Intro – Maldivian Paradise With A Little Europe Sprinkled In
Part 1 – Getting To The Maldives
Part 2 – Welcome To Paradise
Part 3 – A Couple Of Days In Kuala Lumpur
Part 4 – Paris On A Dime
Part 5 – My First Trip To Berlin
Part 6 – Going Home In Style: The Lufthansa First Experience
A train and a subway ride later, we were soon at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome. I had booked the hotel using my Hyatt free nights and was excited to ‘join the club.’ The hotel is located in an ultra ritzy neighborhood dripping in Louis Vuitton and Hermes, and is a popular property to utilize award nights due to the fact that the going rate is often in the $1000/ night range. The hotel is centrally located, and close to a lot of things (Le Louvre, Opera, Boulevard Haussmann, etc.,) though I much prefer a smaller, quieter more authentic Parisian neighborhood, (a personal preference.) I definitely see why others love this location.
Given our early arrival, our room wasn’t ready. And despite stories I’d heard from others of service above and beyond (complimentary drinks in the hotel lobby or breakfast while waiting, etc,) we were not offered anything other than being told “come back later.”
We returned at around 1pm (still in a haze from our red eye from KUL the previous night) to be informed that our room still wasn’t ready. We opted to wait in the lobby/restaurant (there wasn’t really a lobby,) and after a short time, taken up to our ‘accessible’ courtyard room on the first floor. The room was average European small, with high ceilings and windows that opened up to the courtyard. The bathroom was ridiculously huge, with a very large glass enclosed shower and handicapped enabled toilet. Not sure why we were assigned this room, but not wanting to wait for a different one (it was already after 1pm) we settled in for our completely unremarkable two night stay.
I used to live in Paris, and having visited many times since, I wasn’t really interested in doing the usual touristy things. I spent most of my time catching up on sleep and wandering around my favorite places in the city, and sitting in the sun with the other Parisians at sidewalk cafes. I love this city – it’s still my favorite in the world.
After two unremarkable nights at the Hyatt, we moved to the Radisson Blu Paris Le Metropolitan, booked with Club Carlson points and the 2nd night free benefit from my CC visa. The room was incredibly small, but in a much quieter neighborhood, steps away from the Eiffel Tower, a supermarket, self service laundry, and lots of neighborhood bakeries and restaurants. I loved this location, and very much preferred it to that of the Park Hyatt.
After four nights in the City Of Lights, it was time to move on, and we headed to the airport to catch our Avios booked Air Berlin flight to TXL airport.