Saturday, July 26, 2014

Park Hyatt Paris Vendome

Its been a little while since the trip but I'm finally getting around to posting the pictures of my stay at the legendary Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, one of the top hotels in France. As we went during peak season at the beginning of July, rates were quite high at $700+ per night for a Park Queen room and I was very glad that I was exchanging two night earned from the Chase Hyatt credit card signup bonus and another two nights at the incredible rate of 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points!  (which have since been raised to 30,000 points per night)

The Park Hyatt, one of the few select Palace hotels in the city, is conveniently located near Place Vendome and just two quick city blocks away from the Opera Metro station. Its location makes it perfectly situated for getting around to the Galeries Lafayette, the Musee du Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens and very close walk to the Seine river.

Likely one of the most aspirational hotel properties in the world within the Hyatt hotel chain, we were certainly not disappointed. The hotel had a very graceful, modern touch with classical influences that made the look and feel very aesthetically appealing. The other thing that will strike you the instant you walk in is the strong Blaise Mautin-created 'parfum', a fragrance that permeates throughout the property.

I had checked in by utilizing my high school French and I am sure the front desk was rather amused. They offered very politely whether I would like to continue checking in in English or French and (more for my own sake!) I asked to continue in English, to make sure I did not miss anything. Once the process was complete, we were offered to be personally shown to our room.

The elevator waiting area on the 4th floor was very classy, almost as though you are in a museum of sorts. We were struck by the silence and serenity of the hallways compared to the hustle and bustle of the street outside. It definitely felt like a sanctuary within the city.

When we were taken to our room, we were happily informed that we had been upgraded to a Park Deluxe King room which offered a spacious living area and that was larger than the regular Park Queen rooms. The unique gold and brown decor, the stylish statuettes on the wall and the luxurious furnishings gave the room a very sophisticated and refined feel.

The bathroom was very spacious with a large rainforest shower and bathtub along with its own private sink and mirror! The bathrobes and towels were very large and comfortable.

The room was restocked daily with two bottles of Evian water and there was a selection of coffees along with a Nespresso machine. Evening turndown service is also available.

A welcome card was waiting for us in the room with a postcard-perfect picture of the Place Vendome just outside the hotel. A box of galettes (butter biscuits) was also awaiting us on the table and they made for a delightful snack.

Our room faced inward toward the courtyard restaurant below and the lack of streets outside the window was a welcome surprise as we would be sheltered from the street noises outside.

The onsite facilities were remarkably classy and despite the small size of the gym, there was a decent selection of equipment. Plenty of water and fruit were also stocked on the side.

The spa definitely ranks as one of my favorites in the world. Again, despite the small overall size, the atmosphere was warm, relaxing and somewhat surreal. The soft, soothing music playing in the background and Blaise Mautin smell quickly transports you away to this sanctuary of rest and relaxation.

Next to the hot tub, there is a tea station set up where you can just lay back and enjoy the almost mystical atmosphere. The facilities also include a sauna and steam room replete with a starry ceiling that melds well with the overall spa design.

With no doubt, this hotel property is one of my favorites in the world and so far in my travels, might only be matched by its sister property in Japan, the Park Hyatt Tokyo.

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