LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and adding our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome
We had the pleasure of staying at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome for three of our eight nights in Paris. We actually walked from Hotel du Louvre to this property with all of our luggage as the Hotel du Louvre front desk advised it’s only a 10 minute walk. In hindsight we both wished we would have just took a cab here but none the less we made it.
When we walked up to the entrance the bell staff jumped into action and welcomed us and grabbed all of our luggage. We were escorted from the entrance to the front desk where we checked in as normal. After checkin we were immediately handed off to a staff member that showed us around and told us a bit about the property. He mentioned the times of the restaurants and bars as well as the 24 hour fitness center. We were escorted up to our room on floor two (but button number one on the elevator) and shown around. He then left his contact info on our room’s notepad in case we needed anything.
I have been fortunate to stay in several “high end” luxury properties and this property fits the bill however it is probably not in my top three or four city hotels that I have stayed in. However, we enjoyed our room and found the bathroom to be large for the basic level room we had. A unique aspect of the bathroom is that it has a sink right in the shower stall. The bed was large and comfortable and we had a nice view out to the front of the property entrance. The closet was large which was nice so we could put all of our bags out of sight. At the time of checkin I was a Hyatt Platinum member so I didn’t get free breakfast and I wasn’t going to pay $150 for breakfast so we didn’t eat at this property at all. There are so many options in Paris I didn’t mind skipping eating here. The property does however have a great dining option named PUR which might be a nice splurge for a special dinner.
I will say that this is an impressive hotel and that it has been blogged about a lot so I wasn’t sure if it was going to live up to the hype or not. While I do feel its slightly overhyped (in the bloggershpere community)it is no doubt an excellent property.
Park Hyatt Paris exterior sign
Walk through of our room below:
The one negative that stood out during our stay was the noise outside our room. Since we were assigned a room on a low floor and facing the main street outside the property there was quite a bit of hustle and bustle. Lots of traffic, sirens, horns, and people outside making noise. If you are not a sound sleeper I would recommend a room facing the courtyard.
We bumped into a few celebs while staying here. Everyday there was a group of young ladies waiting outside the hotel. I asked the doorman “what’s the deal, who is staying here that they’re waiting for?” He said it was an actor from the Vampire Diaries. Using our detective skills we concluded it was actor Paul Wesley. I never heard of him but don’t tell his fans that!
Teenage girls loitering around outside the hotel
With the French Open going on it turns out a few professional tennis players were staying here as well. We walked right past Maria Sharapova as we were heading out the front door. I didn’t realize it was her until 2-3 seconds after we walked past her as she had sunglasses on. Another day on the way out the door we saw Tomas Berdych, the sixth ranked tennis player in the world at this time. We saw the French Open courier car outside the hotel on several occasions which takes the players to their matches and saw a few other players which I couldn’t make out from my room.
The Park Hyatt was our favorite of the four properties we stayed at while in Paris and we would both have no issues staying here again perhaps asking for a higher floor next time for less noise. A very nice, luxurious hotel in the heart of Place Vendome Paris.
I booked the first two nights of our stay using Hyatt points which were transferred into my Hyatt account from my Chase Ultimate Rewards balance. At the time I booked this back in October of 2013 the points requirements for the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome were 22,000 points per night. So I ended up transferring in 44,000 Ultimate rewards points (I mentioned earlier in my Hotel du Louvre review what Chase credit cards help you rack up the Ultimate Rewards points). Hyatt has since devalued their award chart earlier this year meaning now this same points redemption costs 30,000 Hyatt points per night. I ended up booking the last night of our stay using a free award night certificate from my Chase Hyatt Visa card. As I mentioned earlier in the trip report the two free night certificates you get from obtaining this card and meeting the spending requirement are good for ANY Hyatt property in the world.
We ended up receiving an amazing value using points for this hotel! With nightly rates of $1340.08 divided by 22,000 points=6 cents per point is awesome!!! This is why we transfer our points for travel rather than redeeming for cash or merchandise! This is taking points to the pinnacle.