The Park Hyatt: Resolutely anti bling-bling

Reviewed on 06/17/2011 | 2 Reviews

Sometimes it needs only one word to describe an universe. In this case: non-ostentatious would do it. This is it, in a nutshell. The Park Hyatt Vendôme is one of the few luxury hotels in France named “palace hotel” recently, but it’s definitely the only one in Paris that is resolutely anti bling-bling. Everything is sophisticated here, nothing is for showing-off.

Understated luxury

Carnal pleasures of the Presedential Suite: a private spa.

Of course, Park Hyatt hotels have set the benchmark for understated luxury throughout the world, and Paris, in this sense, is no exception. The hotel nestles on the very ostentatious Rue de La Paix, between Van Cleef & Arpels and the Italian watchmaker Officine Panerai, a stone’s throw away from Place Vendôme, a square with diamonds as big as the Ritz, and, of course, the Ritz itself. But you could walk along the street without even noticing the entrance.

Walk inside and you get the impression of having arrived at a New York apartment building with a doorman, not at a hotel. Firstly, there is no lobby, but a kind of hall decorated with Paris limestone. You have to make your way through to the reception, which is probably a concept our old European soul doesn’t understand.

A haven of peace on Rue de la Paix

But even old souls will soon be reconciled once they discover the hidden lobby with a fireplace, restaurant and the splendid outdoor terrace, open most of the year (heated in winter), a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and have an alfresco aperitif. There is also a fancy bar and the gastronomic, one star restaurant Pur’.

The 158 rooms and suites are furnished in a very elegant, but contemporary style. Corridors are muted. Everything bears the mark of Ed Tutell, the American interior architect known for his collaboration with the Aman Resorts.

At the height of elegance

Champagne or just water?

I wouldn’t wonder if somebody one day decided to settle down in the presidential suite: it’s a 200 square meter duplex, where you immediately feel at home (or better). There is a grand piano, a small kitchen, a bar, and, believe it or not, a private spa with a shower that can be used as hamam. If they’d told me Champagne would run out of the taps, I would believe it.

Do I need to add that rooms and suites are equipped with state-of the art amenities like Bang & Olufsen entertainment (in the suites, at least), that there is a stunning spa with pool making anyone, who has to work out at a regular club in Paris, jealous ?

Nothing is impossible

The Park Hyatt is definitely for people who don’t really care how many zeros appear on their credit card bill. But it is, as I said, resolutely anti bling-bling. If somebody like Diana preferred the Ritz, Kate would  fit in here very well. The Park Hyatt is actually the perfect place for the sophisticated traveler seeking as much comfort as you can when far from home. And since they have an American sense of hospitality, the only rule is: nothing is impossible.

Park Hyatt Vendôme
5, Rue de la Paix
75002 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 58 71 12 34
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Park Hyatt Vendôme
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  1. muriel 17 June 2011 Reply

    Isn’t it the hotel where a room maid was sexually assaulted by a quatari client ? It is said in the media that the plea was not taken into account and that the maid was fired ? Hum, hum… Luxury ?

    • martinam 20 June 2011

      You are absolutely right. “Le Parisien” reported about the case recently, but no French media mentioned it, when it happened last summer. Different countries, different customs…. Or let’s tell it the French omerta. There is one small difference though compared to the case of DSK: The maid was not raped, but sexually assaulted. She reported the assault immediately after it allegedly took place. Apparently, there were what the police called diplomatic „blockades“ that stopped the investigations. The case was closed soon after. Why? Well, the suspect was believed to be part of the entourage of the Qatari royal family. I couldn’t find any information if the maid was fired after. But apparently the Hyatt chain sanctions the „Royal“ aggressor. They said he would be „unwelcome“ at their hotels from then on. But I have no doubt that other luxury hotels will roll out the red carpet for him.

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