Where to stay in Paris: Wilson Opera Hotel

Posted on 23. May, 2012 by in Europe Travel, France, Reviews

During my recent stay in Paris, I had the chance to be invited by Elegancia Hotels at one of their best hotels, the Wilson Opera Hotel. After my stay at the Seven Hotel in February, I was giddy with excitement to experience another amazing hotel.

Located in très chic 8e arrondissement of Paris, it’s a stone throw’s from gare Saint-Lazare, Europe or Saint-Augustin metro stations, as well as several buses, making it very easy to travel to and from. The neighborhood is very Paris-picturesque, very safe and filled with quaint bistros and shops. I really loved walking along famous boulevard Haussman or admiring the marvelous Opera de Paris, a few streets from the hotel. And I may or may not have indulged in one of the boutiques nearby.

The entrance & lobby

The Wilson Opera Hotel itself is very different from the rest of the Elegancia Hotels - while most of them are out of this world and ooze with design and style, the Wilson Opera is very sober, yet welcoming and fancy. It felt like a tasteful version of the luxury chains that shall remain nameless. What makes it so special, you ask? First of all, it has a handful of rooms, which makes it more personal than a 834984 rooms mega hotel - which is a very good point. Second of all, it has a very cute lobby with apples and coffee to go - which was both very thoughtful and appreciated by my java-fueled husband. And third of all, the croissants were absolutely amazing in the morning.

The rooms are a good size, by Parisian standards. My room didn’t have much of a view at first sight, but when you lean over the small balcony, you could get a small snippet of the Eiffel Tower, which got me all kinds of excited. The bed was extremely comfortable and made the idea of spending the day walking around Paris much less attractive, to say the least. Perhaps the promise of a buttery croissant was what made me step a foot outside the bed at all. The bathroom was spotless and well designed, with a very French vibe to it, and made me realize just how much I miss having a bath at home!

The rooms

I really enjoyed my stay at the Wilson Opera, despite a rather unreliable wifi and the surprising 78 euros bill for breakfasts at the checkout (the clerck that welcomed us told us breakfast was included, and apparently that information wasn’t passed along to the check out clerk). But I nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and would recommend it to anyone looking for a business-oriented hotel in a great Parisian location.

Disclaimer: I was offered a complimentary stay by the the Wilson Opera Hotel. As always, all opinions are my own.

Have you ever stayed at the Wilson Opera Hotel? Would you recommend it? Do you prefer business hotels or funky ones?

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