The Park Hyatt Vendome was by far my favorite hotel stay of around-the-world 2016. The Park Hyatt Vendome staff had double upgraded me: past the Park Suite King, past the Park Executive Suite to Diplomatic Suite (minus the second bedroom). To give you an idea, I picked a random three night interval and this is what came out:
Upon check-in, I was welcomed as a Diamond Member by the front desk manager. Upon checking my identification, the guest services manager was notified via phone and she came out and gave me an in-person greeting and welcome to the hotel. I was instructed that as a Diamond Member I had access to the hotel fitness room and spa in addition I could take my Hyatt breakfast benefit as either room service or in the restaurant. Additionally, she notified me I had been double upgraded to one of the Park Hyatt Vendome’s Diplomatic Suites which appear to run about 2500 euros/night. Even I had not anticipated such hospitality, especially since I had taken advantage of the Hyatt Best Rate Guarantee which was recently gutted.
The front desk staff escorted me to my room in person, with our luggage arriving a tad later. The room was gorgeous and spacious, up to 100 sq. meters according to the hotel website! There was a giant stash of Nespresso capsules over on the side counter near a locked door (to the second bedroom). The decor, as one of my friends put it, is a little “old fashioned,” but I couldn’t be more thrilled. To bring this review back down to earth, the sofas had a few stains and the room did look a tad aged. I had written ahead requesting extra room due to me unfortunately taking work on the road, but this exceeded my expectations–which for anyone who knows me is extremely difficult to accomplish.
The hotel welcome amenity waiting for us was a fresh plate of blueberries and strawberries which was a delight. Although I had contemplated having breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, I decided to utilize my diamond breakfast benefit as room service. The hotel guest services manager gave instructions to order anything from the menu and it would be comped. This was generous considering the benefit can theoretically max out at $45 a person. Considering there were two of us, I put in an order for the rose champagne breakfast which was delivered right on-time and with a GIANT bottle of champagne in-hand. The guest services delivery person wished us a pleasant day and disappeared from the room–I was still in my extremely posh bath robe. I rinsed, lathered and repeated for the entirety of my four night stay. Truly: #winning, #thewaylifeshouldbe. Even better was the fact the room faced the inner cloister and not the outside streets because silence is golden when you are jet lagged from the opposite end of the globe.
The bathroom footprint was also quite large, with two separated vanities and closet space. The shower layout was had an open area which allowed water to spray across the floor. I put down extra towels in order to ensure I did not slip–that would be a terrible end to around-the-world 2016. My luggage was placed by the hotel staff in one of the two closet spaces next to the vanities.
Although I had been to Paris many times before, I have usually stayed with friends and have not opted for a posh luxury hotel near Opera. I called down to the concierge and organized a ride to Versailles because I was tired and couldn’t be bothered with the RER metro. But to be economical, I hitched a ride with a tour group that was already heading in that direction: it was called an “unguided” tour. The staff and service was truly something to write home about. I would stay at this hotel again in a heartbeat and without hesitation–but the pricetag should always give sane people a moment of pause. Most bloggers view the cash & points option for Category 7 (15,000 points and $300 copay) hotels stacked with a diamond suite upgrade as the best value for this hotel. However, for those few diamond, I mean globalist, members who survive the great culling of 2016, award nights will now be eligible to stack diamond suite upgrades starting March 1, 2016 when Hyatt Gold Passport ceases to exist and the World of Hyatt loyalty program takes effect.
Last modified: January 27, 2017