The InterContinental Paris, one of the city's largest luxury properties, has reopened as a Westin hotel.
The hotel, which is located in Place Vendome and overlooks the Jardin des Tuileries, is well placed for the shops, attractions and businesses of central Paris, and is just afew steps from the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde.
The Westin Paris underwent a soft opening this month, but following a E12 million refurbishment, it will open officially in the first quarter of 2006, equipped with the hallmarks of the Westin brand. This includes Westin's Heavenly Beds, Heavenly Baths, and WestinWorkout Rooms, which come with exercise equipment.
In the meantime rates have been slashed to E249 for bookings up to February 28.
The 438-bedroom property has 78 suites, with rooms overlooking either the Jardin des Tuileries, Place Vendome or the hotel grounds. Rooms have high-speed wireless internet access and there is internet access through the television for guests who don't bring a laptop.
The hotel has 12 meeting rooms and a ballroom of 400 square metres. The gourmet 234 Rivoli restaurant extends in the summer to encompassLa Terrasse Fleurie, and there is a cocktail bar, Tuileries Bar, which is open for snacks from 10am.
The InterContinental group has maintained a foothold in Paris with the InterContinental Le Grand Hotel Paris, a nineteenth century hotel that overlooks Opéra Square.
For more information go to www.westin.com/paris.
Report by Ginny McGrath