Hip Hotel at Charles De Gaulle - Citizen M (CDG)
If you're looking for an off-the-charts, design-hotel, Citizen M at Paris' Charles De Gaulle is it. Hard to believe that this is actually an "airport hotel." This establishment really belongs in a trendy, urban neighborhood - because it's so cool and hip!
It's the perfect place to stay if you have an early morning flight out of Paris – and it really is a destination in itself. Here's my review:
The lobby at Citizen M was spectacular – something out of Wallpaper* magazine or Ab Fab. If you worship designer furniture, carpets, and interiors this is Nirvana! The lobby was an explosion of bright, bold colors – and there was a subtle aviation theme throughout the space.
If you know furniture, then this is like a crash course in mid-century design, showcasing: Eames, Saarinen, Nelson – and more!
Self Check-in and Out
Citizen M encouraged self-check in and check out – which seemed a bit cold at first – but definitely interesting.
Instead of interacting with front desk staff – I essentially checked-in and out with an ATM machine. I felt like I was on the set of "The Fifth Element".
If they ever have cruises to outer space, the cabins will look like the pod-rooms from Citizen M!
The room was compact – but the design was out of this world!
Everything is automated and controlled from an iPad beside the bed. With this device, I manipulated the television, blinds, curtains, and even Hue Lighting. I was able to set the lamps to any color in this room – from vibrant purples and blues to hot pink.
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The Restaurant Bar
This was the centerpiece of the hotel. If you sign-up for Citizen M's frequent guest program, you get a coupon for a free drink (does anyone need more incentive than that?).
At night, the place was buzzing with energy, which again, made it hard to believe that this was an airport hotel.
The Outdoor Area
The place was so fab – that I found little incentive to go outside. However, I could not resist the signature patio furniture pieces. If you're lucky enough to be there in the summer - - this is a great place to hang out with your cocktail du jour. Mine is an Aperol Spritz.
Citizen M is the epitome of cool! Whenever I visit Paris, I always make it a point to spend my last night here. And, I did I mention it’s cheap?? Usually under €100 Euros a night!
And to all you Hipster Junkies – here, you're sure to get your "design high"!