March 10th 2015
From Kings Cross the adventure began in style with the Eurostar’s Business Lounge accommodating our breakfast and pre Paris needs (magazines were definitely an option for the two hour journey ahead). Upon arrival at Gare du Nord, one of Tristar’s drivers collected us for a 20 minute journey to the hotel.
Turning off of the Champs Elysee onto Rue de Marignan, we were presented with a stylish black and white buiding; The Marignan Paris. The hotel is on a quiet street in the 8th Arrondissement, which connects the Champs Elysees and the Avenue Montaigne; the Mecca of Parisian shopping, in the centre of the famous ‘Triangle d’Or of Paris’.
Stepping inside, the contemporary lobby displayed a black and white floor with red sofas, I felt I’d entered an art gallery; matching perfectly with the location – ‘a natural association with both art and culture’.
Once checked in, I was shown to my room and whilst waiting for the lift I noticed the interior was ‘the old meeting the new’ with the staircase ceiling displaying the original décor of the building and the carpet & glass presented the modern nouveau.
Once we reached my room, I entered a spacious and very modern deluxe room, perfect for a weekend stay; with a double bed, large bathroom and desk space.
Other rooms available included Premiere – perfect for a short stay for one or two people which includes a double bed or 2 single beds; if you’re looking for something with more space I’d suggest a Prestige room which includes a living room, bedroom and bathroom extension (similar to a Parisian loft) including their very popular Suite Terrace Eiffel and Prestige Suites, family and friends suites are also available with connecting rooms or optional two floor apartments. Something to accommodate every type of guest visiting Paris.
Outside of your personal hub, the rest of the hotel is worth exploring with pieces of art displayed all around and a screening room.
The screening room can be hired by any of the guests and has something to offer everyone from watching a film to playing video games on the big screen. Alternatively it’s a great space with a relaxed atmosphere for meetings with the screen being used for presentations. Food is available upon request and catering can be supplied in advance (speak with your Limelight travel agent for more information)
Outside of the screening room, it was nice to relax within the bar area where I got the chance to assist in making my very own cocktail…
The bar has a relaxed atmosphere so it’s perfect to enjoy your personalised cocktails and tapas in the evening or snacks and a cup of coffee during the day.
Additionally, if you’re looking for a sit down meal and authentic French cuisine served throughout the day, visit the hotel’s restaurant which is described as the ‘ideal place to share a meal in peace’; with booths, small tables and rooms for larger groups there’s something to suit all guests.
Outside of the hotel, if you’re looking to go shopping or visit The Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe they are all within walking distance; but if you’re looking to see more of the sites, I would recommend a Paris Tour courtesy of 4 Roues Sous 1 Parapluie.
Touring the Paris streets in a Citroen 2CV viewing the iconic attractions and different parts of the city, including The Moulin Rouge, The Art District and Concorde; whilst learning about the history of the city of love was the perfect start to the day! This was a highlight of the weekend and something different than your usual walking or bus tour.
If you’re looking for the perfect home-from-home hotel and next to ‘the shopping district’, choose Marignan Paris!
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