Pullman Paris, Tour Eiffel

THE HOTEL: On the Left Bank, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, this four-star hotel completed a major 15-month overhaul in March. The redesign saw the 430-room hotel – a Pullman since 2009 – assume the mantle of flagship property of the Accor group’s upscale brand.

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THE CHECK-IN: In place of the usual registration desk are a number of central ‘docking stations’ manned by wandering ‘Pullman Welcomers’ with iPads. I was in my room within ten minutes of entering the lobby.

THE ROOM: I was on the fifth floor, in a Classic room with a super-comfy queen-bed. Features included a marble bathroom with bathtub, free wifi, a 40-inch plasma television and a work desk. The star turn was Pullman’s Quadriga’s Personal Media Network technology, which facilitates seamless use of both the hotel’s and the guest’s technologies, in effect turning the room into an integrated environment where the TV, smartphone and tablet are synchronized.

THE BUSINESS: Despite its location next to one of Paris’s main tourist attractions, this is a hotel geared up for business visitors. There’s a whole plethora of various-sized meeting, conference and break-out rooms that are split between the basement level and the ground floor. Many of them feature natural light. A rooftop room has a wraparound balcony, glass roof and in-your-face views of the Eiffel Tower.

THE FACILITIES: The expansive lobby features an open ‘connectivity lounge’ with some super-trendy terminals. Broadband is offered throughout the hotel. FRAME is a Californian Brasserie-style restaurant and bar serving West Coast and French ‘classics’ like fish tacos with tequila ceviche and BBQ frogs’ legs. There’s a fitness lounge with cardio machines, weight equipment – and more views of the tower.

THE VERDICT: Look past its drab and dated exterior: once in the lobby this is an ultra-contemporary, visually appealing and inviting hotel with plenty of mod-cons that will establish the credibility of the Pullman brand as a genuine player in the luxury sector.

THE DETAILS: Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, 18 Avenue de Suffren, 75015 Paris, France. Rates for a Classic room start from around £270 for a mid-week stay in October 2014. Tel: + 333 1 44 38 56 00; see www.Pullmanhotels.com or www.Accorhotels.com

Reviewed by Martin Steady (2014)