Paris is a bustling city of art, culture, and history. A visit to the capital requires shopping, exploring, and socializing with locals. It has so much to offer that a day of exploration is not always enough. Paris, however, has loads of accommodations for its travellers, and one of them is the Hilton Paris Opera.
A rich history of highs and lows
Hilton Paris Opera has a rich history that dates as far back as the 19th century.
It was initially commissioned with the name Grand Hotel Terminus to accommodate foreign elites to the Paris Great Exhibition in 1889. It opened on May 7, 1889, proudly declared by renown architect Gustave Eiffel, 300 meters up on his tower.
Throughout history, the hotel has had ups and downs. Grand Hotel Terminus acquired furniture from the Louvre, renovated under stylish architect Henri Pacon, closed down to serve American soldiers in World War II, and got renamed to Hotel Concorde Saint-Lazare.
On December 2013, Hilton Paris Opera got its current name after being acquired by Blackstone Group, owner of the Hilton hotels.
In the heart of Paris
Hilton Paris Opera sits in the heart of Paris, surrounded by cultural and historical landmarks like the Opéra Garnier, the Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli, and department stores Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps.
It is a 10-minute train ride away from the La Défense business district, one train stop from Gare du Nord and 30 minutes from Orly and Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Guestrooms and Suites
Three types of guest rooms await its guests. The Superior Room, despite the name, is the simplest and smallest room type. The next room, the Deluxe Room, upgrades with one queen or king bed. Meanwhile, the Twin Deluxe room has two twin beds.
Executive rooms both offer access to the Executive Lounge that offers free breakfast and tasty canapés. The Executive room offers a single queen bed, while the Twin Executive room offers twin beds.They have same amenities as the guest rooms.
The hotel’s Suites are the hotel’s largest rooms. All offer the basic amenities as the other room types, plus an access to the Executive Lounge. However, all of them differ with room set-up.
The King Suite has one king bed and a spacious living area. The Queen Master Suite, the largest in the hotel, has a private bedroom with one king bed, and a separate living room. Last but not the least, The Queen Two Room Suite boasts of a private bedroom as well with a queen sized bed, plus a separate living room.
Wine and dine in style
Hilton Paris Opera has five restaurants that have diverse atmosphere and have healthy and hearty meals which boast of the city’s cuisine.
Expect the Le Grand Salon to be buzzing with activity as the hotel boasts of it as its social hub. It still keeps the original architecture, stylishly designed to make it look like a jewelry box. The salon has 14-meter high ceilings with hand-painted frescos, which are given a soft glow by two grand chandeliers. Guests can enjoy a large brass bar and a mix of modern and vintage furniture, with accents of homely wool rugs and colored glass tables.
The next restaurant, Le Pain Quotidien Saint-Lazare, is near the shopping hub of rue Saint Lazare. Guests can always opt to eat healthy meals and buy organic ingredients here.
The bar will be quite hard to find. Why? It’s literally hidden behind book shelves. LPB is the hotel’s hidden, quirky bar where you drink cocktails from teacups. Don’t miss its jazz music night on Saturdays.
The other two locations, the Executive Lounge and the Breakfast Restaurant, are locations for endless food and drinks.
Hilton Paris Opera is definitely a quick access for travellers as it is centrally located near the shopping centers, restaurants and major tourist attractions.
However, we found that its facilities are 4-star. There was no swimming pool in the hotel, the fitness gym, although fully-equipped, was quite average and the executive lounge was small and looks ordinary.
We have also been given a tiny room that is quite different from the website. Thankfully, we were transferred to a spacious room where the bathroom was all marble with heated floor and fitted with amenities from the Peter Thomas Roth collection.
Elevators were not working on our third day, we had to use the stairs going up, and there were days when the wi-fi was not working.
We also had to remind the staff every afternoon that our complimentary bottled water was not replenished.
On our last night, I accidentally left my passport in the Grand Salon, but thankfully, the staff found it and returned it to me.
Before we checked out, we discussed with the manager our issues with the hotel. He looked sincere and nice and he said he appreciate our honest feedback.