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Paris - Park Vendome - REVIEWS - MASTER THREAD - 8/2011 Forwards

Paris - Park Vendome - REVIEWS - MASTER THREAD - 8/2011 Forwards

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I'm making this thread a wiki since there are issues that keep getting repeated (breakfast and transportation from/to CDG). Feel free to add whatever you feel is important - stick to facts of please and not one off exceptions (eg if you get an upgrade to the Presidential Suite on an award stay without any status - that's definitely a one off that doesn't belong in the WIKI - obviously you can do a regular post on it).

Public transport to the hotel from CDG

The best option is to take the Roissy bus to Opera. From there, the hotel is about a 5 minute walk.

The next best option is to take RER B to Chatelet-Les Halles. All trains from Roissy/CDG head south into Paris so no worries there. Some go express all the way into Paris (Gare du Nord, so Chatelet-Les Halles is the second stop); others are locals, in which case there are a lot of stops; some are half-express, half-local ... but all stop at Chatelet-Les Halles; and there is no point waiting for an express because it is rare if ever that an express will overtake a local. So get on whatever comes first. At Chatelet-Les Halles, transfer to RER A for one stop to Auber (which is joined to Opera station). You will be heading westbound, toward the termini St. Germain-en-Laye/Poissy/Cergny. You have to go up the stairs and back down for the Auber-bound train. Do not race across the platform for the RER B because that will be heading eastbound, to Gare de Lyon, Nation, Vincennes (and, depending on which one you get on, eventually Eurodisney!) The walk from the Auber exit closest to the RER stop takes about 10 minutes.

Public transport to the hotel from Orly

Take the Orlyval train to its end at Antony, then switch to RER B to Chatelet-Les-Halles and continue as above. In this case you can just cross the platform from the RER B to get the RER A headed to Auber.

Breakfast

The breakfast, in the main lounge, at Les Orchidees, is free for Diamond members but is 40-50 euros per person otherwise. A modified but still very good version of this buffet breakfast is also available in the room and is also free for Diamonds. Tips are not covered but then again the theory in France is that the service charge is in the price.

Museum tickets & pass from the concierge

You can buy "skip the line" tickets to the Louvre or Orsay for 18€ each, which is higher than the regular tickets via the Louvre & Orsay websites. But being able to "skip the line" obviously adds some value. They will also sell you the two day Paris Museum Pass for 55€. That is a 7€ markup.

Phone/data recommendations:
Lebara worked really well for me. What you need to do:
• You must unlock your phone (you can do this for free online with ATT through their website if you are out of contract)
• Order free SIM card at Lebara.fr a few weeks before your trip. I don’t think it took more than 2 weeks for my SIM card to arrive
• Activate SIM card at https://www.lebara.fr/activate-sim-detail?isoCode=en_GB or search “activate SIM” at Lebara.fr
• Load your SIM card with what you need. I paid 10 euro for 3G of data, unlimited SMS and local calls for 10 days (this should be plenty for most tourists)
LeFrench Mobile did not work so well for me: I paid 20-30 euro for local and international calls for my sister but was only able to make local calls and SMS

restaurant recommendations:
Nearby:
Le Cap Bourbon- good, inexpensive, our server was nice and attentive (by French standards), great local crowd, menu has English translation
We ate a local Thai restaurant - Yo - its about a 5 minute walk from the hotel and very busy. I had a guinea fowl green curry - a first for me. Very good food and friendly service.

Other:
L'Avant Comptoir is a wine bar with great,relatively cheap eats and a great atmosphere and friendly, English-speaking staff. Standing room only and tight.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 11:08 am
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Does anyone know if the strike been resolved. I have an upcoming stay and would likely book a different hotel if there staff are on strike.

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Old Feb 3, 19, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by beachfan View Post

...Had a great 6 night stay to start the year there for my return. Used a TSU plus paid upgrade....

It's too bad this treatment doesn't seem consistent to FTers.
If I may ask, how much was the paid upgrade per night?

I have a points stay with TSU coming up shortly :-)
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Old Feb 3, 19, 10:27 pm
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Originally Posted by yoganeck View Post
If I may ask, how much was the paid upgrade per night?

