25hours Paris Terminus Nord: New In Town
Bringing a 21st-century ethos to the French capital, 25hours Paris Terminus Nord also brings a new level of accommodation to the city’s Gare du Nord district. Located directly across the street from the main entrance of the Gare du Nord train station that serves as the Paris terminus for Eurostar, Thalys, and many other rail services, 25hours finds itself once again in the midst of a hip neighbourhood undergoing extensive renewal as it has in other locations such as Zurich West, Berlin, and Vienna. The area around Gare du Nord is slated to undergo a major facelift in advance of the 2024 Summer Olympics to be held in Paris, but 25hours is already there with nary a wrinkle to mar its smooth operation.
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Once past the tall doors of the classic Haussmann-style building, the unconventional lobby area provides an immediate glimpse into the 25hours way of doing things. Resembling more an art installation than a hotel, the lofty entrance space creates a big first impression. Friendly staff behind an unobtrusive desk make the check-in process as easy and as fast as possible, always with smiles and useful recommendations. This space also offers reading material in a seating area, snacks and pastries for sale at the Café Corner, and artworks galore. At 25hours, quirky art is integral to the guest experience; artworks are found throughout the property, including inside the colourfully decorated rooms. Through French doors opening onto small balconies, the Extra Large Plus rooms offer impressive views of the Gare du Nord’s façade and Sacré Coeur beyond. The hotel’s Neni restaurant and Sape Bar flow one into the other across a catwalk that spans the airy atrium above the entrance area. In addition to the interesting menu offered at Neni, the breakfast buffet offers an appealing mix of morning favourites along with new discoveries to tickle the palate to start the day.
25hours extends its special experience beyond the walls of the hotel itself. Bicycles are available for hire for pedal-powered tours, while the free use (for a maximum of four hours) of a very cool MINI for excursions around the city and surroundings is an added bonus for those who wish to add a driving experience to the convenient location for pedestrians exploring the city in every direction.
Now part of Accor, 25hours brings to Europe’s largest hospitality group a brand catering to travellers with a new-generation mindset. Immaculately clean accommodation, fast internet, and tasty food are not enough; there must also be policies for sustainability, environmental awareness, and benefit for the local community. Continuing the expansion of the 25hours brand in 2020, new properties will be opening in Florence and Dubai to add two more countries to the portfolio of nine properties already operating in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France.
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