Remember in 2020 when I thought I would catch up on all my blogging? L.O.L. Turns out, I needed a lot more than that to get motivated again. Two posts in three days? That’s a record for me. I don’t know that there is going to be much rhyme or reason to my posting habits these days. I’m looking for inspiration wherever I can find it. Today that inspiration comes in the form of a Park Hyatt Paris review. We stayed at the Park Hyatt three times in about a year: Valentine’s Day weekend (2019 and 2020) and when we spent Christmas in Paris.
If the Park Hyatt isn’t in your travel budget, check out my reviews of the Hotel du Louvre for another excellent option.
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Getting to the Park Hyatt Paris
On two of our three trips to the Park Hyatt, we took the train from CDG to the Park Hyatt. Our first trip was the most seamless. We took the RER B and picked up the Metro to the Opera stop. I’ll never forget how incredible it felt to emerge from the Metro and see the Paris Garnier in all its glory. From Opera, it is possible to walk to the hotel in less than 5 minutes. The entire trip took about an hour. If you’re arriving during rush hour (and can manage your luggage), this is the best way to go.
On our second trip, we arrived in Paris during the transportation strike so our options were slightly more limited. We took the RER B from CDG to Gare du Nord, which was the last stop available. From there, we joined the taxi queue where we waited for over an hour for a taxi. That trip took about 2 hours.
In retrospect, we should have arranged car service from CDG to the hotel. I was definitely jealous when I saw the Ritz Paris meet their guests at the jet bridge! Car service would have been more expensive, but it would have saved us time. We used this service on our honeymoon in Paris and it was absolutely seamless. We did have the Park Hyatt Paris arrange a taxi to Orly for our departure. We didn’t know how traffic would be or if we would have similar difficulties given the strike.
On our third trip, we were returning from Alsace via a train from Strasbourg. (I highly recommend visiting the famous Christmas markets in France!) We arrived at Gare de Est and took the metro to Opera. I found Gare de Est easier to navigate than Gare du Nord. It took us about 2.5 hours to get from Strasbourg to the Park Hyatt, which is pretty remarkable when you think about it.
I use the Google Maps or Rome2Rio apps to figure out the best transportation option as soon as we arrive.
Check In at the Park Hyatt Paris
I find check in at the Park Hyatt Paris to be pleasant enough. Don’t forget to start your interaction with a bonjour! (Learn more about Bonjour culture on Diane’s blog.) On our second and third stays, they made a point to thank us for returning and could see how recently we had been at the hotel. When we stayed 5 nights over Christmas, they seemed pleasantly surprised to see that we were staying so long.
In two out of three cases, our room was ready upon arrival. I always note the early arrival when we are flying directly from the United States, in hopes that our room will be ready. When our room wasn’t ready, they did offer us a discount on breakfast at the hotel. We opted to store our bags and stretch our legs though, and our room was ready far earlier than the published check-in time.
A few things to note: These reviews are not sponsored or in partnership with Hyatt. On each of these stays, we did not have status with Hyatt. When we return for our fourth stay, we will be Globalist.
Our first stay at the Park Hyatt was over Valentine’s Day and I found this room to be incredibly romantic. The cozy vibe was perfect for winter in Paris. We spent four nights on this stay.
I loved that it overlooked the interior courtyard, and Tom loved that we had a small terrace. Though on the smaller side, this room is expertly designed for efficiency. The use of pocket doors ensured that we weren’t tripping over the doors to get around. The strategic use of mirrors and large windows made this room appear larger and more airy than the square footage would suggest.
Our room had a walk-in closet, as well as dresser, so there was plenty of storage space available. The minibar and the safe were built into the design of the room as well. We had a built-in desk on one side of the room and a sitting area on the opposite side. I remain impressed with how well they were able to create a comfortable room in such a small space.
The other best part of this room was the large bathroom. The sink and closet were on the opposite side of a large soaking tub and the walk-in shower (which includes a second sink). Bath amenities are branded for the hotel’s address – 5 rue de la Paix. Towels and robes are plush and fluffy. The (very fancy) toilet has its own room with a door. Again, everything is designed for efficiency and executed flawlessly.
While I loved the open, airy feeling of the room, the mechanical blackout shades are very nice. (I really want to install them in our bedroom.) They truly block out any light, so it’s easy to take a mid-afternoon nap (the best way to recharge) or sleep in. We didn’t notice any noise from the courtyard either. Rooms are very well-insulated.
A bottle of champagne and a couple of macarons were delivered to our room shortly after arrival. It was a lovely touch since it was Valentine’s Day weekend.
On our Christmas trip to Paris, we were assigned room 615 for our 5 night stay. This was a lovely upgrade from the standard park room that we booked though they never mentioned it at check in. What a lovely surprise it was when we opened the door to this room!
While room 110 was romantic, this room was cozy. Occupying the top floor of the hotel, it had slanted ceilings and one small window that overlooked an interior courtyard and the Snow Hut! Again, the strategic use of mirrors and drapes made this room very comfortable. I would argue that it is probably my favorite room thus far because it had so much character!
