Le Parchamp, a Tribute Portolio Hotel, Boulogne-Billancourt (Paris, France): Fine efforts but a few youthful errors

After a rather long itinerary from Boston, I arrived in Paris for my business event.

As a reminder, here is the itinerary followed:

#TypePost
1DiaryConference in Paris and weekend in Madrid
2LoungeUnited Club, Boston Logan
3FlightUnited Domestic First, Boston Logan – Washington Dulles, Boeing 737 MAX 9
4FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Washington Dulles – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A350-900
5LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
6FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Copenhagen Kastrup – Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, Boeing 737-800
7HotelLe Parchamp, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Boulogne-Billancourt
8FlightTAP Executive, Paris Orly – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A321LR
9LoungeTAP Lounge, Lisbon Portela
10FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Madrid Barajas, Embraer 190
11HotelThe Madrid EDITION
12LoungePuerta del Sol Lounge, Madrid Barajas
13FlightTAP Executive, Madrid Barajas – Lisbon Portela, Airbus A320
14FlightTAP Executive, Lisbon Portela – Paris Orly, Airbus A321NEO
15HotelMoxy Paris Val d’Europe
16FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Paris Charles-de-Gaulle – Oslo Gardermoen, Boeing 737-700
17HotelMoxy Oslo X
18LoungeScandinavian Airlines Gold Lounge, Oslo Gardermoen
19FlightScandinavian Airlines SAS Plus, Oslo Gardermoen – Copenhagen Kastrup, Airbus A320NEO
20LoungeEventyr Lounge, Copenhagen Kastrup
21FlightScandinavian Airlines Business, Copenhagen Kastrup – Boston Logan, Airbus A321LR
Today’s itinerary

Booking

I booked this property about 45 days before my arrival. That week, Paris hotel prices were extremely high, so I took advantage of the opportunity to stay in Boulogne, and try out this new hotel.

This hotel is actually a rebranding of a former Courtyard hotel, which closed for renovations for a year before reopening under the name Le Parchamp, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel.

I booked for just over €200 a night: not cheap, but considerably cheaper than most Parisian hotels that week.

Arrival

I arrived at the hotel by Uber from Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport. It took me almost 1h30 to arrive, and I was at the hotel just before 1pm.

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As I had requested to my Ambassador, my room will was ready as soon as I arrived. It was a three-category upgrade from the standard room: a Deluxe room with terrace, just below suites.

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In any case, the suites were all booked for my stay.

Arrival process was extremely courteous, my loyalty status within Marriott Bonvoy was recognized and a drink coupon was given.

I chose breakfast as my welcome benefit, and had it on one of the mornings of my stay.

Room

My room was located on the fourth floor of the hotel. This floor had terraces or balconies, the terraces being covered.

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As soon as you entered, you were faced with the sleeping area, with a very comfortable king-size bed, adjoining a large sideboard that doubled as a desk and TV stand.

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The TV set was clearly disproportionate, leaving little room for work.

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In front of the bed was a footstool to get ready, facing a large closet that I used to unpack all my belongings.

Next to this closet was the access to the bathroom, which appeared to have been little or not renovated at all. It was equipped with a bathtub, which I didn’t particularly like.

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The toiletries, however, were of good quality, unlike those provided in Courtyard hotels. Finally, and this was the room’s best feature, a large terrace overlooked the Boulevard de la Reine. On this terrace, a small table and armchairs were available.

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Finally, here’s the virtual tour on video:

Hotel facilities

Unfortunately, and unlike what was stated on the website, the hotel’s fitness room was not yet open at the time of my visit. The property did not have a spa or swimming pool.

Catering

The hotel had several dining areas. On the first floor, there was a bar and a restaurant with a terrace.

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On the top floor of the hotel, there was a rooftop bar that I did not use during my stay.

Breakfast

Breakfast was served from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the hotel’s main restaurant on the first floor, adjacent to the lobby. A large buffet with high-quality items was available, as well as self-service hot drinks.

Service was excellent, clearing up was frequent, and staff were very courteous.

Bar and dinner

On the second evening of my stay, I decided to have a drink in the hotel bar on the first floor.

I was accompanied to a table on the terrace, and could use one of the drink vouchers given to me on arrival. The staff was very flexible, and I could choose any of the drinks on the menu. I was reasonable and ordered a Negroni, and two refills within the hour! The Negroni were be absolutely excellent.

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I ordered a plate of French fries to go with my drink.

Service

Service in the hotel was very friendly, but you could get the feeling that the staff was still in training. Service in the bar and restaurant, for example, was a little hesitant and took a long time.

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The fact that the fitness room was not yet open was a major handicap for me.

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Departure

Departure formalities were simple, and the bill was e-mailed to me immediately.

Bottom line

A very good stay. I’m not sure I would come back to the hotel, as its location is not necessarily convenient when you have appointments in Paris.

But when an event causes exorbitant rates in Paris, it’s an interesting alternative.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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