Hotel Appia, Paris

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Christmas windows in department stores

What are we doing in Paris as the holiday season approaches? We rush along the illuminated windows of department stores! At Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps, Le Bon Marché, Le BHV… a fairy tale of lights and colours, a host of unusual creatures colonise the front. Don’t ignore this pleasure: nothing like it to put glitter in your eyes and dream in your head!
Galeries Lafayette At Christmas, children are kings! They are the ones who imagined the eleven little heroes who populate the windows of Galeries Lafayette. At the end of a drawing competition, Sacadot, Sacrifor, Sapique and the others were chosen, drawn and modelled in 3D to animate “La Fabrique des Rêves”. Discover them through different skits evoking the highlights of Christmas.
Printemps A little further on Haussmann Boulevard, the magic continues behind the Spring windows. Here the heroes are called Jules and Violette. Follow them on a dreamlike journey through a thousand enchanting landscapes: frosty valley, rose garden or delight workshop… A whole joyful and colourful world where adorable puppets come to life.
Le Bon Marché Another atmosphere at Le Bon Marché. Here Christmas smells like a Christmas tree: he is this year’s star. The scenography, a bit crazy, surprises or makes you smile. It’s not that often you’ll see firs playing cheerleaders, spiking on Swan Lake or dancing the French cancan!
BHV Supercalifragilistic expialidocious! The BHV is now on English time and invites young and old alike for a Fabulous Christmas with Mary Poppins. Accompanied by her penguins, the famous nanny promises you a shower of magic and surprises. Rendez-vous in front of the windows of the rue de Rivoli.
To be discovered until the end of December-early January.

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Longines Masters of Paris, season IV

It is now an expected appointment. Season IV of the Longines Masters de Paris will be held from November 29 to December 2, at Paris Nord Villepinte. This great indoor show jumping competition is not only an important sporting competition, it is also an ode to the beauty of the horse and, beyond the show, an opportunity to celebrate a true art of living.
It is no coincidence that All Paris is in a hurry, from movie stars to top corporate executives. For four days, the Longines Masters Paris brings together the greatest riders on the planet, both experienced and junior, as well as the best horses in the world. These equestrian stars will compete in Masters One, Masters Two and Masters Three events. So many great moments of technicality, sporting performance, agility and courage, but also elegance.
Other surprises and challenges await spectators and riders throughout these four days: speed event, high jump event, or even shetland ponies race! As every year, it is with undisguised enthusiasm that the public will host the event. Slip into the audience, and enjoy a moment of exception, grace and prestige.
On Saturday evening, after the competition, it’s time for a celebration. The Prestige Village transformed into a dancefloor will vibrate to the sounds of the decks of the young Belgian DJ Henri PFR. On Sundays, don’t miss the closing event of the competition, the Longines Grand Prix, reserved for the best. Show and emotions guaranteed!
The Longines Masters intercontinental trilogy will continue with the Hong Kong Masters in February 2019 and the New York Masters in April 2019.


Taste Week 2018: Eating well and good

During the All Saints’ Day holidays, treat yourself to an autumnal trip to Paris. And take advantage of Taste Week from October 8 to 14 to awaken and delight your taste buds. Throughout the capital, professionals in the food industry offer tastings and entertainment. A pleasant way to spice up your Parisian stay!
Taste Week is structured around several events and a single objective: to convey the pleasures of taste to all audiences. This year’s themes are “eating well together” and “urban space”.
First of all, Hotel Appia advises you to use the Mapstr application: in a few clicks, you will be able to access all the initiatives and events offered throughout France. Then let yourself be guided by your desires!
Throughout the week, you will find “taste animations” organized by producers, craftsmen, farmers, town halls and local authorities.
At lunch or dinner, take a seat at one of the “taste tables”: you can enjoy a healthy meal at an affordable price. This year, 350 restaurants will participate in this initiative. Are you ready to pay more? “Les petits menus des grands chefs” are for you: the opportunity to discover a gastronomic table, at a more affordable price.
But Taste Week is also “Food Revolution”, a time for discussion on the future of food; “taste lessons” for children; “the call for projects for taste lessons”, aimed at rewarding educational initiatives in schools around food; “chef on campus” for students.
Hotel Appia wishes you a good appetite!