We had a large workspace on one end of the room and a comfortable sitting area between the desk and the bed. This meant that Tom and I could both work in the room without too many issues. The mini-bar and coffee area was build into a corner, so it didn’t take away from our workspace. There was a walk-in closet with plenty of storage, which was separated from the room by a beautiful drape.
The bathroom was smaller than the one in room 110, though you couldn’t really tell. The linear design of the bathroom offers plenty of privacy. It offered the walk-in shower and separate soaking tub (along with the second sink in the shower). Bath amenities were still 5 rue de la Paix and the robes were perfect for making our way down to the spa each evening.
On our first evening, the hotel delivered two bottles of cider and veggie chips to our room. Again, this was an unexpected treat and we enjoyed it!
In 2020, we stayed one night at the Park Hyatt Paris after spending four nights exploring the Route du Vin. This is the smallest room that we’ve had though it was still perfectly lovely. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves since this room is very similar to room 110 – though it did not have a terrace and the bathroom was smaller. The amenities are the same.
After three says, I can safely say that I didn’t expect to love the decor at this hotel. While it’s not my personal style, there’s something about the Park Hyatt Paris decor that lends itself to a cozy romanticism. Who doesn’t want that when they are visiting Paris??
Even for a one night stay, the Park Hyatt staff sent macarons up to our room for a sweet treat.
Park Hyatt Paris Amenities
We have not taken advantage of breakfast or the hotel restaurants on our previous stays. (There is an Eric Kayser within a 2 minute walk and I’m partial to his croissants aux amande.) I had hoped that we would make it down to the Winter Chalet during our stay over Christmas, but the timing didn’t work out.
We have just started dipping our toes into trying Michelin starred restaurants, so we might make reservations on a future stay… but if I am being totally honest, there’s just a lot of damn good food in Paris. We usually only eat one meal a day (intermittent fasting), so it is hard to choose where to eat in Paris. Hotel food in the United States is generally overpriced and overrated, but after our delicious experience at Bar Vendome over Christmas, I’m more inclined to give the Park Hyatt Paris restaurants a try on future trips.
The biggest amenity of the Park Hyatt Paris (for us) is the spa.
Park Hyatt Paris Review – Le Spa
Outside of the very comfortable rooms, there is one major draw of the Park Hyatt for me: Le Spa. No matter what, I love to start and end the day with the spa and sauna in the basement of the Park Hyatt. It is a wonderful way to relax and recharge. They offer a number of treatments using Le Mer products. I love the facials and body treatments because they’ve reaffirmed my Le Mer skin care routine. When they recommended slight changes, there was no pressure to purchase the products. I’ve had a massage, facial or body treatment on every stay, and I have not been disappointed. The staff is incredibly professional and very good at what they do.
The spa offers a relaxation room with a co-ed vitality pool and a co-ed sauna. There are individual men’s and women’s locker rooms available. Across from the spa, there is a fairly good-size gym with workout equipment. I think that we walk more than enough while in Paris, but I can see the allure of having a gym on site if you’re in Paris on business.
You can see some highlights from the spa in the video below. As a rule of thumb, I don’t usually photograph spas unless I have the opportunity to do it without disturbing other guests.
Why We Stay at the Park Hyatt Paris
We choose the Park Hyatt for its location. The Park Hyatt is near several metro stops, so it is easy to get anywhere in the city. Moreover, it is ideal for walking to most sightseeing in central Paris. Throughout our trips to Paris, we have experienced the transportation strikes as well as the yellow vest protests. In both cases, utilizing the metro was very difficult. If we had stayed further out, it would have been more difficult to get around and experience some of the most beautiful things in Paris.
On our honeymoon, we stayed near Etoile because I thought it would be more convenient to the Eiffel Tower. We ended up relying pretty significantly on cabs. Everything – from sightseeing to dinner reservations – felt like a trip from the hotel. While we had a lovely honeymoon, I definitely felt like we missed out on a lot. (Thankfully, every trip to Paris has gotten a bit better!) Staying near Vendome means that we can walk to any of the main attractions. We’ve even walked to Montmartre for sightseeing, Bastille for dinner, and the Eiffel Tower because why not?
Park Hyatt Vendome at Christmas
As an aside, I thought the Park Hyatt’s location was the most magical place to be at Christmastime. The entire area is decked out with Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and the streets exude holiday cheer. I feel like we covered a lot of ground trying to see all the Christmas lights in Paris, and nowhere felt as festive as the Place du Vendome. While the expensive stores around Vendome have beautiful displays, the Park Hyatt Paris is a short walk from the Tuileries Christmas market near the Louvre.
I loved being in this area during blue hour and coming home every evening was downright magical. Watch the video below if you want to see the beauty of Vendome at Christmas!
It looks so incredibly luxurious!! Ive only been to Paris once, but honestly I cant wait to go back – it’s a magical city! It’s nice to see how they go all out for the holidays!
You seriously take the BEST pictures, it immediately transports me to Paris. Love that they send up macarons for their guests. Everything looks so magical <3