Booking your trip to a foreign country can be difficult and frustrating, especially when you don’t speak the language. But when you book with points, you don’t have to worry about your hotel being a nightmare. A free stay in a huge city like Paris keeps your wallet full and allows you to indulge a little on those extra souvenirs or tasty treats. Points totals for the Paris hotels on this list vary quite a bit so make sure if you really want a relaxing stay, pick a hotel that includes spa or revered restaurants. If you’re going to spend all your time out on the town, a more budget-friendly option will save points and you won’t be paying for amenities you won’t use. Paris can enlighten your senses, emotions, and mind and it doesn’t have to be a huge expense when you use points.
1. Hotel Le Bristol Paris (AMEX Points, AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts List, Visa Signature Hotel, Daily rates starting at $1,000)
The Hotel Le Bristol Paris is family friendly, pet friendly, and couple friendly with a variety of amenities for all. There are children’s activities, an award-winning restaurant, and a luxurious spa for those who want a relaxing getaway. For those looking to experience French culture, this hotel is located on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in the center of Paris, near the Champs-Elysees, and close to art galleries and boutiques. The completely remodeled hotel also features a fitness center, hair salon, indoor rooftop pool, and famous French garden bursting with lush greenery. The service is top-notch as well with staff that goes above and beyond to meet their guests needs.
For such a centrally located hotel, Hotel Le Bristol Paris will run you over $1,000 per night but if you use points through AMEX, you receive an 85 Euro spa credit and discounted point totals. You can also book this award with your Visa Signature credit card (see list below) and save on cost. The point totals for both AMEX and Visa vary depending on the time of year and sometimes one option is much cheaper than the other.
Visa Signature cards with points that can be used for this award:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred
- Chase Sapphire
- Citi AAdvantage Visa Signature
- US Bank FlexPerks
- Marriott Rewards and Rewards Premier cards
- Southwest card
- Alaska Airlines card
- Hawaiian Airlines card
- Capital One Venture
- Citi Hilton HHonors and HHonors Reserve
- Hyatt card
- British Airways card
2. Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris (Visa Signature Hotel (See card list), Daily rates starting at $730)
Like Hotel Le Bristol Paris, Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris is located near top Parisian landmarks including the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, and Parc Monceau. This hotel is pet friendly, kid friendly with children’s activities, and some rooms include a kitchenette. The swimming pool is the longest in a Paris hotel and the fitness center includes personal trainers and a variety of yoga and Pilates classes.
Spa My Blend is award winning and allows guests to get away from the city without having to go outside their hotel. Two, one Michelin star restaurants are on the property and an herb garden on-site helps chefs to create fresh dishes. This hotel is great for those who enjoy both exploring a new area and relaxing at the hotel. You can spend one day shopping and sightseeing and the next enjoying a massage or a movie in the 99-seat private theater with popcorn.
Since Le Royal Monceau-Raffle Paris is a Visa Signature Hotel, guests who use Visa points will enjoy free in-room Internet, complimentary continental breakfast, VIP guest status, and a $25 food and beverage voucher. Some cases will have automatic room upgrades and a 3 PM checkout time. At $730 per night, you won’t have to use as many points as the Hotel Le Bristol Paris to stay in the same location and you’ll still enjoy a ton of great amenities and service.
3. Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris (AMEX Points, AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts List, Daily rates starting at $1,100)
With an award-winning spa, exceptional staff, and modern yet classic décor, the Four Season Hotel George V Paris is a great getaway for those who want to fall in love with Paris. Like several other hotels in Paris, the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris is pet friendly, kid friendly with children’s activities, and includes a fitness center. This hotel consistently ranks as one of the top hotels in the world and it’s located near the Champs-Elysees. For style and comfort on your vacation to Paris, choose the Four Season Hotel George V Paris with wonderful service and amenities.
For $1,100 a night, this hotel is on the pricy side but AMEX provides an 85 Euro spa credit to your visit. AMEX points vary depending on season and day of the week so to get the best deal, shop around different dates and days of the week to get the best deal.
4. Mandarin Oriental, Paris (AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts List and Visa Signature Hotel (See card list), Daily rates starting at $1,100)
If haute couture and historical landmarks are on your Paris to-do list, the Mandarin Oriental, Paris will deliver and then some. The modern guest rooms, some with terraces overlooking an indoor garden, are cozy, upscale, and some of the largest rooms in Paris. A two-Michelin star restaurant, Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, provides guests with tantalizing meals and treats while the other bars and restaurants on the property shine as well.
