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If you're into World of Warcraft and LAN parties, make note of what may be the world's most techie-tastic hotel room. Located miles away from the Valley (that's Silicon, not mall world), Paris' Novotel Vaugirard-Montparnasse has teamed with Microsoft to unveil a room kitted out with electronic perks such as a SENSORIT digital mirror, a multitasking piece of decor that allows guests to primp as they simultaneously check news.
Sacré bleu! All is not well in the city of love. According to the Sunday Times this week, the Paris hotel scene is crumbling, with hotel occupancies down by 10 per cent. It is, according to the president of one hotel association, a “catastrophe”.
To be honest, we’re not surprised. When we went earlier this year we were gobsmacked by just how expensive everything was, from the hotel right down to a cup of coffee. We’ve never felt entirely priced out by a city as we did by Paris – no wonder they’re getting a scavenging problem.
But there is light at the end of le tunnel. Hotel prices have been cut by up to 70 per cent – the Hotel Ascot Opera, whose rack rate is $260 a night, can currently be named for just $100 if you book through the tourist board website, www.paris.info. Or the Le Marquis, just down the road from the Eiffel Tower, is down from $430 to $212.
The Sunday Times reckons that eating is cheaper too, now. Here’s hoping.