La Defense is a burgeoning business area located about 5-10 miles beyond the tourist hotspots. With the Grande Arche as its anchor tenant, La Defense is a concrete-filled, unromantic district that is relatively deserted on weekends. Our recommendation is a La Defense stay only to those with weekday business in the nearby offices or expo centers. The Renaissance is hands down,is the best choice for athletic-minded travelers. Not only are its 324 country French-style rooms filled with modern features and plush amenities, but the hotel's workout option is one of the better gyms in Paris, not just La Defense.
The cardio equipment is a lesser known Pulse brand, but the machines are newer and run well. The multigym is antique-ish, so gravitating to the 50-pound dumbbell set is probably best for a strength workout. Hardwood floors and good lighting add to the room's appealing ambiance.
Lap swimmers are out of luck in this part of town, even the nearby Club Med's circular pool won't do.
Note: Renaissance La Defense is adjacent to KPMG's offices.