La Defense is a district in Paris consisting of many imposing highrise office towers and bland concrete structures, vastly different from the tree-lined streets and quaint neighborhoods that characterize most other sections of the city. La Defense weekends are especially "dead" (except for tourists marveling at the enormous La Grande Arche), so leisure travelers should definitely look to other parts of town for their stay. If you're not so inclined, La Defense is a savvy choice for weekday business travelers with meetings in the area. Three hotels surround the Grande Arche: Pullman, Renaissance, and Hilton.
All 384 Pullman rooms are delightfully adorned in deep red and warm maroon tones, outfitted with premium bedding and high thread-count sheets, and topped off with upscale furnishings.
Pullman's gym leaves much to be desired. A few cardio machines are jumbled together in a small, lower-level room marked by three white walls, a fourth with floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and a green floor. The machines aren't bad for a quick sweat, but only the hardened athletic-minded road warrior will be able to tolerate more than thirty minutes in this depressing space.
If you have a choice, and need to stay in the La Defense area, you'll be much happier at the Renaissance La Defense.