Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile

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The Hyatt Regency Etoile is a skyscraper hotel near Porte Maillot in the 17th arrondissement. It’s the largest hotel in Paris with 950 rooms and suites. The hotel tower is the third tallest building inside the city of Paris – which doesn’t include the La Défense business district. The hotel, which was completed in 1974, was most recently the Hotel Concorde La Fayette until Hyatt acquired it in 2013.

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileWhen I stayed there a couple of weeks ago, I arrived in Paris around 7am, and took the AirFrance bus (route 2) to the Hyatt. The bus stop is on the side of the Hyatt and across the street from the Le Méridien Etoile. I was a little hesitant to ask if I could check-in early, with a room upgrade, and a view of the Eiffel Tower. The agent said she could put me in a deluxe room, but without an Eiffel Tower view for the first night. I thought that was fair, and I was assigned a room on the 22nd floor.Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileI thought things were going fairly well, until I was jarred by the decor in the hallway.  All the sudden I felt like I was on a cruise ship – a badly decorated cruise ship with dark mirrored corridors painted in navy and hot pink.
Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileThis made me nervous to insert the key into the door, as I was thinking that the room was going to have a similar decor as found in the hallway, but I was pleasantly surprised to find this …

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileThe room itself was on the small side which is typical for hotels in Europe. It was almost a relief that the room was plain, light and airy.  The hotel provided me a small welcome amenity, and a note wishing me a pleasant stay.

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileThe view from the first room was of the La Défense business district, seen thru the thin layer of smog that grew worse as the week went on.Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileAfter seeing the hallway, and now the room, I really was unsure what the bathroom was going to look like. I peeked in and thought it looked okay.

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileFor the second and third nights, I was moved to the exact same room, but on the opposite corner of the 23rd floor to my room with a view – a view of the Effiel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile – not pictured in my smoggy picture.DSCN0214

Based on my Hyatt Diamond status, I received Regency Club access, on the 30th floor.

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileThe lounge itself seemed dated – decorated in mauve, maroon and orange.  It seemed like it was just 2 or 3 standard rooms rennovated into one larger, yet segmented room.

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileDSCN0211The lounge was open from 7am to 10:30am for breakfast and from 5pm to 9pm for wine and canapes.  They offered various red wines, white wines and champagne, as well as a cheeseboard, small sandwiches, a featured desert, and cookies including macaroons.

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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileBreakfast was assorted bread, cereal, fruit, yogurt and a hot offering with scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and hash browns potatoes.

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Paris ÉtoileBottom Line:
I was able to get this hotel, a Hyatt Category 4, at short notice.  Considering how expensive Paris is, 15,000 points a night seemed like a reasonable deal.  I am also getting back 20% of the points as a Chase Hyatt Visa cardholder – so a 9,000 point refund makes this deal even better.  The Hyatt Paris Etiole also included a note in its key packet saying that the hotel was undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation starting early 2015, and construction is expected to last 18 months.  While the property is in need of a renovation, I wonder if it will also increase a category or two on the Hyatt reward chart.  Time will tell.  Has anyone else had a particularly good, or particularly bad stay here?

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  1. Just had a nice 2-day C&P stay and thought it was a very good bargain. Lots of places to eat dinner at reasonable cost nearby. A renovation is certainly in order, but the staff attitude and performance are unbeatable!

  2. I’m staying at this hotel right now. I have no status with Hyatt but paid only $115EUR a night after doing a best rate guarantee discount. I didn’t get a room with a view, and I didn’t ask… my fault. My room appears to be renovated, at least compared to your room. It’s much nicer. They said it was a deluxe room. I don’t find it small for Europe standards, it’s actually reasonably sized, though much smaller than US hotels. My room has a much more modern decor and finishes. I’m a little surprised by the number of scuff marks on the wall though.

  3. This is sure one ugly hotel. Typical hideous 1960s/1970s architecture and design that plagues business-geared and suburban-located hotels to this every day. Even with big renovation budgets, there’s only so much one can do when the physical structure itself is beyond abhorrent.

    The room sure looked pretty basic to me. Like Novotel-quality, if you ask me. That’s my one gripe about U.S. brand hotels in Europe. They’re either really, really nice or pretty poor and outdated. As bad as Marriott is (Platinum-Premier here), at least here in the U.S., there are a lot of middle-level, very consistent Marriott hotels that are neither bad nor great. There doesn’t seem to be much of a middle-level in Europe.

    I wonder what the rooms on the 30th floor — the club floor — are like?

  4. I forgot to say that I’ve seen college dorms that have been decor than your room.

  5. The Vendome is worth the extra 10k per night…….that is a hotel that you will believe in the simplicity of luxury and the service is impeccable…………good for Hyatt to try to make a dump presentable……

  6. This is very timely as I am looking at this and other hotels for a Paris trip. I just don’t lime this part of town and though the price is reasonable staying here just does not appeal. I have stayed in the Meridien and did not like that either.

  7. I just stayed here last Saturday. You are spot on with your description. The bar on the 34th floor was also in dire need of updating. Worse yet, was the dj was playing old rap music. It was horrific. I was expecting some elegant / sophisticated jazz or French music. I was really disappointed.

  8. I recently stayed here for a little over $100/nt x 3 nights and finished with one night at PH Vendome.
    At 1/8 the price of PHV, it was well worth it for the view.

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