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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.