citizenM is a Dutch hotel group driven by one desire; to create affordable luxury for everybody. The boutique hotel group start in 2008 with a hotel at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam. The goal is to create a home away from home for the mobile citizen. Business citizens, travelling citizens or citizens on a city trip. In ten years they open hotels all over the world. Three hotels are opened in Paris. citizenM at Charles de Gaulle is the first of the citizenM Paris hotels to open in 2014. In 2017, citizenM Paris La Défense and citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon follow.
Paris, the city of light. And since 2017 the city of three citizenM Paris hotels. For both citizenM Paris La Défense and citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon, ivardelange.com is responsible for training of the staff and consultancy on the menu. The citizenM group aims to open hotels in strategic spots in town. This strategy is perfectly excecuted with the citizenM Paris hotels. The La Defence hotel situates next to the Grande Arche de la Défense. With La Defense being the biggest business district, this hotel is targeted at the business citizen.
The Gare de Lyon hotel is situated next to the train station ‘Gare de Lyon’ in the 12th arrondissement. Close to the Bastille and the Le Marais, this is an ideal spot for tourists that want to go sightseeing. Furthermore, the Charles de Gaulle hotel is at the airport. Ideal for travellers or people that have to catch an early flight.
When the citizenM group opens a new hotel, there is always a five week immersion period for the new staff. Three of those are dedicated to bar- and cocktailtraining. ivardelange.com is responsible for these trainings. With a team of three trainers, we train and inspire the bartenders in different groups and different sessions. In addition there is a week of on the job training during the first week of opening. ivardelange.com has developed a modern and up to date training program.
The first hotel trained is the citizenM Paris La Defense. After that, citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon opens in september 2017. This hotel is a bit bigger than La Defence and therefore needs more training. Finally, the Paris Charles de Gaulle team is being trained on the new menu. This hotel has already been open for three years, hence the training period could be a bit shorter and more about the new cocktail menu.
ivardelange.com also designs the menu for the cloudM bar. CloudM is an amazing rooftop bar at the sixteenth floor of the Gare de Lyon hotel. We have designed the spirit menu and the new cocktail menu.The spirit menu is ahead of time and has the newest ‘hip spirits’ on it. Exclusive spirits that are popular within a knowleagebale crowd. Spirits you might have difficulties finding in other places. The cocktails on the menu are ‘tea-inspired’. Tea infusions, tea syrups and fresh tea are being used. Using the newest techniques and a bit of show, makes for an amazing experience. The stunning view completes your evening! In conclusion, the citizenM Paris hotels are worth a little trip to Paris.
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