The Dutch hotel chain celebrated the grand opening pyjama party at its new Paris location near Charles de Gaulle airport.
When I arrived, I felt like I was walking into a cool, eclectic design space with open, bright areas, swank but comfy seating arrangements to conduct business or just chill, a large community table with rows of Apple computers for guests to use and places to plug in my own. Also, easy internet access throughout the hotel.
After the 1 minute self-check in, I enjoyed a glass of French red wine at the bar, a central area for hanging out or that chance romantic encounter in Paris. Oh la la! The staff are international, friendly and all speak good English.
The rooms are small but very well equipped and designed for comfort. They all have a wall to wall XL King sized bed with a luxurious mattress, high thread count bedding, 4 oversized pillows, a comforter and a wall to wall window with remote control shades so you can catch up on your sleep after a long plane ride. A large LED TV hangs over the bed for you to choose from a huge selection of free movies, international TV channels and music. I dove right in and stayed there for a while before getting ready for the party after an invigorating shower with a wide rain forest faucet!
Everything is remote control operated by a Samsung notepad by the bed including the mood lights that go from bright office, soft romantic and cool relaxing moods to party mode with a rainbow of color for fun and amusement.
I slept very well and didn’t hear any noises as the party carried on into the wee hours. Even though we were at the airport, the building sure is soundproof. Breakfast was a very satisfying UnFrench breakfast (although I love French cuisine, I like my big American/English/Dutch style breakfast). In the open kitchen style buffet was a delicious assortment of eggs, sausages, bacon, charcuteries, cheeses, fresh baked croissants, pain au chocolate and European brown breads, Greek yogurt and fromage blanc with fresh fruits and nuts and freshly squeezed orange, grapefruit and carrot juices. Also, excellent coffee, cappuccinos, espresso and teas. After spending a few months in France, I was in heaven from this breakfast!
The unbelievable part is the price, which fluctuates between 79-109 Euros a night depending on the season, a super value (and if you register on their website you’ll get a 15% discount and a free drink on arrival)! All rooms are identical, there are no suites and take two people and a young child.
By Alecia Caine