Because I found a ridiculously cheap flight from Paris to Montreal, I decided to end my two months of remote work in Europe and Morocco by visiting the City of Light. I opted for the Moxy Paris Bastille before ending my trip at the Moxy Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, and I was not disappointed with my choice.
Moxy Paris Bastille - Reservation
My reservation at the Moxy Paris Bastille was paid in cash at an average cost of 173 euros per night, or 250 CAD. Choosing to pay in cash allowed me to take advantage of a Marriott Bonvoy promotion and get up to 4,000 bonus points for my stay.
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Moxy Paris Bastille - Location
As its name suggests, the Moxy Paris Bastille is located in the Bastille district, a neighbourhood located at the intersection of the 4th, 11th and 12th arrondissements. While the price of a room at this hotel may seem a little expensive at first, it is quickly apparent that its prime location is worth it.
By staying at this hotel, you are only a few minutes walk from the metro and can easily get to the city’s major attractions (Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Louvre Museum and more) in less than 30 minutes by public transportation.
Moxy Paris Bastille - Check-in
True to the Moxy brand, the lobby or first floor is open plan and features both the reception and bar, lounge, coworking and breakfast dining areas.
The space is very inviting to spend time in after long days walking the streets of Paris.
I arrived at the Moxy Paris Bastille before check-in time but was still able to get a room ahead of time, although I was advised that it would not be on the top floor as my preferences indicated. I was also offered a coupon for a welcome cocktail to be used at my convenience, a tradition in Moxy hotels (which I curiously did not receive in Lisbon).
After asking about breakfast (included in my reservation), the staff informed me that there was no gym in the hotel, but that a partnership with a local fitness center allowed me to access it for 9 euros per day.
Umbrellas are available for hotel guests, which was very useful in the middle of November.
Moxy Paris Bastille - Room
My room, with a queen-sized bed and a smart flat-screen TV, was very compact, but that’s to be expected for a Moxy brand hotel in the heart of Paris.
It was still very well laid out to maximize space, as you can see. In the bathroom, a dryer and slippers were provided as well as Musk brand toiletries.
Moxy Paris Bastille - Breakfast
The breakfast at the Moxy Paris Bastille is served as a buffet and offers everything you need to start a day of sightseeing in the City of Light, or in remote work mode as it was the case for me.
They served pastries and bread, cold cuts and cheeses, cereals, fruits and yogurts as well as a hot buffet with eggs, sausages and pancakes. There was something for everyone.
Moxy Paris Bastille - Other services
Moxy Paris Bastille - Coworking space
Moxy Paris Bastille offers an open-plan coworking space with fast Wi-Fi. I was surprised to see several Parisian (or non-hotel) workers using it, then I saw that this space could be used for remote work for 25 euros per day.
As someone who loves to travel and work in coworking spaces, I really liked this one. However, I did not see any booth or separate room to take calls.
Moxy Paris Bastille - Common areas
With its eclectic decor and lounge areas, the first floor of the Moxy is a large and inviting common area. It feels like being in a trendy cafe and at any time of the day you can sit down for a coffee, read a book or just take a break from the city action.
In addition, the hotel seems to organize happy hours with DJ on Thursdays.
Moxy Paris Bastille - Around the hotel
The area where the Moxy Paris Bastille is located is certainly one of the main attractions of the hotel. While walking around, you will discover a lot of nice little restaurants and bars as well as a nice neighborhood life; a small local market with a lot of kiosks was taking place the weekend of my stay.
Discovering the neighborhood on foot and marveling at the architecture is a real pleasure and you can also discover the Le Marais district just next door, which is full of boutiques, galleries and trendy restaurants. The Seine is also within walking distance and you will pass by the Place de la Bastille, symbolic place of the French Revolution.
In short, staying at the Moxy Paris Bastille will definitely help you maximize your time exploring the beauty of Paris.
Moxy Paris Bastille - My general impression
With its ideal location and open concept, I greatly enjoyed my stay at the Moxy Paris Bastille; I was able to work for a few days while enjoying the surroundings and discovering the city. While the hotel seems to have been designed for young professionals, couples or those traveling with friends, it can also be suitable for small families.
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