Bonjour! Salut! Bienvenue to citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon. Located in the arrondissement de Reuilly, on the northeastern bank of the Seine, this newest member of the citizenM family is a must for sightseers, pleasure seekers and business-doers alike.
Some may say three’s a crowd, but we say mais, oui to a third pad in the glittering City of Lights. Joining citizenM Charles de Gaulle and citizenM La Défense, our latest hotel is in the beating heart of one of Paris’ most exciting, up and coming districts.
Look forward to 1 August 2017 when citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon flings open its doors to guests. Across our 338 rooms you can expect our signature brand of affordable luxury for the people. (We are, quite fittingly, just 15 minutes’ walk from where the French Revolution began). Each room boasts king-size beds, rain showers and mood pads that control the temperature, brightness and colour – yes, colour – of the lights. There’s free movies too.
Outside your cubby hole, the lobby is a home-from-home, filled with books, art, a fireplace and a carpet that recreates the slow ticking clock of the Gare de Lyon station. As with all of our hotels, it’s filled with unique artworks, including the mesmerising installation by Studio Martens & Visser, Reflecting Holons, which transforms the entrance into a magical light and movement show of floating, dancing bubbles. Okay, okay – perhaps not exactly like your own living room.
Need to graft? Our societyM meeting rooms will inspire your next lightbulb moment. Peckish? canteenM offers food and drink, healthy and indulgent, day and night. And when it’s time to wind down with a cocktail (or three), head up to cloudM for panoramas over the city. Looking out over the Seine, soak up views of timeless icons – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame – new features such as a the Cité de la mode et du design and, all the way in western Paris, the Grande Arche. Be sure to wave to citizenM La Défense while you’re up there.
We’d be so bold as to say citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon is cool enough to rival Paris itself; nobody’s judging if you want to stay with us all day. Yet for times when you do feel like exploring the French capital, you’ll be glad to know some of the best attractions are slap bang on our doorstep.
Bright sparks among you may have guessed that we’re a mere stone’s throw from Gare de Lyon station. Around 90,000,000 people have passed along its platforms each year since it was inaugurated in 1901. Little wonder then that it houses numerous shops, top restaurants and the visitor’s bureau. Alongside the metro, Gare de Lyon connects to southeastern France as well as Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Spain – perfect if, like us, you’ve been bitten by the travel bug.
But, HALT. Before you steam off, check out our new ‘hood. We’re within walking distance of the Place de la Bastille, the site of the medieval royal prison which was stormed in 1789, triggering the French Revolution. We’re a short taxi (or metro) ride from Bois de Vincennes, Paris’ largest public park featuring four lakes, a zoo, a botanical garden, hippodrome, velodrome and a Temple d’Amour. If you can’t get loved-up in Paris, where can you, right?
Head to the Picpus Cemetery to see the graves of the 1,306 people executed in between 14 June and 27 July 1794 – that’s 55 a day – during the Reign of Terror. Stroll along the Promenade Plantée, a 4.7km-long elevated park built on the old Vincennes railway tracks and a predecessor to New York’s High Line. Below here, the Viaduc des Arts houses a row of craftsmen’s shops and galleries featuring fashion designers, textile restorers and musical instrument makers. Come evening, the Opera de la Bastille, the second largest of its kind in Paris, comes to life with musical acts, ballet and classical concerts. Watching the pennies? Standing only tickets cost around 5 euros and are available 90 minutes before performances start.
Explore the Marché d’Aligre, a favourite among Parisians, where stalls are choc-full of fresh produce and nearby shops stock all the cheese, wine and chocolate that miraculously don’t make French people fat. Like this? Don’t miss the adjoining Marché Beauvau.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, Le Train Bleu is within spitting distance of citizenM, housed inside the Gare de Lyon station. One of the capital’s most iconic eateries, this ornate restaurant has welcomed travellers for food and drinks since 1901. Walk 20 minutes and you’ll come across Bertrand Grébaut’s Michelin-starred Septime, where brave gastronomes can opt for the mystery carte blanche menu – just remember to book at least three weeks in advance. If you didn’t strike lucky, try no-reservations sister restaurant Clamato next door for seafood tapas.
For the quintessential French epicurean experience, sip a coffee and people-watch on the pastel-hued pavement terrace of Café des Anges before heading to the classic Le Bistrot Paul Bert, for steak-frites and Paris-brest, a hazelnut creme pastry. Make like a true Bastille-dweller in fifties-style neighbourhood cocktail bar Bluebird before discovering Le Baron Rouge, one of Paris’ best wine-bars (and a 10-minute stagger from the hotel). Still got energy? Lucky you. Electro club Concrete lures a wild-child international crowd to its barge, moored a sweet three-minutes from that king-size bed we told you about earlier.