Nestled along Rue Saint Lazare, Hilton Paris Opera stands out as a Parisian landmark with its Haussman-style facade and luxury interiors. Designed by architect Juste Lisch, the first hotel (Hotel Concorde Opera Paris) opened in 1889, the same year as the Eiffel Tower, to welcome visitors for the Exposition Universelle, the world’s fair ‘held during the year of the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, an event considered symbolic of the beginning of the French Revolution.’
With rich history and its location only a short distance from Champs-Élysées, we stayed at Hilton Paris Opera for 2 nights.
Upon our arrival, we were escorted to the front desk while our bags were taken to our room. Dexter downloaded the Hilton HHonors app so we checked in online beforehand and picked our own room! Hotel check-in made easy!
Le Grand Salon
The steps from the lobby led us to Le Grand Salon and we were immediately transported back to the 1800s! A lavishly decorated lounge bar, it is said to be the historical centerpiece of the hotel. With glamorous high ceilings and hand-painted frescos, we couldn't help but admire its grandeur. Stylish Parisians still frequent this bar, while tourists like us can't get enough of taking photos! It's our favourite spot in the hotel!
Our Executive Room
Our room was situated on the first floor with a street view of Gare Saint Lazare. Although a busy location where tourists and locals come and go, we could barely hear any of the street noise. It was delightful to watch people pass by, rushing to the metro station, and the amount of motorcycles and taxis waiting 'round the corner.
The Executive Room had a chic and modern feel. The white linens matching the green curtains brightened up the room. On each bedside were light switches, reading light, sockets, and USB ports. The Parisian wallpaper added a casual tone with an Art Deco twist.
The heated floors in the bathroom were a plus! We visited during wintertime and it was convenient that our feet were kept nice and toasty. The bathroom unfortunately had no bathtub, but the walk-in shower was spacious enough for two to share.
In the evening when we got back to the hotel, our room had been tidied up and turned over. Rose petals and chocolate squares were on the bed, the duvet folded open, ready for us to crash in! Couples on their honeymoon will love this romantic turnover!
Staying at the Executive Room granted us access to the Executive Lounge. Drinks and snacks are provided here throughout the day, so we didn't need to look at a menu to order. Small snacks like biscuits, sandwiches, and cold cuts were available buffet style. There was also a small bar with jars of candy and gummy bears that kids (Dexter included!) will enjoy. Breakfast is served at the Executive Lounge, but the larger room next door offers a wider buffet selection so make sure not to miss that. We didn't dare miss happy hour too at six in the evening - we'd never pass on free beer and wine! I'd say that's a great deal!
With its good location and rich history, the Hilton Paris Opera makes an excellent place to stay in Paris. In terms of redeeming Hilton HHonors points, it's without a doubt worth earning. We loved our clean and spacious room, the elegant Parisian atmosphere at Le Grand Salon, the kind and helpful staff, and the romantic turnover that made us feel we're on our honeymoon all over again!
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