer including a hotel in the heart of Paris’s business district, La Défense and a flagship property opening in August in central Gare du Lyon. With its existing hotel at Charles de Gaulle airport, citizenM will now have three hotels in Paris all offering affordable luxury, smart technology and clever design.
The citizenM La Défense with 175 rooms is now open within the bustling business district of Paris, located to the west of the city. La Défense, best known for its iconic arch-shaped building, the Grande Arche, is currently undergoing a major revamp and is being refurbished from a commercial district into a bustling, vibrant and green quartier in its own right. Sprawling terraces and gardens, new avenues and towers, restaurants and
bars and a brand new music and sports arena are joined by the new citizenM, which will complement the transformation of the district with its energy, innovation and style.
At the ground level entrance guests are greeted by coffeeM, citizenM’s own coffee bar concept – a vibrant space that has been adorned with a ceiling fresco featuring a repeat-pattern of Andy Warhol photo-booth selfies. Three societyM meeting rooms are located next to coffeeM and provide wonderfully creative environments for hosting meetings and workshops. Their breakout space features a playful Parisian kiosk. From here, two escalators, a new design element for citizenM take guests up to the check-in area and a spacious living room. Alongside each escalator is citizenM’s signature shelving, featuring a range of colourful and quirky objects, from Eames birds to artworks, books and curiosities. The elevator up to the check-in is cladded from ground to first floor with a bespoke mural by the acclaimed Paris and NY based artist collective AVAF.
The living room area is always the heart of each citizenM hotel, providing space to work, eat and socialise. At La Défense, it is located on the first floor, enclosed by a glass façade opening to a large terrace which offers trailblazing views to the Grande Arche. The hotel’s public spaces also feature collectionM, the brand’s retail component offering easy travel accessories, inspiring gifts and books. Here another piece of bespoke fresco adorns the ceiling, created by local artist Romain Froquet. canteenM forms the lively centre of the public area. Together with intimate booths and communal tables this is the place to drink, eat and meet. With a design nod to French cuisine and its reliance on traditional copper pans, the walls here are clad with copper.
As with all its properties, citizenM has worked with design and architecture practice Concrete to create the distinctive contemporary hotel. Designed to feel the bustling metropolises where all citizenM hotels are located the lobbies are filled with playful as well as iconic furniture from Vitra.
The hotel rooms are kitted out with the smartest technology including a custom MoodPad that controls everything in the room from the blinds to the ambiance of the lighting and a Smart TV with unlimited free movies – guests can now stream their own content from music to movies – or the latest box sets. Guests are treated to luxurious comfort where it matters most; an XL King Size bed, soft Italian linen, large fluffy towels and a powerful rain shower.
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