Hotel Review: Hyatt Paris Madeleine

hyatt paris madeleine

Hotel Review: Hyatt Paris Madeleine

Hyatt Paris Madeleine!
The next stop on our London/Paris trip in May 2014 was another wonderful hotel, The Hyatt Paris Madeleine! This Hyatt is on Boulevard Malesherbes in the Madeleine district of Paris, located near the La Madeleine Church and just a short walk to the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysees as well as a short walk to the Madeleine metro stop which is just behind the church.  It usually runs from $350-$400 per night.

Our Trip so far:

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Hyatt Paris Madeleine

Hyatt Paris Madeleine

After leaving our wonderful stay at the Park Hyatt we took the 10 minute walk to the Hyatt Paris Madeleine.  Now if you remember from our Paris report we were traveling with 2 very big suitcases (Katie could definitely fit in the biggest one), so walking might not have been the best idea.  Picture two people walking down the crowded sidewalks of Paris, in the middle of the day, on a Friday, with one of those people wheeling a suit case well over the height of her waist.  Not the greatest 10 minutes of the trip but I was OK with it…Katie was not as pleased.  It is an easy walk between the two hotels but if you have a few big bags like we did I would just spend a few bucks and get a cab.

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Hyatt Paris Madeleine, our room was the open window on the top left

A few days before our stay here I had emailed the hotel just as I had done for the Park Hyatt about our recent engagement and asked if there was anything that could be done to make our stay extra special. Upon entering the hotel we saw a beautifully decorated lobby with a restaurant straight ahead covered by a glass ceiling looking up to a clear blue sky. The first thing we noticed was that the lobby and restaurant were significantly smaller than the Park Hyatt.  This came as no surprise since this hotel only has 86 rooms and is one of the smallest Hyatts in the world. By comparison the Park Hyatt has 153 rooms.

TIP: if you have anything remotely special going on during your hotel stay, especially at nice hotels, always email them about it a few days ahead of time.  We have received upgrades, better views, drinks, etc. by doing this.

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View of the restaurant from the front desk

As we approached the front desk we were greeted by a wonderful woman there who had our bags placed on a cart by the bellman. Once we told them our name she looked down at the book in front of her and said that she needed to look into something about our room. After looking at the computer for a couple of minutes she congratulated us on our recent engagement and thanked us for being diamond members. She then told us that she could do one of two things for us. We could have a room now or if we were able to wait 30-40 minutes we could have an upgraded room which she described as the best room they had available that was not a suite. She then apologized that we would have to wait and told us we could sit in the restaurant and feel free to order any beverages we would like for free. At this point it was a no-brainer, so we decided to wait and relax in the restaurant. However, before sitting down she also handed us a certificate for 2 free glasses of champagne to celebrate our engagement! So far so good.  We used these that evening.

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Our free macchiato and cappuccino while we waited

After about 25 minutes of enjoying our coffee drinks, eating a few snacks and looking over the map they fetched us so we could be shown to our room, we were escorted there by the woman at the front desk and the bellman. As we entered our room I was VERY happy as there were full size windows that opened out onto the street and we could see the Eiffel Tower in the distance! I am a person who loves open windows so I would have been happy with that, but being on a high floor with a view? AWESOME. This room was on the 7th floor and I believe was a Deluxe King Room.

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Our Room

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Our room with large open windows

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View

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Eiffel Tower in the distance

Besides the great view, we found a nice sized room with a king bed, a desk with chair, a lounge chair and a beautiful bathroom with a tub on the left and a shower and toilet on the right. Each of these had a separate door on the right side of the bathroom. Not nearly as big as the Park Hyatt but plenty of room for Katie and I.

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Desk and chair

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Bathroom

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Diamond Welcome Gift

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View to the right out the window

That evening we were able to walk across the street to one of the wine stores to buy a bottle of wine and then walk one block north to buy some meat, cheese and bread at the market for our picnic at Sacre Ceour. When we returned, we used our champagne certificate and found out that our view of the tower was even better at night.

