On your next visit to Paris, consider a stay in the Opéra district, where you’ll find yourself within walking distance of famous French department stores, the historic Haussmann Boulevard, as well as the striking Palais Garnier.
Paris’s Opéra district is one of the best-located areas in the city for visitors. It’s close to major sites like the Louvre and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, yet far enough away to avoid getting caught up in the tourist shuffle.
Shopping aficionados will appreciate being close to the famous Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, which house nearly every French brand imaginable. Meanwhile, culture-lovers can catch a show at the home of Phantom of the Opera, discover the 19th-century covered passages that pepper the area or pop into the many independent galleries that line the streets. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in the Opéra District.
Enjoy simple yet stylish comforts at the Hôtel Gramont Opera
Stay in cosy, purple-hued rooms with fresh flowers at Hôtel Gramont Opera | Courtesy of Hôtel Gramont Opera / Hotels.com
For those on a modest budget, three-star Hôtel Gramont Opera is the place for you. Rooms are small (the largest being the Family Suite, which at 22 square metres accommodates up to four guests) but comfortable and clean and come with a small office area, toiletries and a minibar. Elegant shades of purple and taupe are consistent throughout the hotel’s decor, as well as the nice touch of fresh flowers.
Those with eccentric taste will love the Opéra district’s Hotel Banke. A former bank from the Belle Époque, this luxury boutique hotel is now a five-star affair brimming with character. Its grandeur is palpable from the moment you enter the lobby, where burgundy stone pillars and gold-gilded arches support a dazzling skylight. Each guest room is uniquely designed – some awash in more subdued tones, whereas others make more of a statement with red walls and leopard-print throw pillows. The Banke’s restaurant is also very popular, in which visitors can dine on a menu that fuses French and Spanish flavours with wines to match.
Scribe Paris Opera has occupied its prime location between the Opéra Garnier and the Louvre since 1861. This chic hotel features newly designed and sophisticated guest rooms, which come with Chromecast and Bluetooth systems, Hermès toiletries and the Sofitel brand’s signature ultra-plush bedding. Spend an indulgent day shopping at the nearby department stores, followed by a treatment at the hotel’s Keiraõ Spa and dinner at their Le Lumière restaurant (Fun fact: The restaurant is named after the Lumière Brothers, who showed the world’s first cinema screening at the hotel in 1895).
Mere steps from the Place Vendôme and the Opéra, 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 like 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 its Le Petit Salon bar for a nightcap, where a moody atmosphere and red velvet chairs invite you to linger.
For those who like their accommodation a bit more 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 does not have an on-site spa and fitness centre, that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out. Guests are welcome to use the spa facilities at the five-star Le Roch Hotel, which is a nine-minute walk away, and they can also receive access to L’Usine fitness club, which is located a mere 250 metres (820 feet) away.
Get a taste of New York City at one of the city’s iconic W-brand hotels in Paris. American flair comes in the form of modern decor, neon lighting and graffiti-style artwork; however, the opulent Haussmannian building and the wrought-iron staircase will firmly remind you that you’re in the City of Lights and not the Big Apple. Guest rooms range in size and views – from the “Cozy” rooms, which are ideal for solo travellers, to the “Wonderful” rooms with, indeed, wonderful views of the Palais Garnier.
La Maison Favart feels like a stay at a friend’s home thanks to gallery walls and various knick-knacks that create an inviting, almost lived-in vibe. Each of the 39 guest rooms boasts a 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.