Paris: event planners' favourites

Five C&I buyers recommend their favourite venues in the French capital.

Paris: event planners' favourites
Paris: event planners' favourites

As featured in C&IT's Venue Paris guide

 

MELANIE RAMDANI - Operations team manager, Banks Sadler

Living and working in Paris means that I have first-hand experience of many of its unique venues and the choice is never limited to hotels. Groups can hold an exclusive party in the Bois de Boulogne at the Pre Catelan Lenotre (pictured, top), a Napoleon III pavilion; they could hire the Kare Magik, a New York-style penthouse in Boulogne; use the 350-seat Auditorium at the Eurosites Georges V; or even have a cocktail in La Maison des Centraliens, a meeting place for students of the Ecole Centrale.

MARK IVACKOVIC - Head of account management, Zibrant


A hidden restaurant gem in Paris is Chartier, on the Rue Faubourg Montmatre, which has a turn-of-the-century 1900s railway station atmosphere. It features communal tables with a typically energetic French atmosphere and waiters in waistcoats and bow ties scurrying to and fro. It provides fantastic, locally inspired dishes at great prices, with house wine from just £4 per bottle. Full of character and locals, this is not haute cuisine but excellent, authentic French fare such as snails, steak and house pate.

KATIE FOSTER - Marketing manager, The Black Tomato Agency


Dining options are incredible across Paris. Take a chef's table in the kitchen of one of Alain Ducasse's three-Michelin starred restaurants, not available to the general public, or book a private wine tasting in one of the foremost wine cellars, such as Philippe Faure-Brac's. Plaza Athenee hotel has the amazing Eiffel suite, which would be beautiful for a small event, and the second Dorchester Collection property Le Meurice has an exquisite suite with views across Jardin du Luxembourg, the Louvre and Eiffel Tower.

CANDACE DOBSON - Senior consultant - venue procurement, Grass Roots - HBI


Paris continues to be a vogue destination for our clients. It blends long-established favorites such as The Westin and Intercontinental Le Grand - providing consistent service and a mixture of tradition and style - with new openings, such as the contemporary W Hotel and beautifully finished Shangri-La. Nestled between the Hotel de Crillon and the US embassy is Buddha Bar Paris, perfect for dinner if you prefer opulent and refined decor.

SIMON THOMPSON - Director, Conferences Group


Paris offers more than 15 major conference and exhibition centres, including the 222,000m2 Paris Expo de Versailles, and the versatile Palais de Congress. Located conveniently by the Latin Quarter on the famed Left Bank, the four-star Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Conference Centre has 40 modular meeting rooms of varying sizes up to 1,200-delegates.

The vaulted triangular shape of the CNIT Paris La Defense also offers a superb complex of meeting rooms, auditoriums seating up to 1,200, shops, hotels and restaurants.

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