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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.)
There are no room types, of course, but cushy furniture and fittings, multicultural plugs and sockets, and a Samsung tablet to control everything in the room all get a thumbs up. Triple glazing means you get to enjoy watching the planes without hearing them, and Vitra furniture (and floating zeppelins in the lobby) means you get to sit around in style. It’s walking distance from Terminal 3, or 20 minutes from T2.
Prices this week look pretty decent – ranging from €67.15 ($90) to €109.65 ($150), with the rest of the month looking steady at the €75 mark and the entire month of August at €67. Note that these are “citizens only” rates – sign up to their mailing list and you automatically get 15% off and free cancellation until 6pm day of arrival. Très handy.
What are those? Very much like they did in Rotterdam before, they’re offering you a free night stay if you’re willing try out the hotel before it’s officially open. The details you can find here, and last we checked only next week Tuesday (June 3) still had availability, so hurry up if you’re interested.
The good news is that shortly after the hotel will be welcoming normal guests as well, with a room the first weekend of June going for a fairly reasonable €79 ($108) a night, which can go down to €67.15 ($91) a night if you’re a registered citizen with the group. You’ll pretty much find all the usual citizenM aspects in the hotel, from the compact rooms with super king-size beds to Vitra furniture-filled public spaces.
Now if only citizenM could delight us and bring those rates to the heart of Paris as well?