The Westin Paris-Vendôme
3 rue de Castiglione
75001 Paris, France
Tel: 33 1 4477 1111
Overlooking the Tuileries Gardens, with great views of the Eiffel Tower, The Westin Paris may be in the best location of any hotel in Paris. Originally built in 1878, the hotel underwent a major renovation by Starwood/Westin in 2008 after being converted from an Intercontinental Hotel. The hotel now blends the contemporary “chic” look and feel of a Westin with the classic architecture and history of Paris.
The Westin Paris Vendôme is centrally located in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, the historical Right Bank district. The Jardin des Tuileries is directly across the street and The Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and Palais Royale are within a a couple of blocks. Notre Dame Cathedral, Île Saint-Louis and the Champs-Élysées are a little over a mile away. Charles de Gaulle International Airport is about 15 miles from the hotel.
We stayed in a 4th floor Prestige Suite room, which had a separate bedroom and living room as well as two full bathrooms. This is the perfect set up for my wife and I since I like to get up early, turn the lights on and work on my laptop – which I can do without bothering her while sleeping in the separate bedroom.
This was definitely not your typical “chain hotel room”, it felt more like you were staying in an apartment than a hotel room. The room was very warm with a variety of muted grey, gold and blue tones throughout. It also had a ton of wood trim and moldings as well as some recessed coves that made each room feel very unique and “Parisian”. Definitely, not your standard Westin hotel room.
While I loved the two bathrooms, I must admit I was a little disappointed that they did not have the Westin Heavenly Shower that you typically count on with a Westin. The rooms had a ton of character and charm and the bathrooms, were just average. Oh well, small trade off…
In the basement of the hotel is a spa, Six Senses Spa at rue de Castiglione, and a workout facility with weights, treadmills, etc… There are two restaurants and a bar. Off to the left of the lobby is le First, restaurant boudoir Paris, the fine dining option which extends into the open air courtyard, located in the center of the hotel, for the warm weather months. There are also some tables outside of the hotel, overlooking the Jardin des Tuileries if you want to both be outside and watch the people passing by.
Points and Elite Status:
The Westin Paris – Vendôme is a SPG category 6 hotel, which requires 20,000 – 25,000 SPG points per night for a room (depending on season). If you are going to be staying for a little while, there is a fifth night free option, which will get you a fifth night free when you use points for four nights.
Starwood also allows you to use points for room and suite upgrades, which is a feature I like to take advantage of whenever possible (although not all Starwood properties offer this feature). I stayed at The Westin Paris – Vendôme in late September, which is their busy season, so I “paid” 25,000 points for a standard room and another 2,750 for an upgrade to a suite. We were given a one bedroom Prestige Suite, which was a great value for the 27,250 points. I would consider this hotel very “Points Friendly”.
As far as being “Starwood Elite Status Friendly”, not so much. I used points for my upgrade, so my elite status didn’t help with that and there was no concierge floor or free breakfast so I really don’t think my Starwood Elite status provided any benefit whatsoever with this stay. This is contrasted to our stay at The Park Hyatt Vendôme where my wife and I both received free breakfast in the restaurant or via room service everyday with my Diamond status – worth about $140 per day.
How to Stay Here Free:
At a range of 20,000 – 25,000 points per night, there are a couple of ways you can stay at this hotel for free. The first is via staying at Starwood properties and earning points through stays. If you are going to try to earn free nights this way, make sure to check out the Starwood Starpoint Promotion Page – here you will find a variety of ways to earn Starwood Starpoints points and any promotions that are currently being offered to accelerate your earning power. This method will take some time, but if you are a frequent business traveler, it absolutely can be done.
The fastest way to earn free nights at this hotel is to apply for a credit card with a solid bonus offer such as the Starwood American Express Card, Read a review of the card here…