PARIS and McLean, Va.—Hilton Paris Opera has officially opened, unveiling a chic and contemporary new look, following an extensive renovation.
Located in Right Bank’s Opera district, a short distance from the Champs-Elysées and French boutique shopping experiences at Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussmann, the hotel was originally the vision of architect Juste Lisch. Having first opened in 1889 to welcome visitors of the Exposition Universelle, the hotel has undergone a $50 million refurbishment that returns it to its former glory.
This historical centerpiece of the hotel is the Le Grand Salon which, along with 268 guestrooms and suites, several bars and restaurants, plus meeting and event space have all been transformed under the close supervision of design firm Richmond International.
“France has the largest inbound tourism market in Europe, estimated to reach 100 million by 2018, with Paris itself remaining one of the world’s great destinations,” said Simon Vincent, EVP and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Hilton Worldwide. “Hilton has a long history in the city and we are delighted to be bringing one of its most illustrious hotels back to life, following a stylish renovation that will ensure Hilton Paris Opera becomes a home for Parisians and international guests alike.”
Highlights of the property include the 900-square-foot Maria Callas Suite, the hotel’s master suite. Besides a spacious living room with the high ceilings typical of a Parisian Haussmann building, the suite features a master bedroom with one king bed and a second bedroom with twin beds, both with private bathrooms designed with a large polished stone vanity and spacious walk-in shower.
Hilton Paris Opera offers a selection of other suites, 29 in total, some with private French balconies. All suite guests receive in-room Nespresso coffee makers, full-size bath amenities, and enhanced turndown services. Access to the Executive Lounge is included, offering complimentary breakfast and afternoon refreshments.
The hotel also offers a fitness center and six meeting rooms with natural daylight. The Baccarat ballroom, featuring vintage chandeliers from the famous crystal maker has been refurbished and is able to accommodate various events of up to 180 guests. Leading off the entrance lobby is Le Grand Salon, with 46-foot high ceilings and hand-painted frescos. Adjacent to the main hotel entrance is Le Petit Bar, offering a smaller, more intimate venue.