citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

The trail-blazing Dutch hotel group citizenM will open two exciting new hotels in Paris this summer including a hotel in the heart of Paris’s business district, La Défense and a flagship property opening in August in central Gare du Lyon.  With its existing hotel at Charles de Gaulle airport, citizenM will now have three hotels in Paris all offering affordable luxury, smart technology and clever design.

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM La Défense is now open within the bustling business district of Paris, located to the west of the city. La Défense, best known for its iconic arch-shaped building, the Grande Arche, is currently undergoing a major revamp, complete with sprawling terraces and gardens, new avenues and towers, organic restaurants and fashionable bars. In addition, a brand new arena able to accommodate up to 40,000, hosting major sporting and music events, will open this autumn opposite the hotel. With 175 rooms and three societyM meeting spaces, the hotel sits squarely within this new development of retail, hospitality, workspaces and apartments. La Défense is being refurbished from a commercial district into a bustling, vibrant and green quartier in its own right – and citizenM will complement this transformation with its energy, innovation and style.

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

At the ground level entrance guests are greeted by coffeeM, citizenM’s own coffee bar concept which was first introduced at the Tower of London flagship last year. This vibrant space has been adorned with a ceiling fresco featuring a repeat-pattern of Andy Warhol photo-booth selfies. societyM meeting rooms are located next to coffeeM and provide wonderfully creative environments which are perfect for hosting meetings and workshops. The breakout space features a playful Parisian kiosk. 

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

From here, two escalators, a new design element for citizenM take guests up to the Check In and Living Room. Alongside each escalator is citizenM’s signature shelving, featuring a range of colourful and quirky objects, from Eames birds to artworks, books and curiosities.

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

The elevator up to the Check In is cladded from ground to first floor with a bespoke mural by Paris and NY based AVAF, an artists’ collective who have previously created pieces for citizenM Bankside and Shoreditch.

The Living Room is the heart of citizenM, providing space to work, eat and socialise. At citizenM La Défense, the Living Room is on the first floor and enclosed by a glass façade with a large terrace. The Living Room also features collectionM, citizenM’s retail component offering easy travel accessories, inspiring gifts and books.  Here another piece of bespoke fresco adorns the ceiling, created by local artist Romain Froquet.

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

canteenM forms the lively heart of the public area. Together with intimate booths and communal tables this is the place to drink, eat and meet. With a design nod to French cuisine and its reliance on traditional copper pans, the walls here are clad with copper.

citizenM Gare de Lyon will open later in the year in August and will be the largest of the brand’s portfolio in Paris, offering the distinctive citizenM style over fifteen floors and 338 rooms. Guests can enjoy fantastic views of the city from cloudM the stunning bar at the top of the hotel.  Also on this floor is a Society M creative meeting space – a further three are located on the first floor.

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

 The hotel is located right next door to Gare de Lyon station, one of the city’s main transport hubs and is a short walk to the famous river Seine. The charming historical district of Le Marais is close by and offers breath-taking architecture, galleries and boutiques.

 As with all its properties, citizenM has worked with design and architecture practice Concrete to create the distinctive contemporary hotels. Designed to feel like home, the living room lobbies are filled with designer furniture from Vitra and offer a variety of seating options from a shared table to a classic Eames Lounge Chair. The hotels also feature free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour canteen and self-check in terminals intended to take the frustration out of travel.

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

 The hotel rooms are kitted out with the smartest technology including a custom MoodPad that controls everything in the room from the blinds to the ambiance of the lighting and a Smart TV with unlimited free movies – guests can now stream their own content from music to movies – or the latest box sets. Guests are treated to luxurious comfort where it matters most; an XL King Size bed, soft Italian linen, large fluffy towels and a powerful rain shower.

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense

citizenM now open for business at Paris La Défense


Leave a Reply