Review by Guest Travel Blogger Taylor Lucas – Taylor has been playing the points game for several years now and has traveled all over the world for next to nothing. Here is his review of a recent stay at one of the finest hotel properties in the world. Enjoy!
Last year I signed up for the Chase Hyatt Card which provides 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide after spending $1,000 in three months. This offer is still available today and is in my opinion one of the best sign-up bonuses out there aside from 100K point offers. The value in this offer is that nights at certain Hyatt hotels can go for over $1K per night! There are no blackout dates and an award night can be booked over the phone as long as a standard award room is available.
I was in the process of planning a trip to Europe in early May but wanted to use my 2 free Hyatt nights before they expired at the end of July. I decided to take a trip to Paris and stay at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme, a category 7 Hyatt hotel that is frequently reviewed and is acclaimed by miles bloggers worldwide. Hyatt’s two highest hotel categories, 6 and 7, offer the most value for those looking to redeem their free nights of Hyatt points.
I booked a Friday and Saturday night stay as I wanted to see the final stage of the Tour de France on Sunday morning. I looked up availability on Hyatt’s site and found a standard room available which would’ve cost me $850 per night!!! I was happy that I found this room even on a weekend stay, in peak travel season, on the eve of a large sporting event.
The Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme is located a mere four blocks north of the Louvre near the Opera district and offers a great central location from which to explore Paris. Attentive and impeccable service was prevalent at the Park Hyatt. I checked in at around 11:00 am and the staff was very friendly and made sure I was comfortable in the lounge/restaurant with complimentary drinks until my room was ready a few minutes later. As the Chase Hyatt card offers Hyatt Platinum status as long as you are an active card member, the front desk automatically upgraded me to a Deluxe Room which I was more than happy to accept. This even futher added to the value of these free nights as this upgrade could’ve easy cost $200 per night.
The hotel lobby and amenities were top-notch with beautiful artwork adorning the walls. There is a spa on site which offers free use of the sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. I made sure to take full advantage of this amenity during my stay.
The room itself was amazing: floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings, enormous bathroom with waterfall shower, and meticulously designed. I had a room on the second floor looking out over the inner courtyard which houses an outdoor restaurant.
All in all, the hotel was the best I’ve stayed at in my life. Careful attention to detail, an overly helpful staff, and prime location make this hotel well worth using your Hyatt free nights on. As this is a category 7 hotel, it costs 30,000 points per night for award stays but I think it would be more than worth it especially when you want to wow someone. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Chase Ultimate Rewards points are transferable 1:1 to Hyatt which is one reason I value them so highly.