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Fashion Week Paris 2018

End Clap for the summer. The new school year is here and with it the big appointments, like so many beacons to mark the beginning of a new season. In the fashion world, September announces the spring/summer 2019 collection. Want to be aware of the next trends? Direction Fashion Week Women from September 24 to October 2.
Goodbye light dresses, small lace tops and fluid combinations, in the closet the powder pink, pastels and large prints. If the summer of 2018 was placed under the sign of romanticism, what does the 2019 summer collection have in store for us?
One of the largest fashion shows in the world opens on 24 September. Paris Fashion Week is undoubtedly the most chic and most popular week of the year for the fashion capital. After the New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, the Paris Fashion Weeks will be much awaited and, we hope, full of surprises as usual. With it will end this international marathon started at the beginning of September.
The creations of emerging brands will of course be closely followed, but nothing that can overshadow the great Parisian pundits and chouchous..: Balmain, Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Valentino… Unexpected guest of this Paris Fashion Week, the Italian fashion designer Gucci will present his spring-summer 2019 collection in Paris and not in Milan as the tradition wants.
The location and programme of this fashion week are still kept secret. For full details, in due time, visit the Fédération de la haute couture et de la mode website:

Festival Rock en Seine: 2018 edition!

For over fifteen years, Rock en Seine has been grooving at the end of summer! Installed in the gardens of the national domain of Saint-Cloud, the festival will take place from 24 to 26 August its eclectic programming. Rock, rap, electro, confirmed bands, others in the making and to discover: that’s Rock en Seine!

Rock en Seine is five stages spread over the 460 hectares of the Saint-Cloud estate park, three days of music in the heart of French gardens and at the gates of Paris! But also 120,000 festival-goers determined to take advantage of this last great event of the summer!

Rock en Seine, they are distinguished guests like Justice, Macklemore, PNL, Post Malone, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Mike Shinoda, Die Antwoord, Black Star, Liam Gallagher and many others. Heavyweights of the musical universe from all over the world such as the English pop artist Anna Calvi, the Australians from Purcels, the Swedish folk music group First Aid Kit, the Arab alternative rock group Mashrou’Leila, to name but a few.

Rock en Seine is also a springboard festival for several French and Ile-de-France groups, to see and listen to in the Île-de-France area. Not forgetting the Mini Rock en Seine, a rock festival for the youngest with concerts, workshops and games.

From the Appia Lafayette hotel, in less than an hour, you can reach the Saint-Cloud estate and the festival. Book your rock trip now!


Fnac Live: 30 free concerts in the heart of Paris

The Fnac Live festival is the inseparable event of Paris Plage. From July 5 to 7, every evening, in the forecourt of the town hall, mingle with the crowd and enjoy a program to fall, between headliners and nuggets to discover, between French song and sizes international. It’s totally free, so why deprive yourself?

Sting and Shaggy, Asaf Avidan, Dominique A, Foe, Synapson Live are some of the artists expected for this 2018 edition of Fnac Live, nothing less! As every year, programming also gives pride of place to the talents of tomorrow. The festival scene acts as a springboard for these promising young shoots such as Voyou, Moha Squale, Sopico, Degree, Aloïse Sauvage or Yorina.

Like a ritual, every day at 5 pm, place to the indie! True to its vocation, Fnac continues to support independent labels by giving them carte blanche. A kind of foreplay, just to warm up and get in shape before moving on. Each night, a new label will offer you its playlist, which promises a great trip in the vast galaxy of musical possibilities.

Attention, several concerts will take place on the stage of the show, in the town hall. These concerts are available by invitation only. The invitations, in limited number, are to be withdrawn in the ticket offices of Fnac Paris and Île-de-France from July 4th.

Book your music stay at Appia Hotel and enjoy the best rate guaranteed via our website.

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The Night Fountains Show at the Château de Versailles

We do not present them anymore: The Night Fountains Show of Versailles is one of the most famous summer events. And the affair lasts for 350 years already … To take full advantage of this moment, the hotel Appia advises you to schedule your visit on a Saturday between June 16 and September 15, the only day of the week when you can attend the Night Fountains Show.

The legacy of Louis XIV continues to amaze visitors. Because it is good for the Sun King that the best fountain makers of the seventeenth century developed the complex of fountains in the park of the castle.

Today every Saturday, during the summer months, the enchantment of the waters combines with a magical light for an even grander spectacle. For two and a half hours, the walk takes you from gardens to groves to the rhythm of the baroque music of the greatest masters of the time.

Each fountain has its share of surprise and wonder. Here are illuminated statues, there are monumental flames that vibrate a carpet of greenery, elsewhere a ballet of water jets bathed in lights.

Time is suspended, and it does not take more to imagine at the time of the Sun King. The gardens of Versailles were then for the sovereign and the court a real extension of the castle, space of leisure and pleasure. The groves you discover during your walk were used as lounges where to snack, listen to music, dance but also enjoy a show.

