Review – Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile

My sister and I recently spent a long week-end in Paris (read how we only paid $85 for the flight to Paris here) One of the reasons we chose Paris is because we each had free night certificates from holding the Chase Hyatt card and we really wanted to use them at the Hyatt Regency. We received a free night at any Category 1-4 just for holding the Hyatt card past the first year and paying the $75 annual fee. Considering one night at the Hyatt Regency books for over $200, I’d say we made pretty good use of our free night.

The Hotel:

The Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile is a high rise hotel situated northwest of the Arc d’Triomphe in the 17th Arrondissement with sweeping views of Paris and it’s landmarks. It is connected to a large mall (Le Palais des Congrès de Paris) and transportation center which means you are steps from dining, shopping and a metro station. As of this writing, the hotel entrance has been relocated due to renovations. We received email communication from the hotel prior to arrival to notify us of this change. The entry is clearly marked and they have staff at every corner to point you in the right direction. Yes, you’ll find yourself doing a little bit of walking from entry to the reception desk (which is an elevator ride up to the 4th floor and a walk down a very long hall). But we were prepared for this after reading all the TripAdvisor reviews and weren’t put off by it.

(One note about construction: while renovation continues at this hotel, we found that construction noise began around 0930-1000 and was always done by the time we returned to our room. If you’ll be spending time in your room during the day, the noise will be a distraction).

We received this map in an email from the hotel prior to our stay

The Room:

Does it get better than this??

We booked a standard twin room and were upgraded to a room with a view and boy, what a view!! Once you tap the key and push the door open, your eyes go straight to the window and the amazing view of the Eiffel Tower. We approached the window and were thrilled to see the Eiffel Tower and even the top of the Arc de Triomphe. We loved walking through that door and seeing the Eiffel Tower out the window every day! We even jumped to the window during the evening at the top of every hour to watch her sparkle!

The room is small by American standards, but very well laid out. We had two twin beds which were very comfortable with nice, thick comforters. A small desk/work area with plenty of plugins and USB ports built in. A small mini fridge under the desk was big enough to hold our drinks and fruit.

The bathroom was nicely renovated with a large walk-in shower, an extra mirror and counter where 2 people could get ready (rare for European bathrooms). There were even plenty of outlets in the hallway with a large mirror. If you’ve been to Europe, you’ll understand what a big deal this is since usually the outlet in the bathroom is for shavers only. The TV had airplay, but we could never get our Netflix to play due to slow internet connection, although we never had problems uploading photos and the connection was good enough that we Facetimed our families every night.

The Location

We loved the location! We walked to the Eiffel Tower from the hotel with stops at the Arc and Champs-Élysées along the way. Don’t feel like walking? There’s a Metro station under the mall attached to the hotel. Even if you never enter the Mall area (which we didn’t when we stayed here last year with our 4 kids) there are cafes, small grocery stores and a pharmacy right across the street. We took Le Bus from Charles de Gaulle airport for €17 one way (€30 roundtrip) and it dropped us right at the front door of the hotel. This stay, we did enter the mall area and were pleased to find cafes and a wonderful grocery story on the ground level where we picked up some snacks, drinks and fruit for the room. There’s even an Angelina’s in the mall so you can have your perfect hot chocolate every day if you want to!

Who can sleep with this out your window?

Dining:

The famous bar with panoramic views on the 34th floor was closed during our visit (Nov 2017).

The Tower Sports Bar – you’ll walk by the restaurant on your way in and out of the hotel.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. While we did not visit the restaurant this trip, we did order room service and the food was good.

How can you get this view for (almost) free?

The Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile is a Category 4 Hyatt hotel – 15,000 points a night

We booked 4 nights at the Hyatt using our annual free night certificates from our Hyatt card and Ultimate Rewards points transferred from Chase. For those of you that follow along on Instagram, you’ll remember we had a flight diversion to Chicago and ended up only spending 3 nights in Paris. I can’t imagine that this hotel will remain a Category 4 after renovations are complete! How can you earn points to stay here for $5 a night? 

Chase Hyatt credit card: 

  • 40,000 bonus points
  • $2,000 minimum spend in first 3 months
  • Receive 5,000 points after adding an authorized user
  • 1 free night a year at a Cat 1-4 Hyatt after paying the $75 annual free

Chase Sapphire credit card:

  • 50,000 points
  • $4,000 minimum spend in first 3 months
  • Receive 5,000 points after adding an authorized user
  • Hyatt transfer partner
  • Any Chase card that earns Ultimate Rewards points are transferable to Hyatt (Reserve, Ink, etc)

Remember, the way to earn more points and miles is for you and your partner to each apply for the same card. If you did 2-player mode here, you’d end up with 80,000 Hyatt points (enough for 5 nights at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile) and 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points (enough for 2 roundtrip flights to Paris!)

 

 

We saved over $900 by booking with points!

 

We only had to pay $4.96 a night in taxes!

Every year you keep your Hyatt credit card and pay the annual fee of $75, you get a free night certificate at a Category 1-4 Hyatt hotel. We’ve gotten quite a bit of value out of the Hyatt card since opening it. This summer, my husband and I combined our annual free nights for a 2-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Tokyo and this Fall my sister and I used our free nights to stay here at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. We supplement Hyatt points by transferring Ultimate Rewards from the Chase Sapphire card to Hyatt for even more nights!

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Do you have the Chase Hyatt card? If so, where have you used your free annual night certificate?

 



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