Simple sophistication in Paris
With an enviable location within the 8th Arrondissement, Hyatt Paris Madeleine is poised to impress visitors who are looking to indulge in what Paris is known for — incredible shopping, cultural sites and destination restaurants. Its namesake neighborhood, Madeleine, is the historic heart of the city and you can simply walk to the Louvre, the Paris Opera House and Champs-Élysées in just a few minutes.
Its small size means the boutique hotel treats you warmly and personably while you exploring the two onsite restaurants, spa facilities and well-appointed, contemporary rooms.
Guest rooms with high ceilings and large picture windows are decorated in light, neutral tones and simple, sophisticated furnishings. You will find more than ample closet space, soundproofed windows, iPod docking stations, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and marble bathrooms stocked with Pharmacopeia amenities. Rooms overlook either the hotel’s patio or Boulevard Malesherbes.
Suite bathrooms are large with walk-in marble rain showers and separate freestanding tubs. The Presidential Suite on the seventh floor has a private terrace and Jacuzzi as well as views of the Opera Garnier, Parisian rooftops and the Eiffel Tower.
At La Chinoiserie, dine below a glass roof from the workshop of Gustave Eiffel. The restaurant’s design elements include touches of Asian décor with black lacquered furniture, Indonesian bamboo and an almost life-sized black jaguar statue. A number of contemporary, comfortable sofas (instead of chairs) sets the stage for a relaxing and intimate breakfast, lunch or dinner by chef Patrick Charvet.
He hails from the South of France and his provenance is apparent in the seasonal Mediterranean menu. Some menu highlights may include pasta with Comté cheese, ham, meat juice and black truffle butter, or foie gras terrine with poached pear, hibiscus flower and ginger.
La Chinoiserie is also a great place for a spot of tea. In fact, the restaurant once held literary brunches where a different French author arrived each Sunday to discuss his or her latest book. As part of the experience, each author would leave a signed tea box for the restaurant’s shelves. Today there are a good number of these collectibles donning gold labels signed by the visiting authors.
While there is no longer a literary brunch, the Hyatt offers a family brunch on Sundays with a focus on French pastry — the buffet includes a bakery, a creamery, French terroir (for example, ham and salmon) and a pastry stand serving wonderfully indulgent cakes.
Located next to La Chinoiserie, Café M attracts locals who enjoy a quiet cocktail bar and restaurant in the evening. Café M is a cozy, street-facing spot with views of Boulevard Malesherbes. On the same ground level are five meeting rooms with walls featuring glass-encased cubbies that display jewelry from the luxury retail shops on nearby Rue Saint-Honoré.
A beehive in a dedicated outdoor space on the seventh floor is host to bees that are free to buzz around, but ultimately return to perform their roles in the hive. The hotel’s logo is its mascot, Maddie — a French beret-wearing bee. On weekends, Maddie gives tours to the public to see the production of housemade honey.
Children will walk away with a souvenir, while parents get a taste of the honey, which may have some added flavor of roses or fruits (depending on where the bees roamed while free). Of course, the chef incorporates the honey into his dishes and desserts, including a rose sorbet honey mousse.
A guest-only hammam, sauna and fitness room is located in the basement of the Paris hotel and it is open around the clock. Arrive early to visit the relaxation room to enjoy a short nap and a never-ending supply of water and tea before spa treatments, which range from massages and facials to foot reflexology and pedicures.