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Paris - Hyatt Regency Paris - Madeleine


Once upon a time Paris wasn’t so romantic, but as we revert back to the city changes that made it so, it’s no surprise that the Hyatt Regency Paris Madeleine is an architectural icon of this elegant, romanticized city.

A short lesson in French history – Paris circa 1850 had its fair share of dangerous and destitute neighborhoods. Overpopulation and underemployment equaled, as it does today, crime, disease, and even vampirism, to such an extent that a neighborhood of narrow streets and downtrodden buildings north of the Louvre nagged at the psyche of the city’s top bureaucrats. How to flush out the unseemly and vile of Paris? Baron Georges Haussman, the city’s top planner, forged ahead with a plan that would meet with far less approval today. To get rid of the bad apples, he got rid of their neighborhood. Tenements were replaced by “Haussman-era” architectural marvels, the perimeters of downtown Paris were restored to posh grandness, and today, it is this decisive decision by the famed urban planner that was the conception of Paris’ internationally renowned charm and grace.

One such edifice contributing to the mystique of Paris is the Hyatt Regency, located just two blocks from Les Champs Elysses and minutes by foot La Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Found on the Boulevard Malesherbes, this transformed residence allows guests to inhabit the city as Parisian aristocrats once did. With the feeling of a peaceful oasis in the restless downtown corridor, this 86-room hotel, complete with rooftop garden terrace, is a grand centerpiece to a stay in Paris. It is quintessentially Parisian, standing grand and graceful over the promenade and offering easy access to the city’s great cultural attractions and its phenomenal shopping district, located on the boulevard named for the city planner that erected the building. Tourists and businesspersons alike will adore the classic interior design, where classic patterns and Pierre Frey fabrics offset hardwood furnishings in cherry and sycamore. Rooms are cozy, but one should never expect suite-like sprawl in such an antique building. The rooms are standard, but the environment unforgettable. Artist Natalie Schmitt was commissioned by the hotel to paint a personal portrait of some evocation of the Parisian landscape that particularly affected her. The result is a unique piece in each suite, a poetic vision of the country’s capital by a local painter who finds inspiration each day in the vibrant streets. Draw back your own private curtains to look down at the action on the promenade, relax with an in-house movie after a long day wandering the streets, or prepare for the big meeting by making use of high-speed Internet access available in each room.

Out in the streets, the heritage and culture of downtown Paris is right at your doorstep. Operas, concert hall, theatre, museums, exquisite churches and beautiful galleries are all just steps from the hotel entrance. Perhaps the great mark of an urban hotel is how often citizens of the city can be seen wandering through its lobby or enjoying a cocktail in the lounge after a performance nearby. Here, the supper crowds flock into Café M for a feast, or settle in for a nice late meal and a martini at La Chinoiserie. Executive chef Nicolas Sale, who apprenticed under Pierre Gagnaire at the Hotel Four Seasons Georges V, prepares a menu of the freshest produce that shifts in accordance with the seasons. Under the glass roof of La Chinoiserie, the dawn of new days begin as early as 6:30 a.m., when Viennese pastries from the Laduree bakery, fresh teas, and eggs prepared as you wish highlight the breakfast buffet. Lunches by the fireplace on a rainy day tempt the divine, while a late romantic supper over a bottle of Bordeaux, to toast either a love or a signed business deal, completes the day perfectly. For a slightly less formal atmosphere, Café M offers up bistro fare with fewer of the trappings of fine dining. Grab a quick snack from the menu or order the daily special chalked on the board, or close down the evening with a port and a cigar from the exceptional stock carried on hand.

Relaxation is clearly paramount at the Hyatt, and no proverbial stone is left unturned. From the turndown service to the floral arrangements found throughout the lobby, that ambition carries into the Auriege beauty salon, which offers treatments that guests can order in the privacy of their own rooms. The actual spa, centered by a fountain, is a great place for a heavy workout, a run on the treadmill, or for any type of therapy massage. Reserved exclusively for the clientele of the hotel, the beauty salon boasts 33 years of experience. In a building that has stood for more than 150 years, there is no better home for the authentic Parisian experience.

Where to Stay

Hyatt Regency Paris - Madeleine - - 24 Boulevard Malesherbes, 75008, Paris, France - Tel: +33 1 5527 1234 - Fax: +33 1 5527 1235 - E-mail:

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