4 out of 5!! We are proud of our good environmental grade! And we will be working on doing even better in the future!

Because, we want our hotel to always improve in its environmental engagements, we have asked a specialist in environmental consulting, to audit the hôtel de la Porte Dorée. We wanted ot make sure that we were still respecting our engagements. The audit evaluates the environmental impact of a person spending one night at the hotel with breakfast.

4 out of 5 is good and we will, of course, continuously work on possible improvements to reduce our energy consumption, and our waste production, and recycle as much as possible!

Of course, we thank all of our clients who helped us achieve our goal of becoming and staying a green hotel!



They are absolutely essential to us, to our lives, to nature. Their presence is a sign of (relative) health of our planet. So maintaining them, protecting them, is saving our planet. Our life is linked to theirs. They maintain our biodiversity. They garanty 35% of the quantity of our food supply and 65% of food diversity depends on pollination.

Unfortunately, their annual mortality is 30%. Lets work on that !

Paris is becoming more and more involved into keeping apiaries in the city. Yes, Paris now has more than300 apiaries! The city has become a sanctuary for bees! Temperatures are higher, the plantations are more diverse and are usually pesticide free. Plantations are all over the place: in publics parcs, on balconies, gardens etc.

In Paris, one can find apiaries eveywhere ! In public gardens such as the Luxembourg or Georges Brassens, in the surrounding woods of Boulogne and Vincennes (about 50 apiaries!), but also on roofs like to roof of the Opéra Garnier, company buildings, or city halls.

The apiaries are taken care of by associations which have signed an agreement with the Ville de Paris.

And… at the end of Septembre, you will be able to go to the HONEY FESTIVAL in the Luxembourg parc and the Geroges Brassens parc. The Luxembourg’s apiary was created in 1856 by visionary Henri Hamet. You can buy honey and visit exhibitions, all about bees, preservation and honey making !


Go for it! All the money goes back to the bees!

Festival “L’été continue dans le 12ème” : summer ends with a festival for kids in the 12th !

From the 31st of August to the 2nd of September, parcs, public gardens and streets will be hosting   numerous shows: music, dance, theatres, puppets!


The festival will kick off on Friday the 31st of august at 6:30pm in front of the city house with a concert of the Papas Rigolos: wild rythms, crazy lyrics!


During three days, your children will enjoy the last few days of the summer holidays: gigs, dance shows, clowns, puppet shows, and even a moving piano, will be going around the neighbourhood!




The whole program is to be found on

Paris in the Summer! Go to the beach!

The summer transforms Paris! The Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) operation kicks off around 20 July and lasts four weeks. It began in 2002.

This year is will be concentrated arounf two areas: from the Louvre to the Pont de Sully. This is where it originally started in 2002. It spans three km through historical Paris, and features a swimming pool, concert stage, and open-air attractions (rollerblading, tai-chi, wall climbing, boules etc.). Refreshment areas, play areas and deckchairs are available for your time out unwinding by the river.

Kids will be having a great time, but so will you!

A second spot was added around the Bassin de la Villette.

This is the latest addition to Paris Plages, and opened in 2007. It stretches from Rotonde de Ledoux (nearest Jaurès Metro station) to the former Magasins Généraux (in Rue de Crimée) and features a proper water-sports complex (with rowing boats, kayaks, pedal boats and dinghies) alongside quaint quay-side restaurants and boules courts.

Paris plage is all around the Seine! Sandy beaches, deckchairs, ice cream sellers, and concerts for French and foreign guests. Holidaymakers at the Bassin de la Villette (Paris 19) can also borrow books free of charge, play beach volley, take an aquagym class in a mini pool, or kayak around the lake – or, of course just chill and enjoy. The Seine’s banks become pedestrian and the beaches are spread across three spots (Louvre/Pont de Sully, Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette).

On the Place of the Hotel de Ville, you will also have animations and outside doors concerts.

Every year, Paris Plages begins around 20 July and lasts four weeks.

All Paris Plages beaches are open non-stop from 8.00 am to midnight. It’s free of course (apart from the food stands)

Métro : Stations Louvre-Rivoli (Ligne 1), Pont-Neuf (Ligne 7), Châtelet (Lignes 1, 4, 7, 11, 14), Hôtel-de-Ville (Lignes 1, 11)

Bassin de la Villette
Métro : Stations Jaurès (Lignes 2, 5, 7 bis), Crimée (Ligne 7), Laumière (Ligne 5).

MUSIC IS ALL OVER PARIS!!! Music festival on the 21st of June 2012

The Fête de la Musique was created in 1982 by the cultural gouvernmental office. The 21st of June 1982, first day of summer, the festival is created making the old tradition of the “fête de la saint jean” live again.

« Faites de la musique, Fête de la Musique » , has become a formula! The festival is made for professionals and amateurs, and invites them to make them discover to all, their music. All the different types of music are welcome, would it be rock, jazz, songs, traditionnal music. It has now become a very popular event where musicians come and spontaneously start playing!

The fête de la musique starts exporting itself in 1985. It is now copied in more than one hundred countries all over the world.

Concerts are free and all over the media! A programme can be found in any local newspaper, especially if you want to see one of the massive concerts! In the laters, you might be lucky enough to hear some reknown artists, for free!



Just stroll around the different neighbourhoods in Paris, stop here and there, dance a little, stop for a drink, change neighbourhoods again etc. You will definitely find one concert that will suit your taste of the moment.

Maybe you can try sticking around the tiny improvised gigs, or on the contrary, decide, you’re just up for a big kick and go for one of the huge feasts! Either way, you can’t be disapointed.

For the occasion, the ratp (local parisian transports) are open all night long and has put in place a special fee: 3€ to go all around Paris and suburbs.


It’s time to party! Time to play music!