Airport Hotel with Attitude
by Rubin Carson
dramatic atrium lobby
the most part, the clientele at the Hyatt
Regency Paris-Charles de Gaulle is jet-lagged
airline crews and irate passengers who missed their
connections. But the futuristic glass architecture,
luxurious interior design and warm, multilingual
staff are geared toward delighting even the most
lobby is visually stunning, with a 21-meter-high
vaulted glass atrium that overlooks the Apollo Restaurant
and Cosmos Bar. The restaurant is surrounded by
fountains and exotic plants, which create an intimate
atmosphere. But what use is ambience if the food
isn't great? Not to worry. The meticulously prepared
Contemporary French cuisine compares favorably with
can offer—try the superb Dover sole and duck
confit. An added delight is the self-serve buffet,
which offers the chance to eat your way around the
world. The Cosmos Bar is a hip meeting venue, perfect
for light meals and romantic chats over cocktails.
388 accommodations include 44 Regency Club rooms,
twenty executive rooms, eight junior suites, four
executive suites and a presidential suite, which
melds American convenience and European elegance.
Guestrooms are soundproof, with individually controlled
air-conditioning, king-size beds, bathrooms with
separate showers and tubs, and huge TVs. Other amenities
include a spa and gym, and free shuttle service
to the airport or TGV train station at any hour.
of the hotel's most creative and clever offerings
is the Last Night in Paris package, which eliminates
crack-of-dawn departures to beat the crowds. Guests
check out from their city center hotel and spend
the rest of the day shopping or strolling along
the Seine. A driver collects them and their luggage
in the evening for a luxurious overnight stay. After
a stress-free breakfast, guests are delivered to
their departure gate.
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