Travel Tips: A short trip to the city of love: 4 unforgettable hotels in Paris – from cheap to expensive
Paris, the city of love. Rath, a FOCUS Online expert, has tips that will definitely make a trip to the Seine enjoyable for all senses.
I have finally returned to Paris. This time I’m staying in the heart of the Montparnasse neighborhood at the Pullman Hotel, a 957-room, 32-storey hotel that reopened a few months ago and is now the new flagship of the luxury hotel chain Accor.
Honestly, big hotels usually evoke negative feelings in me at first. Pullmann Paris may be huge, but everything in the house is almost perfectly coordinated. The interior inspires me and I also really like the mood of the lighting. The rooms are pragmatic, as you know them from large houses, but they are also furnished with a certain finesse.
New ways of gastronomy: A few years ago, Accor bought its innovative chain of restaurants – the Paris Association. I can find two of the set’s stomach concepts here at Pullmann: “Umami Burger” and “Fi’lia”. Who is the real Italian? If you prefer the kitchen, you will be excited to view the Mediterranean at ‘Philia’. At Umami Burger they are grilled before my eyes. The result: a first-class gourmet burger that has nothing to do with the classic fast food associated with gastronomy.
Exciting, but you don’t have time now?
What I also note positively about this huge hotel: the kitchen and the chefs are all always outside with the guests – even in the morning while having breakfast. They come to the table and casually talk to the guests.
A night at Pullmann Montparnasse in a double room with breakfast costs 350 euros per person, and a suite from 800 euros.
On the roofs of Paris: Le Georges restaurant
Now I’m on the walk: seldom is a place so sensual and interesting as here in Paris. And suddenly he appears before me, almost like a foreign body among all the traditional buildings: the Center Pompidou.
This futuristic Parisian museum building from the 1970s has been repeatedly renovated in recent years. The cosmetic work is now complete. Tourists in Paris can once again stroll undisturbed through the unusual glass and steel palace. I’m on the rooftop of the Pompidou Center in the trendy Le Georges restaurant. My expectations here in this tourist spot are rather low. But I am surprised – instead of the usual tourist cuisine: fish soup, rice, fish, dessert. Everything is on point, light and at the perfect portion size.
The main course costs about 40 euros here.
La Samaritaine luxury boutique shines in a new splendor
I am now in the legendary La Samaritaine in the 1st arrondissement. The luxurious Parisian department store has been exquisitely renovated sixteen years ago. It has reopened since last year. Everything a luxurious heart could desire can be found here.
“Polpo Plage”: beach feel in the outskirts of Paris
Then, on a bright summer’s day, I set out for Levallois-Perret on the right bank of the Seine, the small town directly adjacent to the urban area. Here I find a fish restaurant floating on two former wooden sandals, one with a restaurant and bar, the other with a beach and sunbeds – the “Polpo Plage” is a must, especially on warm days.
The gorgeous brasserie offers the backdrop to an exotic seaside resort very close to the capital.
Dishes from 10 to 50 euros.
A home with a history of fashion: Hotel Molitor SPA Paris MGallery
I drive to the 16th arrondissement, Otwell area. Here you’ll find what’s probably the coolest alternative hotel in Paris at the moment: the Hôtel Molitor Paris MGallery, an iconic five-star hotel.
About the expert
Carsten K. Rath is a lecturer and management consultant on service and leadership excellence topics. He used to run luxury hotels like the Adlon in Berlin. Thanks to his experience as a former large hotelier, he now travels to hotels all over the world and reports on his experiences on his platform www.travelgrand.ch, among other places. Rath finances the travels he writes about in this column himself and describes his personal impressions independently.
The highlight here: the two Art Deco pools from 1929, around which the new hotel collection is built. To be able to swim there, you should be a hotel guest if possible – daily and annual tickets for regular Piscine Day guests and club members are quite expensive.
I am passionate about the great architecture and street art that can be seen everywhere.
A night here costs from 200 euros with breakfast in a double room, in a suite from about 500 euros per person.
Icon of French Art of Living: Grand Hotel Le Bristol
For those who can open their wallets a little more, I recommend my favorite Parisian hotel: Le Bristol – the French art of living in its purest form. The 190 rooms and suites were recently completely renovated and now show even more sophistication and tradition.
On the 32nd floor of Pullman, the highest outdoor roof terrace in Paris, I had a drink at the rooftop bar in the late evening and glimpsed the beautifully lit Eiffel Tower. Paris, the city of lights, is always pure sensuality!
FOCUS Insider Tips:
Generous modern “Chocho” in the 10th arrondissement (54 Ru de Paradis) with floral aroma experiences.
Love Language Self-Picture – In the Montmartre district of Place Jehan-Rictos, in a small park is the Mur des Je t’aime, whose wall “I love you” is written in 100 languages and dialects.
The banks of the Seine now return to pedestrians and joggers. Run in a UNESCO World Heritage Site through the most beautiful Parisian landmarks.
Louis Vuitton Foundation Museum in Bois de Boulogne with an impressive collection of contemporary art.