Back from Europe: a Crazy/Amazing Rollercoaster of a Trip
Normally, I book lodging as soon as I book my airfare, which is 11 months or so in advance. In this case, I only had 1 month before we were set to arrive in Paris. And we would be traveling in the summer, the peak season.
As you can imagine, it was the case of “slim pickings” when it came to points availability via major hotel programs. Not that it made sense to redeem points anyway. I did consider booking a suite at Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile for 24k Hyatt points per night, which was available for our dates.
The rate actually isn’t too bad, considering the fact that you get a separate living room and a lounge access is included. However, I’ve decided to pass on it. First of all, my kids are too big to share a sofa bed and the hotel doesn’t offer rollaways. Plus, the hotel looked rather generic.
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome wasn’t available for our dates. But even if it was, there is no way I would consider splurging 90k Hyatt points on two rooms/per night. Are you crazy? That seems like highway robbery, but to each his own.
I was also hoping to find a place with a washer, for obvious reasons. In ideal world, I also wanted to find a place that was either close to the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, both places we intended to visit. Unfortunately, all hotels and AirbnB places that fit that criteria were exorbitantly expensive. I knew I had to make a compromise.
That’s how I eventually settled on this AirBnB listing It’s odd because you are not actually booking an apartment here, but two connecting rooms at Hotel Eiffel Blomet Those same units are also offered via hotel’s respective website, but in my case it would cost about 100 euros more to go that route.
Plus, I would get the same exact cancellation policy. So, I paid $800 total for a two-night stay via AirBnB and utilized $200 credit from our Capital One Venture X card. The latter wasn’t a swaying factor, as I could have used it for our Iceland AirBnB instead. Keep in mind that the hotel’s website says this family suite will fit up to two adults, plus three kids. Here is the location of the hotel on the map:
It’s a little out of the way, but still fairly central. It took me about 25 minutes to get to the Eiffel Tower by foot, which isn’t too bad. You also have access to taxis and Uber while in Paris, so I don’t think it’s critical to be fixated on location.
Rather, I would recommend researching the neighborhood itself to make sure it’s safe and attractive. It cost us 18 euros to reach the Louvre via Uber, and 15 euros to take a taxi back to the hotel from the Eiffel tower. In both cases, it took us about 10-12 minutes. As you can see, not a deal breaker by any means. You can also take the Metro, but we didn’t bother.
Hotel Eiffel Blomet is located in a very nice residential part of Paris, full of cafes and restaurants. I highly recommend Les Artisans for super friendly staff (who speak decent English) and good food. Our waitress said she felt very honored that we went here for our very first dinner in Paris. My kids loved their giant stuffed teddy bear.
The area is also full of families out and about, and the atmosphere feels very safe. I didn’t really care about some of the neighborhoods closer to the Eiffel Tower, so do your homework ahead of time.
So, as long as you don’t mind being a little out of the way when it comes to tourist landmarks, I think this hotel is a terrific choice. But once again, it depends on your preferences.
This hotel’s location proved to be ideal in many ways. It was like a little oasis after dealing with the hectic pace of central Paris all day.
And here is the best part:
The hotel has an indoor pool area, a rarity in central Paris. This was probably the biggest selling point that convinced me to book it. The pool even had massage jets that felt so good after walking through Paris all day! There was a sauna room, which I also very much enjoyed.
Unusual Art Deco style
Another reason I picked this place was because the room style caught my eye. It looked different, in a good way.
Our room had a king-size bed, and the kids had two twin beds. There was a door connecting both rooms that could be locked. It was VERY nice to have two bathrooms.
Check out the tile design:
I liked the fact that there were bathrobes and brand new flip flops left for guests to use in the pool area. A nice touch.
The rooms faced the central courtyard, which meant total silence at night.
I appreciated having a Nespreso machine:
Both rooms were super clean, and central A/C kept them cool and comfortable. I honestly cannot think of one complaint.
Since we packed relatively light, I needed to do some laundry while in Paris. I set up a pick-up with a company called LaveriePrivee, and they returned our clean and folded items the same evening.
It cost me $38 for 13 lb worth of dirty clothes, which I thought was a great deal. I left the bag with a hotel receptionist before we went on our tour, and they were happy to hand it off to the courier. I didn’t have to spend hours sitting in a laundromat, which was worth $38, for sure. Highly recommended.
Obviously, $400 per night for two rooms is not cheap. But I felt the price was somewhat justified in this case, considering how expensive the city is. I should also add that rooms were of decent size, which is not usually the case in Paris.
Let’s do a little mental exercise. Say this hotel is part of Hyatt chain, and you have a chance to redeem 27k points on two connecting rooms. Seems like a great deal, right? Well, if you value your UR points at 1.5 cents apiece, it works out to be around $400 per night.
Of course, if you have a chance to utilize credit card renewal certificates in Paris, it’s definitely something to consider. Traveling as a couple also simplifies the situation tremendously.
Review of breakfast (not included)
The breakfast seemed a bit expensive at 17 euros per person, but we did try it one morning. In my opinion, it’s a good value, plus kids 12 and under eat free.
It had all kinds of cheeses, bread items, eggs etc.
You also had access to unlimited coffee, milk and juices.
Once again, thumbs up.
Paris has lots of options when it comes to lodging. While there is nothing wrong with using hotel points, it doesn’t always make sense to do so. This is especially true when you travel with family and insist on having two rooms. Occasionally you can even reserve hotel rooms via AirBnB. Because why not?