We jumped at the recent opportunity to check out the Presidential Suite (No. 650) at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, easily some of the top digs in town. Celebs aplenty have bedded down in these quarters, including Madonna, Tony Parker and Eva Longoria, and Clint Eastwood (who loved the in-room gym equipment). The hotel itself is a prestigious address just steps away from the Place Vendôme-- with its telltale column first erected by Napoleon I to commemorate the battle of Austerlitz. Architect Ed Tuttle, also responsible for the dreamy designs of various Amanresorts, brings Asia to Paris with the use of mahogany and silks.
Resembling an elegant private apartment, the suite sprawls over two levels and is appointed with a beautiful art collection. Specially commissioned sculptures by Roseline Granet adorn the walls; large vases flank the working fireplace; a collection of silver tribal necklaces is displayed on a table. The entrance hall opens onto the living/dining room with its own bar. We noticed that the kitchen was stocked with special items for the arriving guests-- organic teas, coffee, snacks, and wine. (Note: The hotel can arrange for a private chef and bartender.) The landscaped terraces come with tables and chairs for reveling in the Parisian cityscape—from the top of the Vendôme Column to the tip of the Eiffel Tower—while sipping glasses of bubbly.
The three terraces may be a nice perk, but the real highlight is the luxurious in-suite spa, flooded with sun from the overhead skylight. At 60 square meters, it’s the largest in-room spa we’ve seen. With a gilded steam room in mosaic tile, a treatment bed, and hairdresser’s chair, there’s really no need to leave the premises for pampering. The enormous his and hers dressing rooms provide ample space for haute couture purchases at the nearby luxury boutiques on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. And while soaking in the whirlpool tub by candlelight, you can gaze out over the Parisian rooftops.
Special requests: Insiders tell us that the concierge team has handled all manner of requests. One particular guest demanded a bouquet of roses sent every day to his wife, who was traveling around the world and spending the night in a different city each day. Assistant Concierge Mickael Partouche ([email protected]) was very helpful with our own questions.