You too take a few steps of dance in the grove of the ballroom, surrounded by a thousand and one candles. Then go on the Great Perspective to attend the royal fireworks that comes to close this evening.

Nuit des musées

What is it, when is the European Night of Museums?

Once is not custom, the hotel Appia Lafayette offers you to … go away! A sleepless night to walk the Parisian museums, to enjoy new activities, illuminations, treasure hunts, workshops, tastings … Thanks to the European Night of Museums on Saturday, May 19, this program can become yours. The Appia Lafayette hotel tells you more.

Make a visit to the museum a fun and friendly experience. This is the primary objective of the French Ministry of Culture, which is behind this initiative called Nuit des musées. Bet won! Since 2005, every year in thousands of museums in France and Europe, a large public comes to enjoy guided tours, theatrical and enlightened, live shows and exceptional entertainment.

Thus, in Paris and Île-de-France, for this 2018 edition, a hundred museums open their doors for free until midnight. How about a Monet Night at the Musée d’Orsay on a background of swing music? To leave you intoxicated by the perfumes of China at the Cernuschi museum? To discover the diversity of our musical heritage at the Museum of Music (Cité de la musique philharmonique de Paris)? To offer you a stroll under the stars after a piano and astronomy show at the Palais de la Découverte? Perhaps you prefer to go to the Petit Palais for an unusual and offbeat evening, including a course full of surprises between rooms and garden?

Whatever your choice, you will not be disappointed! Believe the 2 million visitors who preceded you at the European Night of Museums 2017.

Note: this 14th edition is part of the programming of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, set up by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.


The Paris Marathon 2018 edition

Running a marathon is not given to everyone but attending there is no restriction! Whether you are a runner or a spectator, note the date of Saturday, April 7, that of the legendary Marathon de Paris. A beautiful day of effort, sport and conviviality in perspective.

If you have decided to participate in this marathon, one of the largest in the world, know that you will not be alone: nearly 57,000 runners from around the world, including a quarter of women, are expected for this event. Ready to defend the colors of your city, your company or even your country? So we left for 42.186 kilometers between cobblestones and undergrowth in Boulogne and Vincennes.

The race promises as usual a real touristic route, through the most emblematic places of the capital. The departure, already, is at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe towards the Champs-Elysees and the Place de la Concorde. Hard to beat. Follow the Rue de Rivoli, Place de la Bastille, Notre-Dame cathedral, the Eiffel tower… If we do not intend to blow the first place to the unbeatable Kenyans and Ethiopians, the nose riveted on the bitumen we can hope to enjoy the landscape. And it would be a shame to deprive oneself of it!

As for spectators and loved ones coming to cheer on their champions, they will be delighted by the unique atmosphere of this marathon and the many activities that dot the course. And why not take the opportunity to visit the Salon du Running which will be held just before, from April 5 to 7, at the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles?

The Appia Lafayette hotel welcomes you for your Marathon stay, at the best price.

Saut Hermès 2018

The Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais

Whether you are very keen on horse-riding, a fan of the scarf brand, or both, the Saut Hermès is a must-see meeting as spring approaches. From 16 to 18 March, the Grand Palais in Paris opens its doors. Horse show, animations around the horse, equestrian shows: the Appia hotel invites you to discover the 9th edition of this great meeting of international high-level jumping.

The Saut Hermès is a high level international show jumping contest. Thus, from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March, no less than ten events will be organized under the illuminated nave, in the heart of the capital! The best riders in the world are expected and the next generation of champions, since several events are reserved for under 25 years. Each event has a great reward of up to 400,000 euros for the Grand Prix Hermes Sunday, March 18.

This year, like last year, the program is planning a night session on Saturday, March 17, which will see the winner win the 24 Faubourg CSI 5*. This test of speed will be followed by an equestrian show, orchestrated by Bartabas and the National Equestrian Academy of Versailles.

It’s been eight years now since the Grand Palais has reverted to horse show thanks to Hermès. An initiative that is not surprising when we know that the famous company founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès began as a manufacture of harnesses and saddles. As for the Grand Palais, remember that it was the setting for horse shows from 1901 to 1957, and that the nave was designed in part to accommodate them.

Stay at the Appia Lafayette Hotel and get yourself to an equestrian weekend at the Grand Palais.

Hôtel Appia - Vitrines de Noël

Christmas windows in department stores

What are we doing in Paris as the holiday season approaches? We rush along the illuminated windows of department stores! At Galeries Lafayette, Le Printemps, Le Bon Marché, Le BHV… a fairy tale of lights and colours, a host of unusual creatures colonise the front. Don’t ignore this pleasure: nothing like it to put glitter […]

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