There is always something exhilarating about traveling to France. Even when people ask where you’re going and when you answer ‘Paris’, it always sounds fancier than any other city. You even try to pronounce the R like gghhhhh… Paghhhhii. Parisian style. But what is really Parisian style? Is it the dark red ruby color of the Moulin Rouge with tight alleys or is the modern light grey and white colors with open wide spaces? In the days where luxury meets bistros and brasseries, Parisians are still considered the numero un on fashion, style and taste.
I was invited by the Hilton Paris Opera for the cocktail party in honor to celebrate their $50m refurbishment that returns it to its former glory in exquisite style. This historical centerpiece of the hotel is the majestic Le Grand Salon which, along with 268 guest rooms and suites, several bars and restaurants, plus meeting and event space have all been transformed under the close supervision of acclaimed design firm Richmond International.
By the end of the evening, my French kicked up a notch and my accent instantly changed to sound exactly as sophisticated as the French. Even if I sometimes did not make any sense what so ever, it most definitely was my very finest french moment!
I want to thank Hilton Paris Opera for inviting me on this luxury Parisian tour and the fantastic diary they had planned for me!
Most photos take by Canon Powershot G1x
The beautifully renovated Hilton Paris Opera offers guests an elegant blend of history and Parisian chic, set within an iconic building which recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. The Parisian Golden Age is omnipresent, most impressively revealed in the hotel’s signature Grand Salon, adorned with frescoes, Corinthian colonnades and imposing original balustrades. As I entered the door of the hotel, I knew, I was entering the luxury of Paris and that it was going to be exactly what it promised to be.
I was escorted to my room on the 2nd floor. The corridors were the exact same colors I imagine Paris to look like in a movie. Refined, clean and fresh. Every floor represented a painter, a story and brought to life. The bedroom had the exact feel. I tried to see what’s outside my window and as the bell boy closed the door on his way out, I began to hear the piano playing in the background. I opened the window to see where it was coming from. I could only see La Gare. I took a step back, smiled a little and said to myself…’yep, Im in Paris” in my French accent of course.
The room featured heated bathroom floors, Peter Thomas Roth toiletries (I forgot to pack my face-wash so this was a lifesaver) , plasma screens, HDTV with satellite channels, in-room Nespresso coffee makers, air conditioning and complimentary WiFi & USB charge-points, which definitely caught my eye and left me nodding my head in silence whispering ‘bravo‘.
But it doesn’t stop here, instead of creating more space, the designers also worked on saving space, for example, instead of painting on the walls in the rooms, they had the drawings on the wall itself, side lamps hung from each corner of the bed allowing the bed table to be naked from clutters.
Each part of Hilton Paris Opera has been carefully created in a sophisticated style, paying homage to the hotel’s storied history while providing an updated aesthetic for today’s traveler. Highlights of the property include the elegantly appointed 900 square-foot Maria Callas Suite, the hotel’s master suite. Besides a spacious living room with the high ceilings typical of a Parisian Haussmann building, the suite features a master bedroom with one king bed and a second bedroom with twin beds, both with private bathrooms designed with a large polished stone vanity and spacious walk-in shower.
The hotel is located within close proximity to Saint-Lazare Railway Station and approximately 35-40 minutes away from Charles De Gaulle Airport. Highly recommended for shoppers lovers, Printemps Haussmann is couple of minutes by foot, so is Gallery Lafayette and French boutique shopping experiences and 15 minutes away from the touristic historical sites and less than 800 metres from the Opéra Garnier
The hotel first opened in 1889 and welcomed visitors of the Exposition Universelle and if you look closely, you can vision the architecture to be similar or as an extension of La gare in the 18th century because of Terminus Hotel that was opened as part of the train station hotel. Back in the days they used to dock at this grand station St. Lazare. This was first built on 500 rooms and the very first hotel that had electricity. Today, as they renovated the hotel, they were watched and had to make sure they did not ruin the facade, the ceiling and windows.
Hilton Paris Opera offers three different experiences for dining
Le Grand Salon The historical masterpiece at the heart of the hotel provides a sophisticated place for guests to mingle, connect, and savour the beautiful Belle Epoque surroundings. With a soaring of 46-foot high ceilings and hand-painted frescos dedicated to the Parisian Golden Age, Le Grand Salon is the hub for guests and Parisian people to mingle, connect, and savor the beautiful Belle Epoque surroundings. This sophisticated place offers a culinary escape regardless the time of the day.
Opening hours: 7.30 to 1am Mon-Fri, 10.30 to 1am Sat and 10.30am to 11pm Sun
Le Petit Bar (one of my favorites) offering a luxurious, inviting surroundings and exotic ambience make it a cozy place to savor cocktails from around the globe, international digestifs and experience innovative tapas. This is the bar of “the taste” specialists. 35 covers.
Opening hours: from 4pm to 10pm from Monday to Friday.
Terminus Café: This restaurant proposes an innovative, modern, refined French cuisine in Paris’ 1900s atmosphere.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, lunch 12noon to 2pm, dinner 7pm to 10pm
Seven meeting spaces, accommodating up to 180 guests; with a total area of 700 square meters, including the 180 square meters Baccarat Ballroom which can hold both corporate and social events. An Executive Lounge is also available.
Life Fitness state-of-the-art fitness center & dedicated accessible Fitness room
Recommend for shopaholics, Luxury travelers (book the suite) and in June once renovations are finalized, you can even book a suite with a very small partial view of the Eiffel Tower. Wifi is available throughout the whole hotel by entering the password just once!
108 Rue Saint Lazare, Paris, 75008, France TEL: +33-1-40084444 FAX: +33-1-42930120