Porte de Versailles: hotels near the Parc des Expositions
Whilst on a professional trip, business people often opt for hotels that offer a convenient, relaxing environment close to their place of work and far from the nuisances of the inner city. By these standards, the Oceania Porte de Versailles seems to tick all of the boxes, receiving the approval of business guests for its relatively calm location just a short walk from the frenetic Porte de Versailles exhibition centre. At around €145 per night, guests feel that this 4-star establishment equipped with a spa, pool and massage suite represents a high level of comfort for the price.
You can’t get much closer to the Parc des Expositions than the Mercure Paris Porte de Versailles. While some guests have found minor shortcomings with the cleanliness, the majority of customers have been highly satisfied with the modern rooms and the quality of the cuisine in the restaurant. Reviewers generally concur that the price tag of around €120 per night is quite reasonable for this hotel, which is located just in front of the entrance to the exhibition centre.
In the same area, the 3-star Porte de Versailles Hôtel also corresponds to the requirements of a business clientele. Its thirty-eight rooms, while generally compact in size, offer the relaxed atmosphere of a hotel on a human scale for an attractive price, with rates starting at €70.
The independence gained by staying in one of the Appart’Tourisme Paris Porte de Versailles (from €100) serviced apartments is regularly cited by business travellers as a major advantage. Located in a typical Parisian residential block, the studios and flats (all equipped with kitchen facilities) feature homely characteristics such as fireplaces and parquet flooring, and are tastefully decorated in a smart, understated style, which makes a pleasant change to chain hotels in the same price bracket. Another hotel residence offering self-contained studio apartments near to the Porte de Versailles and the Parc des Expositions is the L'Adagio Aparthotel Paris XV (from €110).
Porte Maillot: easy access to the Palais des Congrès and La Défense
Located between the Champs-Elysées and the commercial high-rises of La Défense, the busy area of Porte Maillot plays host to the Palais des Congrès business hub and also boasts a good number of bars and restaurants. Among the choice of hotels on offer, the Le Résidence Foch (around €160) has made a good impression on many guests with its friendly, attentive staff. Pleasantly surprised, many customers judge the quality of the facilities at this 3-star hotel worthy of 4 stars.
On the grand Avenue des Ternes, the Doisy Etoile (around €130) – renovated in 2009 – distinguishes itself with a sleek contemporary design of bright, earthy tones, giving it a much-appreciated sense of zen for visitors to return to at the end of a long day.
Located 300 metres from the Palais des Congrès, the Villa des Ternes (from €80) scores highly for its warm, elegant décor and flawless service. In a similar style, the Etoile Péreire has satisfied guests with its low prices (around €85) as much as with the comfort of the rooms and the hotel’s proximity to Porte Maillot. Those looking for a contemporary aesthetic have been happy at the Adresse, which is decorated in dark tones for a slick, masculine style. Despite the upmarket décor, prices remain affordable at around €90.
Porte Maillot is surrounded by chic residential neighbourhoods, meaning the area also boasts its share of luxury hotels. Two stalwarts for business travellers are the Villa Maillot (located on the prestigious Avenue de Malakoff) and the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile (formerly the Concorde Lafayette, the tall building that dominates the Porte Maillot roundabout), both of which enjoy a solid reputation for their high-quality facilities and efficient service.