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Hotel Review: Hôtel du Louvre, a Hyatt Hotel, Paris, France

by on June 7, 2014 · 18 comments

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TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss recently spent a couple of weeks traveling through France and Italy on a mission to find the best hotels. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for hotel reviews in Paris, Cannes, Cap d’Antibe and Rome. First up, The Hôtel du Louvre Paris, a Hyatt property.

Hotel du Louvre

Hotel du Louvre

The Booking

When I look for a hotel to stay at in Paris, it’s all about convenience to the sights that I wanted to see. I decided to look at Hyatt properties as I’ve stayed at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome before (as had TPG back in 2010), which is the chain’s premier property in the city. However it was not available on points for the night I was interested, so I continued my search and found the Hyatt Paris Madelaine, the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, however I opted for the grand Five Star Hôtel du Louvre. The hotel is located at the busy intersection of the Avenue de l’Opera and Rue de Richelieu near the famed I.M. Pei pyramids at the Louvre.

The Hotel du Louvre, a great location

The Hotel du Louvre, a great location

I booked one night in a Standard Room using 20,000 Hyatt Points that I instantly transferred from Chase Ultimate Rewards, which is the points program of my Chase Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold and Ink Plus cards. The room usually starts at €350 ($477 USD), which isn’t a great deal, so I decided to burn points and save money for expenses during the trip. I figured that 20,000 Hyatt Points versus paying $477 means I got a value of almost 2.4 cents per point, which is in line with how we value Hyatt at about 1.8 cents. Given that Parisian hotels tend to land on the higher end of the price spectrum, redeeming with points is a great idea. Upgrades to the King Suite costs 32,000 points by calling the customer service number (they are not available on the website) with a three night minimum, or as a Hyatt Platinum there is an option to use a suite upgrade certificate but again, there is a 3-night minimum stay.

First Appearances

When I finally arrived after Ubering in from Charles De Gaulle and dropping TPG off at the W Paris Opera, I got to the front desk and there were all sorts of issues with my reservation that took about 25 minutes to resolve.  I did indeed change my plans a couple times, but I had always called Gold Passport to confirm, though it seems that those changes may not have made their way to the front desk, but regardless they got it worked out and let me check in early, which made up for the 25 minutes lost checking in.

I walked through the airy high-ceilinged and marble-columned lobby which had a sweeping staircase featuring a replica of the Venus de Milo (you can see the real version of across the street at the Louvre) and took the lift and up to the fourth floor.

The lobby at the Hôtel du Louvre

The lobby at the Hôtel du Louvre

The Room

The hallway to my Standard Room was decorated with quirky framed paintings of animal portraits. And my standard room was just that, very standard. It was decently appointed measuring around 160-square-feet. The furniture was nothing of note, but after a long day of traveling, the bed was a very comfortable and welcome respite. Even though the room was not facing the Louvre or the street, but rather the interior courtyard of the property, it was still incredibly light, airy and very quiet.

Standard Bedroom at the Hôtel du Louvre

Standard Bedroom at the Hôtel du Louvre

The bathroom was nice and spacious, featuring products by Fragonard. As with most European hotels, the toilet was located in a separate room from the shower and sink.

Simple, well-lit bathroom at Hôtel du Louvre

Simple, well-lit bathroom at Hôtel du Louvre

Dining & Amenities

Breakfast was not included in the room rate and the restaurant Brasserie du Louvre was actually closed for a private function the next morning, so I wasn’t able to see into the space. I decided to meet a friend at his hotel for breakfast instead. The lobby bar, aptly named Le Bar featured very dark and chic red lighting, which made it the perfect spot for a late night cocktail. Twice a month, the bar offers live jazz sessions with sax, trumpet, guitar and string bass players. The hotel also features a 24-hour fitness center on the mezzanine level and the staff will gladly provide jogging maps if you’re so inclined to take a jaunt around with the city.

Lobby Bar at Hôtel du Louvre

Lobby Bar at Hôtel du Louvre

Beautiful and quirky hallways at the Hôtel du Louvre

Beautiful hallways featuring wrought iron railings and large animal paintings at the Hôtel du Louvre

Hits 

The Hôtel du Louvre’s location simply cannot be beat, especially for those first-timers to Paris. With it’s centralized spot across the street from the Louvre and the Tuileries and an easy walk to Notre Dame and other points of interest, it’s a no-brainer for convenience. The property is nice and charming, the lobby bar is a great place to tuck away for a cocktail and the restaurant is great for people watching.

Misses

I would not however recommend this hotel if you are looking for space to spread out. The Standard Room that I redeemed on points was definitely cramped, and there was not much room to spread out. That being said, I can’t vouch for other room types. I assume that as you work your way up in the room types there may be more space available, especially in the suites and executive rooms. Additionally, the rate is fairly high, and if you are traveling with your family and require more space, the price only goes up.

