Paris showcase: New and improved venues

From former industrial sites to elegant pavilions, the French capital is keeping its offer fresh

Le Laboratoire
Le Laboratoire

Le 104
The white backdrop and flood of natural light provides the perfect blank canvas for event planners. This large venue dedicated to art opened in October, and First Protocol account manager Melanie Delaplanche describes it as "a place of artistic creation and production, unique in the world."
Web www.104.fr

Le Laboratoire
Located in the heart of Paris, this magnificent post-industrial site for research and exhibitions is affiliated with a range of cultural and private partners. Occupying 1,300m2, it is now available for hire and offers an ideal location for cocktails, parties and receptions.
Web www.lelaboratoire.org

Pavillon Cambon
The latest venue in the Potel & Chabot stable opens this winter near the Opera Garnier. It boasts a 371-seat auditorium and three meeting rooms. Its piece de resistance, however, is a 700m2 ballroom with a 400m2 mezzanine level that can seat up to 1,000 delegates for a spectacular gala dinner or cocktail reception.
Web www.poteletchabot.com

La Cour du Marais
This 17th-century former private mansion in the city centre offers 450m2 over three levels and a courtyard. On the first floor, two reception rooms can accommodate between 45 and 55 people for dinner or a meeting. In the basement, a vaulted stone cellar provides the ideal venue for an evening of dancing or wine-tasting.
Web www.abcsalles.com

Mama Shelter
Designed by style guru Philippe Starck, this property offers chic finishes and luxurious accommodation. Situated opposite the Fleche d'Or venue in the Saint Blaise district, the Mama Shelter offers a truly Parisian setting with its cafes, flowering terraces and gardens.
Web www.mamashelter.com

Crowne Plaza Champs-Elysees
The first property in the Crowne Plaza portfolio has finally arrived in the French capital. Opened in September this year, the hotel is located in the Etoile district, offering a prestigious location for seminars, conventions, business breakfasts or evening receptions.
Web www.ichotelsgroup.com

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