A Surprise in Paris

For my parents' birthdays this year, Kyle and I decided to treat them to a weekend in Paris. After all, it's only a 4 hour train ride from Switzerland, and who could say no to such a romantic get-away? What we didn't tell them is that we were going to fly across the pond and join their romantic weekend in Paris, so to say, a surprise in Paris.

I'm so happy to share this experience with all of you and I'm still tingling with excitement writing this post and thinking back to that weekend!


Exploring the Louvre in Paris during our surprise in Paris


It all started with an offer from Hyatt to redeem 2 hotel nights at any Hyatt in the world (it was part of their Hyatt credit card sign-up bonus, check out all benefits here). Given its location, impeccable service, and perfect location, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendรดme seemed to be a great choice. Because Kyle and I would only use one of the free nights for a weekend, we decided to gift the other night to my parents. We quickly bought train tickets for them to get there and Kyle found flights with great timing for us.

After what felt like an eternity of keeping it a secret,ย  the surprise in Paris was finally getting real as we were off to Europe with my parents still being in the unknown. Because the French train service staff was on strike,ย  no trains were running and so my parents decided to drive the 6 hours from Switzerland to Paris. Not knowing when exactly they would arrive, I informed the staff at the Park Hyatt of our plan. They could not have been more helpful! We were able to check in early to freshen up and they promised to call us as soon as my parents arrived so we could surprise them in the lobby.

Our hotel room was super cozy and was outfitted with a walk-in closet (I wanted to move in right away), a view of the street, and a well-needed Nespresso machine.


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Full disclosure, we had just gotten off an overnight flight which left the U.S. at 7pm and had gotten only a few hours of sleep on the plane. We knew that if we would nap, you couldn't wake us up again so we tried to stay awake which seemed nearly impossible while sitting around and waiting.


Hotel room at Park Hyatt Paris Vendome


Hotel room at Park Hyatt Paris Vendome


Hotel room at Park Hyatt Paris Vendome


Hotel room at Park Hyatt Paris Vendome


A few hours later, the phone rang as promised, and we were informed that they were currently checking my parents in at the front desk, but that they would keep them in the lobby by telling them that their room wasn't ready yet. We went downstairs and were greeted at the elevator with instructions on my parents' exact location in the cafe.

Extremely nervousย (not sure why I was nervous) and video recording in hand, we walked up to them, prepared to see two very surprised faces. As soon as they saw us, both my mom and dad jumped up to greet us in disbelief! I don't think I have ever seen them both this surprised and this happy to see us.

It was the perfectย surprise in Paris!! The Park Hyatt treated us to champagne and macarons to celebrate our little surprise reunion which was a wonderfully sweet gesture from them.


Champagne and macarons at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome - during our surprise in Paris


Full of adrenaline and running a sugar high from the macarons, we set off to enjoy a beautiful spring day in Paris - together. Read all about it here.


Walking through a park in Paris - after the surprise in Paris


What was your biggest surprise? Would you do a surprise in Paris? Let me know in the comments below!


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  1. That is so wonderful that you were able to surprise your parents like that! Best daughter ever! -Katie

    • Thank you so much Katie! I’m glad you think it was a nice surprise. I would definitely do it again even though it was tough to get back to work on Monday! <3

      X, Bettina

  2. That’s fantastic surprise Bettina to your lovely parents

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