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A year before the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the occasion was perfect for a little summer Parisian escapade. This time, I decided to try Le Parchamp, Paris Boulogne, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, a new Marriott hotel inaugurated only a few months ago (April 2023).
Le Parchamp, Paris Boulogne - Location
A 4-star hotel, Le Parchamp is just a few minutes’ walk from Marcel Sembat metro station (Line 9), which takes you to the center of Paris in 20 minutes.
It is located in the commune of Boulogne-Billancourt, between the 16th arrondissement of Paris (to the east), the Seine (to the south), the Domaine national de Saint-Cloud (to the west) and the Bois-de-Boulogne (to the north).
If, like me, you’re an architecture buff, I’d recommend Le Parcours des Années 30, where you’ll discover examples of contemporary architecture such as Villa Collinet (Robert Mallet-Stevens), Villa Cook (Le Corbusier) and Villa Dubin (Raymond Fischer). You can also admire Le Corbusier’s Molitor building, or Auguste Perret’s résidence-atelier Dora Gordin, the architect responsible for rebuilding Le Havre after it was bombed during the Second World War. For those who prefer guided tours, I recommend Paris-Promeneur, which offers several architectural, historical and unusual tours of Paris and Greater Paris.
For sports fans, it’s an ideal place to stay after a day at the Roland-Garros French Open or a PSG match at the Parc des Princes, both of which are less than 2 km from the hotel.
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Le Parchamp, Paris Boulogne - The Hotel
The building was constructed in 1939 to house a branch of the Banque de France. Subsequently acquired by the Marriott group, this former Courtyard has been completely renovated to join the Tribute Portfolio collectionbecoming the third Tribute Potfolio hotel in the Paris region, the other 2 being Le Dokhan’s – Paris Arc de Triomphe a Tribute Portfolio Hotel and Le Metropolitan – Paris Eiffel Tower a Tribute Portfolio Hotel.
Decoration and refurbishment were entrusted to London agency Goddard Littlefair, who created a clean, modern ambience based on two colors evoking the town of Boulogne. On the one hand, terracotta recalls the clay courts of Roland-Garros and the brick facades that give rhythm to Boulogne’s architecture. On the other, sage green echoes the Commune’s many parks (squares) and private gardens, as well as the famous Bois-de-Boulogne nearby.
The interior design is strongly inspired by the modernist style, whose best-known architects include Le Corbusier (whose Voisin plan inspired Montreal’s Place Ville-Marie), Walter Gropius (founder of the Bauhaus School), and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (who designed New York’s Seagram Building and Montreal’s Westmount Square). The décor is reminiscent of this important artistic movement, with bold black lines, metallic finishes and the repetition of graphic motifs in textiles and artwork.
Le Parchamp, Paris Boulogne - At a glance
- Inaugurated in April 2023
- 123 rooms in 8 categories, spread over 6 floors
- 2 event rooms (maximum capacity 80 people)
- 2 seminar rooms
- Childcare service
- Standard room, 1 King bed
- Standard room, 1 double bed
- Deluxe room, 2 single beds
- Patio Deluxe Room, 1 King bed (courtyard view)
- Deluxe room with balcony, 1 king bed
- Deluxe room, 1 King bed
- Junior Suite 1 King bed
- Family room, 2 Double beds
Parking spaces, common areas and several rooms have been adapted for people with reduced mobility.
Here is some information about the hotel:
|Date of opening (or renovation)
|Number of rooms
|123 (on 6 floors)
|La Table – Parchamp
|USB sockets in the room
|Yes (some with balcony or terrace)
|Accessible for people with reduced mobility
Le Parchamp, Paris Boulogne - Dining
La Table – Parchamp, offers Levantine cuisine (with influences from Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Italy, Greece…) and cocktails at the bar on the first floor or on the rooftop terrace on the 6th floor. The concept is simple and relaxed, and the wine and beverage list has been designed to match the food on offer.
Work commitments meant that I unfortunately didn’t have the chance to test the restaurant. However, the aromas coming from the kitchens reminded me of my trip to Israel a few years ago. So I’ve added this to my list for a future trip… as a couple.
Le Parchamp, Paris Boulogne - Booking and check-in
For this stay, I decided to make a reservation and pay directly for my room. To my surprise, and most likely due to its recent opening, the price of a night (prepaid to save money) was only €127, which is very reasonable for a hotel of this range in Paris.
When I arrived at the end of the day, I found the welcome pleasant, with a bright and quiet lobby. Nothing extraordinary here, however, and we’re a long way from the more colorful vibe of other Marriott banners such as the Moxy Paris Bastille.
During the check-in, I got the feeling that the team wasn’t quite up to speed (“broken in”). Whether for amenities, Marriott status, or even room features (although I did get an upgrade). The explanations were light and, for example, no mention was made of the meeting rooms or the sports hall; I later understood the reason for this “oversight”).
The elevator to the second floor behind reception is a visual highlight in the lobby: large and fully glazed.
Le Parchamp, Paris Boulogne - Room
My room (#102) was on the first floor. While rooms in higher categories are usually located on the upper floors, here the pre-existing design of the building, with balconies on the second floor, forced Marriott to rethink the distribution of rooms.
In terms of space, my room was halfway between North American standards for a bedroom and a suite. Although small in size, the recessed bed and balcony meant I didn’t feel cramped.
As a Titanium member of the Marriott group, I had the pleasure of finding a small handwritten note, as well as a delicacy laid out on the bedside table. I have to admit that these little touches always make the stay special and enjoyable!
The bedroom is fitted with a Nespresso machine and has a beautiful bathroom. Equipped with a king-size bed, I could easily foresee a good night’s sleep.
The balcony in my room was a nice touch, though a little small for my taste and not very private. Still, it allowed me to have an impromptu aperitif in the calm, while enjoying the mild summer weather in Paris.
To round off the evening, I took the time to take a tour of the hotel, its layout and the services on offer:
- On the second basement level, the hotel offers parking for guests arriving by car, with several spaces reserved for disabled guests.
- The first basement houses the meeting rooms and fitness center. It was during my exploratory tour that I realized the omission by the staff of this section of the hotel. In fact, despite the fact that the hotel was inaugurated over 3 months ago, the layout of these rooms had not been completed at all; which is very surprising for an establishment of this range.
- I then headed up to the 6th floor to discover the rooftop terrace, which is clearly Parchamp Paris Boulogne‘s trump card. However, the place was too crowded to spend any quiet time that evening. The next morning, I took the time to climb up there to take a few photos and finally (really) appreciate the place.
For breakfast, like many other Paris Marriotts, the hotel offers a varied buffet featuring the familiar and expected hot and cold items. For my part, it was a rather quick lunch on the terrace to kick off this Parisian day, with several partner meetings on the agenda.
Le Parchamp, Paris Boulogne - My overall impression
All in all, I’d say that Le Parchamp Paris Boulogne a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is a very good option in a quiet, upscale area of Paris (Boulogne-Billancourt).
It’s very close to the center of Paris, and offers good services, both on site and nearby. At between €100 and €150 a night, it’s a bargain!
And what about you, are you planning to visit Paris in the coming months and possibly come here for the Paris 2024 Olympics?
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