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Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
5, rue de la Paix
75002 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 58 71 12 34

Singular Style
A Prestigious Location Near Parisian Jewelers
by Sophie Gayot

Reconstructed façade

The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is located in the heart of the city between the Place Vendôme and the Place de l’Opéra, a stone’s—or, more appropriately, a gem’s—throw from the neighborhood’s prestigious jewelers. After half a decade of renovation and construction, five beautiful old stone buildings from the Haussman period were joined to create a hotel worthy of 21st century travelers. One of the buildings, weighing over 200 tons, was raised one meter in order to align the façades—it took two days!

American designer Ed Tuttle has created a rather masculine atmosphere in the 187 rooms and the public spaces. In addition, contemporary works from local and international artists add color and life to the French limestone walls of the ground floor—they are not to be missed during your stay. As you use the Rue de la Paix entrance, the sculpture Le Grand Couple en Marche by Roseline Granet greets you and sets the tone; for a more discreet arrival, use the Rue Volney. Once inside, you’ll find that two elegant open courtyards bring natural light to the lobby, the bar and the lounge. And you’ll be greeted by an efficient and smiling front desk staff, eager to do everything possible to make your stay a pleasant one, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure.

In the bedrooms, mahogany covers the walls, which are finished with gold-leafed cornices. Granet's craftsmanship is also responsible for the door handles, lamps and light fixtures, all in bronze. Her figures, which can be seen throughout the hotel, depict the human body's fragility. They are not the usual decorative item that you would find a public building of this size, and contribute to the Park Hyatt's distinctive. Rooms and suites vary in size, and all have Bang & Olufsen sound systems and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

The Diplomatic Suite
Restaurant Pur'Grill

For an even more luxurious stay, the suites facing Rue la Paix on the top floor have balconies with amazing views of Place Vendôme that we are not usually accustomed to; and while the suites on Rue des Capucines don't have the views, they boast working fireplaces. The Presidential Suite is a duplex with a double king-size bed from where you can admire the glittering night robe of the Eiffel Tower. The elegance of the hotel is also evident in the bathrooms with the comfy-for-your-feet under-floor heating, special treated mirrors so you can shave in the shower and beautiful tap fixtures. One downside would be the closets in the bathrooms; they don't have doors, so all your clothes are on display.

A fitness center includes state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight equipment, and Le Spa, which uses Carita products and methods, has separate sauna and steam rooms for men and women. For an elegant meal, try Pur'Grill, an upscale grill with a beautiful open kitchen, or Les Orchidées, the hotel’s more casual restaurant. In the summer, one of the courtyards is transformed into La Terrasse, where you can dine al fresco. Don't forget about Le Bar, with its beautiful layout, a very relaxing place to sip a drink while looking at Ed Paschke's striking art hanging on the walls.

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*Photos from Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme website

(Updated 04/29/08 MG)

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