Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, Part 2. Athens & Paris For Dollars A Day

Welcome to my multi-part review of our summer vacation.  We spent 12 days abroad, predominately in Athens and Paris (and a half day in Amsterdam before heading home).    Happy to answer questions as I finish up the series.  We traveled in mid-July, so right in the middle of the Athens financial crisis.  Here’s most of what I expect to cover, including links to posts I’ve already completed:

The rooms at Hyatt Regency Etoile are probably a bit bigger than expected for a European hotel.  They’re not huge, but they’re roomy enough.  While we didn’t get a chance to dine in the hotel restaurant we did have a drink at Bar La Vue, took a spin by the health club and spent more than our fair share of time visiting the club lounge.  I’ll start with the club lounge, since it’s what sets this property apart.

Each time we visited the club there were multiple staff members on duty.  They would greet us at the door and escort us to an assigned table.  They were happy to take custom drink orders for coffee, etc during breakfast.  My wife thoroughly enjoyed her cappuccino every morning.

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

The breakfast selection was more than ample for a lounge offering.  The selection of fresh juices alone numbered at least half a dozen each day.  There were plenty of baked good offerings, a hot item or two (usually American-geared items like scrambled eggs) and charcuterie.

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

The evening offerings were equally attractive.  There were 3 or 4 wine selections each evening, though we focused on the Roederer.  Because the lounge was attended diligently by the staff there was no problem stopping by to grab a glass of wine or a plate of pastry no matter whether it was early or late.  The food rotated during the evenings as well.

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

During the morning the lounge was always pretty crowded but we never had to wait for a table, even with 5 of us in our party.  The lounge was quieter in the evening, with folks stopping by to grab a glass of wine here and there.  Since the kids were pretty tired out in the evenings we ended up hanging out in the lounge a couple of nights.  If you were in a regular room this would make a great space to spread out.  This is an undeniably great benefit for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members.  Some will say they want to get out and enjoy all the culinary treats the city has to offer.  It’s hard to argue with that point.  Unlike a number of Manhattan hotels I’ve stayed in where the bagels are horrible, I will say that the Hyatt Regency Etoile serves quality french pastry.  It’s not an excuse to avoid exploring the city, but you won’t feel “trapped” if you get stuck grabbing a morning bite in the lounge.

The health club is located on the same floor as Bar La Vue near the top of the hotel.  It’s in a huge room that’s nowhere near filled with equipment.  Tall windows let in plenty of natural light and there’s a nice view of the city from up high.

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

Right down the hall is Bar La Vue which follows the curvature of the top of the hotel to give a great panoramic view of the city.  We waited until our last night to visit and I kind of wish we hadn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, the lounge was great.  I just assumed it was like every other “top of the hotel” bar I’ve ever been in, overpriced and light on service.

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

I’m not going to tell you it was a bargain, but the service was actually very attentive.  We were absolutely under-dressed compared to the other people there but the staff didn’t even look sideways at us.  They were attentive to the kids and there were even a few specialty drinks on the menu to go along with the, ahem, adult beverages.  It was a fun place for us to relax and unwind while the sun set on our last day in Paris.

Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Hyatt Regency Etoile.  We found the staff to be inviting and helpful, especially the staff in the lounge.  They were really over the top.  I’ve heard from some folks say they haven’t enjoyed this property as much as we did.  Other than seeing that it could use some TLC in a few spots, we found it to be a delightful stay, a hotel we would definitely return to.  For those looking to redeem points, this property is a category 4, which means 15,000 points a night.  When you consider that the Park Hyatt is twice the points, this property can be a real value, and still well located.  I don’t think you can go wrong choosing this hotel for an upcoming stay.

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, Part 2.  Athens & Paris For Dollars A Day was published first on Pizza In Motion.

14 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for the thorough review! Down to the bathroom amenities. I’m planning to stay there in a few months and it’s great to get a preview.

  2. How much time did you spend getting to and from the hotel each day? Does not seem to be walking distance to anything useful, and quite a few metro stops to get to the left bank.

    1. Boraxo, we generally left for the day and didn’t come back until the evening. One day started at the Eiffel tower so we took an Uber. We went to Disneyland Paris, so hopped on the metro. Another day was sightseeing, then ending up in a park for a picnic lunch. It was a little more than a 10-minute walk to Arc de Triomphe. I don’t feel like it was that much further of a walk to many places than PH Vendome was (the only other property we’ve stayed at in Paris).

  3. Great review, Ed. I really enjoyed that hotel. Club was a bit strange, but very attentive service. The shopping mall it’s connected to was pretty cool as well. Easy access to the Metro and a short walk to the Arc. One thing I noticed was that the agents all used ‘leaning’ seats. Very cool! Looks like you truly know how to spoil your family! Glad you enjoyed. Please bring them to San Diego so I can spoil you guys as well 🙂
    Go Yanks! 1-0. Ha!

  4. I’m really torn between this property and the Hotel du Lourve as a Hyatt diamond member. Which would you stay? Lourve seems much more convenient but is 5k points extra a night,

      1. We are spending 3 days in Paris before we head to Amsterdam. We really will be seeing everything since its our first time. Not saving my points for anything else in particular, but I am stingy with them hah.

          1. Who do you have for a cell phone carrier now? If you’re talking about this April, I think it’s a toss up to spend the extra 15k points for Louvre. I’d probably choose Etoile and get a Metro pass. If next year when we’re pretty certain all rooms at Etoile will be renovated, I lean that way more strongly.

  5. Also what is the best way for data service in Europe? (want to uber around occassionally) and I don’t have t-mobile currently.

    1. Currently have Verizon (and their pretty ridiculous international rates). Yeah I am wondering if I’ll get my 15k worth in time savings and cost of travel savings since we really will be all over. Does the Louvre have good lounge breakfasts/snacks as well?

      1. Verizon has new plans where got can spend a few bucks a day and pull from your regular minutes/data plan whole overseas. Take a look at it, you might be surprised. May not be absolutely cheaper than finding a SIM card, but a lot closer (and easy). I haven’t stayed at Louvre but I believe you get breakfast in the restaurant.

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