I have a points stay with TSU coming up shortly :-)
Initial offer was 250 euros, I countered with 190 euros which was the difference in standard rates for what I was confirmed into and what I wanted, and they accepted.
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Old Feb 3, 19, 11:44 pm
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I have an upcoming stay with a TSU as well, I opted for the paid upgrade option to an Executive suite(190 Euro per night)
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Old Feb 4, 19, 8:57 pm
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GEEZZZ we just have to have people insert politics into an otherwise enjoyable board. I am sure your the moral compass of Seattle
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Old Mar 21, 19, 12:06 am
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Thinking of staying here May 18-22. Booked using a free night cert & 90k points. Debating whether to use TSU and an upgrade fee per night (Park Suite isn't available for straight TSU, so I'm looking at burning a TSU plus paying 90 euro minimum/night, or 190 euro/night for an exec suite), or to play the globalist upgrade lottery and see if anything is comped. Leaning towards the latter...
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Old Mar 21, 19, 5:59 pm
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Originally Posted by platbrownguy View Post
Thinking of staying here May 18-22. Booked using a free night cert & 90k points. Debating whether to use TSU and an upgrade fee per night (Park Suite isn't available for straight TSU, so I'm looking at burning a TSU plus paying 90 euro minimum/night, or 190 euro/night for an exec suite), or to play the globalist upgrade lottery and see if anything is comped. Leaning towards the latter...
Over the years I have opted for paying the "vig" and getting what I wanted, generally speaking when doing so I have been pleasantly surprised that I am upgraded from that as well. Only once did I not and that was during Victoria Secrets week.

Maybe it's getting older but I opt for the best way to ensure not having to wonder all the way across the pond
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Old Mar 21, 19, 9:08 pm
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Originally Posted by edgewood49 View Post
Over the years I have opted for paying the "vig" and getting what I wanted, generally speaking when doing so I have been pleasantly surprised that I am upgraded from that as well. Only once did I not and that was during Victoria Secrets week.

Maybe it's getting older but I opt for the best way to ensure not having to wonder all the way across the pond
I'm paying the "vig" in two weeks because we need a room that accommodates 4. I'll report back on whether or not I'm upgraded from that.
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Old Mar 22, 19, 6:39 am
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Originally Posted by faboi0us View Post
I'm paying the "vig" in two weeks because we need a room that accommodates 4. I'll report back on whether or not I'm upgraded from that.
If the occupancy is mild you should be fine, enjoy !
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Old Apr 5, 19, 1:41 am
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Any recent stays? Some negative recent comments on TA about construction . . . .
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Old Apr 5, 19, 2:39 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
Any recent stays? Some negative recent comments on TA about construction . . . .
Just read the TA reviews and did a dummy booking and there's nothing on the website indicating construction.

I've had this happen at several Hyatt hotels, including on repeat stays. It's completely unacceptable for it not to be listed on the hotel website or during the reservation process.

*wood always had it in both and also in Announcements on the hotel page.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 8:07 am
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Just read the TA reviews and did a dummy booking and there's nothing on the website indicating construction.
There are also a bunch of fake 5* reviews. Kind of shameful for a property at this level to be engaging in fakery.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by Kacee View Post
There are also a bunch of fake 5* reviews. Kind of shameful for a property at this level to be engaging in fakery.

You know this property has been in steady decline for many years now even with management change frankly its still going down to the point I am booking else where sad this was a favorite that we stayed at once or twice a year, and always once during the Holiday Seasons.
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Old Apr 5, 19, 11:58 am
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Would be helpful if someone could comment on the construction with a recent experience. I’m booked for four nights in mid August on points + TSU but will consider killing it if it’s a serious issue
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Old Apr 5, 19, 2:00 pm
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I've been staying there 10-15 times a year for the last 3 years and never had a problem with renovation (have to say it was always during the week and leaving the room no later than 8amish). Only consequence for me is less room availabilities (keeping in mind Hotel du Louvre is still closed). Only issue last year was the housekeeping strike and demonstrations in front of the hotel but it's now over..
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