The Best Hotels to Book in the Opéra District, Paris

Book a stay at the Chess Hotel in the Opéra District and enjoy a central location
Book a stay at the Chess Hotel in the Opéra District and enjoy a central location | Courtesy of The Chess Hotel / Booking.com
Christine Wilson

The Opéra district is one of the most central arrondissements in Paris. Shoppers will appreciate being close to famous department stores, which house nearly every French brand imaginable. Meanwhile, culture lovers can catch a show at the place that inspired The Phantom of the Opera, or pop into one of the many independent galleries that line the streets. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in the Opéra district.

1. Chouchou Hotel, for a quintessentially Parisian experience

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A top-floor bedroom with slanted ceiling at Chouchou Hotel, featuring a double bed, a pink lounge chair, a flat screen TV and minimalist decor
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The best hotels in Opéra serve up the Paris everyone dreams of – streetside cafes, grand stone frontages, and easy walks to the Louvre and Seine – and Chouchou is no exception. It’s an elegant charmer, with a super-chic design that evokes a certain fashion magazine nostalgia, and living spaces that go from compact to substantial as you move up through the room classes. There’s dining in the bar and a concept restaurant set up like a Parisian food market.

2. Hotel Daunou Opéra, for easy access to attractions

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Compact bedroom featuring a flat screen TV and a private balcony at Daunou Opera
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Even in the company of the many chic hotels in Opéra, Hotel Danou is a stylish package. Avenue de l’Opéra runs nearby, taking you directly to the Palais Garnier opera house in one direction and the Louvre in the other. Beyond the graceful, neoclassical frontage, rooms deliver compact chic, with geometric patterns and framed photos from vintage fashion shoots against a background of platinum greys. It’s a great base in a perfect Parisian location.

3. Hotel France d'Antin Opéra, for tasteful rooms

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Large bedroom decorated in orange, grey and navy tones at Hôtel France dAntin Opéra
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A fine Opéra location is just the start at this tasteful hotel near the Palais Garnier. Inside, you’ll find lots of surprises: sheet music wallpaper, a silver-grey bar, dainty balconies with views of Parisian rooftops, a guest lounge in the ancient stone vaults in the basement. Rooms are eccentric shapes, but all come with tubs and increasing floor space as you rise through the classes. It’s secreted away off Avenue de l’Opéra, on a nostalgic sidestreet of tall, stone-fronted apartment buildings.

4. Hotel 1Er Etage Opéra, for proximity to the Palais Garnier

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White bed with blue throw pillows and copper hanging night side lamps at 1er Etage Opéra
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Open shelves lined with dotted curios and bright swatches of strong colour set the scene at this appealingly intimate hotel just north of Palais Garnier. Rooms are a masterclass in the smart use of space, creating uncramped living areas out of the compact bedrooms typical in hotels this close to the Seine. The decor is modern but refreshingly upbeat – with brighter colours and more light than comes as standard in Opéra hotels.

5. Hôtel Gramont Opera, for lovely afternoon teas

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Elegant double beds with purple accents at Hôtel Gramont Opera
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If you’re looking for a chic, stylish stay, then book yourself into the Hôtel Gramont Opera. Rooms are a tad on the small side, yet comfortable, and each comes with a granite working desk and French artisan toiletries. Upgrade to a family suite for more space, which at 26sqm (280sqft) accommodates four guests. Enjoy a continental breakfast each morning in your room. The hotel also serves afternoon tea daily, and there’s an honesty bar for a late-night tipple.

6. Banke Hotel, for Belle Epoque glamour

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View of two story lobby in red stone at Banke Hotel
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Those with eccentric tastes will love this Opéra stalwart, the Banke Hotel. A former bank from the Belle Epoque, it’s now a five-star luxury boutique hotel brimming with character. Its grandeur is palpable – from the burgundy stone pillars to the gilded arches that support the skylight. Each guest room is uniquely designed – some with more subdued tones and others with statement walls and leopard-print throw pillows. The restaurant is also popular: dine on a menu that fuses French and Spanish flavours with wines to match.

7. Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra, for an excellent central location

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A bedroom in neutral tones with a lounge area and private balcony at Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra
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The Sofitel Le Scribe Paris Opéra has occupied a prime location between the Palais Garnier and the Louvre since 1861. This chic property features sophisticated guest rooms, which come with Bluetooth systems, Hermès toiletries and Sofitel signature ultra-plush bedding. Spend an indulgent day shopping at the nearby department stores, followed by a treatment at the wellness spa and dinner at the on-site restaurant, Rivage, which serves seasonal Mediterranean cuisine.

8. Maison Athénée, for quirky designer chic

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Slanted-ceiling bedroom at Maison Athénée featuring red floral wallpaper and a red velvet writing chair
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Mere steps from the Place Vendôme and the Palais Garnier, this 20-room boutique hotel is a haven of calm amid Paris’s busy streets. Designed by French hotel designer Jacques Garcia (who’s known for his quirky interiors in other hotels such as Hôtel Costes and Hôtel Odéon Saint-Germain), Maison Athénée serves up theatrics at every turn with patterned wallpaper, dramatically draped fabrics and shimmering, copper-tiled showers. Pop by the bar for a nightcap, where a moody atmosphere and red velvet chairs invite you to linger.

9. The Chess Hotel, for contemporary cool

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Modern dining area at The Chess Hotel featuring wooden chairs, metal chairs and plush velvet sofas as well as a black and white marble floor
Courtesy of The Chess Hotel / Expedia

For those who like their accommodation on the cutting edge, the Chess Hotel is the place for you. From the polished checkered floors in the lobby to the pops of primary colours amid strong lines in the guest rooms, design runs throughout the hotel from start to finish. While the Chess doesn’t have an on-site spa and fitness centre, that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out. You’re welcome to use the spa facilities at the five-star Le Roch Hotel and Spa, which is a nine-minute walk away, and you’ll also receive access to L’Usine fitness club, a mere 250m (820ft) away.

10. La Maison Favart, for lazy afternoons in the hot tub

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View of exterior of La Maison Favart from the street
Courtesy of La Maison Favart / Expedia

La Maison Favart feels like a stay at a friend’s home, thanks to gallery walls and the various knick-knacks that create an inviting, almost lived-in vibe. Each of the 39 guest rooms boasts unique decor, all playful with vibrant colours, cosy furnishings and lots of light. You can escape the city bustle with a dip in the hotel’s large, super-Zen hot tub or hang out in the steam of the white-wood sauna.

Joe Bindloss contributed additional reporting to this article.

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