My review of the Renaissance Paris Republique hotel

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This is my review of the Renaissance Paris Republique hotel, an impressive Marriott property.

The official Renaissance Paris Republique website is here.

I needed a hotel for one night when I was in Paris last week.  Prices were through the roof and my usual haunt, InterContinental Paris Le Grand (very well placed for shopping, the airport bus and Eurostar), was full.

As I needed a guaranteed late check-out, I decided to look at the Marriott Rewards redemption options.  Gold and Platinum members of Marriott Rewards get a 4pm check-out at most brands.  Availability was also tight there, but my eyes settled on a hotel I had never even heard of before – the Renaissance Paris Republique.

It was almost 30 years since I last stayed in a Renaissance hotel.  Apart from a vague feeling that they are pitched above the level of your average Marriott (the amazing hotel at St Pancras is a Renaissance) I couldn’t list a single specific feature of the brand.  I was instantly attracted by the modernist building and what looked like a very impressive recent refurbishment and for a one-night stay there was little at risk.

Here is a stock photo from the website which won me over:

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

It turned out that I had never been to Place de la Republique, despite spending around 50 nights in Paris over the last 20 years.  It has a lot going for it.  It has the same architectural style to the main tourist areas but is not a tourist hub.  It is filled with ‘practical’ retail rather than even more branches of Zara.  More importantly, a lot of metro lines converge at Republique.  Gare du Nord for Eurostar is only three stops or a modest walk (I walked) and the ‘grands magasins’ at Opera are also only a few stops away (again, I walked it easily).

Inside Renaissance Paris Republique

To be honest, the hotel looks less appealing from the outside:

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

Step inside, though, and these funky reception desks make it clear that this is a smart place to be (stock photo, because it is better than mine):

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

Check-in was efficient, although I felt it a little odd asking a British guy in his 40’s whether he had been to Paris before!  My room wasn’t ready but it was fast-tracked and I was asked to wait 10 minutes – and it was ready in 10 minutes.

I was asked to select two items from a printed list as my Platinum welcome gift.  One section was drink-led and the other section was food-led.  I ticked white wine and, for novelty, ice cream.  After confirming that I would be in the room for a while, they agreed to sort it out immediately.  I was very impressed when this tray turned up:

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

Probably the most welcome ‘welcome gift’ ever, given how hot a day it was.  The wine was chilled.

Here are a few shots of my Renaissance Paris Republique room.  I discuss the room type later.

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

There is no desk as such but it was easy to work off the table.  There were two EU sockets at floor level under the table.  Wi-fi was fast and free.

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

and (note the ‘open’ bathroom, although there is a sliding door which partially blocks the view from the bed):

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

I couldn’t get a good bathroom photo – there is only a shower and no tub.  There is a capsule coffee machine – just visible in the picture above – plus a good minibar.

This was a very classy room with high quality furnishings and I’m not sure the photos do it justice.  Huge amounts of money have been spent on the interiors – I even took photos of the lift lobbies because I was so impressed.

At ground, the reception flows into the lobby bar which flows into the restaurant.  Again, it all looks pretty good:

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

and

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

and the restaurant / breakfast room (stock photo):

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

and the outdoor terrace:

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

A quick word on breakfast

There is no buffet at Renaissance Paris Republique, which is rare these days.  Everything is a la carte.  If breakfast is included in your rate, or if you are Gold / Platinum, you are comped a €29 set menu and you can add other items as you wish.

If you are in a hurry, the hotel has set up trays of pastries and coffee at the bar and you can ‘grab and go’ for free.

It was all VERY civilised, right down to this fantastic jam holder brought to my table:

Renaissance Paris Republique hotel review

Room types

One downside of the hotel is that it has, at least on Flyertalk, a reputation for not upgrading elite members.  As the smallest rooms were a bit too small for my liking, I paid a supplement at the time of booking to secure a better room.

The ‘Bobo room’ I booked, which is one category higher up, was €40 extra on top of the 40,000 points I used.  I don’t think I got upgraded any further.

This is one of my favourite features of Marriott Rewards.  Hotels are able to offer their superior rooms for redemption at the standard points price, but with a cash supplement.  We are using the same feature in Venice next month to guarantee a ‘sleeps four’ Junior Suite at the JW Marriott.

Conclusion

The Renaissance Paris Republique hotel is a very classy, very civilised place to stay.  Whilst you are not directly by any major tourist sites, Republique metro has an exit immediately outside the hotel entrance and you can easily get to wherever you need to be or to Gare du Nord.   You can also walk to a lot of key places.  One upside of being in a more residential area is the large number of cafes and restaurants near the hotel.

Impressively, Renaissance Paris Republique is actually getting CHEAPER when the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest schemes are merged in August.  It will drop from 40,000 points per night to just 35,000 points.  At peak periods, you will easily exceed my target 0.5p valuation for Marriott Rewards points – next Tuesday the hotel is selling for €387.

The Renaissance Paris Republique website is here if you want to find out more.

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Comments

  1. From reading around it seems that Marriott hotels not upgrading Platinum members is par for the course – with Marriott it seems “you get what you pay for” and even if you have status anything else is a rare bonus. I think SPG Plat members moving over will be surprised and disappointed compared with the regularity (and quality) of Starwood upgrades.

    It remains to be seen if ex-Starwood properties take on the Marriott approach or if Plat still means something there…

  2. Samuel says:

    If you had the choice between InterContinental Paris Le Grand and Renaissance Paris Republique now, which would you opt for?

    • For a reward stay I’d probably take the Renaissance – note that I would get 4pm check-out at both as a Marriott Plat / IHG Ambassador, but only free brekky at the Renaissance.

      For cash, pricing being roughly equal, I’d do Le Grand via Emyr, because Virtuoso clients get free access to the lounge – which is exceptionally good at Le Grand – and a guaranteed upgrade to a Superior room at time of booking.

      Le Grand is currently undergoing renovations, however, so they are operating on a sharply reduced number of bedrooms and it is sold out more often. It doesn’t impact stays as they are doing it a wing at a time and the public areas are not being touched, at least at the moment.

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