The outdoor dining in the garden is a great feature for a hotel situation on Rue Saint-Honore near Place Vendome in busy Paris. An indoor pool, fitness center, and spa with renowned holistic treatments can help you relax or stay in shape during your trip. The Mandarin Oriental, Paris is also pet friendly so you’ll never have to worry about leaving your furry friend behind.
For this award, you can tap into either AMEX points or Visa points but for $1,100 per night, you’ll want to make sure you get the best bang for your point. Research different times per year and days to see which credit card point system makes the best sense for your budget. However, if you choose AMEX points, they’ll give you an 85 Euro spa credit to use during your trip.
5. Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere (AMEX Points, AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts List, Daily rates starting at $800)
For those travelers who want to be in the very heart of Paris, Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere on the corner of the Champs-Elysees and avenue George V gives you access to anything Parisian you want to see. Museums, art exhibits, shopping, and much more is located right outside the boutique doors of this hotel. The butler service is exceptional and there is a complementary mini-bar and free Wi-Fi.
There are five restaurants at this hotel and three bars so even those picky eaters will have somewhere to eat without exiting the hotel. Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere is also pet friendly and kid friendly and includes a pool, fitness center, and exquisite U Spa. Contemporary decorations cover this hotel and the bathrooms include both mosaics and mahogany pieces. If you want to have access to all of the top tourist destinations and have a relaxing bed to crash in after a day of walking around, Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere is a great choice.
With this award you’ll want to use AMEX points and rates start at about $800 per night; AMEX does throw in a 100 Euro food and beverage credit to be used during your stay though. The rates vary quite a lot during the year so make sure to check the calendars to get the most out of your AMEX points; rates can double at the high points of the year.
6. Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome (Chase Hyatt credit card, 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night, AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts List and Visa Signature Hotel (See card list), Daily rates starting at $780)
The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome secured a spot on the 2014 Conde Nast Gold List, has in-suite spas, is in a great location, and you can use points to stay at it for free. With modern style mixed with French classicism, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is trendy yet intimate. High ceilings, stone, bronze, and mahogany accents are seen throughout the hotel and give the atmosphere an upscale vacation feel. The hotel is pet friendly, includes a spa, there’s free Wi-Fi and a fitness center, and some rooms include kitchenettes.
Staff at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome are extraordinary and the outdoor courtyard is perfect for a relaxing morning walk. There are several excellent restaurants and bars on the property so even if you’re tired of walking around, you can still enjoy a fabulous meal without going far from your room. Located on la Rue de la Paix, this hotel allows you to experience the culture of Paris while falling in love with the views. For those who want both a relaxing lux vacation and a chance to go on an adventure in Paris, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is a wonderful choice.
Daily rates start at $780 per night but there are a variety of ways to book this award by using points. You can use 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night or use your AMEX points or Visa Signature credit card points. Doing your research to see which one has the best offering during the time of year you want to travel will definitely help you save points and headaches. A few items to remember, though: when you use AMEX points, you receive an 85 Euro food and beverage credit to be used during your stay; when you use Visa points, you receive a $25 food or beverage voucher, complimentary breakfast, VIP guest status, and sometimes a free room upgrade.
7. Hotel Lancaster (AMEX Points, AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts List, Daily rates starting at $600)
If you’re looking for a more private experience that’s snug yet still luxurious, Hotel Lancaster will exceed your expectations while giving you a homey-feel. The art, antiques, and zen-inspired patio will allow you to feel like you’ve traveled to a comfortable home instead of a hotel. With only 57 rooms and suites, Hotel Lancaster is intimate and quiet and the over 100-year-old building is kept it excellent shape.
The Michelin-rated restaurant, La Table du Lancaster, provides extraordinary meals in a courtyard garden and one-of-a-kind traditional relics and paintings surround the hotel. Hotel Lancaster also has full concierge service, wonderful staff, a fitness center, is both kid and pet friendly, and includes free Wi-Fi. The prime location between the Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe allows you to easily travel to historic destinations and the fashion district. Additionally, if you don’t want to sacrifice on distance to tourist attractions but do want to use fewer points, the Hotel Lancaster is a great option.
