|A Marvelous Studio Suite at the W Paris Hotel|
|The design theme at the W Opera Hotel is "The Spark"|
|Many of the rooms at the W Opera Hotel boast views of the Palais Garnier|
The design theme of the hotel - The Spark - unites the electric energy of the W brand's birth place, New York, with the sophisticated luminescence of Paris, the City of Light. The walls are dotted with twinkling LED lights and certain items of the decoration seem to have melted or been charred by the heat of the metaphorical igniting spark. Other details which nod to the two cities include a copy of Vahram Muratyan's book Paris vs. New York on each bedside table, toiletries from the hip New York spa, Bliss, and inimitable views of the Paris' iconic opera house from many of the rooms.
|Bliss Products at the W Opera Hotel|
Visitors are encouraged to "sip, drink and flirt" over canapés and cocktails in the lounge and bar and Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola heads up the first floor restaurant, Arola, which puts the focus on simple dishes to be shared between friends. Should guests wish to work off any overindulgence, there is also a small fitness room, dubbed "Sweat" in W lingo, on the top floor of the hotel.
As well as providing everything you would expect of a 5 star establishment, there are also several original W touches throughout the hotel. Rather than the traditional breakfast buffet, guests have an individual self-service breakfast bar on their own table. In addition to the standard mini bar, there is also a "Munchie Box" (the W lexicon strikes again) in each room - a tray full of fun goodies for guests to sample or indeed take home as last-minute gifts. The hotel's clued-in concierge (or W Insider), Cécile Rummler, is also on hand to share her insider-knowledge on the capital, and the W's service motto of "Whatever/Wherever" aims to satisfy all desires - with the sole proviso that it's legal, of course.
|Munchie Box in a W Opera Hotel room|
W Paris Opera Hotel
4 rue Meyerbeer, 75009 Paris
Prices start at around €350/night
all photos copyright Kim Laidlaw Adrey 2012