best bed: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Paris , France

Behind the classic Haussmann-era façade is an art packed oasis of urban chic. Rather than trying to mimic a historical era, the Park Hyatt decided to focus on the contemporary. The hotel is hidden behind the meticulously restored listed facades of five office buildings, one of which had to be raised more than a metre during the renovation. Super nearby Place Vendome has long been a Parisian hot spot. First under Louis XIV whose statue dominated the square until the Revolution. It was replaced by Napoleon’s likeness. Later Napoleon III made the rue de Paix the most fashionable street in Paris. It is the most expensive property in the French edition of Monopoly and has been home to famous jewelers including Cartier and Maison’s du couture. The house of Paquin had their famous shop at number 3… now part of the Park Hyatt. The entrance, originally a carriage way, is very discreet, as is the rest of the hotel. Check-in is located at the back to preserve a guest’s privacy; just one example of Ed Tuttle’s incredible attention to detail. Everything is extraordinarily well thought out. Rooms are large and comfy with great attention to the details that matter. Light switches make sense (how many times have you wasted precious vacation time trying to figure how to turn off room lights!)  The gold taps reference the famous local jewelers… fancy (never tacky) but also easy to turn on and off. Art is one of the Park Hyatt’s four pillars (along with fine dining, culture and great service); right from the start it was incorporated in the grand design scheme. Sculptress Rosaline Granet was commissioned to make the bronze door handles, lamps and fixtures which are found throughout the hotel. Make sure to look for Ed Paschke’s six bold paintings hanging in Le Bar and Irmgard Sigg’s “is she tame” on the ground floor.

Number of Rooms: 153

Sweet Suite: The Vendome Suite… it’s big, with two bedrooms, living and dining spaces but it is the romantic mansard roof and the fabulous balcony with drop dead views of the rue de la Paix and the Vendome Column that make this suite truly spectacular.

Favorite Thing: The service. I am lucky to be tempted to say this about many hotels but the Park Hyatt takes it to a whole new level. Profit sharing is part of every employee’s package, as is laundry for their free uniforms, training and meals when working ….. The result is employees with a super vested interest in making sure every guest has a wonderful experience and fabulous stay.

Near By: Right beside the Place Vendome, this right bank location is close to so many Paris gems: The Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Garnier Opera House, Tuileries Garden, Palais Royal and great shopping including Chanel’s flagship store where Coco was famously photographed sitting on the stairs. (in case you’d rather stay in, the Park Hyatt can arrange personal shopping and styling in your room)

Amenities: deep soaker tubs and separate showers in every room, complementary daily newspapers, Nespresso machines, Nunshen teas, spa (whirlpool bath, steam rooms, sauna  in spa) gym,  Michelin starred restaurant Pur, business centre, complementary bottled water with turndown, outdoor terrace, two additional lobby restaurants one cozy with a fireplace the other with an airy greenhouse feel, bar

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https://parkhyatt.grandluxuryhotels.com/en/h/451/park-hyatt-paris-vendome

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