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I’m keeping this trip report series relatively brief. After being in the Maldives we flew Etihad to Abu Dhabi and then Doha, and then Qatar Airways first class to Paris. We had three nights in Paris, and stayed at Prince De Galles, which is a Starwood Luxury Collection property. This is generally regarded as the best Starwood property in Paris, and it’s also a Category 7 hotel, meaning that a free night redemption costs 30,000-35,000 Starpoints per night.
Paid rates at the hotel were ~600EUR per night, though through Starwood Luxury Privileges there was a third night free promotion. So with a rate like that, paying 400EUR per night seemed like a better value than redeeming points.
The hotel is located immediately next to the iconic Four Seasons George V. I’m far from a Paris expert, though I know some people love staying in that area, while others don’t. Personally I found the immediate area to be pretty boring, though from the hotel you have easy access to the metro, etc.
The hotel has a charming and intimate lobby, with seating in a “U” shaped arrangement.
Reception was located inside the entrance and to the left. There was no line to check-in, and I was informed I had been upgraded to a suite as an SPG Platinum member.
The hotel has a couple of sets of elevators — one right off reception, and two in the center of the lobby. I was escorted up to my suite by one of the front office associates and a very cute intern, who was adorably nervous.
I was assigned room 210, located just outside the elevator and to the right.
By Paris standards the suite was huge. There was a large entryway with the minibar and Nespresso machine to the right.
That led into the living room, which featured a couch and chair facing a coffee table and wall-mounted TV.
Underneath the TV were a couple more seats, which I found a bit odd.
Then over by the window was a small dining table with two chairs.
The bedroom was separated from the living room by a door, as well as by a long hallway on the opposite side of the room.
The bed was comfortable, and there was a desk right in front of it, along with a couch to the side of it, right by the window.
The room had windows that opened slightly and faced the street and nearby buildings. The weather was perfect when we were in Paris — we really lucked out — so I kept the windows open for much of the stay.
Next to the bedroom was the bathroom, which had double sinks, a soaking tub, a toilet and bidet, and a walk-in shower.
The hotel had Christian Lacroix toiletries, which were great quality.
Then the hallway led back from the bathroom to the living room.
Overall I thought the suite was nicely appointed — it had a classic feel with all the modern amenities you’d expect. Wifi throughout the hotel was fast, and having such a big room in Paris was a special treat, given that space comes at a premium in the city.
As a Starwood Platinum member I could have free breakfast at the hotel’s main restaurant, Restaurant La Scene. The restaurant was nicely furnished, and I was there each morning as it opened (along with the Real Housewives of Riyadh, from the looks of it).
The breakfast menu read as follows:
As you can see, breakfast usually costs 49EUR per person, so getting free breakfast for two people as an SPG Platinum member is quite a value.
I’ve never been that much of a Paris lover, though perhaps that’s largely a function of how long it has been since I’ve been to Paris. What I had forgotten is how damn good everything in France tastes. The food quality is just out of this world.
So while this wasn’t some mega-buffet you’ll find in Southeast Asia, the quality of everything was to die for. I stuffed my face way too much for my own good, but it was worth it (almost?).
The bread… the yogurt… the cheese… the croissants… so good!
Also included with breakfast were eggs prepared to your liking. I had a veggie omelet each morning, which was as delicious as everything else.
The hotel also has a beautiful patio area, which I didn’t use.
Then the hotel has a signature bar, Bar Les Heures, which seemed to be popular, though again, I didn’t use it.
On the basement level the hotel has a small spa, as well as a decent size gym.
Service throughout the hotel was good. Ultimately you don’t get quite as much of a chance to experience service in a city hotel as in a resort, since I spent most of my time catching up on sleep, outside the hotel, or working. But the front office associates, bellmen, and breakfast staff were all great.
Prince De Galles Paris bottom line
Prince De Galles is a perfect Paris five star hotel for those of us who are points obsessd. The rooms and public areas were beautiful, as the hotel struck a good balance between keeping a classic design without seeming outdated. The suite I was upgraded to was huge, the breakfast was great, and the staff were friendly.
If you can get a good deal at this hotel (like a third night free offer), or if you’re someone who doesn’t mind paying for five star hotels in Paris, then I recommend this place. Otherwise I know many people don’t find five star city hotels to be as worthwhile in cities (unlike resorts in remote destinations), given how little time you really have to enjoy the hotel.
I’d recommend this hotel, and am excited to return to Paris and try one of the other offerings from Hyatt or Starwood.
Do you have a favorite Paris hotel?