I would have been happy to stay another night at the Park Hyatt Paris, but no vacancy forced me to move over to the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile across town.
This 995-room hotel was transformed over the last two years and now features newly-remodeled guest rooms and a much fresher appearance.
Don’t ask how much I paid for this place. Well, I’ll tell you. It was nearly $400. That’s simply not worthwhile, but on a busy weekday when the majority of hotels were sold out in Paris, I had to take what I could get. In case you are wondering, no base rooms, therefore no points space was available. The hotel is a Category 4, so generally a room will run 15,000 points per night or 7,500 points + $100.
I was checked in by a very gracious attendant who welcomed me to the hotel explained that my room would have a view of the Eiffel Tower. She forgot to code in access to the Regency Club into my key card, but thankfully remembered when I asked about breakfast hours. I was also handed a letter inviting me to a complimentary cocktail at the lobby bar.
The hotel is shaped like an oval with 32 rooms on each floor. Rather than pressing your room number inside the elevator, you enter your floor number outside the elevator bank via an electronic keypad and are then assigned an elevator.
Hyatt Regency Étoile Guest Room
My room, 2615, was quite small, but had an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower. The room had that “new car” smell.
A small couch, desk/table, and kind bed took up most of the real estate in the room.
Wisely, the room offered several plugs (no adaptors required) and USB ports.
The bathroom was also tiny, with a walk-in shower and no bathtub.
Again, the best part of the room was the amazing views, both at night and during the day:
Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile Regency Club
I stopped by the Regency Club about 7:45p, just as the evening happy hour was winding down. The spread was certainly not enough for a full meal, but nevertheless quite tasty for pre-dinner snacks. I appreciated the proactive service of the lounge attendants, who promptly offered me a choice of beverage.
Breakfast for Globalist members is only available in the Regency Club, not in the hotel restaurant. The selection was very good, I thought, for a lounge. Furthermore, the quality of the food was also excellent. I enjoyed fresh-pressed juices, scrambled eggs, and berries.
Hyatt Regency Étoile Fitness Center
The fitness center feels like it is in a converted conference room. It stretches over three different rooms, actually, and has an excellent selection of equipment. No pool, spa, sauna, or steam room at this property.
Hyatt Regency Etoile Dining
The “Lobby Restaurant” is open from 6:30a to 11p each day and serves as the hotel’s main restaurant. I sat down here for a few minutes to speak to my wife and redeem my check-in cocktail voucher. While the bartender made a noble attempt at a Mai Tai, I should have opted for something more French.
The Panoramic Bar, located on the 34th floor, was closed during my visit.
The newly-renovated rooms are very comfortable and the views amazing from the upper floors. I also enjoyed the Regency Club breakfast spread. Even so, I felt shafted by paying so much for this hotel. You can criticize me for being so loyal to Hyatt, but the Hilton (my back-up hotel chain) was even more expensive and all Marriott/SPG properties (third choice) were sold out.
In any case, I recommend this hotel, especially if you can use points during a busy period in which rooms run in excess of 200EUR.