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 such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, the impressive Boulevard Haussmann and the striking Palais Garnier, home of French opera and ballet.
Paris’s Opéra district is one of the most central arrondissements in the city. It’s close to major attractions such as the Louvre and the Notre-Dame cathedral, yet far enough away to avoid getting caught up in the tourist shuffle.
Shoppers will appreciate being close to the 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 the many independent galleries that line the streets. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in the Opéra district.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Hidden behind an unassuming shop frontage, Maison Albar Hotels Le Vendome is a five-star sanctuary from the Opéra streets. Each of the 51 guest rooms and suites has a relaxed, classic style created by designer Fabien Roque and modern amenities such as a 4K Google Chromecast for easy streaming and a walk-in rain shower. If you’re looking for a little R&R, book yourself into the spa, which offers therapies and massages plus a hammam, a sensory shower and an indoor pool.
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Overlooking Palais Garnier itself, the home of the Opéra National de Paris, this InterContinental is ideal if you’re after a luxurious stay. Rooms have a refined, traditional touch, and each includes a fantastic view of the opera house. If you’re looking for a pre-show meal, book a table at the hotel’s own restaurant, the Café de la Paix, a Parisian classic that has been serving since 1862.
Monsieur Helder is a chic boutique hotel inspired by the crisp, clean look of the 1950s. Each of the spacious guest rooms includes stylish touches – think bathrooms with tiling found in the Métro, and curated designer furnishings – plus nifty extras such as complimentary Rituals toiletries. The central location also makes it the ideal starting point for visiting Parisian landmarks such as Galeries Lafayette, Palais Garnier and Place Vendôme.
The fun and friendly Hotel Indigo Paris is a great option for first-time visitors. With a stress-free service and fantastic local knowledge among its staff, it places a real focus on the locality, blending into the surrounding neighbourhood while keeping it vibrant inside with a tastefully colourful interior and local artworks. It also has casual workspaces, dedicated business services and meeting rooms to hire, should you need to put your playtime on pause.
In the 2nd arrondissement, where you’ll find dozens of boutique shops and delicious eateries, Hôtel Volney Opéra is a sleek, modern offering with personable service and comfortable lodgings. The suites feature clean-cut furnishings and a bright, open atmosphere with large windows bathing the rooms in natural light. A highlight is the dedicated concierge team, who have a wealth of local knowledge and are always happy to reserve a table at one of the exceptional local restaurants or tickets to the opera.