Pullman Hotel, Roissy Airport

The Pullman Hotel at Roissy airport is located right next to Roissypole station, between Terminals 1 and 2. It’s literally about two minutes on foot from the station to the lobby.

Since my last visit, the hotel has resumed full operations. Back in the spring there were still Covid restictions in place. This means that the pool and the gym are now back in service and open to hotel guests.

The lobby and bar area have windows all around, which gives the space a nice, bright appearance. Strangely though, whenever I visit this hotel, it feels a bit like a ghost town.

Opposite the bar there’s a small, open business centre.

During my stay, I’m upgraded to a king suite, which is spacious and nicely designed. The suites take up the space in the rounded tip of the building. In any case, there is a sitting room area with a good size working desk.

The bedroom is large and very comfortable. It’s a slightly odd shape though, owing to the rounded facade of the hotel.

There’s also an Illy espresso machine and complimentary soft drinks and beer in the fridge.

The bathroom is spacious and has a separate shower and bath.

The cosmetics are by Bigelow’s.

In addition, every room has its unique QR code that guests can use to order room service. If your rate includes breakfast, this also means that you can order breakfast to be served in your room at no extra charge. It is also possible to order breakfast for the same day, and there are multiple options for breakfast available, which allow for a lot of customization.

Hotel de L’Aigle Noir MGallery, Fontainebleau

L’Hotel de L’Aigle Noir is an MGallery property in Fontainebleau. It’s located literally across the road from the side entrance to le Château de Fontainebleau and just a short distance away from the park.

The hotel is quite busy when I arrive with a large group of scandinavians staying at the hotel for a meeting. As a result, and owing to my status with Accor, I’ve been upgraded to the Napoléon Bonaparte Suite.

And the suite is enormous! Behind the main door is a long corridor that runs the length of the room.

The first right is the toilet and bathroom, with a separate bath and shower – and copious amounts of towels.

Then there is a large sitting room with a sofa, coffee table and desk.

Also, there’s a Nespresso machine and water boiler.

And then comes the bedroom, overlooking the square. The bedroom has four sets of French windows, which give it a bright, airy feel.

Incidentally, the queen bee motif on the curtains, carpets, wallpaper and cushions harks back to Fontainebleau’s royal history. At the French court it was customary to have the queen bee motif embroidered on the royal’s garments or bed clothes as a symbol of their authority.

The furniture in the bedroom is by Ligne Roset, and includes an elegant desk and chair. Which is where I sit and work on my PhD during my stay, when it’s too hot to be out in the midday sun anyway.

As a welcome gift, I’m given a box of chocolates in the shape of Napoléon the third’s iconic hat, which I find rather funny…

The Aigle Noir is what is referred to in France as a garni hotel, which means that it serves breakfast but not lunch or dinner. The breakfast is extensive and features a variety of hot and cold dishes that varies from day to day. There’s no need to worry about them not serving lunch an dinner though, because there are many very good restaurants in easy walking distance to the hotel.

I rather like this hotel. It’s a great place to use as a base to explore Fontainebleau and the surrounding area. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable about the château.