14 Dec 2016 38 comments

Exploring Paris.

I seem to always end up in Paris in the autumn, which I’m thankful for as it’s the best time to visit – bathed in golden light and with just the right amount of chill to get yourself bundled up and appreciate endless hot chocolates!
My recent visit was with Renaissance Hotels a flying trip to experience one of my favourite cities in a whole new light.
I’m usually in Paris for work, so my trips usually involve me staying a day, snapping photos, attending an event and leaving without seeing much of the city.

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This trip was different, the hotel’s #BusinessUnusual approach to travelling meant that there was so much more to my trip than just seeing a glimpse of the city!
The idea behind ‘Business Unusual’ is to say goodbye to travel norms and embrace a more carefree attitude to seeing the city you’re in. Whether you’re there for a night or a week, The hotel Navigator will ensure your experience is anything but usual.

Upon arrival to my first hotel; the Renaissance Arc De Triomphe, I was greeted by the hotel Navigator – Lea, who was there to show me around the area, to highlight hidden gems amongst the neighbourhood that only a local would know.
We wandered the local markets, stopping at the best cheese shop in Paris along the way! We also sampled coffee from beans that had been roasted right before our eyes, it was a rare find and I definitely wouldn’t have had the same experience without her help.

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The location of the hotel was great – the area was so lively and ideal for anyone who likes to work hard and play hard. We stepped out to take some photos at dusk and found some adorable shops, as well as an impressively well-stocked florist which made for the perfect photo backdrop!
There was even a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe from the hotel balcony. I couldn’t ask for much more than that!

The second hotel I experienced was the Renaissance Republique; this is in a very hip area that’s just so photogenic!
After a walking tour with the hotel Navigator, Baptiste, on which I took approximately seven million photos, I had some time to catch up on emails before dinner in the hotel and a Halloween party that same night!


The hotels also host RLife events – meaning there’s always something going down. The first hotel had DJs every evening, allowing guests to meet new people and leave their laptops for a bit. More than ideal if you’re travelling alone for business or pleasure.
The République hotel turned the penthouse suites into the best Halloween party I’ve ever seen – there was ghoulish cocktails, a pretty terrifying vampire DJing and the most impressive decorations. Needless to say, I was a little green around the gills catching my flight the following morning.

It was an action-packed, but truly exciting way to experience Paris, even if it was technically a “work trip” – and I even had time to blog while I was away!
If you’re looking for an unusual approach to your business trips, Renaissance Hotels have you covered.
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