During my 3-days trip to Paris I have stayed at the Hyatt Regency Etoile. It is located at the business area and is attached to the convention centre Les Palais Des Congress. The hotel is a 34 storey building, facing the Eiffel Tower from one side and the city and Montmartre from the other side. So the good thing is that you can be lucky to be allocated at the higher floor, which gives amazing city view. And even more lucky if you will have the Eiffel Tower view. I had a room on the 27th floor with the view to the city quarters and the Montmartre.
The Hyatt Regency Etoile is claimed to be as a 4 star hotel. The hotel is huge, with a lot of facilities, huge lobby and welcoming and polite staff.
But I was very disappointed with the rooms 😔 The corridors and the rooms are old and not well maintained. The standard double room was very small.
Bathroom was poorly maintained and the cleaning level was very low. At least there were clean towels, some toiletries (soap, body wash, shampoo, body lotion), and hairdryer. Small empty fridge was built into the wardrobe and was very noisy, so was disturbing my sleep. Safe box also was inside the wardrobe. The double bed in fact were two single beds standing together. After my 200×220 cm bed at home I always feel not comfortable sleeping in single hotel beds.
Window was of normal size, but the old curtains were stuck so I couldn’t fully open them. I was keeping the window door open and not using the airconditioning. There was a small TV. The free wifi in the room was terribly slow. I barely could receive my watsapp messages and open instagram. Inside the room it was almost not working, but at the common areas of the hotel it was ok.
No bathrobe, no slippers, no complimentary water, no tea/coffee and kettle.
The breakfast inside the hotel was served from 6:30 till 10:00 and till 10:30 on weekend. The choice of the dishes was medium-decent, but at least there was an option to order eggs (fried, omelette) in addition to the scrambled at the buffet. The waiters were offering coffee from the jug (which tasted as instant coffee) and there also was an espresso machine, where you could make for yourself nice espresso, americano, latte or cappuccino to drink at your table or to take away in a paper cup.
On the 34th floor of the hotel there is a bar with the Eiffel Tower view through panoramic windows. I had a glass of rose wine there on a Saturday evening.
The doorman lets people to stay at the queue before the entrance to be seated by the hostess. On Saturday night the music was loud and the DJ started to play kind of old popular commercial hits. I was leaving the bar at 10 pm, and the queue was huge at the entrance. Why do people want to get into that bar so much – I don’t know. This is obviously not the party place and not a place to socialise as well.
The good point of the Hyatt Regency Etoile is the location. The hotel is attached to the business centre and a small mall with nice gallery of boutiques and cafes. I loved one of the multi brand boutiques, which had a lot of high end brands, such as Burberry, Saint Laurant, Givenchy, Loewe, Max Mara, a lot of shoes and bags, beautifully mixed and displayed together.
From the hotel you can have a direct ride or walk to the Arch de Triomphe and then directly to the Avenue des Champs Elysees – the main shopping and walking street of Paris. You can use taxi or metro. The metro station is just outside the building. If you don’t want to use local taxies or Uber, metro will be an option. It is fast, convenient, avoids traffic and can take you anywhere, but its very crowded and dirty.
Directly in front of the hotel you can take a bus to the CDG airport. The tickets can be bought at the reception of the hotel at a fair of 17 euro. The bus departs every 30 minutes and take a ride of 45 minutes to the airport. The journey by taxi takes the same time and will cost 50 euro.
There are a lot of small cafes and bars around the hotel. This area is not very glamorous, so don’t expect high-end food and drinks. I was also very lucky to find a Carrefour and a pharmacy nearby the hotel.
Overall experience: poor for 4 stars, rooms are old and not well maintained.
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