“Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon”, a room with a breathtaking view – Meanderings through France n° 209
By Annick Dournes & Frédéric de Poligny
The Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon hotel is the very first Parisian Courtyard by Marriott address and this first is a success. This new 4-star Parisian hotel has everything you can expect for a pleasant stay, but most of all it offers staggering views over Paris most famous monuments. Whether for business, a romantic city break or a family holiday it will be your smart choice in Paris.
The Courtyard Paris is located in the 12th district of Paris close to the “Gare de Lyon” railway station and the River Seine banks. This is a lively part of eastern Paris where you can still feel the spirit of ancient Paris. Away from the most touristic parts of the city that tend to become open-air “museums” this district has preserved its own character. Small shops, craftsmen’s workshops, farmers’ markets and long-time Parisians create a strong neighbourhood life. Here you will feel the pulse of the city.
The hotel has been set inside a 20 storey-high building that has been almost completely rebuilt one year ago. The lobby and the 249 rooms are flooded with light thanks to their big windows. Each room has a view over Paris, especially from the ten upper floors. Treat yourself, book a room on one of them and say Whoa! The most famous Parisian monuments are just under your eyes: the Panthéon, the Montparnasse Tower, the Dome of the Invalides, the Eiffel Tower, the Seine and Notre-Dame, the Opera, the Centre Pompidou, Montmartre and Sacré Cœur… you won’t be able to take your eyes off the view. It’s even more magical at night!
The hotel decoration is greatly inspired by the surrounding district. Sinuous lines on its façade are discreet reminders of the close by railway station, the glass and metal roof of the lobby bar and restaurant evokes the local workshops, a huge vegetation wall has been created as a reference to the “Coulée Verte”, a former railway line that has been turned into a public garden.
Everywhere in the hotel lively touches of colour remind us of the close by “rue Crémieux”. This pedestrian small street with its colourful little houses has become very popular on Instagram. Today this charming street is overcrowded with too many people who want to post their photos in their social media. It’s become such a nuisance to the residents that it now is strictly forbidden to post pictures taken here and if you publish a photo on Instagram you will have to pay a fine of 135 Euros!
The Courtyard Paris has 249 rooms, quite large and designed for businessmen, couples or families. Apart from the spectacular view each one has a sober decoration with soft colours, exclusive modern style furniture such as a large leather headboard, and quality bedding. Airplay television and high connectivity devices are available in all the rooms.
Chef Melissa Ravel is in charge of the hotel restaurant, the “Kitchen & Bar”. She has invented a “Fresh, French and Friendly” concept to promote an authentic cuisine shared in a relax atmosphere. Seasonal products are favoured and skilfully emphasized. The French-international menu proposes the classics of the Courtyard hotels where regular clients will find their usual burger, Club sandwich or Caesar salad, but I would of course recommend the French part of the menu with Melissa’s creations.
Melissa’s inventive cuisine is a successful mix of tradition and modernity. She takes care of a small herb garden on the rooftop of the hotel building and uses her harvest in her cuisine! Why not start with an unexpected “Œuf Mimosa” with shrimps, toasted bread with sepia ink and fried leeks or with a “Duck Gravlax” with mint from the rooftop, pistachios, clementine and yuzu. Continue with grilled octopus with beetroots, red cabbage and Greek feta cheese or Simmental beefsteak with aligot, morels and foie gras sauce. Nicely end your dinner with a passion fruit cheesecake or a reinvented Black Forest cake. The wine list is short but smartly chosen with a good selection of craft beers.
Breakfast is not to be forgotten with a big buffet offering a wide range of hot and cold dishes, breads, cakes and pastries, cheeses, fruits and juices. A very good way to get the day going on the right foot!
If you’re not in the mood for restaurant dining you can shop at the “K&B 2GO”. This small shop offers an interesting range of food and beverages that you can enjoy in your room. You can also simply call the restaurant and then pick up your order.
Although the hotel is located slightly off the main touristic Parisian attractions you can still have access to some of them by foot. The Rue Crémieux is only a five minutes walk, and the Seine banks and the “Cité de la Mode” a museum dedicated to fashion, are close by. A metro station is only a 2 min walk from the hotel and pay bikes are available everywhere in Paris.
More information and booking at www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/pargl-courtyard-paris-gare-de-lyon
Text ©Annick Dournes
Photos ©Frederic de Poligny & Annick Dournes
(Two photos are courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott)