PARIS, France – In an announcement made today by the French government, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome has been awarded a five-star classification of the highest distinction. It has been named one of eight official palace hotels in France.
The moniker of ‘palace hotel’ is one that many Paris hotels have adopted over the years as a self-appointed and unofficial title. Last year the government of France decided to make it an official category and laid out specific criteria for five-star properties to compete for the prized rating of Distinction Palace, stating that this new “tourism version of the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ … will be awarded by a most unusual and prestigious jury.” That special jury was made up of 10 respected personalities from the worlds of hospitality, architecture and design, literature, film and television, science, and business.
“We are delighted that Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, and indeed the Park Hyatt brand internationally, has been honored as a founding recipient of France’s official Distinction Palace rating,” said General Manager, Michel Jauslin. “We have long felt that our hotel is symbolic of true five-star hospitality, and we are proud that the French government has acknowledged the dedication of our hotel, and our amazing staff, to delivering our special blend of complete luxury and relaxed sophistication that today’s traveler has come to expect and enjoy.”
Since the hotel opened in 2002, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, located in the heart of Paris and at the epicenter of history on the prestigious Rue de la Paix, has sought to refresh and recalibrate the concept of the palace hotel. As French icon, the ‘father of Modern culture,’ Rene Descartes, challenged the world to observe and interpret old tradition with fresh eyes, so has the contemporary-yet-timeless Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome challenged long-standing perceptions of what makes a five-star property truly stellar.
In addition to checking all the customary boxes – with its exceptional location, historical pedigree (the facade is not only beautiful but was the former couture house of Paquin), world-class spa, Michelin-starred restaurant, and 40 stunning Ed Tuttle-designed suites – Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome brings to the city a refined and contemporary interpretation of American style, warmth, and openness that is quintessential of the Park Hyatt brand worldwide.
Great respect has been paid to the rich, centuries-old history of the property, and great pains have been taken to maintain the authentic sense of place one feels at Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome. Equal care and consideration have been devoted to developing a new standard of superlative hospitality through elegant and enduring design and effortlessly efficient service from staff that are amiable and welcoming yet sincere and consummately professional.
“The idea was to make a very French statement, sensual without being too ornate,” said acclaimed interior designer, Ed Tuttle. “We wanted stripped-down classicism, strong and timeless.”
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome has been recognized ever since it opened its doors, having received countless awards and accolades such as consecutive annual inclusions in Conde Nast Traveler’s Gold List and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards and 500 list. According to The New York Times “…it lacks nothing in luxury,” an opinion echoed by Departures magazine when it wrote that the hotel is “the most spectacular new accommodation in Paris,” and by Town & Country Travel, which stated that “the 158 Ed Tuttle-designed rooms feel pristine and unstuffy.” Even the Michelin-starred Yannick Alleno, Head Chef of fellow Distinction Palace recipient Le Meurice, endorsed the quietly majestic Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome in an interview with the Financial Times, stating “I like to go out for Sunday lunch with friends … to La Terrasse at the Park Hyatt.”
It would seem that the Distinction Palace judging panel shares the sentiments of these favorable reviews, especially that of Travel + Leisure magazine, which noted – with perhaps a preternatural sense of intuition – that Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is a “modern palace hotel.”