As many other reviewers on here have done, we got the Hyatt Visa card prior to a trip to France and managed to get our 2 free nights at the Park Hyatt Vendome in Paris, which is a gorgeous hotel in a great location. Do know, however, that getting the 2 free rooms might take a little work. The hotel is lovely and not overly large. The room type for free nights is a specific room type and if they do not have it, you can not use your free nights. We kept calling back, which is what I recommend. The inventory bounces around (a lot, and all the time – day to day, hour to hour sometimes) and at first I got a room with 2 twin beds, then after calling over and over, snagged one with a double bed when it opened up. When we got to the hotel they upgraded us without us asking and we ended up with a lovely king room overlooking a nice courtyard. If you are a sleeper that likes a darkened room, you should ask for that. Our room got quite light early in the morning, but we noticed that some rooms had automated metal shades on the outside of their windows that they could pull down at night, which would have helped. We liked the morning sun coming in so we could get up and see Paris, however!
As many others have also mentioned, they could not have treated us better, despite the fact that we were staying for free. Everyone, from Julienne (thank you for my little French lesson) and Alexandre (thank you for the directions for the short cut to the bus station) at the front desk to Sebastian in the outside courtyard dining room, was exceptionally service-oriented and kind. The front door staff and concierge were also wonderful, as was everyone throughout the place. The free wi-fi worked very well. The gym was small but well appointed and I never waited for a machine (treadmills, cross-trainers, a bike, yoga ball and weights). I did not use the spa but it looks fabulous. We did eat at the hotel one night and the food was fantastic. The price was $26 for a drink, however, and the food prices followed from there, so be prepared. We each got a drink and split an entre and a salad, which was plenty. The great part was that we sat outside in the courtyard and it rained. We stayed out there, eating and watching it rain from under a canopy and it was very romantic and amazingly beautiful. It was probably the best dinner we had. We also told the hotel we were celebrating our anniversary and ended up with a nice bottle of champagne in our room.
A few tips about the city if you haven’t been: Unless you have mobility issues, take the Roissy bus from the airport versus a cab, the train, or car service. Just follow the signs at the airport for the Roissy bus to Paris/Opera stop. It goes straight (no stops) to the Opera station stop which just happens to be 2-3 blocks from the hotel and costs 10 euro, way less than a cab will be for sure. It takes the same amount of time since it does not stop (45 minutes to an hour, less with no traffic – we got to the airport in 30 minutes on a Sunday morning).
Buy passes at the metro station and use it to get around. Don’t just buy a single ticket, however, go to the counter (which can take a bit of time but is worth it) and get passes. We were there for 2 days and bought a 2-day pass. We then were on and off the metro the whole time and saw almost all of the highlights one could imagine. The metro is much like the New York trains, so if you have a good map with landmarks and know numbers and colors you can figure it out. I followed the advice of another reviewer and put a free Paris metro ap (I got the mx Data one) on my phone, which worked great.
Watch when eating out and check your bill. We felt that sometimes the prices changed slightly once they knew we were from the states. Do get something with chocolate in it! Enjoy Paris and the Park Hyatt.
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