Melia Paris La Defense towers above Paris’ business district. // © 2015 Melia Hotels International
Feature image (above): Many of the property’s guestrooms feature stunning views of the city skyline. // © 2015 Melia Hotels International
A new hotel is bringing a breath of culture into Paris’ sleek-and-modern financial hub. Rising above the whitewashed stone buildings to the west of historic and traditional Paris are the steel and glass skyscrapers of the city’s La Defense business district. Though not exactly known as one of the major hot spots for tourists, the economic heart of the city is now seeing the start of new leisure possibilities, thanks to Melia Hotels International, which earlier this year opened its sixth Paris hotel, Melia Paris La Defense.
The 369-room property sits right off the Esplanade de La Defense stop along Paris’ Metro Line 1, which takes tourists directly to major points of interest such as Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the Tuileries. The hotel itself is a short hop to anywhere travelers would want to be and offers rooms starting at $200 per night, which is considerably more affordable than other four-star hotels directly in Paris.
Melia Paris La Defense is an all-glass, sail-shaped building overlooking the entire of city of Paris. Most rooms have expansive windows, through which guests can overlook the city skyline. Rooms, including 29 suites, are spread across 18 floors. Certain guestrooms have been equipped to accommodate physically challenged guests, and children up to 11 years old stay for free.
Travelers who require a higher level of service can book one of The Level guestrooms, which come with additional exclusive benefits. Clients choosing The Level have access to a private lounge that serves breakfast, snacks and evening cocktails, as well as private check-in and concierge services.
Paris is one of the world’s most important culinary destinations, and the hotel has excellent dining options, especially for business travelers who might not have time to hit the gourmet scene. Skyline Paris Lounge & Bar, serving cocktails, tapas and a long list of champagnes, can be found on the 19th floor. In the evening. the bar was packed with both guests and locals who work in the area. Down on the first floor, Le Miroir restaurant has views over modern art installations directly outside the hotel. Le Miroir serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu focusing on Spanish cuisine with an international twist. For more casual dining, visit The Place, a lobby bar and lounge. This fast-casual restaurant has a bakery, a fromagerie and a charcuterie, as well as takeaway options.
Other facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, a private business lounge, massage rooms and complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.