Hilton’s reentry into the heart of Paris is nothing short of majestic. After a $50 million design overhaul, the 125-year-old hotel, made for the 1889 World’s Fair, has been revived to its 19th-century splendor with a contemporary twist. Formerly the Grand Hotel Terminus and the Concorde Opéra Paris, the property’s landmark status—with its Haussmannian facade and elegant public spaces—demanded it be painstakingly preserved. Among the restored, original elements, the most awe-inspiring are the Corinthian columns, chandeliers, balustrades, hand-painted frescoes, and marble and mosaic tiling. Fortunately, the bar takes pride of place among them, making it the ideal spot to start your stay with a cocktail or glass of wine.
The style in each of the rooms breaks with the traditional stark-white modern codes of most business hotels. Here it incorporates warm accent colors and textiles. With few heritage elements left to preserve, the sense of place is woven in with custom etchings of iconic Paris scenes hung behind each bed. But you won’t be spending much time here, as the action happens in the grand salon.
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The location, looking over the Cour de Rome at the Saint-Lazare train station, would have seemed unusual several years ago, but given the recent renovations of the train station and the improvements to the surrounding area, the timing was right for a destination hotel just blocks from the Opéra Garnier and major department stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette.
Need to Know
Rooms: 268 rooms. From $261 for deluxe rooms, $345 for executive rooms with executive lounge access. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The grand salon bar and Petit Bar serve fail-proof bar basics such as mini burgers, Caesar salad, Mediterranean antipasti, and risotto. Le Terminus Café, the 1900s-style brasserie (which wasn’t renovated), is open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner. For a more elaborate meal, head to Lazare, Éric Fréchon’s acclaimed bistro inside the Gare Saint-Lazare station. Spa and gym details:No spa, but a well-equipped fitness center is accessible 24/7 for guests with a key card.
Who it’s best for: Luxury business travelers looking for a true Parisian experience. The hotel also welcomes conference-goers, families, and young couples. Our favorite rooms: For the best morning light, request a Rotunde suite on the third or fourth floor, overlooking the Cour de Rome and with private balconies that deliver a clear view of the Eiffel Tower. For families, the Maria Callas suite (900 square meters) will be particularly useful, as the space extends into two bedrooms. Do as the locals: To feel one with the Parisians who regularly meet for coffee or business meetings, take your breakfast in the grand salon. As an added bonus, the space gets incredible natural light early in the day.