Last May I went on my Honeymoon to Europe. As some of you may recall, I used credit card rewards to drastically reduce the cost of the trip. Not only did it save us money, but it also allowed us to stay at luxurious hotels that we would never even think of visiting under normal circumstances.
While some deals seem good when you first book them, what really counts is what you experience when you arrive. I want to examine each deal and share with you our opinion of each location. The first three days of our 8 day Honeymoon began in Paris, at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.
For this hotel I used the rewards from my Hyatt Visa Signature Card. This card has a $75 membership fee and offers two free night at any Hyatt in the world. To earn this reward you now have to spend 1000 dollars in the first three months from opening the account.
I booked a room at the hotel, a room here normally goes for $800- $1000 a night. Thanks to my reward the first two night were free and we bought enough points to cover a third night. The cost of the points was $500 so our average for this hotel was about $165 a night. For Paris that is an impossibly low price.
As for as the hotel is concerned I have almost nothing but good things to say about it. The Hyatt Vendome is a true 5 start location. From the moment you walk through the front doors you are welcomed by a large and friendly staff. The bride and I were always greeted by the doorman when we entered the building. The concierge was always extremely helpful. Anytime we asked for help they were right there to assist.
The look of the hotel is quite beautiful. Everywhere you look you’ll notice these bronze sculptures in the shape of people, they are magnificent.
As for our room all I can say is, wow. The bed was big and comfortable, it had a rainfall shower and a huge tub. At the end of the day the Bride would enjoy a hot bath and we would relax and unwind. We must have walked 5 -7 miles everyday in Paris and it felt great to have such a comfortable place to come back to. As we were about to leave the Bride said,”I wish I could take the tub with us.”
The Vendome section of Paris is right in the middle of the city. We walked to Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens, it’s a terrific location.
The only thing that I didn’t like about the hotel was the prices of food and drinks. We went down to the bar for a late night drink, one beer and a daiquiri cost us 54 euros, that’s like 70 dollars! To be fair this is a 5 star hotel in the middle of a beautiful European city so the prices reflect that. In the end you don’t have to eat or drink there, if you want to splurge fine, if not you can find a dozens places to eat a drink with in a few blocks of the hotel.
All in all this was an amazing experience and the best part is that you can have it almost anywhere in the world that has a Hyatt hotel . We choose Paris, but I am sure you would have just as good a time in Sydney or Chicago or Tokyo. Pick yourself up a Hyatt Visa Signature Card and see for yourself.
Rewards Rating: A
Hotel Rating: A-