Paris’ edgy, eclectic alternative
The first W hotel in France, W Paris - Opéra combines the chain’s edgy New York vibe with Parisian 19th-century architecture in the heart of the city’s high-end shopping district.
This is a hotel for those who seek a contemporary, tech-friendly place to stay within a central historic neighborhood close to all the action. Eclectic rooms, a buzzy restaurant, a sleek weekend lounge and a fitness center with rooftop views make this spot a solid choice in a city filled with hotels of all stripes.
The W Paris is located in the Opéra district of Paris, where the famous city planner Baron von Haussmann most clearly left his mark. Everything here is grand, from the boulevards and the famous department stores to iconic brasseries and the marbled and gilded opera house, Palais Garnier (located just across the street from the hotel).
Luxury jewelry hot spot Place Vendôme is a short walk away, as is the gourmet-shop-laden Place de la Madeleine and the Parisian couture houses of Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The Louvre and the historic Palais Royal Gardens are less than 15 minutes on foot or five minutes by metro.
Bonus: Getting around town on public transportation is a breeze, as the W is near two major metro stations and a half dozen bus lines.
The luxury hotel’s trend-setting energy is instantly felt yet it still preserves some historic touches that remind visitors they’re in Paris. Think of it as Haussmann deconstructed, with the 19th-century stained-glass windows, neoclassical columns and molded ceilings that have been given the signature W Hotel treatment: sparkling LED lights embedded in black granite, colorful street art accents and a white neon “spark” lighting up the lobby’s vaulted ceilings.
A team of impeccably styled staff greets you at the front desk as lounge-infused techno music thumps away in the background, giving the impression you’re entering a night club or a fashion show rather than simply checking into a 1870s-era hotel.
There are 91 guest rooms and suites, all with similar minimalist avant-garde decor in a palette of black, white and gray tones with gold textile accents and whimsical illustrations. The queen-sized beds are adorned with cheeky pillows by photographer Marcel van der Vlugt and a comforters with a modern take on the traditional toile de Jouy pattern.
Floors are carpeted in gray with a stylized parquet pattern and the molded walls contain hidden compartments for a luggage rack, storage and high-tech amenities such as an iPod docking station and the charging station with 11 connectors to fit many different gadgets.
The bathrooms are separated from the bedroom with glass or mirrored panels; they have black ceilings with imbedded LED starlights that can be switched on from the bed. A rainforest shower and bath products by Bliss make these modern spaces spa-like.
The minibar is stocked with night revelers in mind — you’ll find plenty of cocktail mixers. Just over half the rooms have large French windows facing the gilded Palais Garnier.
There are five different kinds of suites, all which offer lounge space with black leather sofas, separate bathrooms, complimentary extras such as Wi-Fi, one cocktail per person at the hotel bar, and a free movie on-demand. The two Extreme WOW Suites have round beds in the center of the bedroom with a 42-inch TV, a dining room that seats up to six guests, a separate lounge area and guest bathroom.
The Eating and Imbibing
The Paris hotel has a stylish lounge, restaurant and cocktail bar, all decorated with artworks by urban artists (Fafi, Nasty, Yue Wu). The lounge just off the main lobby is open throughout the day and evening, and is where you can have a drink or a light meal.
Coquette is the W’s sophisticated contemporary French restaurant open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a separate entrance directly onto the boulevards. The menu includes inventive French and international dishes like gourmet burgers, crispy sea bass, and aged beef sirloin.
On the first floor of the hotel is Bar Brûlé, a sexy New York-inspired cocktail bar open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The low-lit, baroque space has a nightclub feel with regular DJ sets and a creative menu of signature cocktails and American whiskeys.