Hyatt Vendome entrance

Hyatt Vendome entrance

Background

During the 2012 holiday season, my wife and I decided to head down to Paris for Christmas. As an avid Snobby traveler, I found this as an opportune time for me to check out the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome for the very first time! This is highly touted as one of the best hotels in the Hyatt portfolio, and I needed a first hand experience!

Our original stay was scheduled for 4 nights, using the two free night certificates that we each got from the Chase Hyatt Visa. However, during our stay, we loved it so much that we ended up negotiating with the front desk to allow us 1 more night on Hyatt points (22k/night) – so 5 nights in all! We actually wanted 6 nights, but they were “fully booked” given holiday season. I use quotations as they were not actually fully booked, however the general manager was certain the last few rooms were going to be booked at the revenue rate at the time, which was 1200€ per night, which from what I understood was more than Hyatt Corporate would reimburse for the points I would redeem (a concept that is still unclear to me). We had to stay the last night at the Westin Vendome about 2 minute walk down the street, so if you are in a toss up situation between the two hotels, see that review (coming soon).

Other reviews to expect from this same trip:

– Westin Vendome, Paris France (coming soon)

– Waldorf Hotel, London England (coming soon)

Cash value (CV)

At 22,000 points per night (or 1 free stay certificate), and a rate of 1200€ per night during the holiday season, we were able to get $0.07 per point, which is a fantastic redemption!

Room

We received a ‘standard king room’, so no upgrades for us (room 505 to be exact).  As a Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum member, we just didnt have enough clout at this high season to get upgraded.

The room was small, make no mistake. But then again, this was expected, as it is Europe (specifically, Paris).

Room 505

Room 505

Hyatt Vendome room

Hyatt Vendome room

Hyatt Vendome bed

Hyatt Vendome bed

Hyatt Vendome TV

Hyatt Vendome TV

The familiar statues from Juliette Canet (artist) that you see in the lobby and outside the hotel are redundant throughout the room as well.

Hyatt Vendome statues

Hyatt Vendome statues

There was a nice lounging chair and desk area in the main bedroom, with some cool little quirks like blinds that were closed via switch by the bed. I always like small, relatively unique items like this. The bed was insanely soft, which was very comfortable for my wife and I… However, could be problematic if you prefer a more firm mattress.

We had a nice view of the interior courtyard of the building, where the restaurant is below. It didn’t feel like too crowded of a view, even though it was interior.

Interior courtyard view

Interior courtyard view

Interior courtyard view

Interior courtyard view

The bathroom and closet were the real winners of the room. Adorned with marble all around and tasteful gold fixtures… As well as my favorite – Blaise Mautin bath amenities.

Hyatt Vendome room bath/shower

Hyatt Vendome room bath/shower

Blaise Mautin product

Blaise Mautin product

Blaise Mautin product

Blaise Mautin product

Hyatt Vendome room bath

Hyatt Vendome room bath

Hyatt Vendome room

Hyatt Vendome room

Hyatt Vendome shower

Hyatt Vendome shower

Hyatt Vendome room closet

Hyatt Vendome room closet

Hyatt Vendome toilet

Hyatt Vendome toilet

Another great little quirk about the bathroom was that the middle portion of the mirror in the shower must have been treated with anti-fogger so you can take a hot shower and still use the mirror. This, coupled with the sink in the shower, meant that you could easily shave or brush teeth, etc, all while enjoying a nice hot shower.

Service

My favorite thing from a service prospective about this stay was the fact that management gave us access to the free breakfast buffet, a Hyatt Diamond amenity, despite the fact that my wife and I were only platinum status at the time of our stay. The breakfast was amazing and fresh, not to mention, saved us the 86€ it would have cost to otherwise purchase the breakfast, although we would not have paid for it if it was not offered.

Hyatt Vendome breakfast

Hyatt Vendome breakfast

Hyatt Vendome breakfast

Hyatt Vendome breakfast

Hyatt Vendome breakfast

Hyatt Vendome breakfast

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For the Christmas Eve turndown service, the maids left us a gift from management, which was a small package of glazed chestnuts from Torino. While not my favorite treat, it was a nice gesture from the hotel.

Glazed chestnut xmas gift

Glazed chestnut xmas gift

Given that we actually had two separate reservations, under two different names (my wife and mine), I felt the need to shoot the hotel an email before arriving to ‘link’ the two reservations and ensure we did not have to move rooms, as I know the hotel can get busy this time of year. The front desk almost immediately replied to my email, letting me know that they had already assumed that this is what we wanted and already ensured we would be in the same room. Love this. Especially for someone that is frequently ordering ‘off menu’ due to some of the various point stipulations/availabilities/promotions (meaning untraditional reservations/requests, etc).

Over the 5 day stay, we probably stopped by the concierge at least 2x per day, as well as some calls for on-the-fly advice. It took them about one full day to start calling us by name. To me, this is one of the most impressive service aspects of the staff and I always appreciate the effort this takes. Overall, the concierge was amazing with on point suggestions for all types of things from sites to restaurants and other to-dos. We even pushed their outer limits by having them research and price out a trip to the Champagne region for us, while in the end, we did not end up going.

Finally, when we checked out, we ended up leaving some personal items in the room safe. The hotel security manager emailed us just hours after we checked out, letting us know that they had found it, and asking where they could mail the contents. They also specified the contents in the email so that we could rest easy knowing they had recovered everything and were taking responsibility for making sure that the entire contents were returned.

Common areas and restaurants

The overall cleanliness and class of the common areas in the hotel were amazing.

Hyatt Vendome lobby/common areas

Hyatt Vendome lobby/common areas

Hyatt Vendome common areas

Hyatt Vendome common areas

Hyatt Vendome bar/common areas

Hyatt Vendome bar/common areas

Hyatt Vendome hallways

Hyatt Vendome hallways

Hyatt Vendome lobby bar

Hyatt Vendome lobby bar

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Hyatt Vendome lobby

Hyatt Vendome lobby

Due to the holidays, the common areas were all decorated in good taste to remind us the seasonality of our stay. All these decorations were great and added to the overall feeling of the common areas.

Hyatt Vendome couryard restaurant

Hyatt Vendome couryard restaurant

Hyatt Vendome courtyard

Hyatt Vendome courtyard

As far as restaurants in the hotel goes, we had a small bite at the outdoor courtyard restaurant La Terrasse, in the center of the hotel. I had an asian soup, closely resembling Vietnamese Phó. This was really good, however, maybe a bit pricey, as expected. My wife had the dumplings. These too were good, with an amazing hot mustard sauce served with them. I also cashed in a certificate for a “platinum perk” gift, which ended up being a nice 1/2 bottle of red wine, which was sold on the menu for over 30€.

Hyatt Vendome couryard restaurant

Hyatt Vendome couryard restaurant

Hyatt Vendome breakfast

Hyatt Vendome breakfast

Snob Factor: 100% snobby:

This is my all time favorite property I have stayed at in the world. It provides an amazing product with high end spaces, furniture, food and service. There is not much else out there that competes with the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, and at 22,000 Hyatt points, you will not get a much more valuable redemption.

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