Modern 5-star Hotel in Western Paris.

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Booking agent description: This sleek 5-star hotel is found in La Defense, Paris' business district. Close to the Quatre Temps shopping centre, it's the perfect base for enjoying the city's fantastic shops. Back in the hotel you can tuck into authentic French cuisine in the restaurant, workout at the fitness centre and unwind in the hammam.

Location: La Defense, Paris

Hotel rating: 4 out of 699 reviews

Hotel facilities: 24-hour front desk, Adjoining rooms, Air Conditioning, Beauty shop/salon, Bell staff/porter, Bus parking, Car rental desk, Concierge desk, Concierge floor, Doctor on call, Dry cleaning, Elevator/Lift, Express check-in, Express check-out, Florist, Wi Fi Connection, Gift Shop, Lobby bar, Parking, Indoor parking, Tour desk, Valet parking, Wi Fi, Restaurant, Children programs, Accessible facilities, Outdoor parking, Room service, Security, Multilingual staff, 120 AC, 220 AC, Pets allowed, Private dining for groups

Room facilities: Data port, Fax machine

Accepted credit cards: American Express, Diners Club International, EC, JCB, Mastercard, Visa

Hotel policies: Pets welcome, Smoking not permitted

Childrens amenities: Babysitting, Childrens play area

Business amenities: Business Center, Meeting Rooms, Overhead projector, translation services, Copier, Audio visual equipment, Business center, Meeting facilities