Design Destination: Hilton Paris OperaAuthor:Allison McCarthy
Whether or not you’re planning a European getaway this year, feast your eyes on this Parisian Belle Epoque palace. A historic gem in the heart of the Right Bank’s Opera District—a short distance from the Champs-Elysées, Galeries Lafayette, and Printemps Haussmann—the Hilton Paris Opera recently reopened its doors after an extensive $50 million renovation. Formerly known as the Concorde, the hotel first welcomed visitors in 1889 and was known for the opulent style envisioned by architect Juste Lisch.
Restored to its original grandeur by acclaimed design firm Richmond International (whose work includes the prestigious Beaumont in London), the hotel features 268 guest rooms and suites, plus several bars and restaurants. Guest rooms and suites are elegantly appointed, some with quintessentially French private balconies, and high ceilings that are typical of a Parisian Haussmann building style.
Bathrooms have heated floors, polished stone vanities, and spacious walk-in showers.
The historical centerpiece of the hotel is the majestic Le Grand Salon, with soaring 46-foot-high ceilings and hand-painted frescos.
Le Petit Bar is backlit in a bold yellow and plushly upholstered. The bar top is an opaque, reeded glass, and highlights of gold leaf on the wall moldings bring form and structure to the space. The coffered ceiling features tinted mirrors.
The ballroom, which doubles as meeting space, features four original chandeliers from the esteemed crystal maker Baccarrat.
Visit: Hilton Paris Opera, 108 Rue Saint Lazare, Paris, 75008, France; hilton.com