It was a grey and damp afternoon when I arrived on the Silver Shuttle bus at the front of the Hyatt Regency, Charles De Gaulle. The hotel drops you close to the entrance, although many people carry on to the hotels next door. Through the revolving door and the front desk is on the left.
There was no queue and the agent, who spoke excellent English, asked for ID and my credit card. I hate being asked for ID, it’s just one of my pet loathings. I handed over my passport and signed the registration card. He knew when I had stayed there last and so asked if I needed anything explained. I simply checked whether I could have breakfast in the restaurant in the morning, which he confirmed was possible as it was a weekend.
The hotel has installed a number of very arty displays, apparently to represent autumn.
My room was across the lobby and so I had a good chance to view them:
Just before the lifts, you can see up the five floors of the hotel:
After exiting the lift, the view down is as dramatic:
I had not used an suite upgrade and received an ordinary room on the Regency Club floor. Sometimes they provide Diamonds with the larger rooms at the end of the corridors, but this time I was three doors down from the Club.
The room was nicely furnished with a separate desk, free WiFI, and plenty of sockets. The TV had several English language channels beyond the inevitable BBC World, Sky and CNN.
The linens were fresh and cool. The air-conditioning keep the room fairly cold until I adjusted it to a less arctic setting.
The bathroom had a full-sized bath with a shower built in, wash basin and toilet.
There was a bathrobe and kettle in the room also.
The Regency Club was open all day with a selection of hot and cold drinks. There were few people visiting in the evening and at one point I had the whole room to myself. On two levels there is staircase that links them. It is quite dingy with no natural light as it overlooks the internal lobby area of the building.
The evening saw wine, beer and nicer snacks come out. All serve yourself. There was a member of staff in the room should you have questions.
The little baguettes were SUPERB – proper french bread.
I slept well and went down to the buffet breakfast in the lobby restaurant. Pretty busy, but still plenty of chairs and tables. The usual hotel selection of hot and cold items – eggs, sausage, bacon, cereals, cold meats and cheese were on offer. Eggs were made to order.
Check-out was simple and after about a ten minute wait the shuttle arrived to take me, via one stop, back to the airport. As I was catching the TGV and Eurostar back to London, I go off at Terminal 2 and went down two stories to the CDG 2 station. This serves trains to Paris (RER) as well as trains to other destinations.
All around as good a stay as I have come to expect from this very solid property, which is located about 15 minutes from the airport itself.