When J and I were planning our European trip and turning over credit cards to pay for our flights and transportation, we to also look into a card that would allow us to stay somewhere SUPER nice for free, or at least at a discount. Hyatt had a pretty good deal, so we got two of their credit cards and after just a few months built up enough points to stay at a 5-star hotel — the Park Hyatt Vendome — for free.
Never in all my days would I imagine staying in a 5-star hotel in PARIS! It was a dream.
We stayed at the Palace Park Hyatt Vendome. It is a block away from the Vendome monument. which was under construction (which was disappointing when we first arrived but the large box it was covered under was noticeable from every monument we climbed later so it worked out well).
I loved the location. It’s set in the middle of the high-end shopping district. Tiffany’s and Harry Winston were right across from the hotel, with Louis Voutton on the corner. We were just a few blocks from the metro at the Opera House Opera Metro, and walking distance to the Obilisque, Louvre and Seine River. We even walked to the Eiffel Tower the first night we were there, although that was pretty long.
At the time we went, the rate for March 2015 for four nights totaled $2,900 (gulp), but we only spent $36 on tax thanks to points using the Hyatt credit card. Cha-ching.
Oh the room! It was HUGE compared to our tiny room in London. When we arrived they told us they were upgrading us for free to a top floor room that overlooks the courtyard as card members. There was a mini bar, king size bed, amazing shower, his and her’s dressing areas, heated bathroom floors, and a great view of the courtyard. We had a remote to control the blackout shades at night.
Oh my stars. We felt like frauds walking through the fancy halls! There was a spa in the lowest level and a restaurant, bar and courtyard on the main level. We didn’t use any of that because it was way out of our price range. But we definitely took advantage of the great staff. Since we didn’t speak French, we asked the concierge for their opinions on good restaurants and they called and made reservations for us. That was so helpful and really made the Parisian dining experience a lot less stressful. The whole experience was perfect.
Here are some more pictures of the place…
I can confidently say I will never stay in a hotel as nice as this one for the rest of my life; it is all down hill from here.
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Wow, that looks awesome! I usually rent an apartment when I’m in Paris, and have a preference for the Marais, but free is free and you scored big!
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