Review: Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme

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High on any point-aficionado’s interest list is the Park Hyatt Paris, the creme-de-la-creme of properties across the globe where status and points make the unaffordable attainable. Since our tour-de-force of Park Hyatt properties last December, I have been particularly interested in checking out more Park Hyatt properties, which I love for their understated elegance and refined comfort.

The Park Hyatt Paris is a wonderful property in an unbeatable location, but understated or refined it is not. This hotel is, instead, much like the Emirates of hotels: gaudy, over the top, and absolutely fantastic.

A five star hotel in Vendôme, it has a fantastic location just steps from the Louvre, Opera, and any metro line you could want. This comes with a price; rooms regularly go for over €700 (~$820) per night.

That’s where having Hyatt points comes in handy. As a category 7 hotel, the Park Hyatt Paris offers Points + Cash rates of 15,000 points €280. You need to book in advance (or get lucky) in order to get the rate, but that let’s you redeem Hyatt points at more than $.02 a piece, a fantastic rate. Alternatively, you could book a free night for 30,000 points.

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In addition to getting in at an affordable rate, I used one of my confirmable suite upgrade certificates (a benefit of being “Globalist” in Hyatt’s elite status) to confirm a suite (for free!) before we arrived.

Boy, was it some suite!

Upon entering, we had a sitting room, with two chairs, a couch and a desk. Two glass bottles of Evian water were set on the table, complimentary, and were replenished every day.

Across from the living room was the bedroom, with a massive comfortable bed, sitting chair and another desk. The statuettes on either side of the bed were found throughout the hotel, and, in my opinion, extremely creepy.

The room was very spacious – especially for Europe – and yes, those are flowers on the table that I ordered for Danielle. 🙂

When we arrived, a bottle of wine and plate of cheese were awaiting us. I don’t know if this was because we were in a sweet or because of my Globalist status. Needless to say, we didn’t spend much time asking before we popped open the bottle.

Everything, everything across the property is lined with gold trim. I don’t find this design particularly comfortable or up my alley – I’d much prefer the elegance of the Park Hyatt New York – but it felt very Paris. When in Rome!

Each of the two rooms had a matching bathroom, with shower, tub and closet. This made getting ready each day very easy!

The bathrooms were stocked with impressive toiletries. In addition to the standards (soap, shampoo, etc.), there were dental kits and even a shaving kit, which I snagged for later use.

Our room(s) overlooked one of the property’s two central courtyards, which meant that they were incredibly quiet with no street noise at all.

The halls of the hotel are nothing special – dark and quiet, like I like them.

A definite highlight of our stay at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme were the breakfasts, which were complimentary as a Globalist. Without this status, breakfasts would have run almost €100 a day.

The set up screamed Paris.

The food was plentiful and delicious.

In addition to the buffet spread, you can order any eggs or other hot dishes. Most days I ordered an omelette and called it a day.

Last summer, we stayed at another Hyatt property in Paris, the Hyatt Paris Madeleine. For what it’s worth, I actually thought the breakfasts are better there than the Park Hyatt. But we’re talking Dom Perignon versus Krug here, as both are fantastic and, in my case, FREE!

Take Away

The Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme is a fantastic property. The staff were incredibly attentive, and I especially appreciated how helpful the concierge team was as we planned, and then replanned each of our meals and outings while in town.

The hotel is not cheap – and the Madeleine, which is not too far away, is also very nice but much cheaper – but if you have the points or want an over-the-top home base in Paris, I strongly recommend checking this hotel out.