Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome

 

This Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome hotel review is an update of my prior Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome review from 2013. We were arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle in the early evening, so we just needed a room for the night, close to our next hotel for the following day. I already had some Hyatt Gold Passport points that had sat unused in my account for months, so since the retail rate for a Park Twin Room for our date was over 1100 EUR that night (which was during the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer matches) it was a decent use of 30,000 Hyatt points.

Our stay is part of a trip report that includes Lufthansa First Class, Paris and London luxury hotels and Michelin star dining. For the prior posts, please see:

Review: Lufthansa First Class Lounge JFK Airport Terminal 1

Review: Lufthansa First Class 747-8 NYC to Frankfurt

Lufthansa First Class Terminal, Frankfurt: 6 Things I Love

Review: Pur' Paris Restaurant, Park Hyatt Paris

 

TravelSort Clients enjoy these Virtuoso benefits when reserving paid stays at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests, served in Les Orchidees restaurant
  • Complimentary one-way airport or train station transfer for all stays of 3 nights or above on Park Deluxe category or higher
  • $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

 

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Location and Check-In

The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is located at 5 Rue de la Paix, less than a 20 minute walk from the Louvre and the Musee de l'Orangerie, and a 5 minute walk from the Opera Metro Station (lines 3, 7 and 8).

From Charles de Gaulle Airport, we took the RER B to Chatelet les Halles, then transferred to the RER A to Auber, and from there walked to the hotel. It took us about 10-11 minutes since I had my son with me and some luggage, but if you're not with a kid it would be an even shorter walk.

There was no line at reception when we arrived about 6:30pm, so we were able to check-in quite quickly. One of the great things about France, even Paris, is that you can pretty easily practice your French without being spoken to in English; it's not like Scandinavia where anyone but the most fluent Norwegian / Swedish / Danish speakers will be replied to in English. I only have high school level French but the front desk associate was more than happy to reply in French, as were the staff at Pur' restaurant.

Review-Park Hyatt Paris Vendome Front Desk Reception

 

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Park Twin Room

Our Park Twin Room was on the 4th floor, facing the inner courtyard. This did make for a quiet room, but even with the lights on, and coupled with the brown color theme, I found the room too dark and rather depressing. Park Twin Rooms are 280 – 322 square feet, and strictly accommodate two people. If you're a family of three, you would need a Park Deluxe Room, as these can accommodate a rollaway bed or crib; see Park Hyatt Paris Vendome Family Award Stay? I was traveling on my own with my son, so the Park Twin was sufficient for us.

Review-Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Park Twin Room

Park Twin Room, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review

 

The desk is against the wall, along with the TV, and does have a U.S. as well as European power outlet, which is handy if you're traveling with multiple devices and just have one adapter.

Park Twin Desk and TV, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review

 

There were two bottles of Evian water on the table as a welcome amenity. Sorry, but that to me was disappointing–it's hard for me to get excited about bottled water, when the tap water in France is perfectly drinkable, and is what I order even in restaurants–just ask for a carafe d'eau. If the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is trying to be a luxury hotel, a more appropriate welcome amenity would be some fresh fruit or some sweets made by the pastry chef. Even the Park Hyatt Washington DC provided some fresh seasonal peaches as a welcome amenity.

Evian Bottled Water Welcome Amenity, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review

 

The bathroom was just as I remembered it from our prior stay, with gaudy gold fixtures that remind me of Trump hotels.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review-Park Room Bathroom

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review-Bathroom

 

The bath products are still Blaise Mautin, which I know many people like, but they're not my cup of tea. I did, however, like that other toiletries are also provided, such as mouthwash.

Blaise Mautin Bath Products, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review-Toiletries

 

While our stay was short and I didn't have occasion to use it, I was glad to see a Nespresso machine in the room, and even happier to see that the tea is by Mariage Freres, a top-notch French tea brand.

Nespresso Machine and Tea Kettle, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review

Nespresso Capsules and Mariage Freres Tea, Park Hyatt Paris Review

 

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Fitness Center and Spa

The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome doesn't have a swimming pool, but it does have a good sized fitness center for a city center hotel, as well as a spa with a jacuzzi and several treatment rooms.

Fitness Center, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Spa Jacuzzi

 

Here's the couple's treatment room, with a soaking bath:

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review-Couple's Spa Treatment Room

 

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Restaurants and Dining

The Park Hyatt Paris has a 1 Michelin star restaurant that I was impressed by; see my Pur' Restaurant Review.

Les Orchidees serves daily breakfast (complimentary with Virtuoso bookings and for Hyatt Diamond members) as well as Sunday brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Restaurant Les Orchidees

 

La Terrasse offers al fresco dining in the hotel's inner courtyard, serving meals until midnight, while La Cheminee serves a la carte breakfast, afternoon tea and drinks and tapas in the evening.

La Terrasse, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Review

 

The Verdict

We had a brief but decent stay, although the Park Hyatt Paris is still not in my top 5 Paris hotels. The bed is still too firm (as at all Park Hyatt hotels I've stayed at), the rooms are too dark, the gold bathroom fixtures remind me of gaudy Trump hotels, there's no swimming pool, and the Concierge is at best curt and at worst (my last stay) inept. The reception and front desk, however, were polite and friendly.

And having bottled water (even Evian) as the only welcome amenity is just cheap and not in keeping with a true luxury hotel–there should at least be some type of fresh fruit welcome amenity. There was also no special kid's welcome amenity of any kind, nor any child-size bathrobe or slippers for my son. Sure, it was an award stay, but it just reinforces my view that hotels that can be booked with points, with very few exceptions, are not true luxury hotels–true luxury hotels such as Four Seasons, The Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, etc. are not bookable with points and have invested in better staff training, consistency, and the details that make a stay memorable. As I mentioned in my earlier Pur' review, however, I'd come back for a meal at Pur' as the food and service there were excellent.

If you've stayed at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome recently, what was your experience?

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