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We got so excited about the opening of the W Paris Opera which finally opened in February but unfortunately, we haven't made it to the City of Light to check it out for ourselves. However, HotelChatter Flickr Member, Ken Lee, did. Check out his awesome room pics from the hotel below.
Rates for the W Paris are holding steady next weekend at a whopping 628 Euros a night for an eclectic Spectacular room with a king bed. Yeah, take a good look at these photos because that might be as close as you can get to the spot.
Paris hotels are notoriously expensive, especially in the summer time, and especially when there’s a Summer Olympics in London. But HotelChatter Special Contributor Eric Rosen recently made a trip to the City of Lights and found a few places to stay that won’t throw the Eurozone into further chaos. Here is one of them.
The last time I saw Paris, her trees were dressed for spring…and although it’s now summer, you can still find great rooms at charming boutique hotels all over the city without taking out a second mortgage on your house…such as the boho-luxe Hotel Jules, a boutique property in Paris’s 9th arrondisement near the Opera Garnier and the city’s grand Belle Epoque department stores like Printemps and, of course, Galerie Lafayette.
The W Paris Opera made its grand debut exactly two months ago, and boy! how the time flies. Just when we were thinking it might be worth checking in on them again to see if rates had gone down (they haven't), we came across this awesome-sounding art installation in one of the hotel's suites.
Coolhunting reports that the series, which is found only in suite 112, is the work of French artist Zevs, who covered the walls in dripping Louis Vuitton logos and drew tears streaming down the faces in portraits. What's even cooler, the ink used for the markings is only visible with a black light, so the art itself doesn't truly come alive until it gets illuminated by the right kind of light.
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InterContinental Le Grand is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, so happy birthday to it! As with any major milestone, certain festivities have been planned to mark the occasion. But if you're expecting cake and streamers, think again.
This is Paris, after all, and when has Paris ever missed an opportunity to get all highbrow and cultured on everyone?
No. Rather than blowing its special anniversary on one fleeting night of drunken debauchery, the century-and-a-half-old hotel is dragging out its birthday by dedicating a month to each of the seven arts (architecture, music, literature, film...and those other three ones). Starting with this month's theme: literature.
Zut alors! It’s two weeks since the W Paris Opera’s scheduled open date – Valentine’s Day – and we did wonder why we hadn’t heard anything about ‘ow romantique it is yet. And today we found out why – it was closed!
Seems the hotel said non, non, non to the idea of christening its sheets on the most romantic day of the year – and delayed its opening to today. Well, it’s a leap year, per’aps that seemed more memorable. But let's not forget, this is the hotel's fifth opening date. It better be good after this.
It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2011 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.
There are several hotels we could call out for hyping themselves up without actually delivering anything to us devoted hotel guests in 2011. Like Thompson's Belgraves Hotel in London which is now opening February 1. But we expect delays from Thompson just as much as we expect celebrities to frequent their hotel lounges.
Back in NYC, the Dream Downtown certainly took forever to open but it's now one of the hottest places to stay (and swim) so that lengthy wait was worth it. We've also been waiting a long time for Virgin Hotels to take flight but we were satiated (for now) with their announcement of a Chicago hotel in 2013 (Ugh.)
And we can't even get started on Edition Hotels which managed to open only one other hotel in 2011 before losing its flag at the Edition Waikiki bringing the total of open and operating Edition Hotels back to one.
We've been waiting so long for the W Paris to open that we nearly forgot its newest opening date was just two months away! And reminding us that we're almost there is HOTELS Magazine who managed to get a sneak peek at a guestroom and an intriguing backlit digital wall that weaves through the public and private spaces of the hotel.
Kinda hard to believe, but the W Paris will be the first W Hotel in France and will have just 91 guestrooms, including 22 suites, making it more boutique, in terms of it size, than recent W hotels. Judging from this room shot, the spaces will have high ceilings, non-fugly carpeting and gorgeous city views but also, very open bathroom plans as the sink is only separated from the bedroom by a mirror partition. Hopefully, the toilette is enclosed somewhere.
The Eiffel Tower, as NOT seen from the W Paris.
The W Paris Hotel is not ready to show off their jelly because they've gone and delayed their opening date yet again--this time to the most romantic day of the year, February 14, 2012. Well, we guess that's one way to make it up to us.
The W Paris has been delayed several times this past year, most recently back in April when it said the opening would now be January 2012. Previously, we were all ready to don our Bastille Day finest as the hotel initially was to open on July 1, 2011.
We're not sure what's the hold up but we're really hoping Valentine's Day will do the trick. (It worked for the W London last year.) The only thing that has us holding off on ordering the fur cuffs, silk nighties and hot wax is that virtually nothing has been updated on the hotel's website. Nothing. So we won't start packing our clove cigarettes until we've got a room photo and an open reservations system.
Do you know what's happening on the ground in Paris with the W Hotel? Let us know!
The E-WOW Suite at W Paris. Look but don't touch until December 1st.
UPDATE: Delayed again to January 2012. FML.
Looking on the hotel's website today, we see that the opening date has been moved to December 1. Boo! It also doesn't look like W has added any new info about the property.
So as far as we know it will still be 90 rooms (stocked with Bliss toiletries) near the Garnier Opera House, the Galeries Lafayette Haussman and Printemps and will have a W Cafe on-site as well as a restaurant of "culinary perfection."
In the meantime, we will just set our affections on the Mandarin Oriental Paris which is still set to open this summer.
While we're sitting on pins and needles awaiting the opening of the W London, we nearly forgot there is another European W Hotel to look forward to--W Paris-Opéra! The hotel, located on Rue de la Chaussée d'Antin, near the Garnier Opera House and the shopping wonderland of department store, Galeries Lafayette Haussman, is now showing an opening date of July 1, 2011.
The hotel will be smaller than most Ws of late with just 90 rooms but of course Bliss toiletries will be present in the toilettes. There's not much else to go on room-wise, although the website does have a picture of an e-WOW suite which looks pretty fantastic and a bit reminiscent of the W Hollywood.
We’ve been nothing if not intrigued by the new Hotel Athénée which has popped up in Paris and finally our intrigue has been satisfied – the hotel is open and mon dieu, it’s looking pretty chic.
We’ve got our hands on a fistful of pictures and they’re all so pretty we’ve been wondering which to use. Our favorite room is probably the one above, which we’re calling the Garrett Room. The others have plain walls but rich colored curtains and super-flouncy headboard/drapes combos, like this one that we’re calling the King Room:
When we wrote about the new Hotel Athénée that’s about to open in Paris the other day, we couldn’t help noticing that its name was a little too similar to a certain landmark property in the city. We also asked if anyone had more information – and, hooray! Someone from the hotel does.
First, a word on the name. As we said before, it was originally called the Hotel de l’Athénée – and it was so called because of its position by the Théatre de l'Athénée. So they’re not trying it on.
The hotel has been entirely redesigned by Jacques Garcia (he of La Mamoumia, the Hotel Costes etc) and the renovations have already taken a year longer than expected because it turned into a bigger project than anticipated. And it will definitely open “end of August”.