Prince de Galles Paris, A Luxury Collection Hotel in 10 Photos

Prince de Galles Paris, A Luxury Collection Hotel in 10 Photos

By |2018-12-30T09:28:18+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Europe, France, Hotel Reviews, Luxury Collection|Tags: , , , , |

Prince de Galles Paris Introduction

I get a lot of questions about Paris, as it seems to be a destination many people aspire to visit. And what’s not to love? Between the culture, history, food, and architecture, it truly is an amazing city. However, like the rest of Western Europe, Paris is incredibly expensive, including accommodations. Whenever trip planning for hotels, I usually start by searching American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts to get a baseline for prices. When I did this for Paris, I noticed most 5-star hotels were pricing in the $1,500-$2,000 range per night, which was absolutely never going to happen. My next step is to always look at point redemption options, and found a bit of a mixed bag of either dated properties or locations that weren’t really ideal for this trip. There was however one property fitting all of my needs – The Prince de Galles Paris, a Luxury Collection Hotel.

The Prince de Galles is in a great location on Avenue George V, just next door to the ultra-lux Four Seasons Hotel. Almost everything you would want to see or do is within walking distance, with easy access to transit for anything further out. Prices weren’t cheap, starting around $700 Euro for a non-refundable rate around my travel dates, so I looked to a points redemption instead. Being a category 7 SPG property, free-night stays range from 30,000-35,000 points per night, which is a heck of a lot of points. Instead, I opted for a cash + points option, which came in at a reasonable $275 + 15,000 points per night. Still not an insignificant purchase, but when in Paris, right?

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Prince de Galles Paris – Art Deco Room

My Turkish Airlines flight arrived shortly after 12:30 and I was in a taxi towards the city about 15 minutes after stepping off the plane. A lot of people complain that Charles de Gaulle is a painful airport, but all of my experiences there have been fairly seamless. I made my way through the crowds of hawkers and found the official taxi line outside of terminal 1. Taxi prices from the airport are fixed at 50 Euro, with the ride taking about 45 minutes. I arrived to the hotel just before 2pm and was immediately greeted by the friendly door staff who took my bags and directed me inside. The lobby of this hotel is small but beautiful, with plenty of marble and fresh flowers. The property recently underwent a complete refurbishment, and it really shows.

Prince de Galles Paris Lobby

Prince de Galles Paris Lobby

The hotel is art deco style, which is evident from the moment you arrive at the curb. Avenue George V is a very beautiful street, and the sidewalks are immaculate (unlike other parts of Paris). It doesn’t take long to realize this is a very affluent area based on the cars outside and the people walking around.

Prince de Galles Paris Exterior

Prince de Galles Paris Exterior

The front desk staff were friendly and professional and apologized that check-in would take a little bit longer than normal due to a system outage. Even still, the entire process took about 5-minutes with a staff member escorting me to my room once complete (keys were not being programmed as a result of the outage). My room, 625, was located on the 6th floor facing the courtyard. I booked the basic ‘Art Deco’ category room, and don’t believe I received any sort of upgrade based on my SPG Gold status, which I read is the norm at this property (even for some Platinums). The room was small, but very functional, and everything felt luxurious. The doorway opened up into a short hallway with a relatively large mosaic bathroom on the right. The washroom featured a soaking tub and separate shower, beautiful mosaic finishes, and Christian Lacroix amenities.

Prince de Galles Paris Mosaic Bathroom

Prince de Galles Paris Mosaic Bathroom

Prince de Galles Paris Bathroom Vanity

Prince de Galles Paris Bathroom Vanity

Prince de Galles Paris Soaking Tub

Prince de Galles Paris Soaking Tub

Christian Lacroix Amenities

Christian Lacroix Amenities

I loved all the art in the room, with a piece above the bathtub and a huge portrait in the hallway. I don’t generally look twice at hotel ‘art’ but everything in this room felt unique and really fit the overall design.

Continuing down the hall was the main room, which featured a large king bed (took up much of the space) opposite a work desk and wall-mounted television. There was a small sitting area next to the french doors which opened up to a small terrace overlooking the courtyard.

Prince de Galles Paris Art Deco Room

Prince de Galles Paris Art Deco Room

Prince de Galles Paris King Bed

Prince de Galles Paris King Bed

The bed was incredibly soft and plush, and featured high quality linens and pillows. I slept for a solid 10 hours in this bed uninterrupted, and woke up feeling the most rested I had felt since beginning the trip.

There was a small welcome amenity consisting of cake, flowers, and bottled mineral water on my arrival, which I thought was a nice touch. I always appreciate fresh flowers in hotel rooms, which seems to be rare even at luxury properties.

Prince de Galles Paris Welcome Amenity

Prince de Galles Paris Welcome Amenity

While the room was fantastic, nobody really goes to Paris to experience a hotel, and the location of this property couldn’t have been better. While somewhat removed from the busy Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the hotel is still walking distance to most of the best dining, shopping, and attractions in Paris. I only had about 6 hours to enjoy the city on my short stopover, but managed to experience a Parisian cafe, visit the top of the Arc de Triomphe (about 300 stairs up – well worth it for the view) and of course, take in the light show at the Eiffel tower.

