75015 Travel Guide
We've seen phone charging stations pop up in airports but they aren't as common in hotels. While most hotel rooms now offer a USB charging component in their plug panels, if you're not a guest of the hotel, then you're out of luck. So when we saw this charging station just off the lobby at the Pullman Hotel Paris Eiffel Tower, we had to snap a photo.
The machine can refuel several types of phones from iPhones to Blackberrys, HTC, Samsung, Nokia and LG. The machine can even charge your iPod, PSP or Nintendo DS. Pretty cool.
Of course, it's not gratis. The cost is 2 euros for 30 minutes, 3 euros for an hour and 4 euros for 90 minutes. But that does beat the $20 we sprung for on an iPhone 5 cord at the airport.
Read more about what else is inside the Pullman Eiffel Tower, which is currently finishing up some major renovations, here.
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We've been following the extensive rebranding of Accor Hotels' Pullman Hotels over the past year as they re-launched hotels in London and Brisbane to appeal to an upscale business traveler crowd. Now we're looking at the rejuvenation of their hotels in Paris, starting with the Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower which is in the midst of completing head-to-toe renovations.
We were able to peek into two room types--a Superior room and a Deluxe room--as well as take in two different views, a garden view and a view of the Eiffel Tower, from the rooms' respective terraces. (The garden view is actually a rooftop below that will be landscaped with a garden. It was still under construction so no pictures.)
Given that this Pullman is the closest hotel to the Eiffel Tower (like three blocks), the views are of course, spectacular. The hotel also boasts a 10th floor private event space which has also been renovated with a new glass roof, enabling visitors to see the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Take a look at the new rooms in the photo galleries below!
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.