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View at night

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Free Champagne!

The next morning we went down to the restaurant (La Chinoiserie) for our free breakfast (Diamond benefit). We were able to order a hot item (egg dish, waffles, french toast), a meat, juice and coffee drink of our choice as well as get things from the buffet, which mainly included breads, cheeses, fruits and cold meats.  It was certainly not as extensive as the buffet at the Park Hyatt but coupled with the ability to order a hot breakfast meal I thought it was great.  We both ordered eggs and a meat to go along with the buffet.  I believe the cost was around 40€ per person but I don’t recall exactly (when it’s free you don’t pay as much attention to the price 😉  )

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Restaurant

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Our Breakfast

After another wonderful day in Paris we returned to our hotel and sadly got our stuff ready to leave the next morning. When we went down to get our last free breakfast we were directed this time to Cafe M which is just to your right when entering the hotel. I can’t remember what the reason was that the breakfast had been moved there but that was fine with us because we were able to see a new area of the hotel.

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Hyatt Paris Madeleine

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Cafe M to the right of the entrance

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Cafe M

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Buffet in Cafe M

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Breakfast the second morning

The breakfast was largely the same as the previous morning and again it was very good but I would never pay 40€ for it.  We had informed the front desk that we would need a cab at 6:30am to take us to the airport which the desk arranged the evening before.  When we came down that morning they held our luggage for us and loaded them in the car while we ate.  They came to get us when the cab was ready to leave.  Then, we were off to ORY for our flight home which cost us a little under 40€.

How do I get there? So Katie and I walked here, but from Gare du Nord Train Station you could easily grab a cab and be there in 10 minutes or for a cheaper option take the metro, change lines twice and get off at the Madeleine Station a few blocks east to the hotel. It is just a couple minute walk from there. From Gare St-Lazare Train Station the hotel can be walked to in 5 minutes.  If you are flying in and coming from CDG you can also take a cab that will probably run 40-50 € (for 2) or take the train on the Blue line to Gare du Nord (and onward) which will cost about 10 € per person or so. Coming from ORY is a little more difficult as you need to take a bus and then a train to Gare du Nord (and onward). We left via ORY and the difference in price between a cab and train was about 15-20 € and a lot of time and lugging of suitcases around so we were happy to take a cab for 40 €.

Any restaurants suggestions? Eat outside!  The best thing to do for meals in Paris is to buy some bread, cheese, wine, etc and eat at one of the many beautiful parks in Paris!  We did this several times and not only is it a great experience it also saves A LOT of money.  Also, DO NOT EAT at the Cafe with the red awning on the south east corner of the La Madeleine Church!  It is really expensive and the food is edible at best (we made this mistake late on the first night in Paris).

Cost for 2 nights: This hotel, like the Park Hyatt, was 22K Hyatt points per night at the time of our stay and has since gone through the same devaluation.  Unlike the PH that moved into a new category and up to 30K points per night, Madeleine stayed in the same category but rose to 25K points per night.  We paid for this hotel mainly with Ultimate Rewards points that were transferred to my Hyatt Gold Passport account.  As I said in the last post these points came from many different areas including shopping portals, normal spend, referral bonus and manufactured spending.  If we were to assume that they were all gained via MS (which they obviously weren’t) the total out-of pocket-cost is 44K points =<<$347

Conclusion:

After coming from the nicest hotel experience I have ever had, it was going to be hard for Hyatt Madeleine to live up to our new expectations, but I think they did a great job!  This was clearly not as over the top as the Park Hyatt but there is something to be said about a quaint little hotel with few people and a staff that knows you, simply due to how small it is.  If I was debating where to stay on points I believe that it is probably worth the extra 5K points to stay at the Park Hyatt.  However, if I was paying or using “points + cash”, I would definitely go with Hyatt Madeleine.  The cash price difference is just way to big to go with PH.  In the end we had a really wonderful stay at Hyatt Paris Madeleine and I would gladly stay again.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND

 

Next, we head home on Iberia Business Class.

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