Hotel Life: Meliá Paris La Défense

Melia with Water feature.  Melia Paris La Defense . TheSceneinTO.com. Hotel Review.

All aboard. Venture to the artsy neighborhood that houses Meliá Paris La Défense Hotel and sail along the storied skyline. This young property adds a unique view to the landscape with its innovative design, mimicking the form of a ship’s hull and placed in front of a beautiful water feature at its steps.

It’s literally all hands on deck at Meliá Paris La Défense hotel from the moment you walk through the front doors. The all glass hotel is modern-chic with highly attentive staff. Located on Esplanade de La Défense and centered between the Arc-de-Triomphe at the Champs-Elysees to the Arche de la Défense, the nautical theme is set perfectly in front of the tranquil Takis pond.

Ideal for the working traveler, the hotel is located in Paris’ business district, an area with a lively and energetic character. Walking along the esplanade you’ll come across a large variety of open-air contemporary art installations. Witness the artistic movements from the beginnings of revitalization of the neighborhood to present day. Look out for the Red Spider of Calder, Caesar’s Thumb and if you’re a comic book fan, make your way over to the Avengers Station. Another attraction of the area is Les Quatre Temps, one of the largest shopping centers in Europe.

Rooms at La Défense feature clean lines, panoramic views of Paris and are well appointed. Because it is a newer build, the space is not defined by the confines of the older, converted buildings you find throughout Europe. This also lends itself to large, lush bathrooms by European standards. When you settle in for the evening, you’ll enjoy warm, cozy beds and plush linens. The hotel also provides 24-hour room service with large selection of standard and children’s menu items.

Rise and shine. The mouth-watering breakfast buffet offers a large variety of options to select from, with freshly squeezed juices and Asian offerings, including seaweed and fish. If you opt for the full buffet, you can custom order your eggs just the way you like them.

The hotel’s three restaurants have a contemporary feel to them. The Place lobby bar and lounge offers southern French fast casual dining at reasonable prices. Open for breakfast through dinner, the meals served are always homemade and fresh.

Melia Paris La Defense Restaurants. Melia Paris La Defense . TheSceneinTO.com. Hotel Review. Le Miroir, located on the first floor, boasts a Chef to royalty. Patricio De Diego De La Vega has served the Spanish Royal Family and brings his culinary delights to Paris. At this à la carte you’ll find traditional Spanish starters, share plates, and entrées freshly prepared.

You must make an evening stop in to the Skyline Paris lounge and bar. Located on the 19th floor, guests are treated to breathtaking views of Paris at night—the city of lights. Sip some champagne, or whatever your beverage of choice may be and if you’re hungry, pair your drink with the variety of tasty nibbles the lounge has to offer.

Don’t be put off by the location of the hotel. The property offers a direct underground connection to the city center. Metro station Esplanade de La Défense is steps away and you’ll be in the heart of Paris in 10 minutes.

Do ask the concierge to book your airport taxi in advance, it’s cheaper at €55 vs €61. You can order an uber for roughly €44, but according to the concierge and many other reviews, it can be difficult to find the hotel parking entrance. If you select this option, their advice was to meet your driver at the nearby Novotel.

Melia Paris La Defense Restaurants. Melia Paris La Defense . TheSceneinTO.com. Hotel Review.

Melia is ADA accessible for physically challenged guests and offers a selection of rooms including The Level, The Level Premium, Grand Premium. Junior, Family and Grand suites and an outstanding Presidential Suite. You’ll also find a 24-hour gym with massage beds available, a business center and strong, free WiFi throughout the property.

Meliá París La Défense
3, Boulevard de Neuilly
92400 Courbevoie – Paris
(33)175579900

www.melia.com

 

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Janelle Watkins
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Janelle Watkins is a citizen of the world who has lived both a charmed and stormy life. She has worked as a personal shopper, journalist, has done extensive work in marketing communications, and public relations. These experiences have seen her working alongside prominent leaders from the fashion, culinary, art and media worlds. This bon vivant would like to add some flair to her readers’ lives and loves to get their feedback. On everyday life she sums up, “Live life in your own style, be true to yourself – be distinct.” Favourite place in Toronto: Strolling around the Yonge/Eglinton and Mt. Pleasant Village neighbourhoods with a David’s Tea and two special little someones.

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