Daytime Views From The Top Of The Arc de Triomphe

Daytime Views From The Top Of The Arc de Triomphe – Just A Few Steps From The Hotel

Perhaps best of all, while everything was walking distance from the hotel, Avenue George V was an incredibly quiet street, which made for a nice retreat after an evening of sightseeing.

Prince de Galles Paris Bottom Line

I think this must be one of the best point redemption options for anyone visiting Paris as a tourist. Many of the other hotels are located in either busy areas, a little bit outside the best location, or dated and small. The Prince de Galles strikes the perfect balance between being a centrally located luxury hotel and being readily bookable using points. While free-night stays are expensive at 35,000 SPG points per night, there is a lot of value to be had with paid rates often exceeding $1,000 per night throughout the year. Alternatively, you could redeem 15,000 points and pay $275 per night for a cash+points redemption, which is what I ultimately ended up doing.

I actually couldn’t find a single fault with this property on my short stay. The staff were friendly and engaging without being overbearing, the rooms were small but functional and felt extremely luxurious, and the cash+points option was fair, especially considering the cost for comparable luxury hotels in the surrounding area.  Most importantly though, the location could not be beat, with easy access to some of the best shopping, dining, and popular tourist attractions.

I was a bit hesitant to come to Paris, assuming it was a bit overrated and overpriced, but actually fell in love with what turned out to be a very charming city. I was lucky to have a french speaking friend there during my visit, which admittedly made things a lot easier, but I didn’t find anyone was rude towards my non-existant French. Just the opposite actually, most people I interacted with were friendly and welcoming, and I can’t wait to return for a longer stay to experience more of what the city has to offer!

Have you been to Paris before using points? Tell us about your stay in the comment section below!

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About the Author:

Champagne taste on a beer budget has always been reminiscent of Tyler’s travel style. Raised in British Columbia, Tyler has an unquenchable thirst for more adventure, which is fueled by leveraging airline and hotel loyalty programs to travel the world in luxury and style.

4 Comments

  1. Rashad February 3, 2018 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Great review – thank you for detailed description ??

  2. Laura February 15, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I’ve been to Paris countless times and know the hotel you stayed at well. Considering the bloated price of rooms at its somewhat overrated and slightly has-been Four Seasons George V, I am impressed you did so well at the Prince de Galles. It wasn’t much of a property before its recent renovation but it is decidedly stylish now. It really went all-out Art Deco: it just couldn’t compare with the huge and opulent marquee FS property next door. I’m curious: did your courtyard view face a charming garden or just the windows of other rooms with nothing to look at. While I disagree that being in Paris means no reason to spend much time in my room, since your visit was quite short I can understand your point of view. I agree Paris really feels short in the types of brands that do hotels on points. The Westin, the myriad Marriott and all the SPG options (top to bottom) are serious tourist hotels with lots of tours…generally either huge or in less than beautiful locations (even if practical locations). You definitely picked the diamond of options. Most visitors to Paris who don’t spring for the Palace Hotels at $1500(and plus) per night generally stay in lovely chic boutique-sized hotels which range from really charming 3 star to 5 star hotels with prices ranging from 300 – 800 Euro per night depending on location, view, room size, etc. So maybe that’s why it’s difficult to do well on points and loyalty programs…which are generally jammed with Americans …and as I said, in groups…tour groups, family groups. It’s much more chic to stay in a small French one-off.
    Bravo ON your Prince de Galles. I stopped in a few times while hating my stay next door at the FS (even though I had extremely swanky digs including a huge terrace).
    Just to correct your info, because maybe you had wrong directions, but you were no more than two blocks from the Champs Élysée. In fact, the Arc de Triomphe is the start of the .Champs which ends at the Place de la Concorde.
    Paris is impossible to over rate. And any American who is polite and dresses simply (not even fashionably) and anages a few basic things Parisians feel are important will not find Parisians particularly rude. Price wise it’s no more expensive than London. Plus there are some extremely beautiful neighborhoods that are classic and gorgeous or trendy and stunningly historic. Just like most citizens of big cities, the parts that are overrun with rude tourists make the locals unhappy. It’s a travesty what tourists have done to the Louvre.
    The Prince de Galles is in a very swanky but very convenient neighborhood. I’ve got a load of SPG points which I might use to try out there. Do you know anything about the JUST-reopened Sheraton Park Lane Mayfair in London? Just curious. If you get back to Paris, it’s a real walking city and you’ll find everything is convenient to the Prince…if you like walking.

    • Tyler Weatherup February 16, 2018 at 1:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Laura,

      I agree this property is much better since the renovations, though definitely not comparable with the stunning Four Seasons next door. As far as points redemptions go, I don’t think there is a better option, with many of the other properties catering to large groups, as you mentioned.

      I’m not familiar with the recently opened Sheraton, though maybe I’ll put that on my list of properties to check out next time I’m in Paris.

      Thanks for the insight,

      Tyler

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