The Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme is one of those aspirational hotels amongst frequent flyers and points collectors, and for a good reason.
While us mere mortals like to redeem points for a room in this property due to the exorbitant prices the Park Hyatt Vendôme demands, celebrities also join in on the fun boasting about their personally embroidered pillowcases on Instagram.
It seems that for many, you are failing at life in general unless Park Hyatt Paris has a set of pillowcases with your name on it.
Park Hyatt Location
The hotel is a stone throw from place (pronounced 'plas') Vendôme in the 2nd arrondissement. It's in walking distance from the Louvre, Champs-Élysées and the Seine. If you're arriving via train, Gare du Nord is around 20 or so mins via taxi or 15 with the metro.
Park Hyatt Vendôme Entrance
If you're feeling important, you can enter the Park Hyatt Vendôme via the rear entrance which allows your driver to drop you off, out of sight from those pesky paparazzi.
On this occasion, I opted for the front entrance of the Haussmann style building (typical Parisian architectural style); which by grand hotel standards is still fairly discreet looking and blends in with the luxury watch shops flanking the property.
The first point of contact are the bellmen on duty who took care of our luggage while we made our way to the reception desk which is tucked away down the far back past the helpful concierge desk right at the entrance.
Booking Park Hyatt Vendôme Paris
The Park Hyatt Paris is a category 7 Hyatt property which demands 30,000 World Of Hyatt miles per night for a standard Queen room.
If you're interested in hacking cheap luxury hotel stays, go read my guide on how to buy and maximise Hyatt points.
Rates at this hotel start at around 649 euros per night for the basic room; that's well over AU $1000. On our particular dates the prices were starting at 800+ euros a night, so of course, it made sense to buy Hyatt Points. (read our full guide on buying Hyatt Points here)
I booked this hotel last minute (2 weeks before arrival), and there was a bonus promotion on at the time, so I paid US$456 for 30,482 World Of Hyatt points (It does get cheaper depending on the bonus promotion). That's a "saving" of at least 50% compared to booking with cash.
We arrived at the hotel around 2:30 PM but our room wasn't ready yet (official check-in time is 3 PM), so we opted to wait in the lobby bar with some outrageously priced drinks.
Spot on 3PM, the agent, walked over with the room keys. We were given a high floor overlooking one of the nearby streets; we even got a coveted view of the Eiffel Tower.
Although the room is relatively small, it's designed well to make most the space available. Something very noticeable throughout the hotel are the bronze sculptures by Rosaline Granet, this art/design statement continues into the room where multiple statues are attached by the bedhead and onto vanity mirrors.
The room is full of gold accents, marble details and wood panelling; it all makes for a very lavish experience.
Our room had large rooftop windows which opened up so you could climb onto a small ledge/balcony (I doubt you were supposed to) for some beautiful views over the city.
One can appreciate the attention to detail of the sleek gold light switches next to the bed (and yes they control all the lights, no hunting around for hidden switches).
The bed, although it's supposedly a Queen size was large enough and extremely comfortable; as would be expected.
The bathroom is open plan but can be closed off with sliding doors if you're a prude, tabs of the shower and bath are of course in gold and shower products are custom designed by celebrity perfumer Christophe Laudamiel.
The toilet is adjacent to the bathroom but has a separate door; usually, I don't take pictures of toilets, but this one is a Toto which automatically opens when you walk up to it and has all the bum jets one can dream of.
In the bathroom, there also was a beautiful leather upholstered toiletries box which includes everything you might need; it's a nice touch as I hate having to call and ask for a toothbrush when I forget to bring my own.
Free of charge is the Nespresso machine and the vast selection of Nunshen tea.
And naturally the mini bar comes well stocked with French wines
When staying at a fancy hotel, I often note that we're celebrating an anniversary of sorts (I have no shame), and to my surprise a bottle of champagne and a nice selection of macaroons was waiting in our room when we returned accompanied with a lovely handwritten card, very nice.
The Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme has a few restaurants; one even has a Michelin star. Breakfast at the hotel is not included with the standard rate, or when booked with points and retails for 55 Euro (ouch!). We skipped this option since our Etihad A380 business class flight had a relatively early departure which had us checking out with no time for breakfast.
I'm sure though for 55 euro you would get the best croissants and cappuccino Paris has to offer!
Park Hyatt Paris In Conclusion
Park Hyatt Vendôme is all about understated luxury and caters to the well-heeled and those that enjoy the finer things in life. If you're on a budget, this hotel probably won't fit the bill (unless you have a stack of Hyatt points).
Although I highly rate this hotel, there are so many luxury hotels in Paris, so I don't see the point of staying at the same property each time we visit the city as there are so many equally as good if not better hotels I would like to try.