Springtime in Paris

C&I Traveller heads to the French capital for an update on Paris’ C&I offer.

Day one:

There’s something about Paris in springtime. Especially when you’re being seamlessly escorted round the city by the Paris Convention Bureau and DMC Allied PRA France. Our Parisian friends may have been suffering from the same Narnia-like extended winter as the UK, but the city’s C&I offer continues to shine.

Against a backdrop of cloudy skies, C&I Traveller was given exclusive tours of some fabulous event spaces, such as Les Pavillons de Bercy and the sparkling Baccarat Gallery Museum. The funfair-themed cheer of the former, and Philippe Starck-designed glamour of the latter certainly helped to cheer up the rainy afternoon.

A tour of Les Yachts De Paris’ fleet had us dreaming of a luxurious cocktail cruise along the Seine, before it was time to explore the new developments taking place at the fabulously located Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel – why stroll the short distance to the Eiffel Tower when you can enjoy a cocktail and uninterrupted views from its 180 events space.

The day drew to a close at the art deco-style L’Hotel du Collectionneur, with a stay in one of its 473 luxurious rooms.

Day two:

After breakfast in the hotel’s swanky Executive Lounge, we were met by the Paris Convention Bureau to meet with suppliers offering C&I groups some exclusive experiences around the city. The meetings took place at Kadrance, where we took a tour of its stylish private event spaces, before heading on to meet Rêvez d’Ailleurs, a collection of event spaces including Le Club, a beautifully restored building overlooking the National Assembly, offering event spaces including the 100-capacity Le Salon.

Next stop is one of Paris’ iconic hotels, Intercontinental Paris Le Grand, for a lunch meeting in style at Café de la Paix, the chance to explore the historic building’s richly decorated event spaces, and a spot of pampering in the I-Spa.

A couple more meetings later, and we retreat to Castille Paris, a boutique gem in one of C&I Traveller’s favourite parts of the city, near Place de la Madeleine and Place de l’Opéra. Dinner in the hotel’s L’Assaggio restaurant provides a gourmet end to the day, perfectly setting us up for a weekend of exploring the attractions within walking distance of the hotel.