In France, there is the five-star rating, and there is the Palace status. Introduced in 2010, the “Palace” distinction promotes hotels that stand head-and-shoulders above their five-star competitors. Only eight hotels has earned the distinction—and Park Hyatt is one of them.
“Palace” is the tourism version of the Pulitzer Prize. So highly regarded is the accolade that when two hotels traditionally thought as Paris’ best failed to get it—which in itself was a shocker—both promptly shut down to undertake major refurbishment work. In Paris, reputations matters.
While some didn’t make the cut, Park Hyatt was a newcomer that did.
And to many this was a shocker too. The hotel is no grande dame and it was opened only in 2002. Its Haussmann-era building may be historical (formerly couture house of Paquin) and sufficiently grand, yet on the inside the hotel appears almost American, with its understated design and cosy atmosphere.
In certain sense the Hyatt is French enough. Its stripped-down classicism is seductive without being showy. Its elegance timeless and sensual.
Plus, the rooms feel like a Paris pied-à-terre apartments more than suites in a grand hotel.
Behind the design is the architect Ed Tuttle, best known for his work with Amanresorts. Perhaps this explains the Eastern touches, especially in the selection of furniture—or in the ubiquitous orchids.
Also reminiscent of the downplayed Asian luxury are plain carpets and floor-to-ceiling mahogany, with warm Parisian limestone setting the tone. Grand mirrors, deep walk-in closets and heavy matte-bronze fixtures in all bathrooms nicely complete the contemporary look.
Its reputation as one of the top five luxury hotels in the city is matched by a great address. Located on Rue de la Paix, just minutes from the Place Vendôme and right in the center of Paris’s high-end shopping district, the hotel is ideally placed for exploring Paris’ museums and shops.
No wonder the hotel is popular with a-listers—and it helps that many premium suites have smart Technogyms and private spas. The finest room is the Vendôme Suite, sporting a 60-square-meter roof terrace.