France

Pullman Paris Montparnasse with fresh look

A first: The Pullman Paris Montparnasse brand is home to the first European offshoot of the Umami Burger brand.
Accor/Arnaud Laplanche
A first: The Pullman Paris Montparnasse brand is home to the first European offshoot of the Umami Burger brand.

Pullman Hotels & Resorts presents the new look of Pullman Paris Montparnasse after four years of complete renovation. And the spectacular hotel has a lot to offer.

The property holds a total of 957 rooms, suites and apartments. In addition, there are two culinary concepts, a sky bar, a wellbeing area and extensive event space. The hotel is located in a 115-meter-high avant-garde skyscraper built in 1972 to a design by Pierre Dufau, and is a landmark of modern architecture in the heart of the French capital. The brand's new flagship is part of a larger project to revitalize Montparnasse station, which sees more than 60 million commuters a year. By 2024, the Montparnasse Tower will be transformed and reconnected to the Gaîté district and its theaters.

Designer duo Benjamin Clarens and Yann Martin, founders of CUT Architectures, were responsible for the redesign. The Pullman Paris Montparnasse is modern and innovation-oriented, with many open areas. The concentrically designed rooms invite guests to relax and interact. The airy concept runs like a thread through the hotel: from the lobby with its circular ceiling to the bedroom lighting and the architecture of the grand ballroom.

One source of inspiration is said to be the Artist's Playground, one of Pullman's brand concepts. This allows guests to discover digital art for themselves at the hotel. Alexandre Toledano, who curates art specifically for premium and luxury hotels with his company Visto, has put together an exciting collection of works by international contemporary artists for this purpose. These appear on screens throughout the hotel, picking up on the surroundings, their architecture and the day/night rhythm. In addition to the screen art, there are other digital works on view, such as a 40-meter outdoor fresco and 3D printer sculptures. The Artist's Playground exhibit is continuously changing.

Rooms with a view over Paris

Pullman Paris Montparnasse's rooms, suites, and apartments are located on floors 8 through 32 and boast unique views of the City of Lights. Long corridors with retro-futuristic lighting lead to the spacious guest rooms with up to 30 square meters of space. Suites and apartments offer 60 square meters.

The custom furniture is practical-functional and combines terrazzo with walnut veneer. The color pattern of yellow and ochre tones is meant to ground, while the Art Deco-style lighting evokes the jazz music and parties of Montparnasse's heyday. The bathroom, directly adjacent to the sleeping area, has a walk-in shower or a bathtub with views over Paris, depending on the category. Grooming products are by CO Bigelow.
View of one of the rooms at Pullman Paris Montparnasse.
Arnaud Laplanche
View of one of the rooms at Pullman Paris Montparnasse.

The two concepts Umami Burger and Fi'lia take care of the culinary well-being. The Umami Burger brand hails from Los Angeles and now has its first European offshoot on the second floor of Pullman Paris Montparnasse. The 800-square-meter restaurant can seat up to 280 guests. Burger variations are served, while the interior design of Umami Burger Paris is reminiscent of Japanese street art.

In spring 2022, Pullman Paris Montparnasse will welcome Fi'lia under its roof. Fi'lia is known for honest, authentic, sumptuous Italian dishes with seasonal ingredients: crispy focaccia with olive oil and oregano, a wide variety of pizzas - classic, green (with kale) or "wellness" (gluten-free) - homemade pasta dishes and original Italian salads. Chef Rafael Casás from Argentina is responsible for the management of both restaurants. He focuses on plant-based cuisine; vegan, gluten-free and calorie-reduced alternatives are to be seamlessly integrated into the menu.

Delicious drinks at lofty heights

One highlight is the Skybar on the hotel's 32nd floor. Perched 115 meters above the city, it is the highest open-air rooftop bar in the city, including a cocktail bar and terrace complete with VIP area with 180-degree panoramic views and a unique view of the Eiffel Tower and skyline. Fred Viktor, who made a name for himself in the 2000s for his unique electro music, provides the soundtrack.

Spa area opens in 2023

Fitness and wellness fans will also get their money's worth: together with wellness design specialist Bergman Interiors/London and in partnership with Les Mills, a 200-square-meter power fitness room was created. The Crossfit studio with high-tech equipment features mini circuit training, weights, jump ropes, punching bags and fitness bikes, among other things. A spa will be added to the area in 2023.

Numerous rooms for events of all kinds

The fourth floor of Pullman Paris Montparnasse includes 15 meeting and conference rooms that open onto an 800-square-foot landscaped private terrace. Thirteen of the rooms, known as "Green Rooms," have direct access to the outdoor terrace and the flexibly configurable Green Suite, complete with executive lounge. In addition, 19 guest rooms on the upper floors can be converted into meeting rooms.

With 742 square meters of floor space and ceilings almost seven meters high, the Grand Ballroom is suitable for all kinds of events such as fashion shows, concerts, weddings, private parties or conferences. The flexibly configurable room can accommodate up to 735 guests and offers state-of-the-art technology. In collaboration with the international agency C2, a 1,500-square-meter floor will be created in the hotel by the end of 2022 as an exclusive space for creative experiences and experiences, such as creative workshops.
Spectacular: The view from the Pullman Paris Montparnasse.
Stéphane Michaux
Spectacular: The view from the Pullman Paris Montparnasse.

The exclusive catering service for the entire event complex comes from chef Rafael Casás. Choices include modern French specialties; a banquet menu; and the option of customized arrangements for private events and weddings.

Focus on sustainability

The theme of resource conservation and climate protection was also taken into account during the extensive renovation: For example, the hotel invested in Vapodil - a new, more environmentally friendly cleaning system that additionally reduces water consumption through the use of steam: For every 30 to 50 liters used for conventional cleaning, Vapodil uses only one liter at a time.

There is also training and education for every employee with a view to climate change and the hotel's social and environmental goals. In this way, the understanding of each individual is to be expanded and the feeling of being an important part of the hotel's internal sustainability strategy strengthened.

A far-reaching program against food waste has been established in the gastro concepts. It includes a 3-million-euro food waste facility for organic waste from Meiko, which is directly linked to the restaurant kitchens; the development of a new banqueting concept based on the motto "less is more," with better portion sizes - quality rather than quantity; and a partnership with the Linkee platform, which distributes leftover food to establishments within a 30-kilometer radius of the hotel.

Recycling is also a priority. This includes organic waste, glass, cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, neon tubes, light bulbs, toner, aluminum and batteries. In order to produce less waste, refillable soap dispensers are used in bathrooms, for example; wherever possible, work is to be paperless; digital pollution is to be combated; there is a separate deposit return system for packaging; coffee capsules have been banned from general public areas; there are no more water bottles in meeting rooms and all menus contain vegetarian alternatives.

 

stats