Novo­tel Paris Cen­tre Eif­fel Tower

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BACK­GROUND Ac­corHo­tels has over 15 Novo­tel prop­er­ties in Paris it­self. Apart from this brand, the hotel group has ibis, Mer­cure, McGallery by Sof­i­tel, Apartho­tel Ada­gio and Pull­man prop­er­ties in the French cap­i­tal as well. WHAT’S IT LIKE? The hotel has a cou­ple of en­trances. While check­ing in, I used the main en­trance where my taxi dropped me off. On other days, I used the sec­ond en­trance that con­nects to the main lobby via an es­ca­la­tor on a lower level. The mar­ble lobby is large with a lot of open space and dec­o­rated with hints of red and or­ange. This is a 764-room prop­erty with ex­pan­sive meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties, mak­ing it ideal for large scale events and busi­ness travel. The de­sign is ba­sic and func­tional with no frills. It is also pop­u­lar amongst large groups and fam­i­lies. Af­ter my check-in, I walked to the el­e­va­tors to my right.

WHERE IS IT? The Eif­fel Tower is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. It is also vis­i­ble from cer­tain points in the hotel. Charles Michels metro sta­tion of line ten is walk­ing dis­tance. Ba­to­bus (a boat ser­vice along the River Seine) sta­tion is only about 99 me­ters away.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES I was stay­ing in the 22 sqm Stan­dard room. Min­i­mal in de­sign with som­bre colours and sim­ple fab­rics, the room fea­tures a tea/ coffee maker, a flat screen TV, a mini­bar, a safety deposit box and free wifi. Its rec­tan­gu­lar shaped win­dow al­lows enough light to brighten up the entire room. The bed’s wooden head­rest has at­tached read­ing lamps. There’s a sofa chair, work desk and lug­gage rack in the room as well. The bath­room has a bath­tub with at­tached shower fa­cil­i­ties. Su­pe­rior rooms are slightly larger at 31 sqm. Suites be­gin at 34 sqm and are on higher floors of­fer­ing panoramic views of Paris. This category is also equipped with Ne­spresso ma­chines and bathrobes and are ideal for large fam­i­lies. There are 154 con­nect­ing rooms, 17 rooms for peo­ple with re­duced mo­bil­ity and 233 fam­ily rooms on the prop­erty. RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS Benkay serves Ja­panese cui­sine in­clud­ing sushi and tep­pa­nyaki. It over­looks stun­ning views of River Seine and the city. Novo­tel Café is where I en­joyed break­fast. Q.G’renelle is the hotel’s bar which has a chic am­bi­ence for in­for­mal meets with friends and col­leagues over aper­i­tifs and cock­tails. L’in­stant No­made is its in­house con­ve­nience store with vend­ing ma­chines.

MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES The hotel’s meet­ing spa­ces sprawl over 3,000 sqm in­clud­ing a con­fer­ence hall that can ac­com­mo­date 600 peo­ple. There are 37 rooms in all in­clud­ing Bastille (45 sqm), Am­phithe­atre Sa­lon A (216 sqm), B (184 sqm) and C (200 sqm), Danube (213 sqm) and Tro­cadero (362 sqm). Copy/print ser­vices and a busi­ness cen­tre with sup­port staff are avail­able. LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES There is an in­door heated swim­ming pool and a fit­ness cen­tre. The hotel also gives bi­cy­cles on hire and or­gan­ises boat ex­cur­sions.

VER­DICT Ideal for busi­ness trav­ellers look­ing to stay in the heart of Paris.

HOW MANY ROOMS?

764 rooms and suites.

HIGH­LIGHTS

Meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties and lo­ca­tion.

PRICE

In­ter­net rates for a mid­week stay in a Deluxe room in April started at

€ 156/`12,346

CON­TACT

61 Quai de Grenelle. Paris; tel: +33 1405 8200; ac­corho­tels.com FREE WIFI

24hr ROOM SER­VICE 24hr GYM SWIM­MING POOL 2 RESTAU­RANTS 1 BAR

37 MEET­ING ROOMS

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