The Event Planner’s Guide to Paris Venues

Kaitlyn Tatulli |

paris -1With two international airports and high-speed trains, millions of people visit the city of love and light every year. Why? Because Paris is easily accessible and filled with museums, site seeing, shops, operas, fine dining, and more. With connections to 136 countries and more than 526 cities, no wonder Paris is consistently rated a world leader in the MICE industry. With 12,000 new guest rooms being added to Paris by 2020, in addition to other developments in transportation and venues, Paris is a perfect city to host your next meeting or event. Check out our planner’s guide to the top venues in Paris for meetings and events.

Top 10 Venues Planners Should Consider

1. Yacht Joséphine

Located 200 yards away, across the river from the Eiffel Tower, Joséphine, a luxury yacht, is an ideal venue for smaller meetings and events. The Joséphine features four double cabins, a large indoor lounge, an upper deck, and a jacuzzi, which can host up to 60 people. The yacht can stay docked across from the Eiffel Tower or float past some of Paris’s most renown landmarks, like Notre Dame, Stade de France, the Orsay museum, and more. In addition, the Joséphine can serve as a hotel for 2 to 8 guests. No matter what type of an event you host on the Joséphine, your guests will definitely remember the idyllic, unique setting.

josephinePhoto Credit: Joséphine

2. Hotel Salomon de Rothschild


Listed as a historical monument, the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild is a private mansion that acts as a unique venue. Hotel Salomon de Rothschild features 13 different venue spaces like the the Atrium, the Dining Hall, the Hall of Honour, and the Parlour; as well as three outdoor spaces - the Deer Park, the Foundation Park, the Grand Courtyard. Some of the most popular venues include the Parlour, which features a ceiling fresco and looks directly at the park, the Hall of Honour, which is decorated with 14th-century décor, and the Atrium, which features a glass roof and ornate mantelpiece. Expose your guests to the French art of entertaining by hosting your next meeting or event at Hotel Salomon de Rothschild.

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Photo Credit: Hotel Salomon de Rothschild

3. Musèe Jacquemart-Andrè


Home of Paris’s largest private collection of art, the Musée Jacquemart-André also acts as a meeting and event venue. The three meeting rooms that can host up to 150 guests, the Grand Salon, the Music Room, and the Dining Room, contain paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Botticelli, Fragonard, and more. The Salon is perhaps the most unique room as it was Edouard Andre’s personal entertainment room. The eighteenth-century styled Salon features a semi-circular layout, which creates a harmonious feeling that will charm and connect your guests. Give your guests a truly prestigious experience by hosting your next meeting or event at the Musée Jacquemart-André.

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Photo Credit: Musee Jacquemart-Andre

4. Opéra Comique


Give your next meeting or event characterby choosing the Opéra Comique as your venue. The OpéraComique offers six in-house venues: the Boieldieu Lobby, the Salle Favart, the Avant Foyer, the Foyer, the Rotundas, and the Salle Bizet. Some of the most popular venues include the Salle Favart, which is ideal for large meetings, product launches, fashion shows, and on-stage dinners; and the Rotundas, which is ideal for small, intimate meetings.

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Photo Credit: OpéraComique

5. Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel


Positioned over the Place de la Concorde, the 18th-century Hôtel de Crillon was recently renovated to accommodate meetings and events. Hôtel de Crillon offers six meeting and event rooms: the intimate cigar room, the L’Etincelle; Marie Antoinette, which features views of the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Les Invalides and more; the Terrace, which can be combined with the Marie Antoinette to fit 80 guests; Salon Aigles, the hotel’s grandest venue; the historic, high-ceilinged Batailles; Orangerie Terrace located in the heart of the hotel; the Wilson, which is equipped with the latest technology, ideal for corporate meetings; La Cave, the hotel’s exclusive wine cellar. In addition to these venues, the hotel offers a 24-hour business center, 124 guest rooms, a pool, a spa, a fitness studio, and more. No wonder why Hôtel de Crillon has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s best hotels.

hotel de crillonPhoto Credit: Hôtel de Crillon

6. Flow


Located in the center of Paris, Flow is a contemporary floating venue. Flow offers three venues: the Rooftop, the Restaurant, and the Club. Flow is known for its unique, 360-degree views of the Alexandria III Bridge III and the Grand Palace, which can be viewed from the Rooftop and the Restaurant. Flow also features a fully equipped Club venue with acoustic installation and retractable theater seats, ideal for your next meetings or larger celebration.

