So last time I was telling you about our luxe short break in Paris: our stay at Le Bristol and a spot of sightseeing. After this, we made our way to our second hotel. The stunning Hilton Paris Opera, which is centrally located on Rue Saint-Lazare, right next to the station of the same name – the perfect base for a bit of exploring!
The Hilton Paris Opera has a rich history – built in 1889 for the World’s Fair (along with the Eiffel Tower), it now has 268 rooms, all recently refurbished to the tune of some $50 million. The lobby is really imposing, and up a few stairs there’s an incredible bar area, with granite columns and crystal chandeliers. Our room was STUNNING and our bathroom quite amazing (spot the wally). The rooms are incredibly well appointed, with free WiFi, a plug right next to the bed to charge your phone (why doesn’t every hotel have this?!) and tons of storage.
The Terminus Café is just so gloriously, typically French and serves lunch and dinner on weekdays – you can still eat in the Grand Salon (the hub of the hotel as well as the main bar area) if you’d prefer, which serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinners as well as delicious cocktails.
That evening, it was time to head to Le Moulin-Rouge – can you believe we got tickets on Bastille Day? Massive thanks to Attraction Tickets Direct who managed to secure us their Moulin Rouge dinner and show package (it’s important to pre-book as it often sells out weeks in advance – you can book tickets with them from £129.00 per person). You’re not allowed to take photos inside, but it was pretty much exactly as you’d imagine: sumptuous, low lit and gloomy, with red lamps lighting the tables and lots of sparkly curtains hiding the stage. The food was absolutely spectacular (something I wasn’t expecting) and we ate poached egg in a broth with orzo, followed by veal steak with a creamy burrata ravioli and fresh garden vegetables. The ‘Opera’ dessert was served with a little pipette of vanilla (which I squeezed a bit too hard and completely missed my dessert). You’re on shared tables, but we were right by the stage and seated next to a lovely lady and her young daughter, so we were really lucky.
As the curtain rose, the stage came up from the floor right next to us. I was literally swished in the face with feathers as the dancers passed me. There is some mimed singing, but the dance numbers are spectacular: a riot of colour and sparkle, feather headdresses and…boobs, lots and lots of boobs! Some aspects, including one with tiny horses, and another with a lady swimming with a snake in a big pool were a bit bizarre, but overall it was an incredible experience – I’d highly recommend it.
The Hilton Paris Opera is really close to the Metro, and we spent our last day wandering the gorgeous Rue Montorgueil, looking at all the delicious cakes and pastries, oohing and ahhing at all the fresh fruit and vegetables on offer, and popping in for coffee and cake at Paul (well you have to, don’t you), before a last café lunch in the sun.
Ahhhh, Paris, I love you. We’ll be back very soon.
To Attraction Tickets Direct for bending over backwards to secure Moulin Rouge tickets for us.
To the staff of the Hilton Paris Opera for taking such fantastic care of us. Deluxe rooms are available from €299.00 per night and suites from €799.00 per night