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… about €1,000 ($1,100) a night. That’s right, whether in dollars or in euros, chances are you will be leaving behind at least four figures for the chance to wake up on Place Vendôme.
Promised as they were for June 17, it’s almost poetic that after our nearly daily visits to the website of Hotel Ritz Paris, reservations would be released today, the day of our goodbyes. While opening is still predicted for “fin de l’année 2015”, for now the first day where you can book a room is March 14.
That being a Monday in March, you will be able to find a Chambre Supérieure for €900 ($994), which comes in at 35 sq m (377 sq ft). We’ll have to wait for a proper set of photos until October/November, but we did manage to screengrab the shot above from the short video that is now playing on the website. Classic features, high ceilings, a chandelier, and delicate flowers on the headboard combine with the very modern-day TV in the bathroom mirror that you see in the distance. Fibre optic internet will be free in all rooms.
Three steps up and you will get to a Chambre Grand Deluxe, which adds 20 sq m (215 sq ft) and a view of the garden, and you’d be looking at €1,300 ($1,435). If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: Parisian palace hotels are not for the faint of heart. Suites de Prestige start at €4,000 ($4,416) a night, with the two-bedroom Suite Impériale commanding €13,000 ($14,350) a night. On se voit au Ritz? A bientôt…
[Photo: screengrab from Ritz Paris video]
View from the roof - and those $100 rooms
Paris: one of the prettiest cities in the world, but doesn't she half know it. As do her hotels - we can’t quite remember the last time one opened that we could actually afford (only slight exaggeration thanks to citizenM).
But here’s one that should fit our wallets - Les Piaules, a hotel-hostel crossover in the 11th arrondissement (Belleville), opening in September.
The creation of three entrepreneurs (with no hotel experience - bonne chance!), Les Piaules has architectural cred - it’s set in an art deco building - and that quintessential Paris hotel amenity - a rooftop bar overlooking the Eiffel Tower (bonus: this also has views of Sacré Coeur). And the obscenely low rates start from €25 ($27) per person - so what’s the catch?
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It seems a little uncouth to talk hotel swimwear the day after we’ve looked at
possibly the most beautiful hotel uniforms of all time, but this is Barcelona we’re talking about, and in Barcelona one goes to the beach.
The swimwear is, according to Tempest and the hotel, inspired by the “buzzing energy and vibrant colors” of Barceloneta, the city’s beachfront. And he’s done pretty well - love the turquoise mosaic pattern (mosaic = very Gaudi) and the metal detailing.
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Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination. Paris, ma chérie… We do love you so. On a breezy May day when it’s warm but not hot, the sun shines from a bright blue sky, and the stunning architecture sparkles, you’re alluring as can be. But your hotel rates make our head spin, and not in a good way. A stay in a palace, something we should all be able to experience at least once, was never really affordable, but now a long weekend can cost as much as six months’ rent – in a very expensive city. Nonetheless, more extravagantly priced rooms are coming, along with a glimmer of hope for most of us. Here are eight hotels on their way to the City of Light.
This shot was taken from the rooftop of the Hotel Molitor, an M Gallery Hotel in Paris's chic 16th arrondissement, often considered the Upper East Side of Paris.
The rooftop is a favorite spot for locals, thanks to its Le Toit-Terrasse bar and restaurant which also has a clear view of the Tour Eiffel and the Stade Jean-Bouin, home to the French rugby club. But if you're a guest at the hotel, not only can you dine on the rooftop you can also indulge in some night swimming at the hotel's restored 1930s outdoor swimming pool. Except in Paris, the sun doesn't start to set until around 9:30pm so there's plenty of natural light to take in as well. In the winter months, the hotel has an indoor pool for guests to use too.
Rates at the Molitor start from 250 Euros a night.
Keep reading for another shot of the piscine!
It seems like only yesterday we were admiring the killer view from the potential Paris hotel at the Hermitage Plaza. No update on that, yet, but here’s another project to drool over: Tour Triangle, a 180m high glass pyramid in the Porte de Versailles area which will just so happen to contain a hotel.
The four star property will have, according to the brochure, 120 rooms situated on floors 12-17 of the building. You may not think that sounds high enough for Eiffel Tower views, but remember, the City of Light is a city of low-slung architecture – views there are, from your floor-to-ceiling windows.
Airport hotels with their deserted lobbies, lifeless guest rooms and sad and stranded travelers, can be depressing places, but the CitizenM Paris at Charles De Gaulle airport shattered every airport hotel stereotype from the moment we walked inside.
