W Paris-Opéra Brings Modern Swagger to the Right Bank

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Starwood Hotels Group added another French jewel to its growing European hotel empire by opening the W Paris–Opéra on Valentine’s Day. Located in the 9th Arrondissement famed for Galeries Lafayette and Place Vendôme, the 91-room property promises to inject some notorious New York energy into the epic Parisian romance and sophistication. No, we are not talking Starbucks and croissant, rather aggressively modern interiors meets quintessential Haussmannien architecture.

Yes, the glitterati group set stands to gain significantly from this development.

“Fashionable global jet-setters can now be on the runway with W from New York to London and Paris,” explains Eva Ziegler, rep for W Hotels Worldwide and Le Méridien. “Unique lifestyle programming within a cutting-edge, designed environment will bring a new, distinctive experience to Paris and the Parisians alike.”

If, however you are not an official jet set membership holder, fret not. There are all of the usual comfort amenities for Starwood regulars to experience. The 71 guestrooms, 20 suites and two Extreme WOW Suites (think Presidential) come with iPod docking stations, W’s plush signature beds, bathrooms equipped with rainforest showers and full-service biz/fitness center. Theater buffs might want to request accommodations with views of the Belle Epoque Opéra National Garnier, located just across the street.

Michelin-star chef Sergi Arola brings Spanish influence into the restaurant Arola, serving tapas and entrées on shared platters. His suckling pig is winning rave reviews, as is his braised oxtail ravioli (these are miniscule servings, so no need for calorie counting.)

Head on down to the W Lounge lobby for a digestive and fabulous people watching. And if that New York/Parisian mélange got you in a tizzy, dial Whatever/Whenever, W’s renowned concierge service. Anything you desire, as long as it’s legal, bien sur.

Furthermore, groups have close access and sharing privileges at the sister Starwood property, The Westin Paris-Vendôme, which features a magnificent winter garden and grand ballroom protected as national landmarks next to Les Tuileries. Total group space is 21,500 sf. Just FYI, it’s rare that we visit Paris without a stop in the Westin’s little red velvet and leather boudoir bar for a glass of Veuve Rose. It’s one of our secret places.

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