Palais des Congres lies just west of the Arc de Triumph in the 17th Arrondissement of Paris. It provides a setting for international and local symposiums, trade shows, sports events, music concerts and theater. Over 100 small shops and boutiques operate inside this venue as well as a few eateries. Visitors attending events at the Palais des Congres who need accommodations nearby find an array of hotels within walking distance of the center.
Hotel Concorde La Fayette
The contemporary Hotel Concorde La Fayette operates in tandem with the Palais des Congres, providing 950 guest rooms and suites for visitors to the venue. Guests at the Hotel Concorde La Fayette enjoy the perk of having access to the Palais des Congres directly from the hotel. Certain guestrooms come with a key to the Club Med Gym where they can use the pool, fitness center, sauna and Turkish bath. Butler service is available. Eat in the La Fayette Restaurant for full meals or enjoy lighter fare at Bar La Fayette. For a bird's-eye view of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triumph, relax in the Panoramic Bar at the top of the 33-story hotel, especially impressive at night.
Le Meridien Etoile
A large hotel with over 1,025 guest rooms and suites, Le Meridien Etoile serves tourists and business travelers. This hotel is not only convenient to the Palais des Congres, but is also just a minute by metro from La Defense, the main business section of Paris. This hotel has 25 meeting rooms and a capacity to hold 1,200 convention attendees. Dine at L'Orenoc for innovative creations by the resident chef. In pretty weather, eat outside on La Terrasse de L'Orenoc. If you like jazz, soul or blues, visit Jazz Club Etoile in Le Meridien Etoile, where many of the jazz greats have performed.
Hotel Villa des Ternes
A small hotel with 39 guest rooms, Villa des Ternes sits within walking distance of the Palais des Congres. The hotel offers a full breakfast buffet or continental, your choice, and maintains a large lounge complete with board games for relaxing. Le Ballon des Ternes across the street specializes in seafood. Another nearby restaurant, Bistro Saint Ferdinand, serves a French gourmet cuisine. For light meals, West Side Kitchen offers sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads. The metro Porte Maillot serves the Villa des Ternes, making it easy to visit your favorite Parisian landmarks. The Louvre is 10 minutes away by metro, and Notre Dame is 35 minutes.
Formerly known as Hotel Palma, the Villa Brunel experienced a comprehensive remodeling in 2010. The 32 guest rooms at Villa Brunel are modern, simple and un-fussy. With its multilingual staff, this nonsmoking hotel lies close to the Bois de Boulogne, a handy spot for an impromptu picnic in pretty weather. If you have children with you, consider taking them to the Jardin d'Acclimatation inside the Bois de Boulogne to visit the zoo, the mini-train and the playground. The Porte Maillot metro serves this hotel.