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When the Hilton Paris Opera hotel reopened last month after a $50 million renovation, Hilton executives declared it was “inspired by the past, designed for the future,” and this has since become the hotel’s motto.
The historic building dates back to 1889, the same year the Eiffel Tower was erected and Moulin Rouge opened — and guests can feel history resonate within the walls. Furthermore, the recent renovation massively improved the hotel’s outdated decor and amenities with forward-thinking design in mind, harmoniously blending Old World with contemporary aesthetics.
Located in the heart of the Right Bank’s Opera district, the 268-room Hilton Paris Opera is a significant achievement. While it may not have views of the Eiffel Tower or wrap-around terraces, it has something unique that other new hotels in Paris lack: a centuries-old grand salon.
As soon as guests enter the lobby — the centerpiece of the hotel — they are instantly wooed with 46-foot-high ceilings, dramatic arches, Corinthian columns, glittery chandeliers, beautiful hand-painted frescos and a skylight for natural warmth. Modern touches such as paintings by local artists, creative craft cocktails and stylish furniture give the salon a contemporary edge, attracting both young and old alike. By day, it serves as the perfect spot for business meetings or solitary working, while the salon transforms into a social setting at night.
In the guestrooms across five floors, moldings were added to the walls for classical proportion, and new detailed glass and metalwork is a lot cleaner. Wall illustrations behind the headboards depict Paris of the past, a modern way of giving a sense of place. There are 29 suites, many with French balconies (though, for security purposes, they don’t fully open), and thoughtful amenities include Nespresso machines, heated bathroom floors and plenty of natural sunlight.
Hilton Paris Opera debuted a brand-new fitness center with the latest equipment and also painstakingly refurbished the Baccarat ballroom, which features vintage chandeliers from the famous crystal maker and can accommodate up to 180 guests.
Breakfast is served in the Executive Lounge and Le Grand Salon. Terminus Cafe, the hotel’s main restaurant, is on the first floor, perfect for streetside people-watching. For clients that want a little more intimacy, Le Petit Bar, adjacent to the main hotel entrance, provides chic and comfortable quarters with a terrific wine selection.