The Bottom Line

Overall, my stay at the Hôtel du Louvre was a good one, and I would stay there again. They definitely need a more attentive bell staff to notice when someone needs assistance with luggage or hailing a taxi. The location can’t be beat, but a service improvement would definitely do them well.

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  • John Martinez

    stayed there in April. Agree with the location. Across the street from the Louvre and the Metro station drops you at the other side of the hotel block, so very easy to get to. Building is from the mid 1800′s and rooms are a little dated, but its “charming” in a European type of charming.

    I used a suite upgrade which gave us a small two room suite on the fourth floor. Second room was a sitting area, and bed was in the first room as you walked in. This room (173 if I recall), overlooked the small plaza across the street (on the left hand side of the building as seen in your photo. First night there was a string quartet playing in the evening, so I scored bonus points with the girlfriend in the “ambiance” category since we sat up in the open French-door window of the sitting room drinking wine and listening to the performance

    Breakfast was good, typically European buffet style with a pretty decent selection. We found staff to be quite helpful with restaurant recommendations and tourist tips.

  • David F

    Just booked 2 night for April. Thanks for the review.

  • misty

    My husband and I just spent 3 nights there last month on points.. we were upgraded to an executive room with a nice view without asking.
    Room was larger (and really large for Paris hotel rooms)..Had no issues at all. 2 Bellman were there at all times and had no problems.
    Concierge(s) were outstanding…
    Spotted an American TV star at the outside Cafe there.His wife is a film maker and was filming a Documentary on the 5th Floor of the Hotel.
    As stated.. location cannot be beat… Metro stop right on backside of Hotel and lots of busses stop across the square. You can walk to the Seine and also to the Musee D”Orsey as well as the Louvre. Will book there again.
    A Grand Hotel.

  • Wandering Sheppard

    Agree on location. I had a room on the 3rd floor and used a free night cert (really wanted to do Park Hyatt as always mentioned on TPG, but unavailable). My room faced Rue du Rivoli (I could peer into the Louvre) and other than a huge commotion for a wedding – the street noise was very little. Even though the hotel is dated, for probably historic reasons and keep with area, they do use two windows to minimize outside noise. Since I was Platinum, thanks to the Hyatt CC, we were provided Sparkling bottled water and fruit. Had a great time here and would stay again.

  • joeypore

    Would love to check out this property at some point… The Park Hyatt Vendome is by far one of the best Hyatt properties in their portfolio, and I can’t wait to return.

  • http://drewjolesch.com Drew Jolesch

    Had planned on staying here last weekend, however upon checking in we were told that our room had a water leak and they could not accommodate us at the hotel and the moved us to the Castille Paris (non-Hyatt hotel). The front desk staff was extremely apologetic and forthcoming. Want to go back to Paris to try this hotel out at some point, but we had a great time at the Castille Paris!

  • Troy

    I stayed here last week! I just posted my review a few days ago.

    http://pointspinnacle.com/trip-report-paris-part-3-hotel-du-louvre/

  • Joe

    LOL at “however I opted for the grand Five Star Hôtel du Louvre.” Of course you did, this is TPG, aka Robin Leach. Good review, though, and a fairly reasonably priced category 5.

  • Stvr

    No mention of Hyatt status? Platinum? Diamond? What is this… TripAdvisor?

  • Gary

    You mention, “or as a Hyatt Platinum there is an option to use a suite upgrade certificate”. Do you mean Hyatt Diamond? Or are there some kind of suite upgrade benefits associated with being just Hyatt Platinum that I don’t know about? Thanks!

  • Ron

    Well, where’s the value? Based solely upon your review and pictures, the hotel seems grossly overpriced (in dolllars) for what you received, despite the great location. At 20000 UR points, you paid close to the equivalent of a domestic coach RT flight for THAT room for 1 night.

  • Joe

    TPG doesn’t fly coach, due to his height.

  • Ben

    Traveler tip: the Roisee bus that runs from CDG into Paris stops right by this hotel. Only costs €10 each way! It’s an incredible value. Makes no stops except at each terminal at CDG.

  • MJM

    Thanks for the timely post. I reserved the Vendome on points on the old scale & may have to change my dates. Don’t have tons of points so I’ve been wondering about this hotel.

  • Serion

    As an FYI, this property is being converted into an Andaz.

  • JustSaying

    The bottom line is that the Park Hyatt Vendome is not available you just don’t go………

  • Crazy 4 Rewards

    Thanks for the information. I’ve been looking for accomodations in Paris using points. My challenge is that I’m going with my family and the rooms in all of the hotels I’ve check are single beds. Do you have any hotel recommendation in Paris for families?

  • Chris

    Thanks as always for all your helpful information! Question for you… I’m planning on traveling to Nice for 3 nights in late summer. When I checked the Hyatt site two weeks ago, every night was available to be booked with points. Now only 1 of the 3 nights is! In your experience, will the hotel release more rooms closer to the date, or am I out of luck here?

    Thanks again

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