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I just wrapped up my first ever stay at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. I feel like in the miles & points world, staying at the Park Hyatt Paris is a rite of passage, much like showering on an Emirates A380, redeeming miles for Cathay Pacific first class, and staying at the Park Hyatt Maldives. Yet this was my first ever stay at the Park Hyatt Vendome, even though I’ve been to Paris many times.
This is a Category 7 World of Hyatt hotel, so a free night stay cost 30,000 points per night (you can earn these points directly on The Hyatt Credit Card, or transfer them over from Ultimate Rewards, earned on cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card, and Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card). On the plus side, nowadays you can use a Globalist suite upgrade for award stays, which is an awesome benefit, so I was able to confirm a Park Deluxe Suite at the time of booking.
I was curious what the hotel would be like, as I’ve heard mixed reports. I tend to think there are two types of luxury points hotels — there are some points hotels that are truly world class hotels and the absolute best in a city, and then there are points hotels that are really good when you consider that you’re redeeming points. Let me give a couple of examples.
The Park Hyatt Sydney is objectively the best hotel in Sydney. The hotel isn’t just great when you’re accounting for the fact that you’re redeeming points, but rather it’s actually a spectacular, world class, city hotel.
Then there’s the Park Hyatt Maldives. I absolutely love the hotel, it’s an insanely good deal at just 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night, and the island it’s on is stunning. However, it’s most definitely not the best hotel in the Maldives. In other words, I’m thrilled to stay there on points and have a great time, but if paying cash, there are more luxurious properties at that price point.
To be honest, I was expecting the Park Hyatt Paris to be in the same category as the Park Hyatt Maldives, which is to say that I thought it would be a very nice hotel for a points hotel, but wouldn’t actually be among the best hotels in Paris.
Last year I got engaged at the Shangri-La Paris, which I booked because I thought getting a terrace room overlooking the Eiffel Tower would be pretty special. The hotel was spectacular, and I was expecting that the Park Hyatt would be a significant downgrade compared to that.
I’ve gotta be honest, I’m blown away by the Park Hyatt. It’s not just nice when you take into account that you can redeem points here, but in many ways I prefer this hotel to the Shangri-La Paris, which is saying a lot.
The Park Hyatt has apparently just undergone a soft renovation. I’ll be writing a full review soon, but in this post wanted to share my initial thoughts.
While we already had a confirmed suite upgrade, we got further upgraded to a prestige suite. The hotel was sold out during our stay, so I suspect that’s the reason we got a further upgrade. The suite was incredible, in terms of the amount of personal space, and also in terms of the decor. It had the perfect balance of feeling classic while feeling updated and in good condition, which not many hotels can do well.
As a Globalist member breakfast was included, and you can choose between having breakfast in the restaurant or room service. The first morning we had room service, which was a treat.
For the remaining days we had breakfast in the restaurant, as I thought that was an even better experience, if that’s possible.
The hotel’s public areas are also lovely, with a very nice courtyard, and also a cozy lobby with a fireplace.
The service at the hotel impressed me across the board, with everyone being attentive, friendly, and polished.
Lastly, the location of the Park Hyatt is tough to beat, at least for our purposes. We could walk almost everywhere by foot, from tourist sights to great restaurants.
Anyway, I’ll have a full review soon, though in the meantime I can’t recommend the Park Hyatt Vendome enough. This hotel exceeded my expectations, and while I thought it would just be excellent for a points hotel, I objectively find this to be an excellent property, thanks to the beautiful decor, excellent food & drinks, service, and location.
Now to be clear, I’m sure there are marginally better hotels in Paris. However, for my dates the paid rate would have been 550EUR prepaid, which is significantly cheaper than properties like the Four Seasons George V, for example. Even on a paid rate, I think this hotel is a comparative bargain in the luxury sector (when you look at how much some other luxury hotels charge).
If you’ve stayed at the Park Hyatt Vendome, what was your experience like?