Briony Key reports on a visit to the Pullman Paris Tour EiffelSleek and chic, standing on the Left Bank of the Seine, the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel is stylish and very well situated. A 4-star property, it is the flagship of the six Pullman hotels in Paris. It is so close to Eiffel’s famous masterpiece you could almost hug the tower from your balcony.
Re-opened in May after a 100% renovation by interior architect and designer, Christophe Pillet, the open-plan property is elegant and modern. There are Pullman ‘welcomers’ based in the lobby to greet all guests on arrival.
The ‘welcomers’ remain your point of contact throughout your stay, ensuring a friendly and inviting feeing, encouraging guests to make the most of the hotel’s facilities and, at the same time, to feel at home.
There are 430 non-smoking rooms and suites in a range of options. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout. In the room, I appreciated the Roger & Gallet welcome bathroom products – and, of course, the Nespresso coffee machine first thing in the morning!
There are 231 Classic rooms, 34 Superior rooms, 139 Deluxe rooms, 17 Junior Suites, eight Trocadéro suites and last - but certainly not least - one stunning Eiffel Suite with an 18-metre long balcony looking on to the Eiffel Tower.
On the 10th floor of the hotel, the conference facilities are sure to make an impression. There are 23 meeting spaces that can be configured to suit any function. The 280-metre long Trocadéro room has panoramic views over Paris. This is the place to sip a cocktail whilst looking through the glass roof as the sun goes down. The largest meeting room, the Orsay, accommodates up to 400 people. The hotel also has 600m of convention space, which can be easily customised.
Co-Meeting - Pullman’s approach to organising MICE events - includes dedicated personnel and professional advice throughout, state-of-the-art equipment, and the constant support of an event manager and an IT engineer. Chill out areas and innovative savoury or sweet coffee breaks all add to the upscale experience. And when the work is done, delegates can hit the gym, which also looks out on the Trocadéro.
The hotel’s the FRA/ME brasserie is a creative choice for discerning groups. Chef Andrew Wigger offers a fine Californian menu, with subtle French flavours. The Californian experience, à la française, is prepared in an open kitchen. There is a private dining room, a bar, a Vinoteca and a terrace.
We dined on fish taco, surf and turf and a divine dessert from the leading Paris cheesecake maker, Sephora. There’s an urban kitchen garden and orchard at Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, so guests dine ‘from plot to plate’. It also provides an opportunity for guests to enjoy fresh air and green space.
The hotel can introduce organisers to local companies specialising in creating incentive and leisure programmes that make the most of Paris. These take in river cruises, visits to the Eiffel Tower and to the near-by Quai Branly Museum, which displays collections of objects from the ancient civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.
So, my advice is if you are thinking Paris, then it’s well worth thinking Pullman. …
Trains from the UK to Paris
Eurostar makes it easy to pop from London to Paris for a short stay, with the journey time as short as two hours and 15 minutes.
There are 18 daily services from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare Du Nord, with return fares from £69. Each person may take two suitcases and one piece of hand luggage. There are connecting fares from more than 300 UK stations.
As the 14th November 2014 is Eurostar’s 20th anniversary, there will be special promotions over the coming months as part of the celebrations.