To book this award you will need to use AMEX points and daily rates start at around $600. When using AMEX points, you’ll enjoy an 85 Euro food and beverage credit that can be used during your stay and you won’t have to use as many points as other hotels to enjoy a phenomenal vacation.
8. Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees (Marriott Points, Daily rates starting at $850)
For those who plan to relish in Parisian shopping, the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees will give you prime access to all the top stores. Although this hotel isn’t as glamorous as some of the others, there is something to say about the location. It’s also near the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Orsay museum. There is a fitness room, no spa or extravagancies though, and the on-site restaurant is filled with a variety of foods. The Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees is a great fit for those who plan on spending a lot of time exploring Paris or are on a business trip and don’t want to sit inside the hotel.
For this award, use Marriott points and the daily rates start at $850. You’ll have to end up using more points since the prices are so high, but you are paying for the choice location and not so much for the niceties at the hotel.
9. The Westin Paris-Vendome (Starwood points, 20,000 Starpoints per night or 8,000 Starpoints plus $150 with cash and points, Daily rates starting at $430)
The Westin Paris-Vendome is probably the best deal out of all the hotels on this list. If you want to go to Paris and stay at a great hotel without sacrificing all your points to the Gods, The Westin Paris-Vendome is an exceptional choice. It includes great upgrades like a spa, free Wi-Fi, fitness center, suites, and is pet friendly, but you don’t have to drain your account to stay there.
The location is prime, the hotel is located on rue de Rivoli near the Tuileries, and it’s easily accessed by the metro, which makes it easy to go on adventures in Paris. Rooms at The Westin Paris-Vendome are spacious compared to regular-sized rooms and the bathrooms are complete with marble. A large TV and universal plugs are included and sometimes you can score an old 19th century fireplace for a touch of classic Paris. A courtyard is also available for snacks and dinner and the on-site restaurant is modern with great food choices. Compared to some of the other lush options, The Westin Paris-Vendome isn’t overly extravagant but it does allow you to say in comfort in Paris at a great location.
For 20,000 Starpoints per night or 8,000 Starpoints plus $150 with cash and points, you can enjoy this award. Daily rates start at $430 per night but with cash and points, you can save points and dollars. Although the cash and points does seem a little steep, it’s a great value for an expensive city like Paris where location and amenities matter.
10. Hotel du Louvre (Hyatt credit card or Chase Ultimate Rewards type credit card, 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night, Daily rates starting at $350)
Budget travelers who want to use points in Paris will adore the Hotel du Louvre that’s in a great location but doesn’t bust your points account. Although the rooms are small, which is typical in Paris, the beds are cozy and the room provides all the essential amenities one would want. There’s a fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and a great restaurant on-site.
Those who stay at this hotel can walk to the Louvre, the fashion districts of Rue St. Honore and the Champs-Elysees, the business district of La Defense, and is near the Opera Garnier. If you’re traveling in a small group, as a couple, or on a business trip, this is a fantastic option. If you have a large family, you’ll have to book a lot of rooms, which will increase the points total making this hotel non-ideal. If you’re exploring Paris on points budget, the Hotel du Louvre is a terrific option.
For 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night, you can enjoy this award. Daily rates start at $350, which is the cheapest out of all the hotels on this list, but you can use other point options such as a Hyatt credit card or Chase Ultimate Rewards account to book this award as well. It’s not a lavish hotel but for a good night’s sleep and easy access to tourist and Parisian experiences, Hotel du Louvre will give you a pleasant experience.
When you’re visiting Paris, it’s important to remember that many of the hotels, even the ones you can book with points, come with less square footage than you would expect in an American hotel. Some of the rooms may be smaller but the amenities at the hotel make up for the lack of space. For travelers who don’t want to spend time relaxing at the hotel, there are others on this list that don’t drain your points or wallet and still allow you to visit the City of Love for free.
Location is also critical when you travel to a foreign country; especially if you plan on visiting a lot of classic landmarks. You don’t want to be spending hours in metros and cars instead of visiting exceptional sites and tasting what the city has to offer. Although the daily rate of many of these hotels does seem steep, they are located in the essential districts of Paris and make getting around an unfamiliar city easier. Book with points and you can stay in Paris for free while savoring the culture, tastes, and beautiful landmarks.
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