Paris Says Bonjour to a New InterContinental
Ah, gay Paree. If it’s not enticing us with slightly-less-heinous-than-usual rates, it’s calling us by opening a new hotel – the InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau, near the Arc de Triomphe, which opened on Friday.
It’s pretty small (or should we say, petite) for an InterCon – just 55 rooms spread over three buildings around a courtyard. It’s pretty new, too – it used to be the Crowne Plaza Paris Champs Elysees, but even that only opened in 2008, so there’s not been much wear and tear to cover up here.
Decorwise, they’re aiming for a mix of “French classical and urban contemporary”, which probably explains the stripy carpets/cherub-spotted wallpaper combo. Weirdly, though, we kind of think it works. Meanwhile there’s Hermes in the bathroom and Missoni bedding (unstriped, luckily). The lobby’s another blast of messed up murals, modern chairs and frilly antique mirrors. We like.
The whole thing looks rather charmant, and rather unlike what we’d expect from an InterCon. Unfortunately, the prices are rather less so – from €270 ($386/£240) for a double, up to €910 for a suite. Paree, you better be worth it.