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

7 Words Francophiles Never Want to Hear

“Your flight to Paris has been cancelled.”

These are words that Francophiles, like moi, never want to hear!

Due to Storm Dennis, my connecting flight from London Heathrow (LHR) to Paris was cancelled.

Safety first, my head says.

Think about the people who are experiencing strong wind, heavy rain, and flooding, or worse, my head says.

Yes, but my aching heart cries, Oh, c’mon! What a letdown!

In addition, LHR was experiencing technical issues so they put out large white boards to communicate flight information! Not a good travel day.

airline’s website on 16 February 2020

Because of severe weather conditions in the area, I had assumed other carriers were also grounding and canceling flights out of LHR that day.

I was terribly disappointed.

Reluctantly, I accepted the airline’s offer of a new flight to Paris leaving the following day. While I was happy to be rebooked, this new flight gave me only about an hour to catch my flight from Paris to my third/final stop on my journey.

Per their policy, the airline gave us weary, stranded travelers the following:

  • a voucher for a one-night stay at an airport hotel, breakfast included
  • vouchers for light refreshments from airport concession stands and restaurants
  • vouchers for shuttle rides to/from the airport

It was windy and cold at the shuttle stops. Add frustration and confusion and you get a chaotic scene!

For instance, a few shuttles didn’t stop at their designated spots so people had to sprint back and forth. Some people boarded a shuttle only to be told they were on the wrong one. Still others had to wait for the “next one” as each shuttle filled to capacity quickly.

Seize the Day

Eventually, I accepted the fact that my plan to visit Paris (for a few hours, at least) failed.

Perhaps spending a night in London instead was meant to be! Going with the flow, I decided to make the most of my impromptu layover in London!