An upscale business hotel offering plenty of style and leisure services.
Hotels catering to business travelers have a delicate balance to maintain. The task is to provide an environment that's pleasurable without being frivolous, efficiently compact without being cramped, and attractive without being distracting. The people at Hyatt Regency seem to have struck the right chords with this Paris property in the Madeleine area at the heart of the Right Bank. Italian designer Aldo Riva has decked out each bath and guest room with its own individual appointments --- oversized basins, relaxing chaise longues and drapery fabrics cascading onto wheat-colored carpets. Altogether there are 86 rooms plus a junior suite, three executive suites and the super-luxurious Presidential Suite that has become a Hyatt trademark, this one providing a terrace with a 360-degree view of the Paris skyline. Forming the backdrop are lustrous wood surfaces and muted, earthy colors. An Asian sense of proportion and line also informs the rich but spare décor, especially in the lobby level's grand, glass-canopied La Chinoiserie. Here, a modest-sized but very diverse menu is served at low tables surrounded by soft, body-hugging sofas and armchairs. When the time comes for getting down to business, you'll find in each room a practical desk, a computer socket, Internet access, two telephone lines and three telephones. The full-service business center also operates around the clock.