Natural light streamed in from all sides of the whimsically decorated lobby, which held bright red chairs and sofas, ceiling-height black bookshelves crammed with books and tchotchkes, and subtle nods to airplanes. More refreshingly, there were actual people hanging out in the lobby-- watching TV, working at one of the many tables, having drinks at the bar or reading a book/tablet in a quiet nook.
Given that the rooms upstairs are tiny, it makes sense that guests would choose to socialize downstairs but if you want to hunker down in your guestroom, you'll have a giant king bed, a Samsung tablet next to you that controls everything in the room from the blinds to the TV and mood-lighting, free movies, free WiFi, a narrow desk to work at or to place all your gadgets on for charging, a wide shower berth, and just enough space on the floor to do some squats and sit-ups.
Best of all, the hotel windows are triple-glazed, meaning you won't hear the rumble of the airplane engines unless you step outside.
In short, the world's airport needs more of CitizenM Hotels, which are genuinely fun (and not some forced corporate idea of fun) and make that random layover actually enjoyable.
Here's a quick breakdown of our stay at the CitizenM Paris at Charles de Gaulle:
We've griped before about hotel housekeeping barging in on us when we fail to hang the Privacy or Do Not Disturb sign on the door, but CitizenM Hotels sums up our exact intentions for keeping housekeeping out of rooms--"Don't come in, there's someone naked In here."
We spied this door hanger at the year-old CitizenM at Charles De Gaulle, along with a bunch of other clever amenities and offerings that have made what could have been a dull airport hotel stay quite fun. But CitizenM has been touting this truth on a Do Not Disturb sign since 2010. Some things never change, especially when you don't have pants on.
We'll have more from inside this CitizenM at CDG this week but in short, the world's airports need more CitizenM Hotels (but especially JFK Airport in NYC.)
Bit by bit – or painfully piecemeal, depending on your perspective – the details on what to expect at Hotel Ritz Paris when it reopens towards the end of the year are coming out. We’ve looked at the hotel in various stages of its réhabilitation (last time was late February), which began nearly three years ago.
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Summer is fast approaching and if you're looking for a truly affordable hotel in Europe that doesn't involve surly front staff, decor from the 70s, walking up 10 flights of stairs, or a PC from the 90s that qualifies as the "business center", then you should check out Generator.
This hip hybrid brand of hostel and hotel rooms has opened properties in Barcelona, Dublin, Copenhagen, Venice and Berlin, all at seriously reasonable prices with shared rooms as low as 15 Euros. Even their two newest properties in the world's most expensive cities--London and Paris--are still wildly affordable thanks to a new 20 percent off promotion.
From now through August 31, Generator London (near King's Cross) and Generator Paris (in the 10th Arrondissement) are offering 20 percent off their rooms which range from dorm-style with en-suite bathrooms to private rooms with private balconies. Both properties have 24-lounge, cafes and nightlife venues. And of course, there is free WiFi here. (You can peep the inside of Generator London here.)
To book, select your dates and check the "Pay Now and Save" option. Rates for the private rooms in London were going for 53GBP in mid-June, while private rooms in Paris were at 67 Euros.
Not heading to Europe this summer? That's ok as more Generators are expected to generate within the next two years in Rome and Amsterdam as well as Miami and LA.
The mirror screen behind the bar
This is, of course, the hotel that has two delectable cats so it's no ordinary grande dame. Le Bristol has recently teamed up with the Piasa auction house, just down the road. From now until the end of the month, the giant mirror-slash-screen in Le Bar du Bristol will show SPIRIT: a showcase of modern works selected by Piasa’s Timothée Chaillou and artist and curator Mathieu Mercier.
Could this be the hotel pool?
It may be time to rename the City of Light the City That Never Sleeps… When It Comes To Hotels. Paris is on fire at the moment, and the latest project to get on the road is the Seine-side Hermitage Plaza, in the La Défense area (Europe’s largest purpose built business district, according to Wikipedia).
There are more superlatives for the project itself – twin glass towers, the tallest multi-purpose building “ever erected in Western Europe” according to the people behind it. To put that into perspective, at 320m high, it’s almost the same height as the Eiffel Tower (they’ve deliberately made it a little shorter, so as not to outshine Monsieur Gustave). And although it’s not especially central, the height means you’ll get sweeping views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, too.