Located near Opéra Garnier, this well-located hotel—the first W in France—feels part Moulin Rouge, part art gallery, with cheeky and irreverent touches strewn throughout. A hotspot for fashionistas, late-night DJ sets and art-themed "happenings" contribute to its very own in-house scene.
YOU SHOULD KNOW In this equation, surface sometimes wins out over substance.
Guestrooms blend old and new Paris style, with Louis XV–style chairs upholstered in mismatched fabrics, accent pillows designed as a nod to Marie-Antoinette and other French figures, and modern-style toile duvets by London-based graphic artist Emily Forgot, who also created the quirky silhouette-like illustrations in the lobby and fitness room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some rooms feel slightly frayed around the edges.
Bathrooms range from bright and spacious to dark and cave-like (some baths are actually in the room). Though higher-priced suites offer both tubs and walk-in showers, most have showers only. Bath products are by Bliss.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you need privacy, be sure your room has a separate bath.
On the fifth floor there is a very small gym that features two treadmill machines, one cycling machine and a bench with weights. An ever-changing program of 60-minute fitness courses—pilates, yoga, dance—is offered for an extra fee.
With a decor that echoes the rooms, La Coquette restaurant serves an indifferent breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The buffet breakfast offers such staples such as yogurt, pastries, cold cuts, cereal, and fresh fruit, but nothing that justifies the rather high price.
Several of the major lines converge at Opéra metro stop only a few minutes away. You're also close to Saint-Lazare train station and the RER. This is an excellent location a minute from the Opéra Garnier within easy walking distance of the Louvre and plenty of other sights. It's also convenient to plenty of restaurants and nightlife.
Lazare, 3-star chef Eric Frechon's popular brasserie, is a 5-minute walk away at Saint-Lazare train station. At nearby rue Sainte-Anne you'll find dozens of Japanese restaurants and noodle shacks. At the beautiful covered Galerie Vivienne (14-minute walk), the of-the-moment pizza haven Daroco is lodged in Jean-Paul Gautier's ex-atelier.
This is a great area for cocktail bars, with several chic watering holes within a 5-15-minute walk. At Danico (at the back of Daroco gourmet pizzeria) serves inventive cocktails in a stylish atmosphere. Loft-like La Conserverie attracts a lively crowd that knows a good cocktail when they taste one.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Built-in nightlife and a hip decor can go a long way toward enhancing your stay in Paris, then again, Paris itself is pretty good entertainment.