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For this trip, you need to know that our plan was to visit different cities and countries in Europe within a two-week span. In order to make this work, we had an aggressive itinerary with hotel stays ranging from 2-3 nights per destination. Our family is used to this, so moving from one destination to another, or one hotel to another is not a huge undertaking. We make it work. It’s all about the planning and execution.
From Paris Charles de Gaulle to Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
From Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, it was easier and more cost effective for our family to catch a cab that would fit all six of us. For a party of six, we paid 70 Euros. We felt that it was money well spent since we didn’t want to have to deal with getting on two different trains or buses, and having to deal with walking to our hotel. We just wanted to do this out of convenience. By taking a cab (a minivan), we were driven to our hotel within a half hour.
Otherwise, you could easily use Google Maps app for instance, and just plug in your destination. From Paris CDG to Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, taking public transportation could include buses, trains, and walks for around one hour. We figured it was best for us to take a cab vs having to deal with public transportation after catching an 11-hour flight from Los Angeles.
How we booked rooms for six
Our very first hotel that we booked in Paris was Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile. Since there were six of us traveling we had to get 2-3 rooms to make this booking work. We needed two nights at Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. So how did we do it? We communicated with the property and we were advised that it would be difficult to rely on an upgrade upon arrival to a suite. Knowing that we needed rooms that would fit all six of us. We booked two rooms with two twin beds. You can only sleep four in those two rooms. Each room was only 12K points per night (or 24K points for both rooms per night).
To make this work for a party of six, we were advised to that we could use a Suite Upgrade Award from our Hyatt Globalist Account. The SUA was applied to the room that fits two guests, and that room was upgraded to a Family Room which is truly two individual connecting rooms. It does not look like your typical suite with a living room or dining area. But these were simply separate rooms with their own bathrooms.The Family Room (two connecting rooms) had views of La Defense, while the Deluxe Room with Twin Beds had views of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.
Frankly, that was s not an issue for us. Why not? For 12,000 points per night, we were able to get two connecting rooms that fit four of us. For the other two family members, we booked them a separate room with two twin beds also at 12K per night. The value here is with the usage of our SUA. For those two nights in a family room, we used a total of 24K Hyatt points with thanks to our SUA.
Regency Club & Windo Skybar
As Hyatt Globalists, we had access to the Regency Club located on the 34th floor. My first impression? The lounge wasn’t that spacious. There were 4-5 tables near the window, and on that cloudy afternoon, we couldn’t really see or tell where the Eiffel Tower was. Right outside of Regency Club is Windo Skybar. If you’re a Hyatt Globalist, you could have your breakfast at the Regency Club, and during the day, they open up the doors that connect to Windo Sky Bar. This is where the money is. We got to see more of the view of the Eiffel Tower from Windo than the Regency Club. Windo Skybar is not accessible until much later in the afternoon into the evening (but closed to Regency Club). Nancy and I did go up here on our first night, and had a dessert and drinks while admiring the views of Paris.
Note, there could be a line at night going in to the Skybar.
For our first morning in Paris, instead of simply going with the free hotel breakfast, I figured, “I’m in Paris” so Nancy and I walked to La Griotte Boulangerie, a bakery within 3 minutes walk from the hotel. I highly recommend this boulangerie. They opened at 6:30am and it was worth the short walk. You could still make it back in time for the hotel breakfast at the Hyatt.
For hotel guests, breakfast is €25 at the Mayo Restaurant downstairs. (only for guests of the hotel). Breakfast is from 6:30am to 10:30 during weekdays (Monday to Friday). and 7am to 11am during the weekend.
Two buffet options available for Hyatt Globalists. Upstairs at the Regency Club, as mentioned, you could also access Windo Skybar to eat your breakfast. The breakfast itself is served buffet style at Regency Club, and you could walk down to the room next door to get morning views of Paris.
Another option is to eat your breakfast downstairs at Mayo Restaurant. This is more of full-service breakfast with an omelet station, while up in the Regency Club, the eggs and other cooked foods were already prepared for you and they are ready to eat. I did try both. No denying. If you want the views, go to the Regency Club. I did. I had coffee and pastry and I enjoyed the views of Paris. It’s not every morning that I get to see the Eiffel Tower. You also have the option to go downstairs and eat your buffet breakfast at Mayo Restaurant.
Access to public transportation
For the duration of our stay, we easily caught the trains at the nearby Metro stations near the hotel. It was about a 5-7 minute walk to the station. You have an option to walk through the mall connected with the hotel. We felt very safe walking around the area.
Which credit cards could you use to book a stay at Hyatt?
So the question, how does one earn Hyatt points or book with Hyatt free night certificates? You don’t have to be a frequent traveler to earn these points. In my case, it’s all about having the right set of credit cards. A night at Hana-Maui Resort during our visit in May would cost 30,000 points per night. You could easily book a few nights using points you earn from the the following credit cards:
- World of Hyatt Credit Card (personal)
- World of Hyatt Business Credit Card
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card
- Chase Sapphire Reserve Card
The following Chase credit cards earn Chase Ultimate Rewards, however, in order to transfer points to travel partners such as Hyatt, you will need to have one of the following cards: Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, or Chase Ink Business Preferred.
- Chase Ink Cash® Card
- Chase Ink Business Unlimited® Credit Card
- Chase Ink Business Preferred® Credit Card
- Chase Freedom Unlimited®
- Chase Freedom Flex®
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If you want a reasonably priced hotel in Paris, Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile serves its purpose. With an option to book a room that fits up to four guests, this is a great option especially for families. How far from the Eiffel Tower? By car, around 12 minutes, and by public transportation, I say around 22 minutes where you might have to take a bus and a train. Once you figure out the transportation, Paris is easy to navigate.
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