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Over the last few years, Paris has become one of my favorite places — I keep returning again and again. On my most recent trip in May, I decided to revisit an old haunt, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. I found it largely unchanged since my last visit in 2010, aside from a flat-screen TV upgrade and a handful of new rooms and suites.
But like the old adage says, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Set on Rue de la Paix next to the Place Vendôme, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is one of the chain’s crown jewels for award redemptions, and one I often recommend as a good choice for using your two free Hyatt nights if you sign up for the Chase Hyatt Visa. The property is currently listed at #16 for Paris hotels on TripAdvisor, and I’m a fan of its location — a 15-minute walk from either the Avenue des Champs-Élysées or the Louvre, and about a 20-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower.
The hotel has a total of 153 rooms and 43 luxury suites, some of which were added back in 2013. For dining, you can choose from six restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Pur’ by Jean-François Rouquette. If you’re into cigars, you’ll want to check out the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme’s bar, which boasts a cigar cellar with more than 40 types available. If tea is more your speed, try Les Orchidées Paris, which offers an afternoon tea service, as well as breakfast and lunch.
Even though it’s a Category 7 hotel that now weighs in at 30,000 Hyatt points per night for a standard room, I chose to redeem points rather than pay cash since the cost for a standard room was €810 ($882) per night. At that rate, I’m getting a rough value of 3 cents per point, which is much better than my current valuation for Hyatt points at 1.8 cents each.
At check-in, I didn’t receive an upgrade and was given an interior courtyard view room — but this didn’t bother me, since I really liked the view.
Like the Emirates first-class suites of hotel rooms, the rooms here aren’t for everyone. The brushed gold lamé decor leans toward Liberace and the bronze figures of humans with their arms stretched to the heavens are just shy of creepy, but the overall effect is pretty swanky. (Displayed throughout the hotel, the extensive collection of limited-edition bronze work and paintings was largely acquired by Darthea Speyer, American cultural attaché to Paris and one of Paris’ most influential dealers in the 1950s.) The bedding was far from over-the-top — aside from a pair of velvet pillows that are likely never washed — but it was certainly cozy and comfortable.
The bathroom’s design was a little odd — the shower was far from water-tight, and I never did figure out why there was a random sink inside it — but nothing major.
The hallways feel a little like they belong on a cruise ship from the 1980s, right down to the squiggly lines in the carpet and the porthole-esque windows in the dividing doors. The overall effect felt dark and dated.
The breakfast was impressive. The buffet includes an entrée, plus the buffet spread. The food was delicious, and I was happily able to make healthy choices across the board.
Since I’m Hyatt Platinum, I received a 50% discount on breakfast, which is normally €50 ($54). If you have Diamond status, breakfast is complimentary. At the hotel’s discretion, Diamond members may be able to have their meal delivered to their room.
I’d recommend the spa and enjoyed my treatment, but be aware that the rates are fairly high; for instance, a 60-minute massage started at €160 ($174).
The Park Hyatt is a solid hotel, although I definitely think it could use a refresh. The keys in the doors aren’t electronic, the hallways could stand to be lightened up a bit, and I also felt that some of the decorations were a bit tired and kitschy. That said, the location is great, especially because it’s smack in the middle of some of the city’s best shopping.
Later in my trip, I stayed at the Westin Paris – Vendôme, which I thought had an even better location and was in a cooler building. For future trips, I’m hoping that Mandarin Oriental comes up with a loyalty program since I’d love to check out its Paris property. Paris is otherwise chock-full of high-end hotels, such as the Four Seasons, the Shangri-La, W Paris- Opera and the Peninsula Paris.
If I was paying for my stay versus using points, I’d choose a top-tier hotel other than the Park Hyatt — but in terms of redeeming points, it’s an excellent value.
Read about some of my other Hyatt stays:
Hotel Review: Hôtel du Louvre, a Hyatt Hotel, Paris, France
Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Sydney City Harbour Deluxe and City View Rooms
Hotel Review: Hyatt Olive 8 Seattle- Governor Suite
Hotel Review: Park Hyatt New York – Park Deluxe King Room
Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Chicago- Regency Club King
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