Insider Beds: The Hyatt Regency Paris EtoileNovember 13, 2018
BEDS OF INSIDERS – A lobby worthy of an airport strewn with uncomfortable banquettes, marble hall with gargantuan dimensions where haggard travelers and disoriented customers meet … Welcome to the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, new address of our hotel chronicle.
With its battery of 9 bulky lifts like fully domed cabins and its 985 rooms, the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, formerly Concorde Lafayette now in the hands of the Americans, has a new look in excess. A juggernaut of Parisian hotels. The New York architect, Georges Wong, in charge of a titanic renovation that lasted two years, gave himself to heart. Although the expression is a little confusing because here, we are rather in the sad reality of a factory sleep luxury.
The rooms with the unique view of Paris, the most beautiful of a Parisian hotel, are sober, boring and quite small. Blond wood, king size bed, design lighting and microscopic bathroom sum up an interior without apparent madness and especially without soul. Adding to this picture a pessimistic poor soundproofing, we hear the neighbor from above walk, if he has the heavy step, and the next to move, if it is stirring.
Comfort side, nothing is missing: a chaise lounge under the window, a flat screen (with a plethora of foreign channels) on the wall, a kettle, plastic glasses and a mini-bottle of water on a shelf, ironing board and dryer in the closet. The Mezzanine Fitness is to be reviewed. It’s like being in a supermarket: machines lined up, like sitting in the middle of nowhere, lit by the violent light of white neons that give you a complexion of aspirin. Exit the glamor.
The bar with the most impressive view of Paris
In its defense, the hotel, which sometimes has to handle two thousand customers at the same time, can not afford to give in excessive personalization. Nevertheless, two places save all and are particularly successful, open to the outside clientele. The Mayo restaurant is away from the lobby on the ground floor. Curiously the place is intimate. The staff, with the little care, makes forget by its smiling and attentive service the gigantism of the place. As for the cuisine on which a talented Argentine chef Raphael Casas is working, it deserves a real detour. Products from the best local addresses served generously in pans and other small dishes to share.
Friendly and very friendly. Change of scenery and direction on the 34th floor, 140 meters high. Here, is the most impressive bar in Paris with a 360 degree view of the capital and its icons such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre or the Bois de Boulogne. When the day falls and the city lights up the magic of the bar operates. The orange and dim lighting is a real success. The cocktail menu too.
The calm and harmony of this spot of the nightlife are barely disturbed by the presence of a discreet dj. Faced with this breathtaking view, one feels as if suspended above the city … Under the Paris sky.
Let’s go? 3 place General-Koening, tel .: 01.40.68.12.34; www.parisetoile.regency.hyatt.com
At what price? From 150 € to 350 €