Hotel Appia, Paris

Christmas: when Paris lights up….

As the Christmas and New Year approaches, the City of Light is playing the big game. Sparkling garlands, rain of stars, sparkling firs… Paris adorns itself with a thousand lights and becomes at nightfall the setting for an enchanting walk. From the Appia Hotel, let yourself be carried away for a dazzling stroll!

Not to be missed Grands Boulevards! Located 20 minutes walk from the Appia Hotel, they will be your first stop. If these major arteries are worth a visit for their pretty luminous scenery, they are of course also worth it for their department stores. How could you not marvel at their richly decorated facades and splendid Christmas windows?

A little further on, your steps lead you to the Garnier Opera House, sumptuously illuminated, before taking you to Place Vendôme. There, a stopover is required to admire its luminous finery and luxurious windows. A little hungry? The Christmas chalet at the Ritz Paris, located on the square, will delight the most delicate taste buds with the creations of the palace’s pastry chef, François Perret.

Then leave the square and take the elegant rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré. Every year the streets of the Faubourg are decorated with a shimmering decor, all in finesse and harmony. Chic and prestigious, in the image of the district.

From there, you are very close to Avenue Montaigne, another artery famous for its illuminations and entertainment. On the program this year: magical settings, gourmet surprises and creative workshops.

But here you are already at the high point of your trip: the Champs-Élysées! Launched on November 24, the illuminations of the world’s largest avenue make the long perspective sparkle red. A delight to be enjoyed without moderation.

In December, discover illuminated Paris and let yourself be won over by the magic of Christmas!

Hôtel Appia - Festival des lumières

The Festival of Lights is a real eye-opener

In view of the success of the first edition, the Festival des lumières du Jardin des Plantes de Paris could only repeat the operation. In fact, the 2nd edition will be held from November 18, with a new theme: Ocean in the process of being illuminated. Make way for the majestic ballets of the animals that inhabit our seabed.
Great and enchanting. There are many adjectives to describe the very beautiful light show orchestrated by the Jardin des Plantes. Everything happens at nightfall, when the sky goes out. No fear of getting lost, the route is carefully prepared and marked out.
Everything starts at Place Valhubert with a walk on the tropical coast followed by a dive into the warm seas. The adventure continues in the depths of the abyss where mysterious and strange creatures live. Finally, it is on the side of the icy seas of the poles that this journey ends.
And what a journey! Along the way, dozens of bright and colourful creatures accompany you, amaze you, and make you aware of the fragility of the oceans and the vulnerability of their inhabitants. A poetic and didactic journey, whose magic will be remembered above all.
Please note: due to the high attendance expected, tickets are purchased and booked online only. This may not exempt you from queuing, but it should certainly reduce it!
By 2018, the event had attracted 370,000 visitors in two months. Will you be one of them this year?
Hotel Appia invites you to the Jardin des Plantes for an extraordinary odyssey!

Hôtel Appia - Vendanges

It’s the Harvest Festival in Montmartre!

Every year, Montmartre organizes its traditional Harvest Festival! When it comes to harvesting, there are vines, grapes and wine, all of which are watered with a good dose of good humour and friendliness! From October 9 to 13, mingle in this joyful farandole which this year celebrates the Cuvée des Couleurs. Guaranteed 100% Parisian and festive!
At the beginning of October, it is in the 18th arrondissement of Paris that you have to be. For four days, the festival is in full swing in the eight districts of the Borough. On the programme: music with a host of free live concerts, the must-see taste trail, a participatory fashion show, a night and fluorescent run, shows, walks, visits, a citizen picnic with world flavours, a grand ball…
To participate in the Harvest Festival is to immerse yourself in the authentic Paris, to discover one of the ancient suburbs of the capital through streets, gardens and emblematic places. It also means taking full advantage of the creations and emerging talents of the 21st century: a successful blend of past and present, enhanced by a sparkling palette of colours! Find them again as you walk around, in the shop windows, on the steps of the Montmartre hill transformed for the occasion, and of course in the beautiful red and pink dresses of the 2018 vintage of Clos Montmartre. Because let us not forget that it is first of all to celebrate the small vineyard of La Butte that every year, for 86 years, inhabitants, Parisians and visitors have gathered to celebrate.
This autumn, in Paris, Hotel Appia invites you to discover the Harvest Festival, the third event in the capital after Paris-Plage and the Nuit Blanche operation! To consume without moderation!