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Photo Credit: Flow Paris

7. Le Chalet du Lac

The former hunting lodge of Napoleon III, Le Chalet Du Lac has recently been renovated to accommodate meetings and events. Le Chalet Du Lac offers planners with four different venues: The Cottage, the Tournesol Salon, the Veranda, as well as three Terraces. Best known for the Cottage, this space is located steps from the Bois de Vincennes and is ideal for large seminars, cocktail parties, private dinners and more. Whether you choose the Cottage, or one of the Terraces with the views of Lake Saint-Mande, your guests will enjoy the history and tranquility of Le Chalet Du Lac.

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Photo Credit: Le Chalet du Lac

8. Hôtel Lutetia


Founded in 1910, Hôtel Lutetia is known for housing great artists like Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Joesphine Baker, and now can host your meeting or event. After four years of renovations, Hôtel Lutetiareopened in Spring of 2018 with 184 guest rooms, a spa, swimming pool, restaurants, bars, and six venue rooms. Hôtel Lutetia’s event space features five rooms, totaling 7,535 sq. ft and a historical ballroom, which accommodate up to 300 people. Hôtel Lutetia is also conveniently located by Paris’s most renown landmarks, shops, restaurants, and museums.

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Photo Credit: Hôtel Lutetia

9. Le Paris Clandestin


Wine cellar of Louis XIV, the Paris Clandestin is a historic, speakeasy-themed venue space. The Paris Clandestin offers three different spaces for planners to choose from: the Lounge area, the Boudoir, and the Club room. These rooms, equipped with the original 14th-century brick, could also all be rented to accommodate up to 250 guests. Each room also contains the original, 14th-century bricks and can be equipped with pool tables, photo booths, foosball tables, and more. If you are looking for a historic, intimate space for your next meeting or event, Le Paris Clandestin is for you.

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Photo Credit: Le Paris Clandestin

 

10. Le Cabaret Sauvage 


 

Looking for a flexible, festive venue with beautiful views? Then the Cabaret Sauvage is for you. With 7,212 sq. ft featuring red velvet walls and hand-carved wooden tables, the Cabaret Sauvage can accommodate 450-1,000 guests, ideal for conferences, corporate events, other get-togethers. With 360 degrees architecture, the Cabaret Sauvage will add an exceptional dimension to your next meeting or event.

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Photo Credit: Le Cabaret Sauvage

 

Top 3 Things to Do in Paris

1. Eiffel Tower

Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has become one of the most visited attractions in the world. Not only can you take pictures in front of the tower, you can explore the first floor, climb the stairs, or take an elevator to the top to enjoy the panoramic views of Paris. Four types of tickets, ranging in price: access lift to the second floor; access lift to the top; access stairs to the second floor; access stairs to the second floor and lift to the top.

Pro Tip: To bypass the lines, book your ticket before going to the Eiffel Tower’s website. Also be sure to check out the Tower’s three restaurants, the champagne bar, and the macaroon bar.

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Photo Credit: Tour Eiffel

2. Notre-Dame Cathedral

Rated the number one thing to do in Paris, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is a Paris icon must-see. This Gothic Cathedral was constructed in the late 10thcentury and features beautiful architecture and stain glass. The Cathedral is opened Monday to Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:45 am to 7:15 p.m. for free. There is no entrance fee. However, with over 13 million people visiting the Cathedral every day, expect lines to climb to the top of the Notre-Dame.

Pro Tip: Climb to the top of the cathedral for free and enjoy the beautiful views of the city. To avoid lines, visit the Cathedral early in the morning or late at night.

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Photo Credit: Notre-Dame Paris 

3. Musee du Louvre

Regarded as one of Europe’s best museums, the Musee du Louvre is a Paris must-see. Opened in 1793, the Louvre now holds over 35,000 pieces of art and artifacts. Some of the most popular pieces include Egyptian mummy tombs, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”, and the Winged Victory of Smothrace sculpture. Tickets for adults cost 15 euros and for kids under 17 are free.

Pro Tip: With more than 9 million visitors per year, the lines at the Louvre can be massive. If you can, avoid visiting the museum on weekends mid-day. The Lourve also offers free admission on the first Sunday during October to March.

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Photo Credit: Louvre

 

Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Paris venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Paris? Let us know by commenting below!

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This Post was Written by Kaitlyn Tatulli

Kaitlyn Tatulli is a graduate from Fairfield University with majors in Digital Journalism and Psychology and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science. Currently, she is receiving her MFA from Fairfield University. Kaitlyn...

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