LOCATION: Hotel Renaissance Paris La Defense is located near the Grande Arche & the Metro Station of La Defense which is the terminal of Line 1. This gives you direct access to many places of interest such as Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries & Musee du Louvre. Most attractions are 20-40 mins away by metro, depending on how far out you travel & whether you need to transfer to another line.
The Hotel is situated in La Defense, the main business district where most corporate offices are; making this an ideal base for business travellers. However if you are in Paris for leisure & sightseeing, staying here will not be as convenient compared to accommodation nearer the city centre.
La Defense has none of that Parisian charm that most people have come to associate with the City of Lights. This business district is a desolate ghost town by night & a cold metropolis by day. If you are in Paris for a little romance, i would suggest you stay elsewhere...
ROOM: We stayed in a Executive Room which was spacious & well-maintained. It was tastefully furnished with a King-sized bed, a sofa with coffee table, an armchair with side table, mini-bar, 2 beside tables with wall lamps, TV with both French & English channels, a work desk with mirror & chair, luggage rack, a sizable wardrobe with safety box, iron & ironing board. There is high-speed internet access in room but the service is chargeable on either hourly or daily basis.
BED: The King-sized bed was huge & comfortable with clean sheets & plenty of fluffy pillows. We managed to sleep quite well despite the room being rather chilly at night (we tried repeatedly but failed to adjust the thermostat to the right temperature).
BATHROOM: Spacious & clean, equipped with bathtub, marble vanity counter & toilet (discreetly partitioned off in a corner). Furnished with all necessary amenities such as basic toiletries (hand soap, shower gel, shampoo & body lotion), ample towels & hair dryer. There was hot water supply (essential during winter) & the shower head had fairly good water pressure. The Hot/Cold settings were slightly tricky & we struggled a bit with adjusting the water temperature.
F&B: Room rate is inclusive of daily breakfast. The breakfast buffet offers a generous spread with good variety: bread rolls, croissants, assorted pastries, pancakes, waffles, various jams & butter, yoghurts, eggs, assorted cold cuts, soft & hard cheeses, various fruits & juices, coffee & tea.
If you need to dine in, skip the Italian/Mediterranean cuisine on the Room Service menu & try something more 'French'. We were here on a business trip & ordered Room Service dinners 3 nights in a row; only the grilled chicken was palatable, both the pasta & pizza were very disappointing...
If time permits, take the metro & head downtown where you'd find far better dining options in the numerous bistros & restaurants lining the streets of Paris. Check any reputable guide books for recommendations.
SERVICE: The Reception Staff spoke fluent English and were competent & amicable. Check-In & Check-Out both proceeded smoothly. The gentleman named Yann was especially warm & obliging, he readily assisted us with various queries & requests during our 4-day stay.
Housekeeping Staff did a good job, our room was cleaned daily with turndown service in the evenings. Towels were changed & amenities replenished regularly.
Laundry Staff were very efficient; came for collection promptly when summoned by phone. Items were washed & pressed within 24hrs. Clothes were returned to our room nicely packed & in pristine condition.
SUMMARY: Given the rather far-out location, Hotel Renaissance Paris La Defense would not be suitable for leisure travellers who visit Paris mainly for sightseeing & wish to experience staying in a property with 'Parisian' ambiance. This is a nondescript chain hotel more suited for business travellers who want the convenience of staying near the corporate offices @ La Defense.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The fully renovated in 2016 Renaissance Paris Hotel La Defense is in the heart of dynamic La Defense district of Paris, France. Just next to the Grande Arche de La Defense this Paris hotel is just a few minutes from the capital's famous attractions: only 1 train stop from the Champs-Elysees. Guests can walk from the Renaissance Paris Hotel La Defense to the large shopping center "les 4 Temps" open everyday. Whether you come by train, metro or taxi from Paris airports, access to the hotel is easy and for those coming by car there is a private and supervised hotel car park. This upscale hotel provides spacious revamped bedrooms with Marriott bedding, air conditioning, Internet access, premium TV channels, and in-room safe. For successful conferences and events there are 15 meeting rooms with natural daylight and broadband internet. Hotel guests have free access to the fitness gym. Guests can enjoy French specialties in the new modern La Brasserie, Restaurant & Bar. From breakfast until late cocktails, the place is ideal for a vibrant moment in a typical Parisian atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Paris
- Paris Renaissance