We’re going to jazz at the Villette!

Ending the summer with music at the Jazz à la Villette festival… From 29th August to 10th September, La Villette is getting into jazz time, aiming to cross all genres and trends, from yesterday to today, from Paris to Bamako. A festival of jazz legends, discoveries, travels and above all pleasure!

Marcus Miller, Lee Fields, Omara Portuondo (for whom it will be the last tour), Oumou Sangaré, Kenny Garrett, Archie Shepp, Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def), Joshua Redman… You dreamt of it? Jazz à la Villette invited them all. Big names in jazz who will make you want to see that will make you foregt summer is over! But that’s not all, far from it. In total, 50 bands will be welcomed for 12 live concert dates.

In addition to the headliners, you will have the opportunity to attend the concerts of many talents, future stars of the genre, discover a wide range of music from free jazz to hip hop, experience some new events, dance at the festival’s Swing Ball, share concerts and workshops with your children through the « Jazz à la Villette for kids ».

Highlights of the festival include the closing concert “Respect to Aretha”, a tribute to Aretha Franklin; the exclusive meeting between BCUC South Africans and Sons of Kemet from England; and finally Under The Radar, a kind of festival in the festival, dedicated to improvised music and unclassifiable projects.

One last piece of good news: from the Appia La Fayette hotel, the metro takes you directly to the Parc de la Villette in 15 minutes. Don’t miss out!


Hôtel Appia - Illusions

Illusions: an exhibition at the Palais de la Découverte

They will surprise and entertain you: the illusions presented at the Palais de la Découverte until August 25 will also and above all be an opportunity to better understand how our brain works. Fun and informative, the exhibition is a good idea for a family outing if you are staying in Paris this summer.
We all once found ourselves faced with one of these optical illusions, intrigued and curious to understand what trick our brains are playing on us. Based on some forty interactive scenarios, the exhibition at the Palais de la Découverte invites you to experience several of these illusions. Then to decrypt them. How do our sensory receptors work? How does the brain process perceived information? How can he ever be wrong and deceive us? Why is he sometimes unable to solve an inconsistency? Why does he not know how to choose between such and such a reading in the face of ambivalence?
The exhibition is divided into four parts, each corresponding to four categories of illusions. Each time the principle is the same. Visitors are first invited to play. So let’s get started. We look, we touch, we rub, we listen. We laugh, we are surprised, we are also sometimes annoyed by so much mystery. Then and only then is the brain analysis mechanism at work for each of these illusions explained. And it is rich in this new knowledge that, at last, we leave, with the satisfaction of the one who has understood and learned. Fun and interesting.
To learn more about the exhibition that will make you doubt your brain, visit the Palais de la Découverte website:

Hôtel Appia - Peacock Society

The Peacock Society, the festival of electronic cultures

From July 5 to 7, all at the Parc Floral! Provided, of course, that you like electronic music. For two days, from 8 pm to 7 am, the park and the Grande Halle de Paris are transformed into a temple of house and techno. Headliners or future turntable stars, the guest artists promise to amaze you (and your ears).
It is now one of the most famous electro festivals in France. For its seventh edition, The Peacok Society intends to bring together as many festival-goers as last year. To do this, it can rely on its programming. Charlotte De Witte, Derrick May, The Black Madonna, Jon Hopkins or Len Faki and Mount Kimbie are some of the favourites expected for this 2019 album.
The icing on the cake is that this year’s event will end on a high note at À la Folie, with a crazy Closing Party. On the menu: Marcel Dettmann, DJ Marcelle, Azamat B., Waldman, Corbeille Dallas, À la Folie Sound System.
The location chosen to host this festival is also no stranger to its success. In all, four dancefloors, indoor or outdoor, are located in the Parc Floral. A bucolic setting for a large format celebration!
At the end of these two days 100% electro, dreamers, lovers, clubbers that you are will appreciate to find the comfort of their room at the Appia hotel… A little snack? Before returning to your bed, at 7 a.m., make a stopover in the breakfast room.
Information and programming on the festival website:

Hôtel Appia - salon de la patisserie

Focus on the Pastry Fair #2

Yummy! From June 14 to 17, the Salon de la pâtisserie opens its doors at the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles. This little newcomer to the world of Salons (it is only in its 2nd edition) already seems promised to have a bright future when you consider the love that the French have for pastry. Are you one of the amateurs? So fall for temptation!
Calories consumed versus calories burned: at the Salon de la pâtisserie, don’t worry about your figure. With 6,000 square metres of exhibition space, you will be able to reach and even exceed your daily step target! This vast space is divided into seven tasty and interactive worlds that you will have the opportunity to discover at your own pace.
From demonstrations in workshops, from conferences to tastings led by great chefs, you will travel through the flavours of our terroirs, the know-how of our craftsmen, a whole world of delicacies to which you can also contribute! Indeed, no less than 38 pastry courses open to the public will be organized. Children are not forgotten with a world specially reserved for them.
The most enthusiastic will register for one of the two amateur pastry competitions before going to refine their practice with the professionals. The latter also have their competitions sponsored by a jury of experts. At their side this year, an honorary president with a prestigious name: the pastry chef Pierre Hermé.
You will have understood it, there will be beautiful people at the Pastry Fair, high-flying creations, beautiful, good, enough to awaken all your senses and your taste buds in emotion.
From June 14 to 17, book your gourmet stay at Hotel Appia.

Nature Festival 2019

Certainly, Paris rhymes more with cars than with nature. Nevertheless, the capital also knows how to go green from time to time. On the occasion of International Biodiversity Day and as part of the 2019 Nature Festival, a country air will blow over Paris from May 22 to 26. Will you be in?
Five days to reconnect with nature, to live an experience in contact with it. Here is the concept of this Nature Festival organized every year throughout the territory. Thus everywhere in France and even beyond, in town and in the countryside, thousands of events are offered to a wide audience, free of charge. What do they have in common? All take place in direct contact with nature, with the aim of promoting and protecting biodiversity. In all conviviality of course.
In concrete terms, if you are in Paris between 22 and 26 May 2019, you can for example take part in a naturalist and humanist walk in the Bois de Vincennes, to learn about nature and wild plants. You can also, during a practical workshop in the Marcotte garden (11th arrondissement), become familiar with the plant cycle, from sowing to harvesting. Finally, why not go and visit the Ferme urbaine de la REcyclerie? Covering 1,000 square metres along the roads of the Little Belt (18th arrondissement), this farm houses an entire ecosystem, animals and plants. A great experience to experience nature in the city!
Stay at the Hotel Appia and enjoy a natural break in Paris. For more information and the full program, visit:

Art Fair Paris: from art to capital

As the capital blossoms in the mild spring, you are still hesitating about the day’s programme? Look no further and run to the Grand Palais without delay. From April 4 to 7, treat yourself to a breath of modern and contemporary art under the large dome. The event is called Art Fair Paris. Its purpose? Open contemporary art to all.
Do you love contemporary art? Or on the contrary, does it reject you? Whether you are initiated or totally closed to the mysteries of this often misunderstood art, you will not remain indifferent to this gigantic international exhibition that focuses on artistic creation from the post-war period to the present day.
Art Fair Paris hosts more than 150 galleries of modern and contemporary art, half of which come from about twenty countries around the world. For this 21st edition, women artists in France are honoured through 25 projects selected by the AWARE association (Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions). Another highlight is the exhibition “Southern Stars: An Exploration of Latin American Art”, which presents a group of 60 artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
The ideal way to get the most out of this major international fair is to follow one of the 80 or so “decryption” visits organized with the Observatoire de l’art contemporain. A way of better understanding the works, the artists, but also the dialogue that is being established between European art and other world scenes. After that, you will no longer doubt the validity of the title “Paris, world capital of art”!
In spring, stay at the Appia La Fayette Hotel and dare to explore contemporary art!

Credit pictures : Art Paris

Christmas: when Paris lights up….

As the Christmas and New Year approaches, the City of Light is playing the big game. Sparkling garlands, rain of stars, sparkling firs… Paris adorns itself with a thousand lights and becomes at nightfall the setting for an enchanting walk. From the Appia Hotel, let yourself be carried away for a dazzling stroll! Not to […]

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