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Hotel Pullman Paris Montparnasse - sleek and professional

Shoppers and artists negotiate at the Marché Parisien de la Création near the Pullman Paris Montparnasse
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By: Ferne Arfin

 

Size really matters at this Montparnasse outpost of the French-owned Accor hotel group. The largest of the Pullmans in Paris, it has 957 rooms, 31 suites and 21 accessible rooms on 25 floors as well as meeting and convention facilities for more than 3,000 delegates. To keep this much hotel ticking over at the upscale level Accor aims to offer, takes a staff trained to operate as one, well-oiled machine. And they pretty much pull it off. From the moment we entered the glossy lobby, we were struck by the sense of busy efficiency clothed in cool, chic French hauteur. You won't get a warm welcome here but you will get one that is correct. 

 

Rooms are relatively large by Paris standards, but once again, the hotel's size necessitates corporate uniformity. Ours had very comfortable beds in a room decorated in neutral colors - cream walls, dark brown furnishings - and a contemporary minimal style. The best part of the decor is the view. Guest rooms are on upper floors, above the conference and meeting rooms, so each one has a decent view. We entertained ourselves searching for famous landmarks in the panoramic view from our 18th floor room.


If you are traveling on business - and Montparnasse is one of Paris' important business and convention areas - the Pullman Paris Montparnasse has everything you'll need: voicemail, in-room Wi-Fi, 42" or 46" flat screen televisions, 24-hour room service, an airline desk in addition to the concierge and porter services, a business center with support staff, 24-hour security staff with video monitoring in the hallways. It also has convenient transportation links. The Air France shuttle from Roissy and Orly airports stops virtually across the street outside Montparnasse Station and several Metro stations are within easy walking distance.


Although primarily a business and residential area, Montparnasse is not without attractions for leisure visitors. The Marché Parisien de la Création is held every Sunday on nearby Boulevard Edgar Quinet. It's a place to admire and buy high quality but affordable works of art directly from the artists. After, wander down rue Delambre for a taste of home. Several Chinese cuisines as well as Vietnamese, Japanese and Malaysian foods are represented in the casual cafés that line the street.