Paris. Paris. Paris. I could say it a thousand times and never get tired. One of my favourite cities in Europe for many obvious reasons. Everything from the food, brasseries, historical scenery, shopping and atmosphere is incredible. A city that so many are infatuated with, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit it again.
After traveling between Vienna and Prague, I was invited by the hospitable team at Hilton Paris Opera to end my Europe trip in Paris with a night’s stay at their mesmerizing hotel. 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. Opposite the hotel you’re presented with a strip of cafes and restaurants, while on the right you’ll find one of the six largest train stations in Paris, the Saint-Lazare station.
The hotel boasts 268 rooms including 29 suites across five floors, each of them designed in a sophisticated, refined and contemporary style. This hotel also offers an executive lounge and state-of-the-art fitness centre, plus six meeting rooms with natural daylight. Hilton Paris Opera is undoubtedly the perfect urban Paris destination for leisure and business travellers.
The lovely team tucked me away in a classic Twin Executive Room overlooking a lively crossroad always populated with roaming people. Being on the fourth floor, I was high enough to stay away from all the crazy noise. Having traveled across four countries in six days and extremely fatigued and sore, my stay at the Hilton couldn’t have come any sooner!
The room was perfect. From the comfortable king size bed to the impeccable bathroom, I felt right at home. A few things that I really found useful were the bedside USB port, the spaciousness of the room allowing you to walk freely and not having your knee hit into something and finally the extended wardrobe to secure all your new European purchases.
Though, the new shower design that I’ve recently noticed many hotels inheriting, still allows for a lot of water to make its way onto the floor. So make sure you place a towel on the floor to save you from any accidents.
Leading off the entrance lobby is 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.
Adjacent to the main hotel entrance is Le Petit Bar, offering a smaller, more intimate venue for the connoisseurs and guests to enjoy a drink. With such rich paintings, sculptures and historical stories, the Le Petit Bar was by far my favourite area within the hotel. It’s the perfect place for someone to grab a beverage and unwind after an exhausting day touring the cobblestone Parisian streets.
The Terminus Café is the hotel’s main restaurant offering modern French cuisine. To put it out there, I’m not a morning person, at all. But one thing that does get me out of bed a little quicker, is a solid buffet-style breakfast. From bacon, boiled and scrambled eggs to a range of pastries, cereals and freshly squeezed juices, I was so happy I got out of bed in time for the hotel’s breakfast.
Located on the right bank center, guests are a short stroll from the Champs-Elysées, and the Rue de la Paix. Moments away are the mysteries and marvel of Opéra Garnier, the beautiful delicatessen on Place de la Madeleine and French boutique shopping experiences at the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussmann.
The concierge, hotel receptionists and managers were wonderful in calling drivers, recommending shortcut routes, answering metro/train enquiries and making sure I was always being looked after.
All-in-all, the Hilton Paris Opera has comfortable secured itself within my top five European hotels. For impeccable service, conveniences and a home-like stay, you know where to go!