The Avenue des Champs-Elysees runs straight through the heart of the 8me Arrondissement from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde and is arguably the most highly recognized street in Europe, if not the world. Only steps away are a number of the city's most attractive meeting venues. Most hotels, restaurants and event venues in the 8me (abbreviation for huitieme, meaning "eighth" while Arrondissement means District) are decidedly upmarket.
Just off the Champs-Elysees and close to the Seine are the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, two stunning Beaux Arts exhibition halls that were purpose-built for the 1900 Universal Exposition. Today, in addition to being museums, the two offer space for meetings and private events.
The Musee Jacquemart-Andre was built in the 19th century as a sumptuous private mansion and has maintained its original decor and priceless painting and tapestry collections to the present. Among the spaces available for breakfasts, exclusive tours, receptions and dinners are the Picture Gallery, Music Room, Grand Salon and Winter Garden.
Hotel venues in 8me Arrondissement include the Hotel Salomon Rothschild. In English a hotel is a place to stay; in French too, but it can also mean "hotel particulier" or grand private house in the city, as is the case here. Only a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe, this hotel particulier is set well back from the street in its own extensive grounds and is now a dedicated meeting and event venue. Certain rooms have retained their original, 18th-century architectural details,while others are strictly sleek and contemporary.
The restaurant Lasserre near the Champs-Elysees is one of the French capital's most refined temples of haute cuisine. It welcomes groups to its private rooms for lunches and dinners—business meetings can be arranged in conjunction with meals if desired.
Entertainment venues in 8me Arrondissement include some of Paris' signature institutions. Maxim's de Paris has become more and more group-friendly over the years. Under the direction of couturier and designer, Pierre Cardin, three floors have been transformed into an Art Nouveau museum. The c.1900 cabaret with dinner dancing pays homage to Maxim's glory days. Also a Parisian staple is its nightlife: At both the Lido de Paris and the Crazy Horse, the theme is girls, girls, girls—with lots of feathers at the Lido, without feathers (or much of anything else) at the Crazy Horse.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Charles DeGaulle international Airport (CDG)
Approximate taxi fare: EUR 60
Orly Airport (ORY)
Approximate taxi fare: EUR 45
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