citizenM Hotel at CDG Paris Airport

[Originally published in 2018. Updated in 2020]

What can I say? The reviews I’ve read about citizenM Hotels are pretty persuasive! They’re often described as high-tech, modern, and quirky. Sounds good to me!

Currently, there are three citizenM Hotels in Paris. Since I had an early flight from Paris to SFO via LHR, I decided to book my stay at the one conveniently located in Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. It was perfect for my last night in France.

This is the magic tablet that controls nearly everything in the room…

the table lamps…

the mood lighting… (lavender, light blue, green, pink…)

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the HD television…

…and my favorite, the window blinds! When I first entered the room, the blinds automatically lowered!

Rise and shine… with a few taps on the tablet, the blinds slowly rolled up, and voilà, the view from my room:

The huge hotel lobby featured several living rooms, each with its own décor.

These were my favorites:

imagine a bench made with stool seats | May 2018

May 2018

The writing on the pen says: steal this pen and write to a loved one back home

I enjoyed my stay at citizenM. Merci! A bientôt. See you next time…

Updated in 2020:

I’m so happy “next time” came sooner than I thought!

From Berlin, my daughters and I returned to Paris CDG. Since we had an early flight to SFO via LHR, we spent one night at citizenM!

Everything seemed familiar to me. The rooms, the décor, and furniture in the huge lobby appeared the same.

In a world that’s constantly changing, it was comforting to know that some things stayed pleasantly the same.

February 2020

Note: the rooms at citizenM are intended for two adults maximum. By adult, they mean age 11 and up. As my younger daughter was 10 at the time, we were able to share one room.

the best seat(s) in the house | February 2020

We enjoyed our overnight stay at citizenM. Merci! A bientôt. Someday, when it’s safe to travel again, I hope to see you next time…!

For more information: citizenM

I’m probably drafting a blog post

SBUX @ CDG

My name is Darlene and I’m a coffee addict.

My daily routine includes at least one visit to Starbucks. If I could, I would have my payroll deposited directly into my Rewards Card that I’ve had since 2008. That’s where the funds go anyway! More than the caffeine, they’ve got me hooked on their consistency: delicious coffee and hand-crafted beverages, friendly baristas, and cozy atmosphere.

spotted one in Montmartre

Votre Carte Starbucks

Force of habit: I checked the app

That said, you’d think I’d be hitting up every Starbs while on my trip, right? While there was no shortage of Starbucks in Paris, I resisted the temptation to go because I promised myself that I’d get out of my comfort zone. I did good on that promise until my last day in Paris, when I went to one at Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport.

At Charles de Gaulle airport

They had the usual menu items and pastries (like marble or lemon loaves), which made me feel right at home. But I was also surprised to see other offerings that I hadn’t seen at Starbucks in the U.S. I heard that large global food corporations (for example, McDonald’s) often tailor their menus to match the cuisine of the location they’re in. That could explain why this Starbucks at CDG had croissant sandwiches, French toast (pain perdu), ganache-dipped donuts, and pancakes, which I’m guessing is their nod to the French crêpes.

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Croissant sandwiches

Hot boxes and Caesar salads

French toast, pancakes, ganache-dipped donuts

Can’t really tell from my picture, but the napkin is square and white (not rectangle and unbleached beige, like in the U.S.)

In the end, I’m glad I went to Starbucks. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have seen the different food offerings. Imagine, for a mere 4,20 €, I got a double espresso and an important lesson: not to take things for granted, at Starbucks, and in life, in general. Just when I thought I knew what to expect, there was still something new to learn. I’ll drink to that!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are 100% my own based on my experience.*