The large and inviting Hilton Paris Opera, located adjacent to the Gare Saint-Lazare in the heart of Paris, is an architectural gem, having first opened in 1889 and perfectly exemplifying the Hausmann style. It reopened in January 2015 after a $50 million refurbishment, and after spending a few nights there recently, it’s clear that the renovation seamlessly updates the hotel while highlighting its architectural glamor. Also, the hotel is a great place to rest your head for a night.
The ornate, marble-columned lobby provides guests with an opulent welcome, and just beyond is the magnificent Le Grand Salon (above), a soaring space that’s full of period detail as well as a modern, well-stocked bar. It serves classic cocktails and afternoon tea, and offers a menu of light bites, sandwiches, and a handful of entrées like burgers and risotto; it’s a stunning place to relax. The hotel’s main street-facing restaurant is a location of Le Pain Quotidien, and there’s also a small, low-key bar open only on weekdays appropriately named Le Petit Bar.
Our room was spacious and modern, done in relaxing shades of gray and yellow, with elegant lighting fixtures and a large marble bathroom. Furnishings were classic and elegant, and even though our room overlooked the bustling Rue Sainte-Lazare, street noise wasn’t much of a concern. There was plenty of closet space, as well as a nicely stocked mini-bar.
The Hilton Paris Opera is a gem in Hilton’s crown, and it’s reasonably priced as well. It should be on anyone’s short list of hotels to stay at during your Paris vacation.