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Le Citizen Hotel – Paris

Le citizen Hotel is one of those undiscovered Parisian spots, that you cannot help fall in love with, once you have been a guest. Situated in the very trendy area of Canal St. Martin, it is in close proximity to the two main train stations in Paris – Gare de l’Est and Gare du Nord. The neighbourhood is young, vibrant and multi-cultural. It has a bohemian element to it and is popular not only for tourists, but Parisians. You can see this immediately in the staff of Le citizen Hotel – both French and international, all speak very good English and know Paris well, ready to guide you in your trip. Le citizen is also not your typical French stay. The hotel is quite modern and in the same time has a boutique feel to it. Having just about 12 rooms, capacity is about 25 people. Needless to say when I arrived it was pre-booked for the next few weeks. Renovated in 2010 Le citizen has taken a simple, clean- line interior, mainly due to its designer Christophe Delcourt. Upon entering you can see his style immediately – elegant lines, craftsmanship, solid wood, use of space, light. The rooms are an absolute treat as well. Overlooking the canal, there are large square cushions, that you can very practically play with, creating sofas or couches. Place them at your window and you can just sit and enjoy the view. And if you feel lost in Paris, or just wanted a spontaneous trip, Le citizen provides you with an iPad you can keep for your stay. There you can find maps, recommendations, everything about the hotel’s extra services, important numbers and even Le citizen own blog, giving you the hotspots of the area. The rooms are also all eco-friendly: bedlinen, the products in your bathroom, even the mini bar. Same goes for the food served. Breakfast is an all French pastry feast, fresh juices, fabulous omelettes. Le Citizen is minimalistic and chic, has that cool East-Paris vibe. It is of great location for an unplanned adventurous stay in Paris, as you can explore the great views and the vibrant night life. It is also so central, that Parisian landmarks are located in a heartbeat. Personally, I enjoyed the walks on the Canal the most. If you get to visit, just get a Parisian baguette and sit on one of the banks on the Canal and wait for the bridges to start letting boats in. It is quite the view.

Le Citizen,
96 Quai de Jemmapes,
75010 Paris,
France
www.lecitizenhotel.com

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