Covivio inaugurates the first MEININGER hotel in France

Today, Covivio and MEININGER inaugurate the first hotel of the brand in France. Drawing on its original concept, the Paris Porte de Vincennes MEININGER hotel is contributing to the new Paris hotel offering and reinventing the customer experience.

With this opening, the setting up of MEININGER Hotels in France becomes official

Designed by DVVD Architectes et Ingénieurs, the Paris Porte de Vincennes MEININGER hotel is the largest establishment in the lifestyle hotels segment in France. With 249 rooms (i.e. 946 beds in total) across a total surface area of 8,000 m², the hotel boasts generous common areas, including a spacious reception open 24 hours a day, a lounge, a breakfast room, an outside terrace, a bar and a shared kitchen available to all customers – a feature specific to the MEININGER concept.

For its first French establishment, MEININGER Hotels opted for a contemporary style. The building has been designed as a dynamic, environment-friendly space in perfect harmony with its neighbourhood in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. The work of Axel Schoenert Architectes, the hotel’s interior design is inspired by the French capital. From bohemian Paris to the city’s iconic gardens, the typically Parisian features adorning the capital’s various spaces are echoed in the decoration, colours and materials used. The hotel’s furniture is functional, elegant and in line with the venue’s desire to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Paris Porte de Vincennes MEININGER hotel brings art into its lobby. As part of the “One building, one work” approach, Covivio – an active stakeholder in this programme – has selected the work “Parure infinie” by Jules Levasseur to adorn one of the walls on the hotel’s ground floor.

In keeping with the CSR ambitions of both partners, the hotel is HQE-certified (“Very good” level).

An unprecedented hybrid concept that is renewing the Parisian hotel offering

A brand with an innovative concept, MEININGER sets itself apart with a hybrid hotel product that combines the services and comfort of an affordable hotel with international standards and original services, such as a communal kitchen or games area. The offer is also unique in its flexibility: standard double rooms, private rooms with several beds, dormitories, and more. In this way, MEININGER targets a wide range of clients, such as school groups, backpackers, families and business travellers.

With this new opening, Covivio is strengthening its partnership with the lifestyle brand, which the Group has supported with its European development since the end of 2014. Following the inauguration of the Milan Lambrate MEININGER hotel in August 2018, this year marks an important step for the two partners with the opening of three hotels: in Munich, last May, in Paris today, and in Lyon with the opening on 1 December 2019 of the Lyon Centre Berthelot hotel with 176 rooms.

Thanks to Covivio’s renowned expertise and the relevance of the MEININGER concept, the two partners are playing an active role in renewing the hotel offering in major European cities.

“Today, we are proud to see the results of our unprecedented partnership with one of the most innovative brands in the sector. Thanks to our expertise as a developer and investor, we have enabled MEININGER Hotels to ramp up its development and establish itself in the heart of the most attractive European cities. We are very confident that this first Paris opening will be a success,” said Dominique Ozanne, Deputy CEO of Covivio.

“With our industry-unique hybrid hotel concept, we offer a completely new type of accommodation in France. This makes us a pioneer and serious new player in the market. Our goal is to achieve massive growth in France in the coming years and increase our capacity to more than 2,600 beds in the country by the end of 2021 alone.”, adds Hannes Spanring, CEO MEININGER.

“Today, a new form of hospitality is emerging to adapt to the behaviour of urban and nomadic travellers. The concept is designed to facilitate exchanges and make you feel at home. The ground floor is a real cool place to live with a welcoming atmosphere and surprising design. With its colourful living room, kitchen, friendly tables, play area, bistro… Everything is done to enjoy and share a good time.”, specify Axel Schoenert, Architect DPLG and President, Axel Schoenert architectes.

“The shape of the building is deliberately simple and elegant to give full expression to the aesthetic qualities of the wood. The façade’s play on transparency accentuates the fluidity between exterior and interior.”, said Daniel Vaniche, Architect, DVVD Architectes et Ingénieurs.

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