Suite: Park Deluxe Suite | Size: 50-55 square meters| Price: From A$2040 per night
Since opening in 2002, the Park Hyatt Paris- Vendôme has established itself as one of the best hotels in Paris. With the classic-yet-understated design the Park Hyatt brand is known for, the Vendôme has perfected the art of incognito. At any given moment celebrities, supermodels, international leaders and business tycoons can be found coming and going – if not via the front entrance, then perhaps the private rear entrance, complete with paparazzi-proof shutters.
Designed by renowned architect Ed Tuttle, the hotel has 153 rooms including 43 suites. A total renovation of all rooms will be completed by mid-2019. Service is intimate and formalities are avoided, as you are welcomed into the heart of the hotel, La Cheminee, cozy space to enjoy a snack or afternoon tea in front of the open. It’s here you may get your first whiff of the signature scent created exclusively for Park Hyatt Paris by perfumer Blaise Mautin. The subtle fragrance drifts in and out as you wander about the hotel.
Our superbly sized Park Deluxe Suite felt like a luxurious apartment with shades of gold and cream infused with mahogany panelling. There are gilded oversized mirrors, comfortable armchairs and a large walk-in closet that leads to a generous marble spa-like bathroom. The high-quality toiletries are unique to the hotel and created by master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel.
Located in the second arrondissement, Paris’s smallest and often referred to as the heart of the city. The hotel is just steps away from the boutiques of Place Vendôme and several metro stations, and a 15-minute walk to icons such as the Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, the Champs-Elysees, the Seine, and Musee d’Orsay. The second arrondissement also has the highest concentration of 19th-century covered passageways and these beautiful Art Nouveau spaces are well worth a wander.
There are four in-house choices on offer including Michelin-starred Pur’ – Jean-Francois Rouquette. Enjoy an evening at the Chef’s Table, an exclusive experience for four to six guests featuring dishes chosen by the chef and overlooking the open kitchen. For al fresco dining with a nautical vibe, try La Terrasse in the leafy private courtyard. La Cheminee serves light meals and afternoon tea in a cozy setting of plush couches around an open fire. Breakfast under the glass dome of Sens is a masterpiece of regional produce, hand-crafted cheeses, cured meats and, of course, incredible pastries. We had a leisurely breakfast here as the rain fell on the glass roof. With coffee and warm croissants in hand, it was bliss.
As one might expect from a Park Hyatt, the service was exceptional. There was a small but well-equipped fitness centre with adjacent sauna, steam and whirlpool baths. And, in keeping with Paris’s adoration for four-legged friends, pets up to 10 kilograms are very welcome and receive their own amenities.