Pullman La Defense Paris
THE HOTEL: Located in the modernistic La Defense area west of central Paris and just a ten-minute train ride to the city centre, 15 minutes to Gare du Nord (for Eurostar) and with equally good access to Paris’ airports. The 19-floor Accor group hotel is a fiveminute walk from the station via the upscale CNIT shopping centre. The fully renovated hotel has 382 rooms.
THE ROOM: My 19th floor Junior Suite was exceptionally spacious with four large windows overlooking La Defense. The expansive living area had a dining table and four chairs at one end plus sofa, easy chairs and small incidental tables. A coffee area housed a Nespresso machine, kettle plus mini bar. The long hallway housed a work desk (including three-pin socket) and just inside the front door was a separate toilet. The bedroom offered a king-size bed and a second wall-mounted TV. There was also a second iPod dock, sofa and swing table. The large bathroom had a whirlpool bath, two basins, rainshower, toilet and Roger & Gallet toiletries. Mirrors abound throughout.
THE BUSINESS: Free wifi throughout. Just off the lobby is a chill-out lounge with coffee machine, perfect for an informal meeting. Twelve meeting areas from 26 to 1,503m2 have capacity for up to 180 people. The Connectivity Lounge enables guests to stay connected, print out documents and work with the latest technology.
THE FACILITIES: Dining is in the Quinte & Sens restaurant and bar where chef Jean- Paul Corbillet works from an open kitchen and offers five cooking techniques: wok, grill, plancha, tandoori and rotisserie. The excellent restaurant offers a ‘Power Lunch’ option that's served within 45 minutes. There’s also a 100m2 Fit Lounge.
THE VERDICT: An excellent hotel with a calm and relaxed yet efficient style, perfect for a business – or leisure – stay.
THE DETAILS: Rates are from £170 for a Classic room and £381 for a Junior Suite. Pullman Paris La Defense, 11, avenue des l’Arche Defense 6, Paris La Defense Cedex 92081, France. Tel: +33 (0)1 4717 5003. See: www.pullmanhotels.com.
Reviewed by Alan Orbell (2013)