Park Hyatt Bar: Strangers in the night
The Park Hyatt of Paris is proud of displaying a low profile facade, in fact, you could easily miss it on Rue de la Paix, close to Place Vendôme. There is no drive-up, no drama, no Liz-Taylor-effect, it’s just a door, and behind the door: a fairly sober luxury hotel with a lobby that makes you think of a hammam somewhere in Amman.
Perfect spot for dating
The courtyard is worth noting though because it is a place to dream of on a hot summer night. You sit under large white sunshades in the shadow of old Parisian architecture. The al-fresco space is linked directly to the bar and it is, overall, a perfect spot for what Americans would call 'dating'. Everything and everyone here seems to follow the concept of 'smart casual' and that’s largely what the bar is. It is 'Le Bar' and it was awarded Best Bar in a hotel in Europe in 2007 by the Prix Vilégiature Awards, whatever that means.
Lonesome business travellers
'Le bar' is a sober, modern, night-life space, not really thriving, not really exciting, but it is, after all, more than good enough for a fashionable cocktail or a whisky or for whatever you prefer to wind down with at the end of the day. The drink’s list is a bit disappointing, there are no signature cocktails just the classics, and as with all luxury hotel bars, you have to deal with lonesome business travellers who always look like they're humming Frank Sinatra’s 'Strangers in the night'. It’s not a place to party. It’s just a bar to have one last, well-made drink before bed. And that is fair enough.