We stayed at the Hilton Paris Opera in Paris, France in April this year, and wow what a gorgeous property!
I haven’t been to Paris since before the pandemic, and I was so excited to return again. I’ve been to the city many times, and even studied abroad there in college. In many ways, it felt like a comfortable homecoming, now that I know the city well enough to avoid the most tourist crowds, and can dive into a little local living.
But unlike college, this year we stayed at the Hilton Paris Opera, and I was inspired to write this review given how fantastic our 5 night stay was.
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The first thing to know is that I booked this hotel on Hilton American Express points I earned through the Hilton Aspire credit card (referral link). This is one of my favorite cards for many reasons, but amongst them is the ability to earn gobs of points.
For example, right now Amex is offering folks who sign up for a card via a referral link like the above “150,000 Hilton Honors Bonus points after they use their new Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card to make $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership. Your friend will be able to apply for any available Hilton American Express Personal and Business Card offers.”
When I booked the Hilton Paris Opera hotel, each night was 80,000 points, and if you book 5 nights, the 5th night is free. So my total in points was 320,000 points. Given that in peak summer season the hotel retails for approximately $400 per night for the most basic room, to up to $1,000 per night for a king suite, this redemption value is incredible!
In addition to using the bonus points and getting a free night, when you open the Aspire card, it gives you Diamond Hilton status, which includes no resort fees on points stays, free breakfast, room upgrades, free credits to use at many resorts, and many other perks like a $250 annual airfare credit.
You can find all of the card benefits listed here: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card/hilton-honors-aspire/
I booked a “deluxe” room for the 320,000 points, which sleeps 2 in the queen bed. However, thanks to our Diamond status, the hotel graciously upgraded us to a one-bedroom queen suite.
The room was absolutely gorgeous, and had a bedroom with its own door, a hallway leading to a generous closet, a beautiful bathroom with a rainfall showerhead, and a separate small living room with a couch, tv, and minifridge.
The room was newly renovated and felt very luxurious. As a former hostel-hopper, there’s absolutely no way I would have spent thousands of dollars for such a lovely room, but again thanks to points, I felt very fancy.
The one small negative in general was that the doors all along the hallway slammed very loud, and once the other guests began waking up in the morning, it was hard to sleep since all of the doors banged so loud. Perhaps there’s a way the hotel can upgrade some of the door hinges to a softer close option.
Photo pulled from the Hilton Paris Opera website
Truly, the breakfast at the Hilton Paris Opera hotel was 10/10 exceptional. With warm croissants, freshly made omelets, fresh squeezed juice, cheese, fruits, veggies, waffles, and more, there was no shortage of food.
One touch that was incredible to me was how many jams they had. It had to be at least a dozen different flavors of Bonne Maman jams and preserves. Maybe weird, but that was so exciting to try so many new flavors.
Photo pulled from the Hilton Paris Opera website
If you are a Diamond member, you also get access to Hilton Executive lounges. The Hilton Paris Opera Executive Lounge is right off the main dining room. We usually ate breakfast there since they had the same items available and it was less crowded.
The lounge also offers an espresso machine, TVs, several seating areas, snacks, and a daily “happy hour” with wine and heavier appetizer options in the afternoons.
The executive lounge (and main dining area) both overlook Rue Saint Lazare, and makes for a pleasant place to relax.
There’s a small fitness center on site, but we didn’t end up using it at all since we walked so much. But it seemed well appointed with cardio options like a treadmill, elliptical, and bike, as well as a bench and free-weights.
Something else I should mention is that the hotel has an on call medical doctor 24/7 available. I herniated a disc right before we took the trip, and re-injured it in Paris. The hotel concierge was able to call the doctor, who came to my room within an hour of the call. He spoke English and was able to reassure me that my back would be ok.
The medical visit was 130 euros, and he had a credit card reader to accept cards.
In addition, he wrote two prescriptions for me, which I was able to get filled at the 24 hour pharmacy at La Pharmacie de la Place République (5 Pl. de la République, 75003 Paris, France). The prescriptions ended up costing about $23, even though I didn’t have insurance.
Overall, I was so happy the hotel was able to offer this service since I probably would not have sought care otherwise. Just imagining trying to navigate a hospital abroad is nerve wracking.
Customer service at the hotel was impeccable. Every single person we encountered was helpful, polite, and friendly. The staff really make a stay good or bad, and the staff at the Paris Hilton Opera made our stay truly wonderful.
The staff keeps the hotel impeccably clean and even though it is next to a large train station, we felt safe.
Overall, I love Hilton’s and all of the perks that come with booking there. I’d definitely stay at this Paris property again, and I am looking forward to my next booking…to Vancouver!
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