Trip Report: Australia (part 16) Park Hyatt Sydney

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Introduction
British Airways First Class Lounge O’Hare
Cathay Pacific First Class ORD-HKG
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
Cathay Pacific’s The Wing First Class Lounge HKG
Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class HKG-KUL
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Around Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Golden Lounge KUL
Malaysia Airlines Business Class KUL-MEL
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Australia Open Day One (2nd round of tourney)
Around Melbourne
Great Ocean Road Excursion
Australian Open Day Two (4th round of tourney)
Park Hyatt Sydney
Sydney Opera House Tour
Bondi Beach
Qantas Domestic Business Lounge SYD
Qantas Domestic Business Class SYD-BNE
Qantas Business Class BNE-LAX
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Park Hyatt Sydney

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Park Hyatt Sydney exterior

We arrived in Sydney on Jan 26th which is Australia Day. It is a big national holiday down under and so the hotel staff was in communication with me via email a few days prior to our arrival.  The reason for the correspondence is that many of the roads were going to be blockaded due to holiday events and parades.  In fact guests that were checking out the morning of Australia Day where accommodated on a boat and shuttled over to the other side of the harbour.   I found the pro-activeness of the staff to be great in this regard. There were temporary road closures in the Rocks and Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour but they were to be completed around 12noon. We were slated to check in closer to 1pm. Continue reading

Trip Report: Paris (part 5) Park Hyatt Paris Vendome


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Introduction
LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
The Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and adding our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Versailles
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
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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.

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Park Hyatt Paris exterior sign

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Room closet

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Room closet

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Park Hyatt Paris bedroom Continue reading