Business Friendly Lodgings on the Right Bank
façade on the Right Bank
catering to business
travelers have a delicate balance to maintain.
The task is to provide an environment that's pleasurable
without being frivolous, attractive without being
distracting. The people at Hyatt Regency seem to
have struck the right chord with this Paris
property in the Madeleine area at the heart of the
Right Bank. The Hyatt
Regency Paris-Madeleine inhabits an early 20th-century
building that sat vacant for decades. Today, beyond
the ornate facade on one of the district's quieter
thoroughfares, lies a harmonious combination of
sleek, thoroughly contemporary design and the comforts
and amenities that have made Hyatt a top choice
for many business travelers.
are 88 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.
designer Aldo Riva has decked out each bath and
guestroom with its own individual appointments—oversized
basins, relaxing chaise longues, drapery fabrics
cascading onto the wheat-colored carpets. Forming
the backdrop are lustrous wood surfaces and muted,
earthy colors. From the streetside rooms on the
upper floors, one can gaze on Paris monuments, including
the Eiffel Tower. And when the time comes for getting
down to business, you will find a practical desk,
Internet access, three telephones and two telephone
lines. The full-service Business Center operates
around the clock.
Asian sense of proportion and line inform the rich
but spare decor, especially in the lobby level's
grand, glass-canopied room, La Chinoiserie. Here,
a modest-sized but very diverse menu is served at
low tables surrounded by soft, body-hugging sofas
and armchairs. The menu hops from Spain
to America (as in cheeseburgers). Our dinner was
mostly French, beginning with a terrine with ribbons
of silky foie gras and gingerbread, followed by
a luscious roasted Bresse chicken with potatoes
tinged with goose fat, and crackly millefeuilles
with bourbon-spiked vanilla sauce. You might also
dine at Cafe M, which opens onto the main boulevard.
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from Hyatt Regency Madeleine website