Guests are singing the praises of the new Hilton Paris Opera, which officially debuted this week, revealing a chic and contemporary new look following the $50 million renovation of one of Paris’s most historic and glamorous grand hotels.

“After much anticipation we are ready to welcome guests to one of Paris’ landmark hotels, beautifully renovated to reclaim its place in this remarkable city,” said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. “

The Hilton Paris Opera is located in the heart of the Right Bank’s Opera district, a short distance from the Champs-Elysées and French boutique shopping experiences at Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussmann.  The grand hotel pays homage to the previous hotel’s storied history while providing an updated aesthetic for the modern traveler. Highlights of the property include the elegantly appointed 900 square-foot Maria Callas Suite, the hotel’s master suite.  Its spacious living room has high ceilings typical of a Parisian Haussmann building, the suite features a master bedroom with one king bed and a second bedroom with twin beds, each with a spacious private bathroom designed with a polished stone vanity and walk-in shower.

Hilton Paris Opera offers 29 other suites, some (but of course) with private French balconies.  All suites provide moderne style, Nespresso coffee makers, full-size bath amenities and enhanced turndown services. Access to the Executive Lounge is included, offering complimentary breakfast and afternoon refreshments.

In addition to redesigning all 268 guest rooms and suites, the hotel has also lavished attention on the renovation of the public areas and event space, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, six meeting rooms, and several bars and restaurants, including the intimate Le Petit Bar. The Baccarat ballroom, featuring vintage chandeliers from the famous crystal maker, has been refurbished to its former splendor to accommodate events of up to 180 guests. This historical centerpiece of the hotel is the lavish Le Grand Salon which features 46-foot high ceilings and hand-painted frescos, and provides a sophisticated place for guests to mingle, connect, and savor the room’s Belle Epoque beauty. Originally the vision of architect Juste Lisch, the hotel first opened in 1889 to welcome visitors of the Exposition Universelle.

In a city known for its great hotels, the Hilton Paris Opera seems to be nearly guaranteed a standing-room-only crowd, thanks to its deluxe design, landmark location, and Paris’ continued reign among the world’s great destinations.  “France has the largest inbound tourism market in Europe,” notes Simon Vincent, EVP and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Hilton Worldwide, “with visitors estimated to reach 100 million by 2018.”

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