citizenM Paris Aéroport Charles de Gaulle: A Très Convenient Hotel
Satisfying the needs of 21st-century travellers in a big way is the burgeoning hotel company citizenM. Carefully expanding its presence in strategic locations in major European cities, citizenM specialises in offering pleasant accommodation near transport hubs such as airports and railway stations.
One of the nicest of citizenM’s properties is citizenM Paris Aéroport Charles de Gaulle. Located on the grounds of the Paris airport, the Charles de Gaulle hotel is an exuberant home away from home for travellers in transit. The very mod self-checkin desk is staffed by friendly young assistants to help go through the process. The lobby/living room is a relaxed space where books can be read, art can be appreciated, and of course guests can stay connected. In a testament to the friendly vibe, some people actually put down their phones and talk to each other face to face.
Behind the living area is a mixed-use dining area and bar, another place where the cosmopolitan staff make guests feel at home. The food and drinks available are as international as the employees and guests; a shining star at this particular citizenM is the exuberant Haifa who welcomes guests with the biggest of smiles and abundance of genuine goodwill. Upstairs, rooms are exactly what is expected in a hotel catering to today’s new generation of travellers; compact, well appointed, and immaculately clean. For aviation aficionados, the view of the runways with planes coming and going is a real treat, and so is the soundproof glass that allows this bit of visual fun to be enjoyed from an exceptionally quiet vantage point.
citizenM’s website is very user-friendly and encourages guests to reserve meals and any other ancillary services offered ahead of time so that everything is arranged before arrival. For example, a breakfast buffet with the usual and some not so usual options can be paid for in advance. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner, while the bar is the place for a a snack and/or some liquid refreshment between meals.
Of course, the most outstanding aspect of a stay at citizenM Paris Aéroport Charles de Gaulle is the convenience of already being at the airport for an early morning flight, saving the need to battle Paris traffic at peak hour on the roads or rails to get there.