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Review: the Hilton Paris Opera hotel (Part 2)

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This is part two of my review of the Hilton Paris Opera hotel.  Part 1 can be found here.

As a reminder, the hotel provided us with a complimentary two night stay at the property to showcase what has been achieved following its $50 million refurbishment and reopening as a Hilton in January 2015.

In part one I wrote about the rooms and the gym.  Part two focuses on the executive lounge, restaurants and bars.

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

As you walk into the Hilton Paris Opera you find a sitting area to your left as well as the entrance to Le Petit Bar.

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

Le Petit Bar is open from 4pm until 10pm and is a classy spot for an evening drink.

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

The reception desks are to the left and right of these sculptures which mark the entrance to Le Grand Salon.

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Le Grand Salon at Hilton Paris Opera

Le Grand Salon is the heart of the hotel. It is listed as a historical monument and has been fully refurbished whilst keeping its former glory alive.

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

The bar is open all day with a snack menu for breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner.

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

Hilton Paris Opera organises regular events for Hilton HHonors members in collaboration with various brands.  By coincidence there was an event for Hilton HHonors guests in residence during my stay and I got to try out some cocktails!

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Executive Lounge at Hilton Paris Opera

The Executive lounge on the mezzanine level was lovely and, as well as looking fantastic, serves a full range of food and drink throughout the day. There were a good amount of tables and chairs:

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…. and a TV corner at the far back

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Coffee and soft drinks were available via self service all day.

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

In the morning the lounge serves breakfast (a slightly reduced version of the breakfast in the restaurant).

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

This was the impressive selection of sweets and snacks, though of course we all know that sugar is bad for us….

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

In the evenings between 6pm and 8pm the lounge served snacks including sandwiches, various salads and of course cheese.

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Breakfast at Hilton Paris Opera

If you do not have club access, breakfast is served on the mezzanine level next to the executive lounge.

All guest currently receive free breakfast at Hilton Paris Opera which is a generous gesture.

Every morning you are offered a different freshly prepared fruit cocktail (non alcoholic!) when entering the restaurant.

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The buffet was plentiful with various breads including white and brown baguette, cold cuts, cheese and salad as well as various fruits and hot dishes.

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

There is a second room with more tables at the back.

Hilton Paris Opera hotel review

Le Pain Quotidien

Accessible from the street and from inside the hotel is the hotel’s own branch of Le Pain Quotidien.  I’m a big fan of these cafe/restaurants as the coffee is great, the food delicious and the wine organic.

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Paris is a city for people who love to walk (or cycle). As the Hilton Paris Opera is within a 30 minute walk of all of the key tourist sites, I found it to be a great base for my stay.  The Paris public transport system is also very good, of course, but I found that most of the time you only save 5-10 minutes and miss out on all those pretty buildings on your way.

Hilton has done an excellent job with its refurbishment of Hilton Paris Opera and it deserves to be seen as one of the global flagship properties for the brand.  If you are looking for a gorgeous grand hotel in the centre of Paris with the right amount of historical Parisian chic and contemporary design, the Hilton Paris Opera is a great choice.

In terms of a Hilton HHonors redemption, it is usually 80,000 points per night.  On an average night at around €300 this is in line with Rob’s value of 0.3p per Hilton point.  You can also get a free weekend night at any Hilton hotel by taking out the free Hilton HHonors credit card and spending just £750 on it – and this would be a great place to use it.  As all guests currently receive free breakfast, using a reward night here offers better value than usual.

The official hotel website is here if you want to find out more.

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Comments (5)

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  • Daz says:

    Looks fantastic, I normally stay in St Georges area when in Paris, but I could be swayed to here when the sales come (if).

    Nice pics.

  • Fraser says:

    I stayed last year while it was being refurbished so it’s good to see it completed. I assume the entrance is now impressive as opposed to being a tiny desk area.

    Perhaps the free breakfast for all addresses the major shortcoming I found, failure to honour my free breakfast as a Gold member and, worse, the breakfast my colleague actually prepaid the night before. By the time we sorted it out, it was too late to eat.

    Yes, it’s Paris, but the bar was VERY expensive, about €9 for a half-pint of beer

    Lovely otherwise!

  • danksy says:

    looks good… shortlisted for my next paris jaunt 😀

  • ee says:

    It’s a great place to stay… We used my Barclays free night there in May, and I couldn’t fault the place (we had lounge access as Diamond members)

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