There’s something about going to Paris that gets us upbeat. We were in Paris only 3 months ago and yet going back still made us giddy! Traveling from London to Paris is a breeze thanks to the Eurostar train, a high-speed rail service that connects London (London St Pancras Int’l Station) to Paris and also Brussels via the Channel Tunnel. With 2 hours travel time, the City of Lights isn’t so far away.
Dexter had the luxury of redeeming 2 free nights with his Hyatt Gold Passport so we chose to stay at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme. Yes, for free! Celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson, and Lady Gaga are said to be regular guests at this 5-star hotel.
With a great location, luxury day spa, and a stylish Parisian countenance, we wouldn’t dare say no a to a place like this!
Getting to Park Hyatt
It was the weekend and Gare du Nord station was crowded as expected. We took the metro to Opéra which is a 5-minute walk to the hotel. Located along the fashionable Rue de la Paix, Park Hyatt was neighbors with Tiffany & Co., Rolex, IWC, and all the glam you can imagine. It felt like being in Rodeo Drive, but in Paris! Place Vendôme and Opéra Garnier are also just a few minutes away.
Arriving at the hotel lobby was a stark contrast from the rich and vibrant Rue de la Paix. Balanced tones of bronze and cream echoed in the interiors, marble floors, and modern artwork, with the concierge located at the front. A bit down the hallway are restaurants (including Michelin-starred Pur’), a lounge area next to the courtyard, and the reception desk.
We stayed at one of the Park King Deluxe Rooms which certainly surpassed our expectations. Elegantly and artfully decorated, our room had an inner courtyard view. Street view rooms are also available, but I couldn’t complain as I loved the view from our window.
The decor features mahogany furnishings complementing gold touches. Our oh-so-comfy king bed came with a pair of plush velvet pillows. Here and there (and everywhere) you won’t miss the bronze male figures as if ready to jump into heaven - he’s there on the mirrors, door knobs, even the windows. He kinda grew on us.
On each bedside were light switches to not just bedside lights, but the whole room's lighting. The floor-to-ceiling windows came with switches for its gold shutters; and another for a blackout window if you decide to keep the sunlight out completely.
I don’t usually put the bathroom under its own subheading, but this one deserves it. It was massive, not to mention absolutely clean. The bathroom door was charmingly a sliding wooden door. Inside, touches of gold accentuated the cream marble tiles. It came with a his and hers sink - one near the shower room and another in the dressing room, very convenient for couples sharing the same bathroom. The toilet is also separate.
The bath tub was perfectly sized for a couple, which we adored. Next to it was the open shower that interestingly had a ‘seating area’ for one. Hair care and body products are by Blaise Mautin.
The dressing room, as if a walk-in closet, has great storage space that guests with too many luggage will find convenient. Two open wardrobes with hangers were available, an umbrella, and amenities such as robes, slippers, shoe kits, weighing scale, etc.
We spent a whole morning in the spa on our last day at Park Hyatt. It features a steam room, sauna, and a whirlpool bath. Separate treatment rooms are available for massage and beauty packages.
A lounge area and a small beverage station was a sweet addition to the spa. After half an hour in the steam bath, it was refreshing to have iced green tea and relax in their cushion chairs. Thankfully we had the place to ourselves that morning!
Changing rooms are separate from males to females. Lockers are available, however there was only one shower room each for the ladies' and men's. Laundry bags are available upon request.
In terms of redeeming Hyatt Gold Passport points, staying at the Park Hyatt is a great value for honeymooners. The staff were friendly and spoke English, the concierge helped us few times with directions and arranging our restaurant reservations. I remember it heavily rained one morning and one of the staff offered us umbrellas and handed us bottled water. Sweet gestures like these made us felt taken care of.
On our next article about Paris, we’ll share with you our stay at Hilton Paris Opera. Au revoir!
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