Hilton Paris Opera is the perfect mix of Parisian classicism and modern luxury. The hotel holds prime position in the buzzing Opera arrondissement with bars, bistros and boutiques right at its doorstep, to whet your appetite for all the temptations that the City of Light has in store.
Hilton Paris Opera Review
A grand entrance worthy of its landmark Opera address, the beauty of the Hilton Paris Opera hits immediately as you enter the foyer, walking between the Scottish granite columns to check-in.
However, the real ‘wow’ moment came for me when I caught the first glimpse of the dazzling, Grand Salon.
Dining at the Hilton Paris Opera
Le Grand Salon
Le Grand Salon was where I chose to settle into the hotel.
After more than 30 hours of travel from Australia via Singapore and Zurich, I sat in a fog with a glass of rose just marvelling at my surroundings.
Showcasing the building’s original architectural bones, almost every inch of the 14-metre-high walls had been carefully coloured in fine frescoes.
I had certainly arrived in Paris. What a wonderful welcome.
Le Grand Salon typifies the Parisian experience to me. Its beauty floors and humbles you at the same time. It’s a reminder of just how much history there is in the magical city.
As I sat among business meetings and guests at leisure, I was drawn to the ceiling. Soft late afternoon light filtered in through the atrium, helped by the glow coming from the two elegant and immense chandeliers hanging above.
Bold, modern artworks hung above the brass bar, echoing the black and gold theme throughout.
From lounge seating to stool seating at a high central bar, the contemporary furniture sits beautifully in the space.
Even if you don’t stay at the Hilton Paris Opera, I would encourage you to stop in for an aperitif or afternoon tea.
Or for a more intimate lounge atmosphere, try the cosy Le Petit Bar near the hotel’s main entrance.
Breakfast at the Hilton Paris Opera
Breakfast is served in the mezzanine-level restaurant. As you would expect from a Hilton hotel, the buffet menu is extensive and caters or all culinary persuasions.
Scrambled eggs or eggs to order with all the trimmings, muesli, cereals, cheeses and cold meats and salads and a glowing selection of golden pastries and freshly baked baguettes.
There is ample choice to keep you satisfied for a full morning of Paris perusing.
Twin Deluxe Room at the Hilton Paris Opera
I stayed in a Twin Deluxe Room with an iconic view across the rooftops of Paris, romantically framed by red geraniums hanging from the flower pots on the outer window sill.
Compared to the infamously pokey hotel rooms around Paris, the room was a comfortable size.
Luxury fabrics in classic greys and blacks with pops of chartreuse gave the room a modern feel while gold and mirror trims, wall frescoes and white marble bathrooms, added a little opulence to the space.
All the modern conveniences you would expect at the Hilton are in place; Wifi, cable TV, plenty of outlets for charging your tech toys and a good-sized desk for those blending business with pleasure.
The Gym at Hilton Paris Opera
There are plenty of very pretty green spaces around Paris for those who want to run, ride or walk in the fresh air.
However, I made use of the Fitness Centre. The studio is small but cleverly laid out with treadmills and other cardio machines, free weights, and a cable machine.
An additional room became my go-to workout space. It acted as a small, semi-private area for weights work, pilates, yoga or HITT (High-Intensity Interval Training) sessions.
It was stocked with a range of functional training equipment like BOSU balls, Swiss balls, mats, resistance bands and weighted body bars.
Shopping Near Hilton Paris Opera
The location of the Hilton Paris Opera is a shopper’s dream, no matter have far your purse strings stretch.
The boutiques of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and famous department stores Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps are just a walk away, as are popular chains like Zara and H&M.
Opéra Garnier, the Louvre Museum, the Champs-Elysées and other must-see Paris sights are a walk or a simple metro journey away.
Hilton Paris Opera
The Fit Traveller was a guest at Hilton Paris Opera for this stay. As always, the opinions, words and images are authentically our own.
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